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The Doc EditorHello there. I'm Cathy Tingle and, as my title suggests, I’m a doctor (of English) and an editor. I have copy-edited more than 80 non-fiction books for Palgrave, Routledge and others, and I hope to be editing until I retire.

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I am so grateful to Cathy for editing a book and an academic article for me. She is so efficient and thorough, it’s startling! When you think you’ve covered everything, Cathy reads the manuscript closely and attentively and picks up those details you have missed that require correction. Yet she remains respectful of the document, so you feel supported and helped. That’s a rare skill.

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