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Marc Abernathy     +49 (0) 177 7262571



Number of edited words: over 1,200,000


I have edited over one million words. And if you consider that I edit each project over at least three rounds (and sometimes up to five), then that number multiplied represents a staggering amount of editing experience. The work you submit to me is in trusted, capable hands.


From these projects, I have seen it all: authors who feel stuck in multiple rounds of revise-and-resubmit; resistant and reluctant editors and reviewers who are still not convinced that a manuscript merits publication; and authors’ tangled labyrinth of language that desperately needs to be untangled before the ideas, meaning, and significance can shine through.


My goal for each project is simple: get your writing to a place where it truly represents your ideas and your contribution. While I don’t claim to be perfect, I do promise that every project will be given my full attention and care, with a meticulous amount of effort and dedication.

I am a trained editor who completed the UC Berkeley Extension four-course, 120-hour Professional Editing Sequence. I have a BA from UC Berkeley in history and for many years was a guest author at Smart Business English. I was founding editor of Connections, the journal of the English Language Teachers’ Association of Berlin-Brandenburg. From a single postdoc who asked if I could edit his journal article over 10 years ago, my business has steadily increased by referral only.

I use my editing experience in my writing coaching. I’ve helped clients from the Freie Universität-Berlin and LMU-Munich get dissertations finished and articles and essays published, including in the prestigious journal Science. The subject areas I specialize in are organization studies, business, management, strategy, humanities, and history.


I love working with my academic clients because they are enthusiastic, energetic, and motivated, and I see my work with them as a partnership that I find extremely rewarding.



Client universities and affiliations:


  • Stanford University
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • ie Business School
  • Universität zu Köln
  • Universität Mannheim
  • University of Antwerp
  • TU Chemnitz
  • Universität Innsbruck
  • Xiamen University
  • University of Oxford
  • Freie Universität-Berlin
  • TH Köln
  • Max Planck Institute (Potsdam)
  • London School of Economics
  • Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München
  • TH Wildau
  • Western Sydney University
  • University of New South Wales
  • Humboldt Fellowship
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Freigeist Fellowship/Volkswagen Stiftung
  • Emmy Noether (DFG)


Client publications:


  • Organization Studies
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • British Journal of Management
  • Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • European Journal for Sport and Society
  • Oxford Handbooks
  • International Journal of Hospitality Management
  • Organization Science
  • The Drama Review
  • Journal of Management
  • Academy of Management Discoveries
  • Science


If you want to read more about my experience, click to download a PDF ( EN / DE ) version of my CV.