A friend sent this to me today, and it's...it's...just so easy! How did I never come across this before? How did I never THINK of it? It just seems so elementary. A formula. For the Elevator Pitch. Here it is--credited to Linda Conrad, romance writer:
Fill in the blanks for an elevator pitch or first two sentences of your query letter:
(TITLE) is a (GENRE) about (Heroine/Hero), a (backstory/identity) who, after (inner conflict) want (goal). But when (turning point) happens, he/she has to (external goal), which seems impossible because (external conflict).
Example from one of Linda's books:
Shadow Whispers is a short romantic suspense about Sunnie Begay a grieving contemporary Navajo woman who, after her father was murdered by the Skinwalkers, wants to take revenge by killing their leader. But when a white bouty hunter shows up, she has to come out of isolation to work with him to find the bad guys, which seems impossible because the hero and heroine are from two different worlds.
Simple, right?? I'm going to do this for all my books. What a great thing to have! Of course, I'll probably have to print them out and keep them in my pocket, because if there is anything worse than my attempt to tell someone what my books are about, it's my memory.