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 April 2021. My current base rates are as follows (subject to change as per project requirements). All prices are in US Dollars:

Combination developmental and copy edit: $0.02 / word
Developmental edit: $0.015 / word
Editorial assessment: $0.01 / word
Line / copy edit: $0.01 / word
Proofreading: $0.007 / word

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, LitRPG, 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!
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 19 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 6 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Heather Chambers
I cannot sing Hilary's praises enough. I got well and beyond a simple developmental editor. She's incredibly knowledgable in countless areas and puts every ounce into your work. Countless times I've looked over her comments and gone, "I never would have thought of that." My books would not be half as good without her insight. Not only that, her support is amazing. She's so good at her job not...
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Heather Chambers, February 2021

Steph Williamson
This is our second time working with Hilary and it was as much of a delight as before. She's been invaluable to the process. She was informative, professional and her work was carried out in a very timely manner. She also demonstrated great integrity.

Steph Williamson, February 2021

David Goodin
Hired Hilary for a copy edit on a challenging project, and she not only delivered the project early but exceeded my expectations. Her comments were detailed and provided a lot of extra value, which was pivotal to my project's success. I had a lot of questions and answered them even over a weekend. One of the best editors I've worked with. I have already booked my next project with Hilary, and I...
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David Goodin, November 2020

Steph Williamson
Hilary was wonderful to work with. We have never used a professional editor before and she really helped to explain the elements of the process we weren't aware of as well as delivering excellent quality to the deadline. She also showed professional integrity, adjusting her quote as needed when the word count was much lower than originally planned. Would absolutely recommend Hilary and we wi...
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Steph Williamson, November 2020

Ghada Khalil
It was really fun working with Hilary and she’s always ready to discuss anything in details. Her work is by far the best I’ve had and I will definitely work with her again!

Ghada Khalil, September 2020

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