Writer’s Conference Prep: The One Sheet

Reprint from earlier post.

ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference is in September. It is one of the best Christian fiction writers conferences out there. For the next couple of weeks, I’ll post tips to help you prepare for a writers’ conference so you can get the most out of it. This post is about the One Sheet.

The one sheet, while not necessary, is a great tool to have at a writer’s conference. Unfortunately,  many times, it makes writer’s worried that they must have the perfect one sheet to get a book deal. This is not the case. A one sheet is basically one sheet of paper that tells the agent or editor the gist of what your pitching without giving him much to carry on the plane ride home.

A one sheet is printed on white paper. It can have .5 to 1.5 inch margins. It should have font that is easy to read, but doesn’t have to stick strictly to Times New Roman guidelines. You can use sidebars, clip art, and boxes in your one sheet, and you can add a dash of color. But be careful not to overdo it. If you have MS Publisher or another desktop publishing program, it’s the perfect tool to use for your one sheet.

Elements of a One Sheet:

Title: Have the title of your novel at the top of your One Sheet in bold letters. Under the title, make sure you have the author’s name.

Tagline: After the title, have one line, twenty-five words or less, telling what the novel is about. This is your tag line.

Short Synopsis: Have a two to five paragraph synopsis. This will sort of be like what would be on the back of the book jacket. However you’ll want to include the ending on the One Sheet.

Manuscript Status: I usually have this in a sidebar. The following information can be included on your sidebar: if the novel is completed, word count, series or stand alone, genre, agent if any, etc.

Biography: Have a short resume with your picture and what you’ve already had published.

Contact Info: Under your biography, include name, address, phone number, email address, and blogs or websites.

Here’s an example of one of my One Sheets. I’ve deleted some information that would be a plot spoiler for my novel.

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

9 thoughts on “Writer’s Conference Prep: The One Sheet

  1. Tamea,

    I’m also preparing for the 2010 ACFW conference and this is the best description of a one sheet that I’ve found!


    Lamar May

  2. That’s an attractive one-sheet you’ve developed. I hope it works well for you! The one I created for *Give the Lady a Ride* never got used because I didn’t get to go to the conference. This year I’m going, but don’t have a finished product to offer. I have a one-sheet to practice with, like Mike suggested, but it’s simple–not nearly as nice as yours.

    See you there!!!

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