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