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Doreen Zeitvogel

Doreen Zeitvogel - Editor

Seattle, WA, United States

German-to-English Translation with Artistry, Intelligence, Intuition, and Heart

Overview

I am an experienced German-to-English translator with an outstanding native command of the English language and fluent German. German is actually only one of my non-native languages, the others being French, Italian, and Spanish, but it's the one with which I have the most experience as a professional translator. I've worked in a range of fields, from children's literature to business documents to 19th-century excerpts and articles on philosophy and architecture - and that's just small sampling. I am a fluent reader of Gothic font, also known as Fraktur, which I learned as child in Germany (I'm an American with an international background). My clients have included self-publishers of their own fiction or non-fiction works, established translation agencies, journalists, and even a well-known producer of a well-known PBS series (both household names), among many others. A large number of them are adventurers, artists, alchemists, and breakthrough thinkers of various types, so I like to think that I'm helping them to create a better world or at least to reach a larger part of it.

I am especially fond of the challenges of literary translation. More than with any other genre, literary works engage not only the translator's understanding of the language and culture but also his sense of music, drama, imagery, emotion, and so much more. This is where an absolute mastery of the target language is essential, in addition to a feeling for the source language. The translator must create a world, must paint, sing, act, dance, so that the reader forgets where she is and enters into another universe.

I realize that your book means a great deal to you, and I will treat your project like my own, with all the respect, care, and thought that it deserves. I also know that there are a thousand ways to translate a text (well, maybe not that many) and that individual reactions to different styles are deeply personal, so I strongly recommend a shorter test project before placing your work in the hands of one person. That's almost always the best way to assess whether the translator or editor can grasp and transmit your voice and story. It's also the best way to tell whether you feel comfortable working with the person, since there's usually a collaborative aspect once the major work is done - a bit of back and forth between author and translator to iron out any questions or kinks.

I hope this has been helpful, but please feel free to contact me with questions. I'd be more than happy to hear about your project.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Children's - Middle Grade Inspirational Literature Short Story
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Music Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • Diploma in Voice, Longy School of Music (1997)
  • M.M. in Opera Performance, Longy School (1997)

Work experience

Freelance translator, editor, and ghostwriter

Self-employed

January, 2011 – Present (almost 6 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

A Light Behind the Door: A Travel Story from Beyond

Janka Jakobi

When Ursula awakens after her operation, she finds herself not in her hospital bed but in the OR looking down on herself from above—and she realizes that there is no death ... and that “death is a truly simple matter.” Unlike her life. Here Ursula always had to fight: as a child, for her mother’s love and approval; as a woman, for the love of men, with the feeling that she didn’t deserve happi... read more

When Ursula awakens after her operation, she finds herself not in her hospital bed but in the OR looking down on herself from above—and she realizes that there is no death ... and that “death is a truly simple matter.” Unlike her life. Here Ursula always had to fight: as a child, for her mother’s love and approval; as a woman, for the love of men, with the feeling that she didn’t deserve happi... read more

The Legacy of the Atlanteans: An Exploration of the Atlantis Mystery

Michael Ullrich

Experts worldwide have constantly wondered which advanced ice-age civilization was the source of ancient artifacts from 12,000 years ago. Few scientists dare to point to the "advanced Atlantean civilization,” as I call it, even though there is no other choice! This exploration of the Atlantis mystery pieces together knowledge from the most varied disciplines to form a coherent overall picture.... read more

Experts worldwide have constantly wondered which advanced ice-age civilization was the source of ancient artifacts from 12,000 years ago. Few scientists dare to point to the "advanced Atlantean civilization,” as I call it, even though there is no other choice! This exploration of the Atlantis mystery pieces together knowledge from the most varied disciplines to form a coherent overall picture.... read more

Matilda and Clara: Part 1 of the Fantasy Fairy Tales (Volume 1)

Anja Lehmann

Our story takes place in fairyland. Join the bold fairy Matilda and her best friend Clara, an unassuming fairy girl, on their various adventures. In the first book, you’ll learn all about this faraway land and how the two fairies venture into the forbidden enchanted forest to help their friend. There they encounter scary goblins and other magical creatures ... A fantastic journey into fairylan... read more

Our story takes place in fairyland. Join the bold fairy Matilda and her best friend Clara, an unassuming fairy girl, on their various adventures. In the first book, you’ll learn all about this faraway land and how the two fairies venture into the forbidden enchanted forest to help their friend. There they encounter scary goblins and other magical creatures ... A fantastic journey into fairylan... read more

Birdsong Under the Wisdom Tree: Collected Poems a book of hours in the life of a poet

Megan Chaskey

In Birdsong Under the Wisdom Tree, Megan Chaskey follows the archetypal poet’s journey, interweaving a lifetime of poems, journal entries, and memoir. Through her deep intimacy with both the inner landscape of imagination and the eloquent worlds of nature and relationship, Megan’s musical voice evolves from her younger years in an artistic family through loss and renewal as a poet, woman, moth... read more

In Birdsong Under the Wisdom Tree, Megan Chaskey follows the archetypal poet’s journey, interweaving a lifetime of poems, journal entries, and memoir. Through her deep intimacy with both the inner landscape of imagination and the eloquent worlds of nature and relationship, Megan’s musical voice evolves from her younger years in an artistic family through loss and renewal as a poet, woman, moth... read more

Is Your Fork In Tune?: The Search For Resonance?

