Are you reaching for the stars? You should! We’re here to help you get them:  Verbi ad Astra  is Latin for "words to the stars," and we don't think the sky is the limit. Our language solutions will increase your success to astronomical heights.

Verbi ad Astra  will make the most of your text on all levels:


coaching you in writing great texts
offering high-quality translations + transcriptions
ensuring grammatical correctness and flawless formatting
tweaking a text’s style for a knock-off-your-socks effect on the audience
finished with a professional graphic design optimized for web and/or print publication

Services

Why Us?

Move your mouse over the boxes below to find out more about our key values that separate us from the rest.

Quality Control

Quality Control

You can rely on us to deliver print-ready and 100% accurate texts, translations, and designs.

Before we deliver your project, we will always check it thoroughly to ensure complete perfection. To ensure the best possible translation quality, we only employ translators who translate into their native tongue without additional charges.

Experience

Experience

Count on our long-standing experience and unique expertise.

Projects are completed by exports with advanced degrees and a proven track record of expertise in the given area for over a decade. For translations, we focus all our efforts on only one language pair (English-German) to be as specialized as possible.

Speed and Flexibility

Speed & Flexibility

Every project is individually assessed and specifically tailored to your individual needs.

We’re happy to adapt to your deadlines and even offer same-day and overnight translations for your most urgent cases.
We also accept projects well after usual working hours and offer quick turnaround times.

Affordability

Affordability

We keep our rates very competitive and decidedly fair.

We believe that transparency is the best policy, so there won’t be any hidden costs or surprises. Describe your project to us, and we will send you a binding offer with all costs included. Tell us what your budget is, and we'll do our best to adjust.

Reliability

Reliability

We don’t make compromises on thoroughness, accuracy, or deadlines.

We know how important your schedules and integrity are, so we will go out of our way to ensure punctuality and absolute accuracy at all times. Of course, your information will be stored securely and treated confidentially at all times.

Service Commitment

Service Commitment

Our unwavering commitment and dedication to our clients is what separates us from the rest.

We believe strongly in the service values of politeness and courtesy. You always communicate directly with those in charge, and we always take the time to answer any question you may have. We understand your needs and exceed your expectations.

Translations
Translations
Translations

Translations English/German

Do you need a translation from English into German or vice versa? We’re prepared to serve your translation needs with our extensive knowledge of German and both British and American English. All our translations will be performed by bilingual native speakers of both languages with at least 10 years of experience in translating a wide range of topics and with advanced degrees in their field. We also make a point of continuously engaging in professional development and keeping up with current issues in the world of translation. Since the year 2000, we have provided high-quality translations to very happy clients, including private persons, businesses, non-profit organizations like museums, universities, and government institutions including the Council of Europe.

We understand how important your documents are to you, so we take great care that all translations are carefully reviewed and checked, and we promise to pay minute attention to detail to ensure absolute accuracy and the highest quality possible. This also means that we will make sure that the tone and register of the original are always preserved in the target language, and that we treat everything as confidential.

If it is urgent, we are often able to prioritize your project and offer extra-quick turnaround times, including same-day and overnight translations. Whatever you are looking for, we will adjust our prices to your specific translation needs. Use our contact form to tell us more about the topic and length of your text, so that we can send you a free quote tailored to your individual needs.

Extras

If you wish, we can work directly in your website’s code. In addition, we can combine our translation services with our style improvement services and make suggestions on possible ways to make your text even better. We also proofread existing translations and compare them against the source text to make sure there are no mistranslations, inconsistencies or misuse of terminology.

Localization Services

Our cross-cultural competency will help you adapt your English or German materials to German, British, Irish, or U.S. markets to avoid alienating your audience. The process of localization goes beyond mere idiomatic translation and, in addition to adjusting grammar, vocabulary and spelling, takes formatting and design as well as culture-specific demographic and geography into account to create a culturally sensitive approach. It requires a comprehensive knowledge of not only the target language, but also the target culture to adequately adapt to local needs. Our Verbi ad Astra experts will ensure your cross-cultural success by skillfully localizing your materials. If you wish, we can work directly in your website’s code.

Editing
Editing
Editing

Editing and Style Improvement

In most cases, it is not enough if a text is grammatically correct – its style, content development, coherence, flow, and organization will matter much more. We can help you with that as well, and check your text from introduction to conclusion for its stylistic features and completeness of content. A text always appears different from another person’s point of view, and we will make sure that you will get your message across in exactly the way you intended it to reach your audience. With our professional help, your text will be powerfully persuasive, crystal-clear, and flowing flawlessly.

We offer these services for both English and German texts, and we’re prepared for any possible text from short product descriptions to literature or doctoral dissertations. We’re also familiar with all common documentation styles and are happy to assist you in properly crediting your sources. After our thorough examination, you can be sure to get the most out of your words to get the success you want!

Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading

Proofreading and Grammar Checks

Punctuation? Spelling? Grammar? Sometimes you just need somebody to proofread your text to make sure there aren’t any mechanical errors in your text, and we’re happy to take this endeavor in our hands (for English or German texts). We take pride in our low prices, thorough work, and quick turnaround times to ensure your text’s correctness and consistency. With our help, you don’t need to worry about costly or embarrassing errors anymore! If you choose our proofreading services, we will deliver both a clean, print-ready file and a file with tracked changes, with all amendments highlighted.

Writing Coaching
Writing Coaching
Writing Coaching

Writing Coaching: Language Training on all levels

We offer many different ways of writing coaching/tutoring in English or German. If you are a student, we can help you get the best possible grades for your papers and written homework assignments. If English or German is your second language, we can help you improve your written communication in English or German. If you do business in Germany or another English-speaking country, we can help you make sure that your (or your employees’) written communication is not only grammatically correct, but also responds to the cultural and formal characteristics of that country. Our experts hold advanced degrees in English, have experience teaching at all levels, and continuously develop their knowledge of pedagogy, so that we can always find the best learning solution for you.

Writing coaching is usually a long-term agreement rather than a one-time assignment (although that’s possible too!). If you use our coaching services, we don’t just make sure your text is grammatically correct and stylistically flawless – we also help you achieve this by yourself. This process can take many shapes – for example, we will add detailed comments, helping you improve it and alerting you to important issues – at any stage of the development of your text. If you wish, we can return your text with specific lessons on various issues added. We can also have lessons without specific texts submitted by you, or we can assign texts for you to write, which we will then edit and comment on. It’s your choice!

We do not have a specific price table for our coaching because we believe that learning is a highly individual process that cannot easily be categorized. Instead, we want to be flexible and able to adjust our services exactly to your personal needs. If you are unsure which method would be right for you, our coaching experience will allow us make suitable suggestions for your and help you set up an individual coaching plan just for you. Use our contact form to describe your situation and learning goals to us, and we will get back to you with suggestions on how we can help you reach those goals.

Applications
Applications
Applications

Applications: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Design

Whether you’re applying for a job or to school, we can help you make the most of your application to help you reach your goals. We can send you a detailed questionnaire that will help us write your cover letter or resume for you, or we can help you revise your own text to perfection. Our application coaching also includes the professional design of your documents that goes beyond the common style most people use in applications and will help you stand out from other applications.

If you have any writing samples to include with your application, we recommend that you combine our application coaching with our editing and style improvement services. Use our contact form to describe your specific needs, so that we can send you an individual quote.

