We've talked about this interesting issue with colleagues, and now we'd love to know what your favorite project length is, in either word count, page count, line count, or general duration. Usually, we really like 5,000 to 7,000 word projects, even though the very large 100,000 + word translations have also been challenging and exciting. The upside with the extensive projects is that the research we do "lasts" for a long time, while with shorter projects, new research is necessary each time. However, the quicker projects seem to drain us less mentally, and it's nice to get them off our desks, issue the invoice, and get paid. We also like the diversity of working on several smaller projects at the same time. We've found that working exclusively on one big project for several months makes us long for variation.
At the moment, we are working from Santiago, Chile, where we will be the entire month of April. We have eight projects in the queue, and they are all relatively short (between 500 and 4,000 words), with the exception of a 60-page monster, on which we've been working for weeks. All are due this week or the beginning of next week, and we are making good progress. This feels like a good work load to us (and yes, we are trying to fit in a trip to see the Andes up close and personal).
What about you? Do you rejoice when your client assigns a 50,000 word translation or does that make you cringe? How long, ideally, would you work on a translation before moving on to the next one? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section. Now, back to our multiple projects!