Paul Carslake

Paul Carslake - Translator

London, United Kingdom

French-to-English book translator, specialising in non-fiction, delivering accurate and engaging text that is ready for layout.

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Having spent 12 years as a non-fiction book publisher (at Quarto Publishing) I am now a freelance editor and translator (French-to-English). My career experience has given me a profound understanding of what it takes to get a non-fiction title to really engage with its readership and sell in high volumes across multiple language areas. I am also the author of two non-fiction titles, most recently with 'Psychology: A Crash Course', and my career has spanned magazine journalism and copywriting as well as book publishing and editing.

As a translator I have taken on some highly specialised areas (from basketweaving to whisky distilling!) and I will leave no stone unturned to find the correct technical terms, often in fields where no technical glossary exists. I have a keen appreciation for tone-of-voice, looking not only at the style of the original text, but also the expectations and idiom of the target English-speaking audience.

The result of all this is copy that is essentially 'ready for layout' - meaning it is sharply written, accurate, reads well, is error-free, and does not feel like a translation. For illustrated layouts, text is written to fit perfectly into the page, saving time on cuts and edits later.

While my focus is on translation, I also provide a range of editing services to help writers in shaping and sharpening their work.
Services
Book Translation
Translation Assessment
Languages
French to English
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Entertainment
Home & Garden
Inspirational
Psychology
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sports & Outdoors

Work experience

Publisher

The Quarto Group
January, 2005 – December, 2016 (almost 12 years)

Responsible for the Quarto Publishing division, with around 35 new titles per year in a broad range of illustrated non-fiction categories. We created around 400 books during this period, many of which sold worldwide in multiple languages. I was closely involved in the concept and development of all of our books, aiming to do all we could to engage readers and make our books outstanding.

Freelance

Self-employed
December, 2016 – Present (about 5 years)

Non-fiction French-to-English book translations and wide range of editorial services.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Official Encyclopedia of the Yellow Jersey: 100 Years of the Yellow Jersey (Maillot Jaune)

Hamlyn

On the occasion of the 2019 Tour de France Yellow Jersey's centenary, comes The Official Encyclopedia of the Maillot Jaune. Divided into four major parts, this book covers the incredible stories of every Yellow Jersey winner, the Kings of the Kings - the five times winners of the Tour, the Yellow Jersey's adaptations in books, film and art, and the wearers and statistics per day, duration, cou... read more

On the occasion of the 2019 Tour de France Yellow Jersey's centenary, comes The Official Encyclopedia of the Maillot Jaune. Divided into four major parts, this book covers the incredible stories of every Yellow Jersey winner, the Kings of the Kings - the five times winners of the Tour, the Yellow Jersey's adaptations in books, film and art, and the wearers and statistics per day, duration, cou... read more

How to Draw a Character: The Foolproof Method

Soizic Mouton

Learn to draw charming characters!Filled with colorful illustrations and step-by-step explanations, How to Draw a Character is the perfect introduction to the art of sketching people. From babies to grandmothers, cyclists to shoppers, How to Draw a Character gives readers the skills to draw any kind of character in any setting. The easy tutorials break down seemingly complicated drawings into ... read more

Learn to draw charming characters!Filled with colorful illustrations and step-by-step explanations, How to Draw a Character is the perfect introduction to the art of sketching people. From babies to grandmothers, cyclists to shoppers, How to Draw a Character gives readers the skills to draw any kind of character in any setting. The easy tutorials break down seemingly complicated drawings into ... read more

How to Draw an Object: The Foolproof Method

Soizic Mouton

Learn to draw charming objects!Filled with colorful illustrations and step-by-step explanations, How to Draw an Object is the perfect introduction to the art of sketching. The delightful illustrations are equal parts inspiration and tutorial and are sure to have even the shyest artists reaching for a sketchbook. The book begins with simple explanations of drawing fundamentals―how to use perspe... read more

