All the work you’ve done crafting a final draft will now be put to the test because it’s time to write your one-line pitch and a great synopsis. These two elements are tools you will use throughout the life of your book. A one-line pitch (also known as an elevator pitch) encapsulates your premise, your main character, the central conflict, and your hook. If that sounds like a lot to pack into one sentence, you’re right, but it’s possible.
When a terrible cyclone carries her from Kansas to a magical world, Dorothy must find a great wizard and defeat an equally great evil if she is to have any hope of getting back to her beloved aunt and uncle.
They’re quite fun to write, and you can practice writing ones for books you love before you have to tackle your own. Even better, when you’re finished, you will forever have an answer to the question, “What’s your book about?”
Once that’s done, you need to write your synopsis. Unlike a pitch, the synopsis should not leave your readers hanging. It’s typically a one-page summary that hits all the same points (that is, premise, protagonist, conflict) but also explains how the story resolves. This document will be a useful part of your press package, and it can help libraries and bookstores know how to categorize your book.