EDITING SERVICES

If you’re here, you probably know who I am but to recap: I’m an 1x Eisner Award and 3x Ignatz Award-nominated cartoonist, artist and writer and I’ve worked with companies like Pixar, Viz Media, New Republic, Image Comics, Cartoon Network, DC, Dark Horse, Namco and more. I’m most well-known for my slice-of-life graphic novel, A MAP TO THE SUN and my indigenous psychedelic sci fi series, PRISM STALKER. My newest graphic novel is GRAVENEYE, a horror story written by me and drawn by Anna Bowles. I also have short fiction credits with Dark Matter Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, Fireside Fiction and The Dread Machine.

I’ve also conducted writing and comics mentorships through Ancestral Futures and with my friend Leslie Hung (co-creator of SNOTGIRL) through our creative criticism podcast and show, Salt and Honey. I’ve also been a part of educational panels hosted by organizations like FiyahCon, Comic-Con, Clarion West, WorldCon, the Nebula Awards Convention and more.

I’ve been successfully making comics and writing fiction since I was 16 years old and have been a full time working creative for over a decade. I have no degrees or higher former education which I view as a unique strength; what I’ve learned, I’ve gathered from a wide variety of educational and philosophical sources and creative work. It’s allowed me to cultivate a comprehensive and unique approach to story and art and helped me to develop a creatively flexible approach as a creator, reader and critic.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING FOR COMICS

There are many stages of a comic: ideas, outline, script, thumbnails, sketches, inks, colors and lettering. Many cartoonists or creative teams work in various combinations of the above stages. I offer developmental edits for all the above stages, with a focus around your specific storytelling goals.

In the writing stage, I’ll take an in-depth look at all elements of your story like theme, mood, plot, characters, relationship dynamics, perspective, and voice. In the art stage, I’ll offer feedback on all aspects of your visual language, coherency, and how it flows compositionally on a page and panel level.

You can also request specific points of interest you’d like me to analyze in both stages.

SERVICE A: For comics in the early stages–ideas, outlines, partials, stuck manuscripts, I offer a sliding scale depending on word count or amount of material.

What you’ll receive: this depends on the material you provide and what you need direction or insight on. Feedback may take the form of:

SERVICE B: For comic scripts, my base rate is $5.00 per page.

What you’ll receive: a marked-up copy of your script with comments added throughout. I’ll offer scene-level observations and suggestions for the whole of the story, along with ways to add depth, interest, or to weed out cliches.

SERVICE C: For comics in the sketch or final stage, my base rate is $8.00 per page but may change depending on complexity.

What you’ll receive: marked-up copies of your comic pages with comments about style, coherency, technique, flow, and layout added throughout. I’ll offer scene-level observations and suggestions for the whole of the comic, along with ways to add visual interest and weed out poor visual or sequential choices.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING FOR SHORT FICTION

I’ll take an in-depth look at all elements of your story like theme, mood, plot, characters, relationship dynamics, narrative distance, choice of perspective, and voice. You’ll receive a combination developmental edit and line edit. (I don’t provide proof reading, copy editing or fact-checking.)

For short fiction, my rate is .03c per word.

READY TO WORK?

If you’d like to request a quote, you can email me at sloaneleongart (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line “Editing Services.” Please include the following information:

If we move forward on collaboration, payment will be 50% upfront and the remaining 50% upon completion of the job. If you identify as BIPOC, houseless, incarcerated or are otherwise marginalized, let me know; I’m happy to adjust pricing according to your situation.

TESTIMONIALS

"I'm so glad this mentorship took into consideration genre and the business of writing. As a minority, I didn't feel like I always had access to the business side of publishing. To have someone knowledgeable I could bounce ideas off of in real-time was invaluable. Also, with Sloane specifically, she helped me understand how to use my voice in my writing in a way that's both measured and meaningful."
Beatrice Iker, Fiction Writer [Ancestral Futures Mentorship]

"The mentorship was such a big help for me, it motivated me to take my graphic novel project and feel brave enough to properly look and work on it. Back when I applied, my story felt like a hard to approach, very tangled mess; the mentorship gave me the clues to get out of my head and make sense of my ideas and goals. Leslie and Sloane's perspective, advice and criticism on my writing and art was honest and encouraging while taking my personal taste, drawing style and goals into account. I'm still working on this project but now it seems like an adventure I can tackle, so I'm very grateful for the experience!"
Gabriela Gutiérrez, Cartoonist [Salt & Honey Mentorship]

"Getting mentored by Sloane and Leslie was one of the best things that happened to my comics journey! From someone who created comics without a structured process (if it's done, it's DONE), they helped pinpoint how I can make my story better: developing characters, plotting, paneling, character acting, and more. I learned so, so much in a short amount of time and was able to create both a tight outline and a few sample pages - eventually leading me to my amazing agent!"
Tori Tadiar, Cartoonist [Salt & Honey Mentorship]

"I highly recommend being mentored under Sloane & Leslie! I learned a lot from the time I spent with them. I learned how to think about the flow and formant my comics a lot more as well as writing a more developed and well thought out story/plot. They really helped me feel confident in the work I was developing!"
Ayanna Johnson Steptoe, Cartoonist [Salt & Honey Mentorship]