I'm getting awfully confused so any clarification would be really really appreciated! And exactly WHICH of these do you need when you query an agent!? Of course you'll need the query (which I understand to be a combination of the hook and pitch in one letter, sandwiched in the middle of an author introduction to the MS and author's credentials) - or is this understanding wrong? When do you need a pitch? And at which stage do you submit a synopsis - with the query, or only afterwards upon request for examples of your writing? Please excuse the poor examples - I banged them out as I typed this post and they're non-existent stories anyway. Here's my understanding of these terms: Hook/Logline (same thing?) - it is a short sentence that should "hook" the reader or agent, for example: - "When Tom came back from the dead, he realises that none of his friends or family were who they claimed to be." - "What would you do if you had the chance to live again?" Pitch - 2-3 line "blurb" that acts much the same as a hook. How detailed should this be? For example: - "Anya is caught in a web of lies bigger than her mind could comprehend and if she wants to get out alive she will have to use all her strength, wit and resources to find the ancient scroll before the Dark Lords of Harban find it. Staking it all on one mysterious man who claims to be on her side, she must journey to the end of the world in the hope of finding the next clue to the scroll. The cost, however, is much dearer than she knew, and when she gets to the end there will be no turning back." Query - acts much the same as a blurb. I know consensus here varies - some say this should be the summary and others say it should be like a blurb - all online examples point to the blurb version and I am inclined to think the summary should be a synopsis, not the query - is this correct or at least acceptable, even if there's no one-rule-fits-all standard? I also know that consensus vary on whether one should include the ending of the book - I personally wish to go for a cliffhanger rather than the ending. So far I have not seen a query example that spells out the ending either online. The query body should be short - 3 paragraphs usually. There should be the hook. Brief intro to the MS - genre, word count, possibly any potential audience or comparable titles, though I myself will not be using comparable titles. 1-2 paragraphs on what the MS is about (this would sound much like the pitch). With a final paragraph being author's credentials. Synopsis - summary of the entire MS including all details, who's who and what's what, the specific milestones in chronological order, to finish with the ending so that the agent knows exactly how it ends.