Mensch is a publishing company. It is funded, owned and managed by Richard Charkin.
Mensch has no mission statement nor other worthy but meaningless platitudes. Its aim is simply to help authors reach readers with minimal intervention and maximum impact and to reward them proportionately.
Its sales, rights and distribution are handled by Bloomsbury Publishing around the world. Editing, design, and publicity are managed by a group of experienced professionals. The effort is all about supporting authors to reach their readers.
Setting up a publishing business in the 21st century (nor any other century for that matter) is not easy, as described in Publishing Perspectives where Richard writes a monthly column including an article celebrating the first anniversary of Mensch.
Richard Charkin is founder and sole employee of Mensch Publishing. He is also currently Vice-Chair of Bloomsbury China. He is a non-executive director of the Institute of Physics Publishing, Liverpool University Press, Bonnier Books UK, and Cricket Properties Ltd who are licensees for Wisden. He is a member of the international advisory board of the Frankfurt Book Fair, President of The Book Society, and Chair of Common Purpose.
Charkin has held senior positions at Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (Executive Director), Macmillan (CEO), part of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck (Director); Current Science Group (CEO); Reed Elsevier (CEO Reed International Books); Oxford University Press (Managing Director Academic and General Divisions); and Pergamon Press (Senior Publishing Manager).
He writes a monthly column for Publishing Perspectives. Do check it out.
An article in The Author magazine about changes over 47 years in the book trade.
A piece in Thrive Global on setting up a business when approaching 70 years old.
A piece in All About Book Publishing about the Indian book trade.
And here is a long interview with him for Publishing without Borders