on speaking about publishing and writing

“Steve Semken is an excellent publisher and editor who has visited my classes and worked with many of my students. He can teach it all–from acquiring manuscripts, to design, to distribution and sales of books.”
—Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa, Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University

“Steve’s wealth of experience–as a writer, editor, and publisher–offers audiences insight about the entire process, from first drafts to book shelves. He’s imminently knowledgeable, generous, straightforward, and funny. An excellent speaker all around.”
–Ryan Collins, Executive Director of the Midwest Writing Center

“Steven Semken is the real deal. If you want to learn about the publishing world from a true expert with many years of experience, I can think of know better speaker to inform, to educate, and to inspire.”
–J.D. Schraffenberger, Editor, North American Review

“We have an annual writing conference here at the Marion Library, and we’ve had Steve involved in several of these as an author, moderator, and publisher. He’s such a great local resource for us! He’s been in the business long enough that he knows his stuff and can speak about it clearly and intelligently. He obviously supports his authors in many ways: he refers me to those he thinks are well-suited to our event and provides copies of their books to sell. When Steve was a session moderator, he came prepared with questions to guide the panelist authors’ discussion as well as the audience’s Q&A. We are always happy to be able to rely on Steve!”
–Jo Pearson, Assistant Director, Marion Public Library, Marion, Iowa

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