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#1 carmela

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:44 PM

I have published a short story on Smashwords, but I had a lot of friends on Facebook who wanted updates during this process and an easy access to my book once it was published. I made an author account and I finally published it almost two weeks ago.

 

I have had messages about my book as well as other people who like my page asking for me to like theirs. I knew I would get some weird input as my friends share my link, but this weekend, I got a message and never thought I would have to deal with something like this. Below is the message I received:

"I am a Hong Kong student studying translation. We have a project about translating an English book into Chinese and we are interested in your book called Well-Covered. We are asking for your permission to translate your book and we wonder whether there is any Chinese translation of the book. If you are convenient, please reply me through email."

 

I could look at this two different ways. 1. This is a scam, someone trying to pull something in order to take advantage of me. or 2. He or she really did enjoy my book and really wants to translate it.

 

Problem is, how can I tell? I have no replied back, but I thought if I did, maybe inquire about what website they will be posting this on and then research that site? Any suggestions?





 

 


Would love to hear your feedback on my queries:

 

Hanukkah Havoc Query:

http://agentquerycon...ah-havoc-query/

 

Reality Check Query: 

http://agentquerycon...check-revision/


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:50 PM

You never, ever give away your rights, it doesn't matter how genuine they are or how much they "enjoyed" your book.

 

Email back and ask how much they are prepared to pay for your Chinese language rights. 



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:16 AM

You never, ever give away your rights, it doesn't matter how genuine they are or how much they "enjoyed" your book.

 

Email back and ask how much they are prepared to pay for your Chinese language rights. 

 

Good point! I wonder if they targeted me because for the first few weeks I am offering it for free? I had considered asking if there is a website, but then I realized it probably wouldn't be in English and I wouldn't be able to tell how legit it is.


Would love to hear your feedback on my queries:

 

Hanukkah Havoc Query:

http://agentquerycon...ah-havoc-query/

 

Reality Check Query: 

http://agentquerycon...check-revision/





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