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The Savvy Newcomer aims to serve newcomers to the translation and interpreting professions by publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed content on a weekly basis. We strive to provide you with the answers to the many questions you face as a new or aspiring translator or interpreter.

The Most Lucrative Ways to Specialize

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 7, 2023
The Most Lucrative Ways to Specialize

This post was originally published on The Freelancery. It is reposted with permission.  Yes. Specialists always do better. There is no debating this. I can’t think of any freelancer who made it big as a handyman. The world already has plenty of all-purpose copywriters, versatile translators, general web designers and utility infielders. Don’t jump into that haystack. You will be lost forever. It sounds paradoxical, but the longer your ‘list of services’, the broader your ‘expertise’ the less skillful and useful you appear. And the lower your fees will go. “But I really can do all that” you say. Maybe, but clients won’t believe it, and certainly…

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From ATA’s Divisions: The Spanish Division

By The Savvy Newcomer | August 22, 2013

By Francesca Samuel ATA Spanish Division Administrator When I was asked to write an article for the newest ATA blog, I felt excited and honored to be asked to contribute to its maiden voyage. What would I write about? What would new members want to know? How could I engage them, if only for a few minutes? I thought about…

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The story behind the blog

By The Savvy Newcomer | July 23, 2013

This blog was born on a brainstormy day, drawing on suggestions from the ATA Newcomers listserv and the recently created Student Involvement Committee. But to understand the true nature of The Savvy Newcomer, we need to take a look at the role played by both groups and the people who have made this blog possible. When Helen Eby became Assistant…

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