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first book translation

There was one thing left on my work bucket list: A book translation (I have already written a book, which is still available online) . I work on such great things that I had no other entries. And yesterday my work bucket list was cleared, because my first book translation arrived by mail.

'Build your confidence with CBT' is a self help book written by Manja de Neef (the original is called 'Negatief Zelfbeeld'). I had a great time translating and enjoyed the intensie process. I am used to translations which take a few days. The book took up most of November 2014! It was followed by a big rewrite, because my client, Open University Press / McGraw Hill Education, wanted to change a certain figure of speech which was used all over the text. After the rewrite, the publisher was more than satisfied and started the design and print.

I am going to reread the book soon. I has been more than a year and, to be honest, I have forgotten what it was exactly about, but I do remember that I was interested in the whole cognitive behavioural therapy approach. And after that I am going to have to do something about that bucket list. Time for new goals.

More about my translations