Several months have rushed by since my last update on the progress of Jungenomics. Things are progressing, but too slowly for my liking – I’m not getting any younger…
I met with Myles Archibald (of Harper Collins) again in October when he generously treated me to a slap-up lunch in his Knightsbridge (London) club. Once again he was encouraging and supportive (he’s a nice guy – and he likes fishing which gives him even more stars in my book) … He talked of making something iconic with the book. But (why is there always a but..) while the main chapters were ready for the editor, the first – very important one – still needed quite a lot of work – and even then there were no guarantees they would take it on. Myles freely admits he’s a “pirate” – and quite rightly too. He needs to be confident Junglenomics will make money- a new author is always a risk. After all, what good will it be to anyone if no-one buys it?! Gone are the days when a publisher could just publish because they liked something – the digital revolution has seen all that off indefinitely.
Yet I firmly believe there is a place for Junglenomics – and a big one. So do others – see “the Myth Gap” by Alex Evans (Penguin 2017).
So the last few months have been taken up with picking apart and recontructing the first chapter. After this post I am going to put up a chunk of it, preceded by the shortened Preface, which Myles was dead keen on as a strong statement of the content and aims of Junglenomics.
I had an interesting meeting the other day with Lisa Gianesci. She runs the extremely worthy ADM Foundation, whose focus is on conservation and social good works in the Far East (see www.admcf.org). Lisa was very supportive, and recommended I meet up with the UK conservation guru – Andrew Mitchell (amongst other things the conservation advisor to HRH Prince Charles). I’m extremely grateful to her for making this connection for me. I see him on Tuesday. The aim is to gain endorsements for Junglenomics in order to help Harper Collins make up their minds – in the right direction…! More anon.