Nothing too glorious. As for my baccalaureate, I wasn’t in the literature field but in the economics, I did not choose either to direct (not right away at least) my studies to literature (but to philosophy yes), I liked just as much to walk the 12 square meters of the 13,000 Baron of Sainte-Geneviève Library at 18 years old, and for christmas I hoped to get the red and gold of the Pleiades rather than a great jewel.
So yes, obviously, I liked to read more than average, a poem of Jacques Roubaud of a verse of Eluard can move me beyond reason, and yes, today, when everything seems to fall apart I instinctively look for a book (and a bottle of wine), but to turn a passion into a profession is all about discovering the profession itself, meaning to learn about the technical aspects of it, forgetting the emotional relation (the production of a book, the sales of a book …), its commercial aspect (know about which books sell best, try to understand why – some cases are as opaque to me as if we had hidden the reason behind Fifty shades of gray – understand the numbers, if the book is a success or a failure …), strategics (when to release a book, which book would sell better in the fall – how much would it cost? which one would work better in the Summer …), all of these reasons are why I love so passionately, other than reading and literature, something I love differently, publishing .
A word to the wise is enough, publishers are not born in books, they are born into the world in search for books.