Richard Charkin wonders if the winners of rights auctions are, in fact, winners. And he considers whether Nigel Beale is right to say there’s more to the book business than money.
‘A physical representation’ of the world publishing industry, the Frankfurter Buchmesse, says Richard Charkin, is a community.
‘We should never underestimate the role of unanticipated good fortune’ in publishing success, writes book publisher Richard Charkin.
The late George Richardson was ‘a quiet man, aware of his own shortcomings but with that instinctive knack of being a good leader.’
Anniversary assessment; opening his own boutique press, Richard Charkin reveals that Mensch Publishing has grossed £16,389 (US20,688) before expenses.
‘What can we deduce from these hardy perennials?’ asks Richard Charkin. He looks at some of the leading reference works for clues to lasting sales success.
Richard Charkin looks back at his four decades with the UK’s Publishers Association and the many book publishing issues the PA dealt with.
After joining the ‘polite, orderly, unthreatening and, frankly, very British’ Brexit protest of the weekend, Richard Charkin turns to surprise bestsellers.
‘Time will tell whether Mensch has published its first triumph or its first turkey,’ writes Richard Charkin, small press publisher.
Change ‘may be neither necessary nor useful,’ Richard Charkin says, in contemplating the coming year for publishing companies. Skip the strategy meeting.