Colophon Center

Colophon Center is a Colorado nonprofit furthering the art and industry of publishing in the West.

Outside the New York Bubble: Representing, Publishing and Selling Books in Colorado

Sherman & Howard invites you to join us for a panel discussion with local experts about operating in the ever changing book business and its retail and digital environments.

Our experts will discuss recent industry changes impacting successful publishing, retail’s future, the mass market paperback, agency dynamics, the impact of devices and social media on books, independent publishing, relevant book data, and more.


Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency Kristin established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade of her career has represented over thirty-five New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers.

Len Vlahos, Tattered Cover Book Stores Len Vlahos and his wife Kristen Gilligan are the new owners of the Tattered Cover Book Stores. Len is the former Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, and before that he was Chief Operating Officer of the American Booksellers Association. Moderator

Susan Witkin, KOA NewsRadio Susan is an award winning broadcast journalist. Her work has taken her to foreign countries and numerous locations around the United States. Susan currently anchors newscasts mid-day on KOA NewsRadio. Hosted By

Jon Tandler, Sherman & Howard Jon specializes in intellectual property, publishing and information technology law. Jon represents enterprises and individuals on diverse legal and commercial matters for print and digital publishing. September 14 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Sherman & Howard 633 17th Street, Suite 3000 Downtown Denver

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ReadColorado Development Continues

Check out the early stages of our website supporting Colorado book publishers: ReadColorado. If you know of a Colorado book publisher with an ongoing publishing program that we missed, let us know and we will add them to this space. Outreach direct to consumer and through the media to raise awareness for the great publishing happening in Colorado will need all hands on deck, so if you want to help us out let us know. Plus, we are fun to hang out with.


Here's a Fun Way for Authors to Visit Some of Our Great Colorado Bookstores

Five Colorado independent bookstores have teamed up to entice authors with a one-stop, multi-destination events package. Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver; Boulder Book Store, Boulder; Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins; BookBar & BookBed, Denver; and the Bookworm, Edwards, offer five different markets and audiences, all within reasonable driving distance of one another.

The booksellers plan to work together to offer a package of up to five store events (one at each bookstore). Organizers noted that "in addition to robust marketing for each store's region, experienced event hosting, and extras such as guided hikes and ski lift ticket options, authors will enjoy a complimentary stay at BookBed during their Colorado visit. Make your next author tour a vacation." For more information, contact

Happy Hour and Beginnings

At Book Expo America, which is so clearly dominated by the big New York publishers and where the show floor can seem half-filled by the featured national pavilion, it’s easy to see the value of lifting the voices of the rest of us —publishers outside of the corporate juggernaut.

At the PubWest reception in 2014, at a now-closed bar called “1200 Miles” on 23rd Street in New York, Fred Ramey and Derek Lawrence fell into the kind of conversation they always have — rangy, ambitious, and hopeful for the good work of publishing in the West.

The names of Tom and Marilyn Auer rose again in the conversation as a kind of inspiration. That’s because the Auers’ work at The Bloomsbury Review has for so long placed the literature of the West into the context of literature across the country. They are an inspiration to everyone in the book community of the West.

That night at “1200 Miles”, Lawrence and Ramey conceived of a literary events center based in Denver dedicated to promoting the efforts of book publishers in the Deep West. And they passed around a card asking the folks at the reception to witness the evening with their initials. Brainstorming such a regional center for publishing professionals continued through the evening with Kent Watson of PubWest and others in attendance.

And the conversation continued. Joined by Caleb J. Seeling a short time later, and with early support from local agencies and others in the book community, the concept became Colophon Center.

Colophon Center
PO Box 7255
Denver, CO 80207