Hillary Sames

Hillary Sames - Editor

New Haven, CT, USA

Freelance editor specializing in fantasy, sci-fi, YA/NA, and romance. 5+ years editorial experience at a Big 5 publisher in NYC.

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I am a former acquiring editor from Orbit Books at Hachette Book Group, where I specialized in fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction. I adore all subgenres of fantasy, but my favorites include epic fantasy, adventure fantasy, romantic fantasy, fairytale retellings, and dark fantasy. In the science fiction space, I love space opera, adventure stories, and any book that explores topics relating to AI and aliens. I'm also well read in and interested to work on novels in the Young Adult, New Adult, and romance space with similar themes.

I know you have a story that you want to tell, and I'm here to help you translate that vision onto the page so that your voice and your characters shine. It's always been my belief that an editor should be an author's first and biggest fan, and together we can work to bring your story to life!


“[Hillary] occupies that rarest of nexuses in the industry — genre savvy, commercially astute, and a genuine pleasure to work with. I would recommend her without hesitation.”

— Richard Swan, author of THE JUSTICE OF KINGS

“Hillary was a pleasure to work with but what I really treasured was her insight on my manuscript. She truly immersed herself in the world I created; honing in on everything from worldbuilding inconsistencies to story-spanning character arcs and plot payoffs. Her editing allowed me to realize my story's strengths and shore up its weaknesses. In the end, her work brought my book to the next level.”

— Alexander Darwin, author of THE COMBAT CODES

“Hillary's notes really helped improve my books, especially THE DRAGON OF JIN-SAYENG. I absolutely recommend working with her!”

— K. S. Villoso, author of THE WOLF OF OREN-YARO

English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
New Adult
Paranormal Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience

Freelance Editor

March, 2022 – Present (about 1 year)

Assistant Editor

Orbit Books at Hachette Book Group
August, 2019 – March, 2022 (over 2 years)


Orbit Books at Hachette Book Group
November, 2017 – July, 2019 (over 1 year)


August, 2016 – November, 2017 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Tyranny of Faith

Swan, Richard

Hillary has 18 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Amelia DeLuco
Hillary was amazing at editing my first novel. She was prompt, professional, and gave me incredibly detailed to make my book the best it could be!

Amelia DeLuco, January 2023

Laura Beard
I am so glad I chose Hillary to complete the editorial assessment of my book. Her summary was very in depth and thorough and her suggestions spot on. I can tell she really gave some thought into my novel regarding it's strengths and weaknesses and what I can do to improve my writing and the storyline. I can say with total confidence that Hillary's recommendations made my novel better and I will...
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Laura Beard, November 2022

Jordan Day
It was absolutely fantastic working with Hillary. As a first-time author, she made me feel very at ease with the process. Her editorial assessment was thorough, and I felt she genuinely understood my characters and the story I wanted to tell. I highly recommend her and can not say enough wonderful things about our collaboration.

Jordan Day, November 2022

Mikhaeyla Kopievsky
Hillary was the perfect choice for my manuscript assessment - her timeframes were reasonable, her communication excellent, her rates competitive, and the quality of her notes outstanding. Hillary's industry experience and love of storytelling really shone through in her editorial letter. Her comments were thoughtful and insightful, and her suggestions showed both a deep understanding of the sto...
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Mikhaeyla Kopievsky, October 2022

Melissa Haggard
If I could write pages and pages about how wonderful Hillary was to work with, I would. I took my time finding an editor for my first novel (because putting yourself out there is very scary lol), and I found Hillary through Reedsy. From the get-go, she never made me feel scared to ask questions and was extremely nice and professional throughout the whole process. She kept an open line of commun...
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Melissa Haggard, October 2022

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