Hayley Weatherburn

Ever wondered how twins can sense each other, even when they are on the other side of the world? Or thought about why you suddenly think of someone you haven’t seen for ages and then they call you on the phone – how does that happen? Have you ever experienced or heard of animals predicting earthquakes or even “sniffing” out cancers – what makes them do this? Religion and prayer seem to produce... read more

Ever wondered how twins can sense each other, even when they are on the other side of the world? Or thought about why you suddenly think of someone you haven’t seen for ages and then they call you on the phone – how does that happen? Have you ever experienced or heard of animals predicting earthquakes or even “sniffing” out cancers – what makes them do this? Religion and prayer seem to produce... read more

Multidimensional Evolution: Personal Explorations of Consciousness

Kim McCaul

In Multidimensional Evolution, author Kim McCaul recounts his journey to Java seeking a technique to help calm the demons that had been troubling him for the previous two years and his subsequent realisation that those demons were not the product of his own mind, but were actually real non-physical people who had been pursuing him from a previous life. It then focuses on three of the teachers ... read more

In Multidimensional Evolution, author Kim McCaul recounts his journey to Java seeking a technique to help calm the demons that had been troubling him for the previous two years and his subsequent realisation that those demons were not the product of his own mind, but were actually real non-physical people who had been pursuing him from a previous life. It then focuses on three of the teachers ... read more

Empowered Relationships

Maria Jesus Marin Lopez

"The most important relationship you'll ever have is the one with yourself, as every other relationship is a mirror of the one within"This book is based in an accumulation of what I have learned through my studies and work and it is emotionally grounded in the path that I walked from a superficially happy life to a spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically full life.This book will help... read more

"The most important relationship you'll ever have is the one with yourself, as every other relationship is a mirror of the one within"This book is based in an accumulation of what I have learned through my studies and work and it is emotionally grounded in the path that I walked from a superficially happy life to a spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically full life.This book will help... read more

A Modern Yogi - A different kinda memoir

Charu Puri

Charu’s first encounter with the “other side” was at age three when she floated. Her gifts lay dormant until sixteen. But after the tragic loss of her older brother, miraculous events began to occur, one after the other. The grief over the loss of her closest confidant sparked something inside of her and as the years rolled on, unnatural phenomena continued to occur to her. A mouse, would stop... read more

Charu’s first encounter with the “other side” was at age three when she floated. Her gifts lay dormant until sixteen. But after the tragic loss of her older brother, miraculous events began to occur, one after the other. The grief over the loss of her closest confidant sparked something inside of her and as the years rolled on, unnatural phenomena continued to occur to her. A mouse, would stop... read more

Molly's Marvelous Journey

Anna Camilla Kupka

Who am I? Where do I come from? At twelve years old, Molly had never thought of these questions before. But then she goes on a journey that turns all she’s ever known on its head. As Molly takes on new challenges that demand all her courage, she comes closer and closer to solving the puzzle of life—and her true nature. Come join Molly on this marvelous adventure full of wonder, joy, and the di... read more

Who am I? Where do I come from? At twelve years old, Molly had never thought of these questions before. But then she goes on a journey that turns all she’s ever known on its head. As Molly takes on new challenges that demand all her courage, she comes closer and closer to solving the puzzle of life—and her true nature. Come join Molly on this marvelous adventure full of wonder, joy, and the di... read more

Ticket to Earth and Back

Dr. Anna Kupka

Bestseller in SpiritualityNow available in English!'Ticket To Earth and Back' was first published in Germany where it evolved from a secret gem to one of the publishing house's bestselling items. After it has forever transformed the lives of thousands of people throughout the country, it is finally available to English readers! ˃˃˃ The StoryDeep inside we are all spiritual beings. The more we ... read more

Bestseller in SpiritualityNow available in English!'Ticket To Earth and Back' was first published in Germany where it evolved from a secret gem to one of the publishing house's bestselling items. After it has forever transformed the lives of thousands of people throughout the country, it is finally available to English readers! ˃˃˃ The StoryDeep inside we are all spiritual beings. The more we ... read more

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