In his column today, Richard Charkin’s ‘Dear Jeff’ letter captures the publishing industry’s perennially conflicted viewpoints on Amazon.
‘Those hours not spent commuting’ are on Richard Charkin’s list, as he tots up reasons for ‘a degree of optimism’ in book publishing.
Almost 30 years ago, another Cambridge was where Richard Charkin learned about ‘the need to see things through others’ eyes.’
Richard Charkin looks ahead to what kinds of nonfiction trends we may see once the coronavirus is better contained.
‘We’d be cannibalizing our own business,’ is usually wrong, writes Richard Charkin in London. He advises publishers to say yes first, worry later.
Richard Charkin even takes aim at publishing’s parties as he reviews some of the practical lessons of the pandemic–and revisits the hairstyle of his youth.
Coronavirus Worklife: ‘Forget all the failed attempts at finding synergies with multimedia,’ says Richard Charkin to publishing’s leadership. ‘Try again.’
‘Rights departments of publishing houses invariably seem the poor relation of the sales team,’ says Richard Charkin. The pandemic is a prompt to reconsider.
Appealing to Amazon, Google, Apple, and other online book retailers, Richard Charkin asks for a change in how quickly publishers are paid in the pandemic.
Visiting the Society of Authors’ offices, Richard Charkin looks at issues of perceived fairness—and otherwise—in how publishers and authors work together.