I’m writing a novel that contains many elements. At its core, the story is about a naive, innocent, adolescent girl that evolves into an independent, strong, world-wise woman; as a result of working in a bar, a failed marriage, and a tragic incident that changes her forever. The book contains many characters and sub-plots. My problem, is in writing the pitch. I’ve considered eliminating some of the sub-plots and focusing more on her life and transition, but I’m finding that difficult to do and sustain the story for 80,000 plus word count. The sub-plots involve her either directly or indirectly, but they are unrelated to the central tragic event that happens at the end of the book. Have you had a similar experience in crafting your novel? Has your story been difficult to describe in a pitch due to sub-plots or diversions from the central theme?