Discussion How Much does a Full Time Translator and a Online Novel Author Earns?

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  1. TooLazyToThink

    TooLazyToThink Well-Known Member

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    How much do you think per day and monthly? Via pooling and advertistment. Is it better than being a corporate slave where your boss always bully you and gets all the credit you deserve lol
     
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    MrNebulist Well-Known Member

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    Don't know I'm too lazy to think
     
  3. Random

    Random Well-Known Member

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    Enough for RWX to live off of...
     
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  4. Silverblood

    Silverblood Forbidden Library

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    Around 1000$ maybe for the tops

    But looking at tlers at different sites maybe around 100-300 per month
     
  5. SinCity

    SinCity Well-Known Member

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    DB has about $1800 on his patreon, not counting ads, I think it's preeettyy goooood
     
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  6. Greedyspree

    Greedyspree 『Exile within the back room』

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    Depends on your perspective and worth ethic honestly...If you write constantly, consistently, and well then you can make quite a good bit. If you procrastinate, half ass it, and are lacking consistency then you wont make as much. Translators can make decent money, if they have the right setup and more importantly the right novel.
    If you want consistent reliable income, then being a corporate slave is still the way to go. Translation, and authoring is a very up and down financial situation. It is best to start when one is properly working, and accrue a savings, while you are developing your own webpage community. As your community gets bigger, you may eventually be able to start translating, or writing full time and be self sufficient. However without a proper community, no matter how much work you do, it will amount to little, or even nothing.
     
  7. Simon

    Simon [The Pure One's Chief Steward][Demon Beast]

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    It really depends on a lot of factors. What type of corporate slave are we talking about, store casher or an senior railways engineer thats makes about $160,000 a year
     
  8. erichninja

    erichninja [Lone Wanderer][Forgotten Chibi][Silent Listener]

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    Welp understand that even if you don't have a boss
    You are a slave to the readers that read your translation
    Your translated work would be copy and be taken credit for those "Evil" sites
    And the last part bullying I don't think isn't a problem I believe unless you count some commentators that just say whatever
     
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  9. shianthiestrada

    shianthiestrada Well-Known Member

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    I think if the novel is popular enough, the fans are happy to donnate and the translator does more than 7 bonus chapters a weak. Why not?
    I think everyone has a chance to success in almost anything if they work hard and love what they do
     
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  10. Animesquad7

    Animesquad7 Revenge Seeking Protagonist

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    But ISSTH is like the most popular Chinese novel right now. Majority probably earn 10% of that amount.
     
  11. Aternus

    Aternus Well-Known Member

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    at 60$ a day and thats a best case scenario(like say, I'm really a superstar donations) its 18,000 a year. With ads I'm not sure but I know ads don't make as much as you'd think.
     
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  12. Anoncommander1

    Anoncommander1 The Commander

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    Depend on stuff you tl. Jap tl tend to get less than Ch tl. It also depend on the project you tl, the ad you use, the donation you set etc etc etc
     
  13. heads-or-tails

    heads-or-tails Well-Known Member

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    About 1.000.000 cents a year
     
  14. Parth37955

    Parth37955 NU #3, [Absent Mod], Mid-Boss, Dark Dealer Staff Member

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    JP tl'ers make far less compared to the bullshit they have to deal with.
    And honestly, why are you even speculating? Each translator has different circumstances.
     
  15. asriu

    asriu Well-Known Member

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    full translator and online author?
    ask @Ai chan
     
  16. TooLazyToThink

    TooLazyToThink Well-Known Member

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    You are wrong. I earn at least $1000 a month with my website using pay-per-click ads. Ads is a big deal.
     
  17. Elion

    Elion [Fire And Ice's Son] 『WW Follower』

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    ISSTH wins around 2000$ .
     
  18. craBebe

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    Like this guy said, consistency is key. You'll never build up any sort of supportive fan base without consistency, and without them you won't make a dime. Patreon has made it a lot easier for online creatives to earn a stable income, but it still requires a ton of work and dedication.. and consistency. If you drop off the face of the earth, or don't update, or miss your promised weekly goals, people will start dropping, or you may develop a bad reputation.

    It's possible, but you gotta keep at it, and it'll take a long time to establish a base that you'll be able to live off. I think at the end of the day though, what do you have to lose? Time? Let's be honest, none of us are doing anything productive with it anyway, might as well start spending it on working towards a dream.
     
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    I.e. Copyright laws and whiners.
     
  20. makenai89

    makenai89 The Divine Procrastinator

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    Translator and writer (unless they are employed and hold a certain position in a company) generally are unable to ascertain how much they will get per day and monthly. Because, it is a freelance which essentially means, if you don't work, you won't get paid, if you work slow the you'll be paid less, and if your work is of low quality then people won't use you.
    You may think that being a freelance offers better freedom, but once something bad happen, say, you got in an accident or such, you'll realize that you won't get paid for the period you can't work, you have no insurance and no pensions (well, the last part is probably depend on where you live), while your savings diminished.
     
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