As an addendum to my post the other day on outlines and cover letters, there’s this (from romance novelist Linda Conrad via Terri-Lynne DeFino): a handy-dandy basic two-sentence “elevator pitch” generator:
(TITLE) is a (GENRE) about (Heroine/Hero), a (backstory/identity) who, after (inner conflict) wants (goal). But when (turning point) happens, he/she has to (external goal), which seems impossible because (external conflict).
Looked at in skeletal form, it resembles nothing so much as MadLibs For Authors, but it works.
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The exact URL for the generator (with much more on pitches in general) is here: http://voicesftheart.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-pitch.html
Your google-fu is strong. (And the sample pitches on that site are useful, too.)