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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Professional editor with over 5 years of experience. Most recently I worked as an acquiring and assisting editor at Orbit Books, where I specialized in fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction. 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.

For fantasy books, I especially adore epic fantasy, adventure fantasy, romantic fantasy, fairytale retellings, and dark/grimdark fantasy. In the science fiction space, I love space opera and adventure stories. I'm also well read in and interested to work on novels in the YA/NA or romance space with similar themes.

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

Work experience

Freelance Editor

March, 2022 – Present (4 months)

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 (10 selected works)

Empire of Exiles

Evans, Erin M

Hillary has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Diane Galvan Paz Godinez Ramirez
You can't get any better than Hillary! She has the passion and expertise to turn anything she edits into gold. I can't wait to work with her in the future!

Diane Galvan Paz Godinez Ramirez, June 2022

Reina Laaman
Hillary is an editing angel. She worked on a developmental edit for my YA fantasy novel in preparation for publication. After reading through her notes, I thought, “This is exactly what I needed.” Hillary asked questions that gave me clear ideas what to do next, specifically in strengthening my worldbuilding, character motivations, and opening chapters--to name a few things. All throughout, she...
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Reina Laaman, June 2022

Alexandra Iordache
Hillary's editorial assessment was invaluable, thoughtful and extremely helpful -- and all folded into a "hug" because it was encouraging throughout the entire thing. I would 100% recommend her and will most likely find opportunities to work with her in the future.

Alexandra Iordache, May 2022

Emma Rowan
It was a pleasure to work with Hillary on my query letter and first pages! Her written assessment was excellent and very encouraging, as she pointed out what was currently working, and then provided critical and actionable feedback on how I could improve my novel's opening. She was also quick to answer any questions I had. Hillary definitely understands the epic fantasy genre, which was really...
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Emma Rowan, May 2022

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