Hilary Doda

Hilary Doda – Editor

Editor with 20+ years experience in TTRPGs, genre fiction, and academic writing. Specialties in history, sci-fi, romance, and LGBTQ fiction.

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.


CURRENTLY BOOKING FOR AUGUST - OCTOBER 2024.


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, articles, 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.


My rates range between 0.7 - 3 cents / word USD, depending on the service(s) requested and the state of the text. 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.


Please note that, as a Canadian small business, I am required to collect GST and/or HST from Canadian clients.

Services
Fiction
Gaming & LitRPG Historical Fiction Historical Romance LGBTQ Fiction Psychological Thriller Romantic Suspense Space Opera
Non-Fiction
History
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • 2002 Origins Award for Best Game Aid or Accessory - "Gamemastering Secrets"
Certifications
  • Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary: History, Archaeology, Dress Studies)

Work experience

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Jun, 2014 — Present

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).

Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) Program, Dalhousie University

Oct, 2012 — Sep, 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.

Self-employed

Jan, 2002 — Present

Dream Pod 9

Oct, 1998 — Mar, 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

Delicate Condition

Valentine, Danielle

Sourcebooks Landmark

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing Proofreading
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 clim... read more
Developmental Editing
Final Hour

Rushdan, Juno

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment
Men of Legend

Broday, Linda

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
A Problem Princess (Lords of the Armory Book 6)

Harrington, Anna

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Made with Reedsy
True North: a novel

Carina Lupo

Ella Kerr, a master pianist and gifted composer in her thirties has a renowned and enviable career but her personal life is at a standstill. Two years after the passing of her husband, she is ... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
The Pecan Children

Connor, Quinn

Sourcebooks Landmark

Editorial Assessment
Any Duke in a Storm (Daring Dukes Book 4)

Howard, Amalie

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Editorial Assessment
The House of Five Gates

Martin, Alexandra

Alexandra Martin

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Heavy Gear Technical Manual

Marc-Alexandre Vezina

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing

Hilary has 39 reviews

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Bryce D.

Bryce D.

May, 2024

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Hilary far exceeded my expectations and did a phenomenal job editing my manuscript. She is extremely talented at all aspects of copy/line editing and has a keen sense of how to improve a passage to really make it shine without changing the original substance. Seriously. So many dull sentences just flowed after incorporating her changes. I found her edits for key moments, particularly for inter...
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Dan S.

Dan S.

Feb, 2024

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Working with Hilary has been an exceptional experience. Her meticulous attention to detail, deep understanding of language nuances, and constructive feedback have greatly enhanced the quality of our project. Her professionalism and dedication are evident in every interaction. I highly recommend Hilary for her outstanding editing skills and commitment to excellence.
Tanya D.

Tanya D.

Mar, 2022

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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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nicole S.

nicole S.

May, 2024

Working with Hilary had been amazing! She has made the editing process on my first attempt at publication. I would 100% recommend working with her.
Susanne S.

Susanne S.

Apr, 2024

Hilary was THE BEST!!! Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! She gave me precisely the advice and evaluation I needed. Her critique was constructive and positively worded so I felt empowered and excited to continue. I hope I can work with her again (and again, and again)!!!

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