angesradieux Posted January 18, 2017 Share Posted January 18, 2017 I've been working on a translation project for two or three years. It's been in conjunction with a professor, with the work divided such that I translated, he edited and fact checked the original author's footnotes. I was under the impression that moving ahead with publication, it was going there be my name and my professor's name, and of course the original author's name, on the finished product. Maybe that was naive, I don't know. But now that the copyright is in order, we have a press ready to go ahead with the publication. And I receive an email addressed to me and two other people about expecting to be contacted by the publisher for permission to use our work. I'm a little confused and frustrated. One person I recognize as the head of study abroad in France. I understand that maybe there was a difficult part to edit and he asked for her help, and now she has to be credited. I can live with that. But the other person was never mentioned to me. I have no clue who she is or what she actually did, and I'm kind of miffed. I did the entire translation. I actually proposed the project. The professor was going on in class about how he wished this book was available in English, and I approached him about translating after class. I guess I'm concerned about someone I've never met, and whose involvement in the project I can't even confirm, getting credit for what is by and large my work. But I don't know how to broach the issue. And I'm feeling a little like my trust has been abused. This is my first publication, so maybe I'm just naive and don't understand how this kind of thing works. Am I wrong to feel this way? Is there a good way to broach the issue? I guess I would feel a little better about it if I at least knew who this person was, but she was never mentioned to me before. Is this usually how this thing goes? Or am I right to feel blindsided? Anyone with more experience have any advice to offer? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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