Archive for August 11th, 2011

How to Make a Zine: First of 5 easy ways to give away samples of your writing

We already went through the 5 easy ways to give away FREE SAMPLES of your writing to readers and prospective readers. Now it’s time to get down to business. Today we’re going to focus on #1, learning how to create a zine. This really couldn’t be an easier project, but you can make it as simple or elaborate as you like. Some traditionalists prefer to hand-letter and draw their pages. I find it easier to print the pages, not to mention that you wind up with a more professional looking result.

The necessary supplies are quite basic:

  • 8-1/2 by 11 sheet of paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape (optional)


Get a sheet on 8-1/2 by 11 paper.


Fold in half horizontally.

 STEP 3Fold each of those halves to the middle to create 4 equal sections.


Fold in half vertically to create 8 equal sections.


Pay attention to the numbering of the pages.
Also pay attention to the gray line in the very middle
of these sections, as this is where you will make
your single cut to create the zine.


Fold the sheet into an accordion fold
and make one cut along the red lines.


Now you can see where your cut gapes as an opening.


Push the sides together to form a cross.


Voila! Fold the pages over to form your zine.

If you choose, you can tape closed the open sides of your zine to give it a little more finished look. And that’s all there is to it!

If you’d like to see the steps of folding a zine in progress, take a look at this video.

Make sure to check in on Monday when we’ll be discussing the process of using a PDF as a means for giving away free samples of your work. In the meantime, if you try to make a zine, come back and share you pictures and/or tell us how it worked for you!



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Monday, August 8 – 5 easy ways to give away FREE SAMPLES of your writing

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