Commission FAQ

How do I commission a project?
First, email me your proposal at the address rebmastu {at} gmail {dot} com with the subject “Turtle Translations” and a link to the untranslated material. I will evaluate your submission and quote you a price and time frame to completion. If you are a person I have yet to do business with, I will request 50% of the payment up front, and I will begin work on the project.

I will contact you once my translation/scanlation is complete with a request for the remainder of the payment, and upon receipt I will email you the finished product. If it doesn’t meet your standards, I will be more than happy to work with you until we settle on a version that satisfies us both. At this point, I will post it here on the site and wherever else I feel is relevant unless you wish to be the first to make it public. However, note that once you do take it live, I will post it here as well. You are absolutely free to request exclusivity, of course, but you may not claim my translations as your own or use it for commercial purposes.

How long does it take you to complete a commission?
Largely it depends on several factors: First and foremost is my general interest in the story. This is why there’s a screening process — I could take on just about anything, but if I don’t like the story/characters featured, I will take forever. I’d like to shoot for two weeks, but be prepared– and not surprised– if I end up taking a month or more.

What kind of commissions are you accepting?
I’m trying to stick mostly to novels/short stories for the time being, however I’m open to one-shots/doujinshi as well. Genre-wise, my personal preference leans more toward fantasy and humor, but I’m open to others as well. Please email me first to pitch the series. I reserve the right to refuse any project that doesn’t pique my interest. I also ask that either you provide the raws for the project in question or be willing to reimburse me should I have to go out of pocket. I am especially receptive to books/series available on Kadokawa’s BOOK☆WALKER platform due to the convenience of digital media.

What are your prices for commission?

Novels/text: $0.02-$0.03 per Japanese character.
Manga/Doujinshi: Novel rates for text, plus $1.50 per page on average. (This includes all typesetting and editing work required.)

With regards to novels, please understand that the industry standard for Japanese to English translation is generally $0.10 per Japanese character. When considering one page of Slayers Special averages 450 words, that’s a whopping $45 a page!

That being said, I do not charge the industry standard for my work, as I consider novel translations a labor of love– and not a very profitable one at times. That said, for most projects I will charge between $0.02-$0.03 a word.

Please contact me at rebmastu [at] gmail [dot] com for exact price quotes.
If you have any questions not addressed above, please comment below.


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  • E says:

    I have not heard back from a commission quote request.

    What is the average wait time on that?

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