Hilary Doda

Hilary Doda - Editor

Halifax, NS, Canada

Editor with 20+ years experience in RPGs, fiction, and academic writing. Specialties in history & romance, with 6 years at Sourcebooks.

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Professional editor with more than 20 years in-house and freelance experience. Available for fiction, non-fiction, and games. LBGTQ works of all kinds are particularly welcome.

Now booking for December and January.

I began my editing career in tabletop role-playing games and have careened all over the board since then! I am available for developmental / structural edits, copy editing, and proofreading, with or without the Oxford comma. My editing portfolio is heavy on the romance at the moment, but I also welcome historical and modern fiction and women's fiction, mystery, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy of all word counts.

On the non-fiction side, I welcome humanities and social sciences monographs and chapters, whether they're being reworked for submission or polished for a major university press. My Ph.D is Interdisciplinary (humanities), and I have specific expertise in history, material culture studies, dress studies, and archaeology.

My priority is maintaining the author's unique voice, while lending an invisible hand. The best editors are the ones whose work you never notice - until it isn't there!

Usual rates are $0.015 / word US for a developmental edit, $0.015 / word for copy editing, and $0.02 / word for a combination edit including both. Some projects may require adjustment depending on the type of work involved, and we can certainly discuss options during the offer phase.
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Gaming & LitRPG
Historical Fiction
Historical Romance
Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction


  • Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary: History, Archaeology, Dress Studies)

Work experience

Editor (freelance)

Sourcebooks Casablanca
June, 2014 – April, 2020 (almost 6 years)

Performing first-round developmental and line edits for new fiction. Depending on project, focus was either developmental (structure, pacing) or a combination of developmental and copy-edit (structural and grammatical corrections, fact-checking, ensuring consistency of content and authorial voice).

Editorial Assistant

Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) Program, Dalhousie University
October, 2012 – September, 2013 (11 months)

Assisted CEBS course developers with general and specialized tasks connected to curriculum development, exam development, program research and materials preparation. Duties included content research, course materials review, proofreading and fact-checking course and exam materials.

Editor (freelance)

January, 2002 – Present (over 18 years)

Line Editor

Dream Pod 9
October, 1998 – March, 2002 (over 3 years)

Responsible for determining the direction, content and authorship for books published for the Tribe 8 and Jovian Chronicles roleplaying game lines. Supervised single and multiple-author teams through publishing process from proposal to final draft; collaborated with layout team and artists to determine book appearance; performed copy editing and final proofing on books for Tribe 8, Jovian Chronicles, Gear Krieg and Heavy Gear game lines. Wrote ad copy for hard and soft-copy catalogues, designed and implemented contests, web promotions and public demonstrations of product lines.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Final Hour

Rushdan, Juno

Spare Heirs

Michels, Elizabeth

Tribe 8: Companion

Anderson, Phil

Heavy Gear Technical Manual

Marc-Alexandre Vezina

Hilary has 1 review

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Jennifer Burgess
My experience working with Hilary exceeded my expectations. I was surprised at how quickly she was able to provide quality feedback. She provided everything I need to move forward. Thank you, Hilary!!

Jennifer Burgess, July 2020

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