Words are my bread & butter.
My name is Marlies Gabriele Prinzl, PhD, and I am a freelance editor. Currently, I am based in Seoul, South Korea, but work remotely with clients worldwide.
I specialise in working with academics and journalists (including photojournalists), and also frequently work with individuals who are multilingual and non-native speakers of English. As I have a keen sense of curiosity and can get intrigued by just about anything, I enjoy working with a wide range of topics and across fields and disciplines. I especially love long-form journalism and research projects that dig deep, ask important, topical questions and engage my mind. So, if you are passionate about the work you do, I am your editor.
I grew up with multiple languages in different countries, an upbringing that makes me particularly sensitive to regional variations and cultural nuances. With a solid academic background in literature, linguistics and translation, I worked as a tutor at the Writing Lab at University College London (UCL), a top British university, for four years. There, I gave workshops on topics such as “Introductions & Conclusions” and “Polishing Your Writing: Precise, Concise & Varied” and edited everything from dissertations to abstracts to articles for peer-reviewed journals. Given my education and training, I thought I would go on to become a translator, but then realised that I actually enjoy editing a lot more!
Some things I love: Language(s). Monsoon. Soondubu jiggae. Good tea and coffee. Both Kanji and Hangeul. Running and cooking a lot. And living everywhere.
Places I have called home: Austria, Thailand, Taiwan, USA, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Scotland, Costa Rica, England, and, currently, South Korea.
(Image: © Jun Michael Park)
- PhD in Translation Studies (University College London, UK) – Jan. 2017
- MA in Translation Studies (University of Birmingham, UK) – 2009
- MSc in Comparative and General Literature (University of Edinburgh, UK) – 2005
- BA in Liberal Arts, Major: Humanities (University College Utrecht, the Netherlands) – 2004
- CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, IH-Seville, Spain) – 2001
- Full-time editor since 2016 (see here for services offered)
- Part-time editor and translator since 2004
- Previously worked as a literature and theory of knowledge teacher and language tutor, both for high schoolers (IB) and university students
- English (British, American) – Native
- German (Austrian, German) – Native
- Spanish (specialised in Latin American Spanish, with particular experience in Costa Rican and Cuban Spanish) – Advanced
- Dutch – Advanced
- Korean – Upper Intermediate (improving daily!)
Finally, I am also an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA). While I don’t usually attend conferences overseas, I make time for professional development and continuously strive to hone and expand my skills.