I’m seeking to translate a religious text with ~140,000 words. I’d like to get an accurate translation, so ideally will gather and provide resources to fund the work.
Would anyone be willing to work with me to gain a rough estimate on how much this could cost and what would be involved?
This is not a direct answer to your question (which qurgh has already answered), but depending on which text it is, there may already be someone working on it who has stalled due to lack of interest or encouragement. I have, for example, parts of the Dhammapada, and various fragments of Zen Buddhist texts translated into Klingon, which I’ve not been motivated enough to put into a completed form. So if you’re lucky, you may find someone who has already started on your project. If KLI RTTP doesn’t have what you’re looking for, try the KLI mailing list.
Assuming the going rate is about $0.10/word (that’s probably a low-ball), you’re looking at at least $14,000 to pay someone. The trouble will be finding someone who has the time to translate a book of that size. Hamlet is about the same size and it took many years to translate.
You could also contact Michael Roney, the current head of the KLI’s Religious Text Translation Project and see if he has any insights: