2020 Webnovel is recruiting Fan Translators for dropped projects - 30% Revenue Share

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  1. FanTranslatorsUnited

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    It's not 100% official since they haven't made any announcement. The relevant details are followed:

    https://forum.webnovel.com/d/43431-50-revenue-share-to-fan-translators-for-translate-dropped-novels

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    If a fan translator takes up the offer, I would recommend
    English version: https://www.webnovel.com/book/world's-best-martial-artist_14495258805541605
    Chinese version: https://book.qidian.com/info/1012237441

    One of the best novels ever on Qidian. It won the monthly tickets ranking several times and very popular with Qidian readers.

    Anyway, that's my pick. What dropped novels would you like to see pick up?
     
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    Other suggestions:

    https://forum.webnovel.com/d/43431-...an-translators-for-translate-dropped-novels/8

    Maybe the FAN translators can united and form a group to do this.

    Create a Patreon for this group. Split the Patreon revenue equally among the translators by chapters translated per month.

    So the fan translators will get two sources of income:

    1) 30% Revenue Share of Coin Purchase
    2) Patreon income

    With greater income, there will be more fan translators joining in. Many licensed dropped novels will be translated again. It's a win-win-win for everyone.



    https://forum.webnovel.com/d/43431-...n-translators-for-translate-dropped-novels/34

    the sticky/pinned thread would be something like this:

    2020 Webnovel is recruiting Fan Translators for dropped projects - 30% Revenue Share

    (the thread should mention that the authors will also get 30% revenue share so the fan translator is directly helping the original author)

    30% to fan translator
    30% to author
    30% to webnovel as publisher/platform
    10% for cost of wire transfer / administrative expense for overseeing these projects

    Also mention that all these fan translations of dropped projects will have their GIFT FUNCTION turn on so that wealthy readers can donate as a thank-you for picking up these dropped projects.

    I don't get why the gift function is not mandatory for all TRANSLATED novels. It is with Qidian. All VIP/premium novels are mandatory to have gift function. Qidian and Qidian authors have benefited from this gift function ever since Qidian made it 10+ years ago.
    https://forum.webnovel.com/d/35338-why-some-translated-novels-have-no-gifts-function
     
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  3. SoulZer0

    SoulZer0 Joker Cat

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    Last time they tried to recruit, it wasn't going so well, to say the least.
     
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    Nai waa Well-Known Member

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    I thought advertising is not allowed? :blobpeek: Are you an undercover agent for webnovel? :blobspearpeek:
     
  5. juniorjawz

    juniorjawz Well-Known Member

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    There is a Qidian Spy Among Us.

    :blobcat_knife:
     
  6. Heartless

    Heartless Well-Known Member

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    Flashbacks to most fanfics:

    *Shudders in bad quality*


    Not to point any fingers, but seeing as how the account was created a few days ago, yes. That seems to be the case
     
  7. aegis062

    aegis062 Chaotic Demon Emperor

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    In light of Web novels bad behaviour and unsavory acts there are still few novels id like to finish reading that were dropped or are in hiatus atm.
    Way of the Devil
    White robed chief
    RSSG
     
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  8. MangoGuy

    MangoGuy Rambling Mango

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    Only advise to translators: get the contract through a lawyer before signing. Fans and corporate stans are different.
     
  9. 222222

    222222 12121212121212121212121212121212121212121212121212

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    In other words, they get 70% commission for all coins purchased that is used to read your content.

    In comparison, Apple only have a 30% commission for all purchases made through your app.
     
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  10. Wujigege

    Wujigege *Christian*SIMP*Feminist*Comedian

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    This is the same webnovel that rejected my offer to translate their novel for free.
    They have been using Machine translations more brazenly, so I find it hard to believe this even if it is true
     
  11. Qidian

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    We don't require free translation. Income sharing is not free anyway. Aside from that, translator can solely distributie the transaltion on Webnovel, no more places else, included translator's own blog, personal websites, or selfowned app.

    btw, we are always welcome fan translators to join and provide translations that they love, with income sharing model. Unfortunatelly most of pervious candidates asked for distirbuting outside from Webnovel.

    This is not a new policy. We opened it from day 1.
     
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  12. Wujigege

    Wujigege *Christian*SIMP*Feminist*Comedian

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    As long as the contract is not excessive I would be interested. For example, I should be allowed to quit whenever I want without penalties and monthly quota should be flexible.

    I find this thread funny since I suggested this years ago. Instead of being seen as the enemy, if Qidian had done this from day 1, they would have been seen as allies and it would have been a lot cheaper than paying $2,000 per month regardless of the popularity of the novel
     
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    Hopefully many dropped good novels can be picked up.
     
