This is a guest post by Suzanne Hartmann. This article was originally published on Suzanne’s ‘Write This Way’ blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.
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Also known as a pitch-sheet or sometimes a sell-sheet, the one-sheet is an overview about both the author and the book being pitched. It is a simple, easy-to-read, one-page information sheet formatted in a visual way to get across the basics included in a proposal when you meet an agent or editor at a conference.
Below is a list of articles that explain what you need to include on a one-sheet, with a few samples to show the difference between a simple listing of the information and the visual effect a one-sheet should have.
- How to Write a One-Sheet
- The Pitch-Sheet and One-Sheet
- The Writer’s One-Sheet
- Use a One-Sheet to make a Great First Impression
Below is a copy of my one-sheet. As you can see, the color and text-blocking give it much more visual appeal than simply stating the information.
Other Sample Pitch Sheets
- Sample One-Sheet http://www.amywallace.com/pdfs/One_Sheet_Sample.pdf
- Sample One-Sheet http://www.secretsofatopsalesperson.com/press_kit/OneSheet.pdf
- What Goes on a One-Sheet + Sample http://onthewritepath.blogspot.com/2009/08/one-sheet.html
Suzanne Hartmann is the author of The Race That Lies Before Us, soon to be available through Oak Tara. She is working on a women’s fiction novel titled, Disappearing Mom, and has started a romantic suspense novel titled Marital Fiction. She labels her writing, Fiction with a Twist, because all of her story ideas have a twist of the unexpected.
On the editorial side, she is a contributing editor at Port Yonder Press and operates the Write This Way Critique Service, through which she evaluates manuscripts and helps authors take their writing to a new level by personalizing the advice she shares in this book to an author’s manuscript.