Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Sheet

Christy here... I'm talking about the One Sheet authors use at conferences to sell the stories they've written or are writing. I'm no expert on the subject. I find them time consuming, while somewhat fun to do. My problem is I end up spending too much time perfecting the one-sheet and then no one needs or wants to see it. (That happened to me last year. Oh, well, I don't think my promoting skills were up to snuff last year either.)

If you'd like to know more about the one-sheet, google Author One Sheet and a list of websites appear, giving you plenty of examples. Kaye Dacus has a great example on her website.

What I thought I'd share today are tools to use in preparing your one-sheet.

In year's past, I used Microsoft Word, because that was all I had available. It could get tedious, though. While I was able to insert pictures and text boxes for the description of my work and a short bio about myself, it is a sensitive tool. One wrong move and your picture could totally disappear or your words will spread too far down the page. No wonder I spent so many hours on a One-sheet no one wanted to see, and not enough time on my manuscript!

Some authors hire others to do the one sheet for them. Our very own Angie Breidenbach used Dineen Miller to make a very attractive one-sheet. You can see Angie's in Dineen's example page along with many other author's I'm sure you'll recognize.

Jennifer Hudson Taylor always has an outstanding One-sheet and I'll be if you visit her blog, you'll find an article or two about this very subject.

Jennifer, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you've used Adobe to make your one-sheets. They always look fabulous.

I recently discovered Microsoft Publisher. I'm fortunate enough to have the whole Office package and started playing with this tool the other night. MS Publisher is pretty cool because you can easily insert your own photos. It has different columns set up for you to give a short pitch about your story and other sections where you'd tell about yourself. I found all of this in the section titled Newsletters. They already have templates ready, all you have to do is insert your information.

With ACFW 61 days away, it's time to start thinking about these nifty little handouts for those Agent-Editor meetings.

So what about you? What do you use to make up your one-sheets? Or, do you take one-sheets with you at all?

1 comment:

  1. Christy, I like using Publisher as well. Although I don't have a newer version on my laptop. But I used it on my old computer.

    Yes, Word is cumbersome!