I’m a longtime admirer of Bondiana. For me, Bondiana and the James Bond myth became one of the main routes to a deep understanding of Western culture.
I live in Latvia, on the border between the Western and Eastern worlds. I’m married and have three children.
The need for a Guide is obvious to me as a professional.
I worked in the book business for fifteen years, filling every role from a bookseller to the editor-in-chief of a big non-fiction publishing house.
Throughout all these years, I had to quickly and objectively evaluate a lot of manuscripts and books:
“If I buy them for my store, will anyone buy them?”
“How can I get across the main message about the book in the few seconds for which the buyer is willing to listen?
“What’s good in a manuscript? How can it be further improved so that it will sell well when it becomes a book?”
“What should be written on the cover to help a potential reader to see immediately whether he needs this book?”
In addition, I hold a PhD in philosophy, which helps me to understand the deep meaning of good entertainment books.
It happens that I'm looking for a book, but I can not find it, because no one has written it yet or translated it into the languages I know. In such cases, I try to write, translate and publish this book myself. An example of such my work is the chosen aphorisms of Kozma Prutkov, the most popular fictional character of Russian classical literature.