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.
Initially it will have sales, rights and distribution handled by Bloomsbury, and a group of experienced professionals to support authors, including Ruth Killick for publicity, Phillip Beresford for design, and Peter Gill for copyediting.
Setting up a publishing business in the 21st century (nor any other century for that matter) is not easy as described in Publishing Perspectives.
Richard Charkin is currently President of Bloomsbury China and consultant to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. He is also a non-executive director of the Institute of Physics Publishing and Liverpool University Press. He is President of John Wisden, the Bible of cricket. He is a member of the international advisory board of the Frankfurt Book Fair and a member of the Council of the UK Publishers Association.
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.
Also an audio interview here.