Alison Wilgus

Alison Wilgus - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Freelance editor with a specialty in genre fiction, comics and graphic novels. Currently working for First Second Books.

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Overview

I'm a freelance editor with a specialty in genre fiction, comics and graphic novels. As a writer and cartoonist who creates my own work, I understand the unique challenges of comics as medium, and work closely with creators to take care of their books as well as their sanity. I see myself as a champion of your vision -- rather than try and wrangle your book into what I think it should be, I prefer to collaborate with authors whose work I believe in and understand, and then help to shape those books into the best possible versions of themselves

I've been working in comics publishing for over a decade, and I'm currently editing two titles with First Second Books -- The Adventure Zone series, and another unannounced podcast adaptation. I was also co-editor of a quarterly SFF magazine, The Sockdolager.

I identify as queer, and would be happy to work with authors across the spectrum of gender and sexuality.

Within genre fiction, I have a particular interest in SF and fantasy. I'm also comfortable editing erotica.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Science Fiction
Short Story

Work experience

Freelance Developmental and Production Editor

First Second Books
February, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

As a freelance developmental and production editor of graphic novels, I work with authors from the ground up, starting with big picture phone calls and moving through outlines, scripts and revisions, thumbnails, pencils, etc, all the way to the final book. I help to facilitate collaboration between members of creative teams as they agree on deadlines, exchange notes on each others' work, and make decisions about the content and direction of the book. I also work with in-house editorial and production people to coordinate other details including jacket copy, book maps, sensitivity readers, copyediting and proofing passes, and generally keeping the book on schedule.

Co-editor

The Sockdolager
March, 2015 – August, 2017 (over 2 years)

As co-editor of The Sockdolager, I read through short fiction submissions, acquired pieces for publication, worked closely with authors to polish their stories, designed covers and illustrations, and assembled both the online and print editions of the magazine.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal

McElroy, Clint, McElroy, Griffin, McElroy, Travis, McElroy, Justin, Pietsch, Carey, Pietsch, Carey

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited!

Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch

This format is designed to be read on color devices and cannot be read on black-and-white e-readers. In the second Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family's wildly popular D&D podcast), we rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle on a wild careen through a D&D railroad murder mystery. This installment has a little of everything: a genius chil... read more

This format is designed to be read on color devices and cannot be read on black-and-white e-readers. In the second Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family's wildly popular D&D podcast), we rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle on a wild careen through a D&D railroad murder mystery. This installment has a little of everything: a genius chil... read more

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