Hilari Cohen

Hilari Cohen - Editor

Glen Head, NY, USA

I am a developmental and line editor with a sharp eye for detail and a long history in the romance industry. I can help you tell your story!

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I love a good HEA, don't you?

I am an experienced editor returning to the workforce with enthusiasm after being a full-time stay at home mom.
Tell me your trope and together we can craft it into a book that has your readers begging for more. I know how hard it is to get from that first blank page to "the end" -- I've successfully written and edited ten of my own novels. It takes a great team to make it happen.

Romance novels are not about just the steamy stuff. They require two interesting protagonists and a great conflict. I have a heathy respect for the genre as a reader, writer and editor. Together, we can see your next novel all the way to the finish line. By the way -- I love working with first timers. I have lots of valuable information to share.

I've taken unknown authors from unsolicited submission to the NYTimes bestseller list and have won the Golden Heart Award for editing from the RWA. I'd love to guide you on your publishing journey!
English (US)
Contemporary Romance
Historical Romance
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Time Travel Romance


  • RWA Golden Heart Award for Editing

Work experience

Senior Editor

Zebra Books
February, 1985 – March, 1987 (about 2 years)

At Zebra, it was all about historical romance. I worked with Janelle Taylor and Johanna Hailey along with a long list of other talented writers to tell stories that transported readers out of their present day to the past. Pirates, Scottish princes, the American revolution... all backdrops for stories about two people and the obstacles that stood in their way to finding one another. What do I love about a good historical? The chance to learn something about a time before mine!

Senior Editor

October, 1982 – February, 1985 (over 2 years)

I had the unique privilege of working with Vivian Stephens, the co-founder of the RWA in the early 1980's when we successfully launched two lines of contemporary romance novels. Under her tutelage I learned how to put the necessary components together to make a good story work. It takes more than a few steamy paragraphs to hook a reader -- at the end of the day it's all about the protagonists, who they are and what attracts them to one another. What makes your book stand out from all the other manuscripts on an editor's desk? At Harlequin, I learned how to pick the winners...

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Rogue in Her Bed

Marsh, Ellen Tanner

The Wick and The Flame

Cohen, Hilari T

The Lyric of Memory

Cohen, Hilari T

Perfectly Polite

Cohen, Hilari T

Hilari has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Kayleigh Greer
Hilari is communicative, accessible, thorough and knowledgeable. She also has a great personality which made the overall experience top notch! She went above and beyond in my eyes and I’m so grateful for having found her here. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Hilari and will most definitely be reaching out to collaborate again.

Kayleigh Greer, November 2022

Bea Timbers
My collaboration with Hilary was fantastic. As a first time author she walked me through the entire process, answered every question and addressed every concern. Hilary gave me helpful feedback on my manuscript whether it was the development, timeline or moving chapters around to help the flow of the book. I will definitely be working with Hilary in the future and would not hesitate to recommen...
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Bea Timbers, November 2022

larry center
Hilari proved to be a great editor with very good insights and feedback. She really showed that she cared about my ms. and offered all the help I needed when I needed it! I highly recommend her for your ms.

larry center, August 2022

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