Jill Williamson | Where Adventure Comes to Life

Jill Williamson | Where Adventure Comes to Life

Examples of Submissions

Jill Williamson on July 24, 2009

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.

Query Letters
Sample NonFiction Query Letter

Magazine Articles
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
Final layout of article in Brio & Beyond (My first published article!)

Short Stories
Cover letter and short story for a magazine (sold to Shine Brightly in December 2007)
Final layout of short story in Shine Brightly (It turned out so cute!)

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 doneReplication
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
Works Cited page to accompany non fiction submission

Book Proposals
Randy Ingermanson’s Fiction Book Proposal for Oxygen
My book proposal for Captives
Example of a NonFiction Book Proposal

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