I’m a visual learner. I could read about something for a week and not figure it out. But show me what it looks like and I got it. Bam!
In case some of you might be that way, too, here is a handful of examples of things that have to do with the publishing industry. You’ve got to learn how to do this stuff if you want to succeed.
Note: Manuscript format is always 1” margins all the way around, double spaced, aligned left—do not justify your text. Only in a query letter, cover letter, or synopsis do you get to single space your writing. Click on the actual articles to see an example of how to format your manuscript.
-Sample NonFiction Query Letter
-Cover letter for a magazine article (sold to Brio & Beyond in 2006)
-Same cover letter for a magazine article, formatted for email
-Actual magazine article that sold to Brio & Beyond
-Cover letter to Jeff Gerke for YA fantasy novel By Darkness Hid (sold to Marcher Lord Press in 2008)
-Synopsis (partial) for By Darkness Hid
One Sheets for Novels
-One Sheet for YA novel The New Recruit
-Trilogy one Sheet for what became Replication: The Jason Experiement (sold to Zonderkidz in 2010)
Jill’s YouTube Video Tutorials
-Pitching my novel: What I should have done: Replication
-Formatting a Manuscript, Part 1: Page Set Up and Text
-Formatting a Manuscript, Part 2: Page Breaks
-Formatting a Manuscript, Part 3: Paragraphs
-Formatting a Manuscript, Part 4: Cleaning things up
-Formatting a Manuscript, Part 5: Page Numbers
-Formatting Your Manuscript for Amazon Kindle–PART 1
-Using Mobipocket to Format Your Book For Kindle–PART 2
-Uploading Your Novel to Amazon Digital Text Platform for Kindle–PART 3
-Works Cited page to accompany non fiction submission