For those writers working on one sheets and quick elevator pitches for their novels, here’s a must read blog post on the topic from agent Nathan Bransford….

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/05/how-to-write-one-sentence-pitch.html

…. wherein he distills this somewhat daunting process into four basic elements that should be included in the pitch:

OPENING CONFLICT
CHARACTER(s)
OVERCOME CONFLICT
COMPLETE QUEST

Take a look at his post for how he recommends putting those elements together. This is the clearest formula for writing a one sentence pitch I’ve ever found. And I’ve done me a lot of looking.

PS: that “complete quest” part could also be stated “reach goal.”

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