Even if I have been in a hurry some evenings, I am quite proud and I think I am going to celebrate tonight 🙂
Perfection is the enemy of action
Writing in English is still quite a challenge for me and I hope my typos, misspellings and weird sentences have not hurt too much your eyes. I dare to do that because I believe it is the best way to make progress.
A few years ago I attended a course about speed reading. It was during my years at CJD, Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants, an organisation in which I did a lot of training.
I am a reader. And when we measured our speed I was one of the fasted. No big surprise, book publishers read a lot and they have to be able to read fast. No big deal. I remember being fascinated by my father when I was a kid, his ability to read a letter just by ‘taking a photo’ with his eyes and returning the document to me and saying: you’ve made a mistake…
I grow up in a time when computer were still rare and connected computers didn’t exist for the general public.
In the 80’s, a first generation of affordable computers arrived on the market behind the rockstar Apple II. There was Sinclair’s ZX series, Commodore, Amstrad, Thomson TO7, etc. I didn’t have any of these, but I was lucky enough to get a Texas Instruments TI99/4A.
It was not the best machine around but plugged on the TV and a tape recorder, it was perfect to learn basic programming. I remember building games like a complete Yahtzee. But that was pretty it for my programming career.
It took me a while to understand that, but after having published dozens of books about diet and nutrition, and having read much more, I have reached the conclusion that our knowledge is still very limited.
The story of cholesterol is a perfect illustration. In the 50’s with Ancel Keys’ Seven Countries Study, America started to think that fat was a bad thing and a low-fat high carb diet began to be officially recommended.
War on fat
Gradually, the idea became mainstream and people started to remove fats from their diet, replaced saturated fat by unsaturated fat which means eating margarine instead of butter.
Having a team is not always easy and sometimes people that you appreciate decide to leave, to go for a new life, under some other sky… This is perfectly normal.
As announced on Eddison Books web site, we are opening a position as Rights Executive to replace Melissa who decided to change. If you are a junior interested in a career in international publishing, this can be an opportunity.
I am feeling nostalgic. Last year when I had lunch with Robert Greene, we were talking about internet marketing and he told me the best specialist was his former apprentice, « son élève », Ryan Holiday.
I have read two of his books and today, I have visited his website.
I have been an early adopter of e-books, I have hundreds of them on my Kindle. Electronic format has the huge advantage of transportability. It takes no more room to store hundreds or thousands of books.