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Denver Publishing Institute

Publishing Institute

Course Content

Lectures/ Teaching Sessions

Supporting the hands-on workshops are lecture and teaching sessions that give students exposure to diverse types of publishing. Leading executives, acknowledged as industry experts, explore a broad range of publishing issues. Here are the topics and faculty for 2015:

  • Overview of Publishing (keynote address): Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers Group US
  • The Role of the Editor/Acquisition of the Manuscript/Making the Publishing Decision: Andrea Schulz, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Viking/ Penguin Random House; Publishing Institute graduate
  • The Role of the Literary Agent: Sandra Bond, Owner, Bond Literary Agency, discusses how agents work with authors to represent their books to editors
  • Birth of the Book: A discussion between Peter Heller, Author of The Painter, Knopf, May 2014 and Karl Weber, President, Karl Weber Literary, former Editor and Publisher with McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Times Business/Random House, Inc., at the Tattered Cover Book Store in LoDo.
  • The Economics of Publishing: Robert Follett, President, Alpine Guild Inc., formerly Chairman and President, Follett Book Company
  • University Press/Scholarly Publishing, a Micro-workshop: Peter Dougherty, Director, Princeton University Press
  • College Textbooks/Role of the College Sales Representative: Roth Wilkofsky, Senior Publisher, Pearson Higher Education; Reid Hester, Executive Editor, Psychology, SAGE Publishing and former Executive Editor, Political Science, Pearson Higher Education, 1995 graduate of the Publishing Institute
  • Copyediting and Proofreading: Alice Levine, Freelance Editor, formerly Copy Chief, Westview Press
  • A Day with the Independent Publisher. A panel of experts from several houses across the country. The 2015 panelists will include: David R. Godine, David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston, MA; Gary Groth, Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, WA; Jack Jensen, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA; Carolyn Sakowski, John F. Blair, Publisher, Winston-Salem, NC; and Marina Tristan, Arte Publico Press, Houston, TX
  • Book Packaging/ Book Producing: Mike Oprins, President, becker&mayer!
  • Reference/Information Publishing in Digital Age: Larry Baker, Owner, Front Porch Editorial Services, and former Senior Content Project Editor, Gale/ Cengage Learning; Publishing Institute graduate
  • Religious Publishing: Joel Fotinos, Vice President, Publisher, Jeremy P. Tarcher, an imprint of Penguin Group USA
  • Children's Book Publishing, a Micro-workshop: Virginia Duncan, Vice President, Publisher, Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, with commentary from the bookseller's point of view from Judy Bulow, Children's Books Buyer, Tattered Cover Book Store
  • Production: Stacy Schuck, Production Manager, The Perseus Books Group
  • Book Design: Rebecca Finkel, Graphic Designer, F + P Graphic Design
  • Social Media Strategies: Erica Barmash, Associate Director of Digital and Trade Marketing, Bloomsbury Children's and Walker Books for Young Readers
  • Publicity: Scott Manning, President, Scott Manning and Associates
    Press Releases: Karen Hemmes, Press Release Publicist, Publicity Connections
  • How to Get a Job -- a Discussion on Resumes, Interviews, and Making the Connections: Lynnette Spence, Director, Talent Acquisition, Scholastic, Inc
  • Digital Publishing through the eyes of an E-Book Publisher: Mary Cummings, Vice President, Editorial Director, Diversion Books
  • Digital Publishing in an Independent Trade House: Todd Stocke, Vice President, Editorial Director of Sourcebooks
  • Metadata/ BISG: Len Vlahos, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group.
  • Legal Aspects of Publishing: Jon Tandler, Attorney, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
  • International Publishing and Subsidiary Rights: Kristin Kliemann, Vice President, Subsidiary Rights, John Wiley and Sons, Inc
  • Scholarly Journals: John Tagler, Vice President and Executive Director, American Association of Publishers' Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Wholesalers: Kent Freeman, Chief Technology Officer, Ingram Digital Book Group and President, VitalSource Technologies, Inc
  • Censorship: Joyce Meskis, Director, Publishing Institute, and Owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store
  • The Bookstore: Joyce Meskis, Director, Publishing Institute, and owner of Tattered Cover Book Store
  • The Role of the Sales Representative and Bookstore Buyer: Cathy Langer, Lead Buyer, Tattered Cover Book Store and Deirdre Dolan, Vice President, Sales Manager, W.W. Norton & Company
  • Roundtable of Publishing Institute Graduates. How they got their first jobs, what they are doing now
  • A morning with JP Leventhal, Publisher, Black Dog & Leventhal followed by awarding of certificates and a graduation brunch