Monday, August 23, 2010
What is a one-sheet?
Well, it’s basically you + your story on one sheet of paper. A 3-4 paragraph summary of your novel, a small blurb about you, and the specs on your novel (wordcount, completed, series or not…etc)
It’s a quick reference.
Why create a one-sheet?
Personally, I like it because it helps me condense my story into a page and is a helpful tool during editor/agent meetings to keep me focused. It’s also a quick way to share your story with an editor without pulling out a first chapter or synopsis.
A few helpful hints.
- The one-sheet should reflect the novel and you.
- Lots of people try to make it color-coded with their website or blog.
- Some people write the ‘pitch’ at the top of the one-sheet to grab attention and then get into the heart of the story after that.
- If you can put wordcount on the one-sheet (or projected completion date), it’s a good idea. This gives the editors/agents a little better idea of how far along you are.
Here is an example of one that I'm working on:
You can also check out some basic one-sheet info from these sites:
(I don’t use professional software for my one-sheets – as this website suggested, but I created a Word document and used various heights, widths, and locations for text boxes. You can color the boxes and reshape them, so I used text boxes to insert photos and novel specs)
(Kaye Dacus’ website is FABULOUS for a wealth of information. After you follow this link, browse around her website. You won’t be disappointed.
A one-pager is different. It’s an overview of all your projects on one sheet. It’s also called a projects-sheet. So, on my one-pager, I have a small balloon about my contemp romance, my historical, and my supernatural.
Here's the one I'm working on for ACFW:
Are you working on a one-sheet? What is your greatest challenge? Success?