Learn to draw charming objects!Filled with colorful illustrations and step-by-step explanations, How to Draw an Object is the perfect introduction to the art of sketching. The delightful illustrations are equal parts inspiration and tutorial and are sure to have even the shyest artists reaching for a sketchbook. The book begins with simple explanations of drawing fundamentals―how to use perspe... read more

So Here I Am: Speeches by great women to empower and inspire

Anna Russell

Discover the inspiring voices that have changed our world, and started a new conversation. The first dedicated collection of seminal speeches by women from around the world, So Here I Am is about women at the forefront of change—within politics, science, human rights, and media; discussing everything from free love, anti-war, scientific discoveries, race, gender, and women's rights. From Emmel... read more

Discover the inspiring voices that have changed our world, and started a new conversation. The first dedicated collection of seminal speeches by women from around the world, So Here I Am is about women at the forefront of change—within politics, science, human rights, and media; discussing everything from free love, anti-war, scientific discoveries, race, gender, and women's rights. From Emmel... read more

Basketweaving for Beginners: 20 contemporary and classic projects using natural cane

Sylvie Begot

Create 20 simple, modern basketry projects for use inside and outside the home.Create twenty basketweaving projects from interior decorations to garden accessories, in shapes both classic and unusual (such as egg shapes and napkin rings).Author Sylvie Begot uses coloured rattan to update what is a traditional craft, and uses simple techniques which are extensively explained through clear step ... read more

Create 20 simple, modern basketry projects for use inside and outside the home.Create twenty basketweaving projects from interior decorations to garden accessories, in shapes both classic and unusual (such as egg shapes and napkin rings).Author Sylvie Begot uses coloured rattan to update what is a traditional craft, and uses simple techniques which are extensively explained through clear step ... read more

Sewing Clothes for Barbie: 24 Stylish Outfits for Fashion Dolls

Annabel Benilan

Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfits. Sew clothes for every day or create outfits for special occasions. The detailed explanations are accompanied by step-by-step diagrams and real-size patterns.Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfits. Sew clothes for every day: jeans and a tie-waist shirt for a picnic in the country, a fleecy jumper and pants for skiing, a bikini, t... read more

Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfits. Sew clothes for every day or create outfits for special occasions. The detailed explanations are accompanied by step-by-step diagrams and real-size patterns.Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfits. Sew clothes for every day: jeans and a tie-waist shirt for a picnic in the country, a fleecy jumper and pants for skiing, a bikini, t... read more

Stars and Cars

Jacques Braunstein

Steve McQueen, a Mustang, and San Francisco; the ten-minute pursuit in Bullitt has remained the definitive movie car chase for nearly fifty years. Iconic moments from cinematic history do not get much better than this.Stars & Cars is a celebration of the most unforgettable automotive moments in film, TV, and popular culture. Lavishly illustrated, it brings together the iconic cars that made an... read more

Steve McQueen, a Mustang, and San Francisco; the ten-minute pursuit in Bullitt has remained the definitive movie car chase for nearly fifty years. Iconic moments from cinematic history do not get much better than this.Stars & Cars is a celebration of the most unforgettable automotive moments in film, TV, and popular culture. Lavishly illustrated, it brings together the iconic cars that made an... read more

How to Create a Jardin Paysan

Louise Ranck

Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. 224 pages, well illustrated. Scarce.

Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. 224 pages, well illustrated. Scarce.

Psychology: A Crash Course: Become An Instant Expert

Paul Carslake, Razwana Quadir

The way humans think and behave is endlessly fascinating and often surprising. Professional psychologists spend their working lives analyzing individuals’ mental processes and responses. Their subject is a science, but their practice and approach are governed by ethics and morality. We may all consider ourselves to be incidental psychologists in our daily interactions, confident of our ability... read more

The way humans think and behave is endlessly fascinating and often surprising. Professional psychologists spend their working lives analyzing individuals’ mental processes and responses. Their subject is a science, but their practice and approach are governed by ethics and morality. We may all consider ourselves to be incidental psychologists in our daily interactions, confident of our ability... read more

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