My Mentor’s Publishing Advice
Tips, Anecdotes and Lessons Gathered Over the Years by our Publishing Experts
Moderator: Richard Charkin (Founder, Mensch Publishing, US)
Esther Margolis (Newmarket Publishing Management, US)
Nelleke Geel (Publisher, Atlas Contact, Netherlands)
Thomas Rathnow (CEO, Verlagsgruppe Random House, Germany)
Stephen Rubin (Chairman, Henry Holt, US)
Richard Charkin is Founder and sole employee of Mensch Publishing. He is also currently President of Bloomsbury China and consultant to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. He is 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. He is President of the Book Society in London.
Charkin has held senior positions at Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc Macmillan, part of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck Current Science Group ; Reed Elsevier Oxford University Press and Pergamon Press
Esther Margolis, former majority owner, president and publisher of Newmarket Press, which she founded and sold, after 26 years, to HarperCollins where she continued her own imprint until 2014, specializing in cross-media publishing projects. Previously, she had been at Bantam Books for 17 years where she rose from promotion assistant to Bantam’s first SVP division head for marketing, publicity, and communications worldwide. After leaving Harper, she re-established her independent publishing, packaging, consulting and agenting company, Newmarket Publishing Management. Her clients have included UBS, Sterling Publishing, the Jacqueline Susann Estate, Scott Rudin Productions, and Columbia Pictures. She is based in NYC.
Nelleke Geel is the foreign fiction publisher at Atlas Contact Uitgeverij since January 2016. Before that she was the publisher of Signatuur, part of A.W. Bruna. In between, she also worked briefly for Overamstel, where she set up the imprint Meridiaan Publishers. Some of her authors are: Hilary Mantel, Naomi Alderman, Guillermo Arriaga, Nino Haratischwili, Sigrid Nunez, Morten Strøksnes, Emuna Elon, Rafael Chirbes, Mariana Enriquez, Samanta Schweblin. Geel is also the translator into Dutch of of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s eight books and several other authors.
Thomas Rathnow, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Verlagsgruppe Random House, has been with the Random House publishing group since 2004. Previously, he worked for Luchterhand Literaturverlag and Ullstein Verlag. With its 45 imprints Verlagsgruppe Random House is Germany’s largest trade book publisher. Thomas Rathnow was a Jerusalem Editorial Fellow in 2001. photo: Bernd Hoppmann
Stephen Rubin joined Bantam Books in 1984 after a decade-plus career as a culture writer for, among others, the New York Times. In 1990, he was named President and Publisher of Doubleday where he remained until 2009, interrupted by a three-year stint in London as Chairman of Transworld Publishers. In 2009, he became President and Publisher of Henry Holt, where he is currently Chairman. He has been associated with a diverse group of writers including Michael Wolff, Hilary Mantel, Paul Auster, John Grisham, Dan Brown, Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Sebastian Faulks, Bill O’Reilly and Tina Brown.