Transcriptions
Transcriptions
Transcriptions

Transcriptions

Do you have an audio or video file in English or German that you would like to have in written format? We can transcribe it for you and use it for other tasks like editing or translation. Depending on your needs, we can offer different forms of transcription:

  • detailed verbatim transcription:
    Includes details like laughs, emotions expressed, background noise, and mumbled or garbled sentences or words
  • text-only verbatim transcription
    Does not include nontextual details like gestures or tone of voice
  • edited transcription for a “clean” result:
    Parts of the text can be omitted as long as the meaning does not change to make the transcribe text easier to read and grammatically correct
  • purpose-specific edited transcriptions (also called intelligent transcriptions):
    The transcribed text is edited with a specific purpose in mind; for example, if we transcribe a recording for publication (interviews etc.), we will deliver a print-ready text according to your needs

Examples:

  • Interviews
  • Lectures
  • Business meetings
  • Conferences
  • Conference calls / regular phone calls
  • Depositions
  • E-courses
  • Podcasts
  • Webcasts
  • Video blogs

Ebook Design
Ebook Design
Ebook Design

Ebook Design

Have you written a book and need it formatted for online publishing?

Do you want to make sure that your ebook isn’t one of those many poorly designed ebooks that are on the maket nowadays?

Unfortunately, many publishing houses and independent authors believe that converting an eBook directly from publishing programs like Word or InDesign will produce a decent eBook. However, those books usually have poor sales and poor reviews from readers. Don’t let this happen to you!

Our ebook experts will carefully design a professional eBook with your content. We will not simply use some software to convert your file as many ebook designers do, but we will hand-code your files from scratch to ensure absolute accuracy and “clean” code. This process allows us to pay minute attention to detail and make your book proudly stand out from the overwhelming mass of ebooks that are full of design flaws.

Ready to be published

To make sure that your ebook is displayed flawlessly and reader-friendly across a variety of screen sizes and devices like e-ink readers, LCD e-readers, tablets, computers, and, if you wish, smartphones, we will never send you a file that has not been thoroughly tested on as many different devices as possible. Your files will also be fully validated so that they will be accepted by all publishing platforms you are targeting.

Full ownership and unlimited revisions

We understand the value of your authorship, and we want you to remain in full control of your work. To us, this not only means that will retain your full copyright and never pay any royalties to us, but also it also implies that we want to keep you involved in our decision-making process with regard to the design of your book. For this reason, we make a point of keeping an open communication with our authors to speak about all the smaller and bigger decisions that have to be made when designing an ebook. We will made detailed recommendations, but the choice will remain yours. We will work on your design until you are 100% satisfied with it, so you can return it for revisions of the original text as many times as you want. If you want to make changes to the original text after, for example, discovering a mistake after publishing your book, we will offer very fair prices for post-completion revisions.

What we do:

  • upload-ready ebooks in any format you need (e.g. epub, mobi, kf8, etc.)
  • complete ebook package: all HTML, XML and CSS files needed for your ebook, complete with embedded cover image, linked table of contents and carefully prepared
  • metadata
  • fixed-layout ebooks
  • conversion to Kindle formats
  • Smashwords and Createspace ebooks
  • book cover design
  • image processing
  • metadata editing

We can also support you with additional services like proofreading, editing, and book cover design – just let us know what you need!

Your ebook will be ready to be published on:

  • Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
  • Barnes and Noble Nook
  • Google Play (Books)
  • Apple iBookstores
  • Smashwords Premium Catalog
  • Createspace
  • Kobo
  • Diesel
  • and more!

Web Design
Web Design
Web Design

Web Design

In addition to our text services, we also offer web design services to help you publish your content online. Whether you need a personal or business web presence, wedding or event page, blog, online portfolio or online resume, we can help you find the right design. We understand that in today’s world, it is imperative for websites to have seamless functionality on mobile devices, so if you wish, your website will be responsive for a user-friendly appearance on any screen size, including smart phones. We can also help you make the most of your social media marketing on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and many others. If required, we can also support your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts.

Graphic Design
Graphic Design
Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Once you have the text you want, you may also require that text to be put in an effective design that helps you reach your goals. Our graphic design experts will help you choose the perfect design for your purpose with you and use professional tools to create any graphic you need.

Here are some examples:

  • logos
  • letterheads
  • business cards
  • application materials
  • invitations
  • greeting cards

We can also help you with your ebook design: we will not only convert your text into any common ebook format you need, but we will also design it carefully for a professional look and easy readability that will make clearly stand out from the overwhelming number of poorly designed ebooks out there!

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