  14. Ruki-sama

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    Webnovels should make an announcement about this policy
     
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    ah so other translators get paid per chapter like cktalon/atlas but for these dropped projects, it sounds like they dont get paid anymore and only get paid 30% of the 'donations' + paid coins used to buy the chapter?
     
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  16. LiLi041

    LiLi041 【Lucky RNG Halo】【Eternal Townie】

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    Maybe I'm just picking at the wrong thing, but doesn't the webnovel forum post sound weird? The OP keeps on insisting that "FAN translators" (yes, fan is capitalized) are translating out of love, not out of desire for money... but then wants the translator to get a bigger cut than even the author. Like, 50% for author/site sounds nice, but then once the site takes their cut, there's not much for the author.

    Then, the OP gave up on that idea, I guess... went back to the 30:30:30 plan. Well, I feel like overall, OP doesn't know much about fan translating?

    ^Like that. Pretty sure it's not true...

    Most fan translators don't make that much money from translating anyway, so 30% or 50% shouldn't make that much of a difference. Most really are just translating for free. Lots of fan translators just translate for fun. Occasional donations are nice, but not required.

    So, money's not the main issue... and it's a little strange that the OP talks about hiring 'FAN translators' who translate for fun, but need money as their motivation.

    --

    But... you don't even know any Asian languages. Just saying. Idk about your translation quality, but most people on NUF seem to be saying it's bad?

    Even real jobs wouldn't give you so much freedom. Actually, most real jobs would never give these kinds of "not excessive" conditions. What 'quitting whenever you want, with no penalty'? What 'flexible monthly quota'?? Like... are you planning on going there to work or to play.

    --

    Back to this thread's topic!

    Overall, I would say the one novel I want to see picked back up on Webnovel is Virtual World: Close Combat Mage!! I don't know why the translation stopped at chapter 800, but there's only about 100+ chapters to go... (I say 'only' because there's already 800 translated, so percentage-wise it's pretty close).

    Not sure if I would personally choose to pick it up, because as a CN translator, I mainly translate BL and as a student, I don't actually have much time on my hands and would like to use that time to work on my current projects.

    Also, I'll just mention that Webnovel doesn't have that great of a reputation, making it the company to stay away from when translating. I'm not sure if that'll change, but that's probably another reason why translators are unwilling to join right now.

    Webnovel's attitude towards translators is also not very nice. In their FAQ, one of the questions was asking why a novel's chapters were coming out late or sporadically or something. Guess what their answer was? The first line said something like... "the translators are probably just lazy."

    Edit: I found the question (https://sites.google.com/view/webnovel-faq/misc?authuser=0#h.p_e4sNZnMUF9zg).
    Like... um. How offensive can they be??? That's super rude and that definitely shouldn't be their first explanation. What kind of impression are they trying to give people, even??

    Basically, Webnovel just seems like a horrible place to be as a translator...

    --Edit: came back and realized my phone somehow malfunctioned when posting. The below part should've been a new post... well, whatever! This is okay too--

    But really, it's not just hearsay... plus you yourself said you didn't know any Asian languages.

    Also, your moral character is poopy. That's what I've seen for myself, based on what you say and what you do, not just hearsay. And the work conditions were also unreasonable. You're just asking to do whatever you want (like "you want me to do a set amount of work every month like every other company? Nooo I should only have to do however much I want to do." That only works when you're not getting paid to do a job. Don't act like you're the king and the companies are trying to beg you to join them- like yeah, they should definitely agree to all your demands, of course!) and then pat your butt and leave whenever you want with no commitment at all. That's not just hearsay either.

    So yeah, now I regret responding to you in my first post. I should've just ignored you like everyone else does. My bad. I'll do that from now on~ :blobangel:
     

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  17. Wujigege

    Wujigege *Christian*SIMP*Feminist*Comedian

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    Since you know nothing about the quality of my translations. Shut up.
    Since you go on hearsay, and pretend to be some authority on subjects. I cannot help but pity you.
     
  18. Qidian

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    Not our FAQ, that one was built by readers ok forum.
     
  19. LiLi041

    LiLi041 【Lucky RNG Halo】【Eternal Townie】

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    Oh. But wasn't it the one approved by you guys? I mean, you guys linked to it in your help center (like a promotion, I guess? I wouldn't have found it otherwise): https://webnovel.com/help

    *Note: 'Speical' was originally spelled that way on the site, it's not me mispelling the word.

    That post leads to this link: https://forum.webnovel.com/d/6600-the-faq-read-before-posting

    So...
     
  20. froztyh

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    Haha it's almost like you're implying webnovel staff reads their forums, funny joke friend! :)
     
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