Denver emerging as new publishing hub

DENVER – When one thinks about book publishing, New York comes to mind. However, for the past month, Denver has been the focus of many in the industry.

The University of Denver is wrapping up its 39th year of the Publishing Institute.

"In four weeks, we manage to get in the whole gamut of book publishing," said Publishing Institute Director Joyce Meskis.

Meskis is also the founder of Denver's famous Tattered Cover Book Store.

Over the years, Meskis' connections with those in the publishing industry have been instrumental in getting top notch experts to come to Denver to speak with students. She joined on formally as the director of the program seven years ago.

"The nice thing about this program is they introduce you to so many avenues of publishing," student Geoffrey Zokal of Chicago said.

Topics of lectures vary from editing and licensing rights to illustrations and marketing. Additionally, every genre of published work is talked about: fiction and non-fiction, children's books, trade publications, textbooks ... the list goes on and on. On top of that, forms of publishing are examined.

"Books come in many flavors, not only from their content but how they present that content to the reader," Meskis said. "It can be through a technical device these days. It can be print on paper between boards."

The Publishing Institute is a competitive program. More than 100 students from across the country were accepted this summer.

"I feel a lot more prepared because I didn't come into this as an English major," student Phoebe Dyer said. "It's really given me a lot of information about the field itself and made me a lot better prepared for what I need to do to make my career happen."

Over the last month, the students have also made invaluable contacts with each other and with the visiting publishers that should help them going forward.

The Publishing Institute is equally as energizing for the visiting faculty. Kris Kliemann who works with Wiley in New York is back for her 20th year.

"We need new people in our business all the time," Kliemann said. "We need people who aren't from New York to be in our business because we sell books all over the country. Understanding what someone in Salt Lake City or Denver or Iowa or Indiana thinks about is an important piece to how we can publish more successfully."

Meskis points out that there is publishing in cities all across the U.S., including Denver.

"There's publishing in books. There's publishing in different kinds of venues that we don't necessarily think about in terms of nonprofits or organizations that have a publishing division. Those are opportunities for our students."

Applications for next summer's Publishing Institute will start being accepted in December.

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This story is an example how we here at 9News find stories in all sorts of ways. I received a phone call from my cousin Tim's daughter, Phoebe, a few weeks ago. I hadn't seen her since she was in middle school. When we got together for dinner, we talked about why she was in Denver for the summer. I had never heard of the Publishing Institute and was so intrigued.

Thanks to the Institute for letting us visit and tell its success story!

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