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a VERY late letter...

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TWO years ago, I sent a letter to an author, asking if I could translate her book. She answered quite quickly with something like: "yeah ok! But is it to publish in the market or for your family?" But by the time she answered I wasn't sure anymore and I didn't know how to formulate it, because I was embarrassed... So I didn't send anything! But now, I've changed my mind and I would like to translate it! But TWO years have passed without an answer from me... Now, how could I possibly write her a letter and tell her something like "Great! I would like to translate it and publish it in the market" after two years have passed!? I don't want to make her angry or anything because i've made her wait so long... This is so embarrassing! Please, help me! What should I do??
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Old 27.06.2017, 14:02
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Check first whether it was already translated ??
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Re: a VERY late letter...

First make sure it's not already been translated by someone else. Then all you can do, if you do want to go ahead, is write and apologise, explain how you felt at the time and ask if she would mind if you translated it now.
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Re: a VERY late letter...

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Hello!

TWO years ago, I sent a letter to an author, asking if I could translate her book. She answered quite quickly with something like: "yeah ok! But is it to publish in the market or for your family?" But by the time she answered I wasn't sure anymore and I didn't know how to formulate it, because I was embarrassed... So I didn't send anything! But now, I've changed my mind and I would like to translate it! But TWO years have passed without an answer from me... Now, how could I possibly write her a letter and tell her something like "Great! I would like to translate it and publish it in the market" after two years have passed!? I don't want to make her angry or anything because i've made her wait so long... This is so embarrassing! Please, help me! What should I do??
In the time it took you to post this nonsense, you could have already written the author a letter.
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Old 27.06.2017, 14:03
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Re: a VERY late letter...

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TWO years ago, I sent a letter to an author, asking if I could translate her book. She answered quite quickly with something like: "yeah ok! But is it to publish in the market or for your family?" But by the time she answered I wasn't sure anymore and I didn't know how to formulate it, because I was embarrassed... So I didn't send anything! But now, I've changed my mind and I would like to translate it! But TWO years have passed without an answer from me... Now, how could I possibly write her a letter and tell her something like "Great! I would like to translate it and publish it in the market" after two years have passed!? I don't want to make her angry or anything because i've made her wait so long... This is so embarrassing! Please, help me! What should I do??
Go and see if she has published it, if she has then donīt bother, if not find a good excuse and try again.
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Re: a VERY late letter...

Just be honest! Explain that you chickened out because you were embarrassed. Maybe enhance it a bit by saying you were worried that your translation might not do it justice, or something.

The author can only turn around and say "no", can't she?

Until you ask you don't know.
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Re: a VERY late letter...

Does she speak the language you want to translate it into? If yes, then perhaps along with your excuse propose to translate a chapter and see if she is happy with it?
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