It’s been a while I’ve been away from my computer.
I’ve been completing the second volume of my trilogy The Mecha-Soul / L’Âme Mécanique, entitled The Master at Arms. However, I’ve also been surveying major book shops in town in order to figure out what would be the best angle to find a publisher.
Among the various steps I’ve undertaken, I submitted the first three chapters volume I to Suzanna Lea Associates. Lea is a literary agent established in Paris and New-York. Among other, she’s Marc Levy’s agent. But among my endeavors, I must say that the feed-back I got from a specialized sales person at the Fnac in Brussels was, to the least, not encouraging. She said “Science-fiction/fantasy is a very narrow market. Also, if your book is for young adults -starting at 15 years old-, which is the only major market left today, you’ll need to rewrite it completely with an appropriate vocabulary. Two more advices: nobody is ever going to publish 600 pages books, and, unless you were J.R.R. Tolkien in person, nobody would read it anyway. Also, forget about self publishing as you’ll never be displayed in the birck-and-mortar bookshops, and thus you’d be doomed to fail”.
All that was left to do after that cold shower was either start crying or getting back to basics. Basics, as far as I’m concerned, is remembering that we create our lives. Whatever we can visualise, we can create. It’s merely a matter conviction. Not a pumped up conviction, but a deeply emotion-filled conviction. This is one of the reasons why I went to London to a seminar with Tony Robbins, specialist in neuro-associative reprogramming changes. Robbins work is in line with that of self development pioneers such as Jim Brown or Dale Carnegie. After all, even Walt Disney has had to go knock at 302 bank doors before being able to open his first theme park!
Should you wish to watch the following video, where Tony Robbins interviews Dr. Deepak Chopra, you may want to skip the first two minutes and a half introduction, which is definitely not interesting. The rest, however…