As relevant as ever: The Prosperous Translator

Now in print for over two decades (where has the time gone!).

The Prosperous Translator — Advice from Fire Ant & Worker Bee, compiled and edited by Chris Durban. Also available as an ebook.

You can buy the book now at — our preference — or through other online distributors.

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23 Responses to As relevant as ever: The Prosperous Translator

  1. Tess says:

    Congratulations! Will look for it at the Conference. Perhaps get a signed copy?

  2. Mar says:

    Are you thinking of publishing it as a downloadable e-book?
    Thank you.

  3. DurbanDisciple says:

    A six-figure (USD) income has, for a long time, been the holy grail for translators. Just follow Chris’s advice and it won’t seem so unattainable.

    Thanks, Chris, for your advice over the past 15 years.

  4. Sarah Dillon says:

    This book is awesome. Thank you for compiling the shared wisdom of FA & WB and opening it up to a wider audience.

  5. Many thanks, Sarah. (And please do keep in mind, readers, that the online column is ongoing — check out for the latest Q&A!)

  6. Mohamed says:

    Hi Chris,

    Any plans to have it in ebook version? I would like to read it on my iPad. This is good for me and for the environment.

    • You’re right eco-wise, Mohamed, and I’m thinking about it. But I admit I view the book as something one might want to dip into off and on — a different experience altogether. (But I’m thinking about it :))

      • Ana says:

        Hi Mohamed,
        If you think of the environment, the normal book is much better (think of what was needed to produce your iPad, what will happen to it once you throw it, and all the energy that needs to be produced for you to use read on it).

    • Mohamed, I’ve just published an EPUB version (thanks for pushing me in that direction!)

  7. Seycen says:

    I’m just starting out as a translator and soaking up all the information I can get my hands on. I’m about half-way through the book and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It has answers to all the questions I never dared ask and answers to questions I never thought to ask. What a great piece of work. Thank you!

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  9. Jessica says:

    All the reviews sound incredibly appealing. I think I might have to check your book out, Chris 😉

  10. Got the book and really looking forward to read it. Love what you have written about the “poverty cult”. Thanks

  11. excuse me where is the book avaliable because I want to read, I would like to learn, how I could be a good translator, I´m from El Salvador

  12. Olga G says:


    is there still no e-book? I’d love to read it but I live in Russia and it would be too expensive to order it from abroad, and besides, I don’t like reading in paper 🙂

  13. Robert McMurray says:

    Just wondering whether an updated version is now available (as at 9/2017). Thank you.

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