Expired The Life Cycle of the Book: From Writer to Bookseller and Everything In-Between

How does a manuscript become a nicely bound volume? Davis Shoulders, events organizer and book seller at Union Ave Books, will host Ashley Runyon, Director of the University Press of Kentucky; Stephanie Williams, Director of Wayne State University Press; Rachel Rosolina,
marketing and publicity manager; and Jennifer S. Kelly, author of the horse racing history Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown.
Davis Shoulders is the events manager at Union Ave Books in Knoxville, Tennessee. He worked for Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C. for three years before joining Union Avenue Books, and he estimates that he’s helped host more than 500 author events. Shoulders enjoys seeing the culmination of the publishing process, the victory lap of the author tour, and helping grow the indie bookstore community through innovative organizing and partnerships.
Ashley Runyon is the Director of the University Press of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. After working in various positions in design, marketing, and production at the Lexington Herald-Leader and Blood-Horse Publications, she returned to UPK in 2008 as a marketing manager and then senior acquisitions editor while also coordinating fundraising and development. She mostly recently directed the trade list for Indiana University Press and Red Lightning Books before accepting the Director position at UPK in early 2020. She specializes in general interest titles and building promotional platforms with potential authors.
Stephanie Williams is the Director of Wayne State University Press in Detroit. Her university press career has been in sales and marketing management, with positions at the University Press of Florida, the University of Missouri Press, the University Press of Kentucky and director at Ohio University Press.
Rachel Rosolina is a Tennessean who has found herself rooted in southern Indiana. A graduate of Berea College and West Virginia University, she currently works in the publishing industry as a marketing and publicity manager.
Jennifer S. Kelly is a lifelong horse racing fan using her experience as a writing instructor and technical writer to chronicle and preserve the history of her favorite sport, especially the Triple Crown. Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown is her first book and her second book The Foxes of Belair: Gallant Fox, Omaha, and the Quest for the Triple Crown is under contract with the University Press of Kentucky.
  • Roundtable discussion
     November 5, 2020
     7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Hosted in the KWG Zoom Meeting room

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