Hilary Doda

Hilary Doda - Editor

Halifax, NS, Canada

Editor with 20+ years experience in RPGs, fiction, and academic writing. Specialties in history, romance, LGBTQ fiction.

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Overview

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

NOW BOOKING FOR SEPTEMBER 2022

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 Atlantic history, material culture studies, dress studies, and archaeology.

I have been called "intimidatingly thorough," and I choose to take that as a compliment. I can edit with a lighter touch when that's requested, however, and I always keep a sense of humour. My job is to make you and your text the best it can possibly be.

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!

Please note that, as a Canadian small business, I am required to collect GST and/or HST from Canadian clients (and only Canadian clients). Please let me know if you are a resident of Canada, and in which province, so that I can include the appropriate tax rates for your province of residence. If you are a GST/HST registrant eligible to collect the ITC, please let me know this as well so that I can provide you with the appropriate documentation.


My current base rates for new clients are as follows (all in $ US):

Developmental Edit: 2 cents / word
Editorial Assessment: 1.5 cents / word
Line/Copy Edit: 1.5 cents / word
Proofreading: 1 cent / word.

Combination packages are available if you book two or more services at the same time.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Gaming & LitRPG
Historical Fiction
Historical Romance
LGBTQ Fiction
Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction
Non-Fiction
History

Certifications

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

Awards

  • 2002 Origins Award for Best Game Aid or Accessory - "Gamemastering Secrets"

Work experience

Editor (freelance)

Sourcebooks Casablanca
June, 2014 – Present (about 8 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)

Self-employed
January, 2002 – Present (over 20 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 (22 selected works)

Final Hour

Rushdan, Juno

I Kissed a Girl

Jennet Alexander

Can an up-and-coming horror actressand the makeup artist for her newest "creature feature"turn on-set chemistry into the romance of a lifetime?Lilah Silver's a young actress who dreams of climbing out of B-list stardom. She's been cast as the lead in what could be her breakout performance...but if she wants to prove herself to everyone who ever doubted her, she's going to need major help along... read more

Can an up-and-coming horror actressand the makeup artist for her newest "creature feature"turn on-set chemistry into the romance of a lifetime?Lilah Silver's a young actress who dreams of climbing out of B-list stardom. She's been cast as the lead in what could be her breakout performance...but if she wants to prove herself to everyone who ever doubted her, she's going to need major help along... read more

Spare Heirs

Michels, Elizabeth

Tribe 8: Companion

Anderson, Phil

Heavy Gear Technical Manual

Marc-Alexandre Vezina

Hilary has 15 reviews

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Belinda Davidson
This was my first collaboration on Reedsy and Hilary did not disappoint! Communication was excellent throughout and her attention to detail was most impressive. I received my editorial assessment from her very promptly and she gave me some extremely useful pointers and ideas to help me improve. I would absolutely recommend her and hope to work with her again on future projects!

Belinda Davidson, May 2022


Erin Buchen
Working with Hilary has been fantastic. She really knows her stuff and is passionate about making books their best. My manuscript is stronger than I could have hoped for thanks to her talents.

Erin Buchen, April 2022


L. Webb
Hilary was absolutely wonderful to work with! She was patient and answered all of my questions. She really went above and beyond! Her historical knowledge is a great help and she provided resources on period appropriate clothing and speech. The communication was wonderful during the entire process. This is my second time using her for editing, and I plan to use her for future projects as well.

L. Webb, March 2022


Tanya DeCharles
The information that I received from Hilary is invaluable. I had hoped for an assessment that was very direct in my errors, and honest about my strengths, and that is exactly what I got. The amount of work and detail in her feedback is abundant and everything I had hoped for. I'm still digesting it all. She is so knowledgeable and organized. She delivers on everything in her proposal. Truthfu...
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Tanya DeCharles, March 2022


EG McInnis
Hilary went above and beyond for my project. She is very thorough and made excellent suggestions. She really took the time to understand my project and provided high quality comments within our timelines. Thank you very much Hilary for your help!

EG McInnis, February 2022

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