Everyone's story is different, of course, but Michel's questions, thankfully, went beyond the "rags to riches" myth.
Rarely do interviewers get down to the nitty gritty, but in this interview Michel asks the 64 million dollar question: "How has your pitch changed?"
Your pitch is unquestionably the most important piece of writing you will do after you finish your book. (Even if your pitch is meant to be delivered orally, write it down.) But, for some reason, writers always have a terrible time answering the simple question: What's your book about?
Unless you can convey what your book means - to you - nobody will give you the time of day. After all, if you wrote it, you must have had something important to say. Now is the time to figure out what that is - before you start pitching.
For some useful tips on how to make a memorable pitch see:
What's Your Book About? How to Make a Pitch
How To Get Published
By Lincoln Michel, Buzzfeed: June 12, 2014
Probably the most annoying thing a writer ever has to do is “the elevator pitch.” Naturally, I thought I’d start off asking you all to summarize your novels. But I’m also interested in knowing how your “pitch” changed. Is your summary the same as it was when you pitched to agents and editors? Or to when you started the project?