How to Prepare a Tear Sheet


In the writing profession the term tear sheet refers to a sample copy of the published work of a writer that is sent to an editor. In the days before technology like personal computers and scanners came into wide spread use a tear sheet was a page literally torn from the page of a publication or a photo copy of the page. Nowadays the modern incarnation of the tear sheet comes in the form of a PDF. Including tear sheets with query letters pitching ideas to editors is an elemental part of the process to securing steady work as a writer.

Things You'll Need

  • Published piece of writing in actual publication it was printed in
  • Computer
  • Computer scanner and/or photocopier
  • Obtain a copy of the publication in which your written work has been printed and published.

  • Scan and save a copy of the published page containing the example of writing to your computer hard drive or to a disk or removable thumb drive. Use only the first page of the published clip if it runs more than one page.

  • Attach the electronic file to each email query to an editor soliciting work and note that the virtual tear sheet is a recently published sample of your work. It is best to paste a copy in the body of the email as some editors are hesitant to open PDF files.

  • Make photocopies of the first page of the published sample of writing. Be sure the copy is clear and readable. The clip will prove not only that you are a published writer, but serve as a sample of your writing, too.

  • Include a photocopied tear sheet will each query letter sent by standard mail. In the query letter note the tear sheets that are included and from what publication they’re from.

  • Use two to three published clips in the form of tear sheets with each query letter sent when prospecting for work as a writer. Tear sheets prove that a writer is familiar with the business and capable of producing publishable work and make for a wise compliment to any query letter.

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

3 Day-to-Night Outfits for the Work Week

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!