There are many English speakers and readers in both Germany and India. However, to fully exploit those markets, translation into German and Hindi would obviously result in more sales.
Both my novels have German characters and the kid’s book also has an Indian character.
The Elemental Odyssey has Jürgen Schmidt, a twelve-year old boy from Kaiserslautern. It also has Veeksha Das from India. Both are vacationing separately at Mt. Rushmore and both get abducted by magical aliens for an exciting adventure around the world.
Dead Dwarves Don’t Dance has the mercenary antagonist Bernd Buhl, who causes some problems for Noose the genetically engineered dwarf mercenary.
In a perfect world, I would get both books translated into German, and the kid’s book into Hindi.
However, I don’t know how much such a translation would cost.
I quick Bing search gave me some English to German translation rates. Anywhere from 7 to 13 cents per word.
Dead Dwarves Don’t Dance, about 74,000 words, from $5,000 to $10,000!!!
The Elemental Odyssey, about 96,000 words, from $7,000 to $12,000!!!
And that’s just for German.
For Hindi, one quote for translating the Elemental Odyssey was $20,000!!!!
Unless there are MUCH cheaper translation services out there that I’m just not finding, my books won’t be translated any time soon.
Sure, it would be nice to get in the ground floor of two new markets. But I don’t have the sales numbers to support it.
What this means for me
Unfortunately, my books will only be available in English for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, there is still a market for English books in Germany and India.
What this means for you
If you’re just starting out like me, I doubt you have enough revenue to sink $5,000 into translations. If I were you, I’d concentrate on writing more books in English. When you start making a hundred grand a year on your books, then look into paying someone to translate a book. It might be worth it.
If you know of any translation services (for English to German or Hindi) who give free quotes, let me know. I’d like to get more data to determine if 7-13 cents is reasonable.