After a long meeting with Bob Costanza, director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, on Friday, Rachel and I stopped in
As we talked about the development of our reference list and the other things I’ve been immersed in, he said, “The dark secret of publishing is that,” he paused, and got Rachel, who was dozing on the couch after a long day at UVM, to look up. â€œIt is a business.”
We all laughed, and with the boost from some Chinese tea a colleague had given Ethan we managed to get down to business, too. Like many people in publishing, I ended up in it almost by accident. I often feel the lack of any education, or indeed any past experience, in areas of the business I now have to deal with â€“ and direct. This is a fantastic opportunity and I love the chance to learn new things all the time, but it is a little alarming, too, and I wish I could cram more information into my head. Someone asked me the other day about my business background and I confessed that I didnâ€™t have one. â€œWell, you sound like you know what youâ€™re doing,â€ he said.
That might mean that Iâ€™m just talking the walk, when what I want to do is walk the talk. But with the help of an amazing group of advisers, including Ethan, I have a much-needed safety net while Iâ€™m learning.