So, here it goes. I finished writing my first book couple of months ago. It took me about 2 years. As it turned out, it was the easiest thing to do. I gave it away to 20-something beta readers. They all loved it (or so they say ). Found the person from the business who is pretty excited about the manuscript and who wants to try to sell it to the UK market, since she used to work in the publishing industry back there, although she now lives in my country. She sees the book as highly commercial and sellable. The book is written in Serbian, and that's my problem. I can't (or I'd never dare) translate it myself, so obviously I need to find a damn good translator (native English speaker). Publishing industry in my country is almost non-existent, so I gave up on trying to publish the book here long ago and I decided to try with the UK or US market. So, there's my problem - I can't afford to pay for a high-quality professional translator since they require 4000+ Euros for the translation (it's a 110k word manuscript), while the average monthly salary in my country is 300 Euros. A friend of mine who is a bilingual speaker living in the US took the ms to try to translate it for free. But since she's very busy, I suspect it'll take her more than a year (it's moving really slow). Although what I've seen so far is pretty good for a person who is not a professional translator. But I simply can't hurry her up, since she's doing it for free. So I've come up with this idea, and I'd like you to give me some of your thoughts on this. Could it be possible to translate only couple of chapters along with the detailed synopsis, and to send those away to publishers? Could they possibly accept the ms based on these stuff (in case they really liked the plot and the writing style), without actually reading the entire thing, and maybe even agree on paying for the completion of the translating process? Or is this a complete nonsense? Did any of you had a similar experience? I realize it wouldn't be a problem if I were a famous writer, but from this position of an anonymous... I'm kinda desperate. Stupid money.