How to Create an Author One-Sheet

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.

My One-Sheet

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

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.