Here’s to Joyce Meskis, the Woman, the Legend, the Author’s Best Friend


 Joyce Meskis is a visionary, an advocate and fearless friend to authors and publishers everywhere. What a gift to all of us she has been for the 40 years at the best book store in the world, the Tattered Cover.

I knew it would happen and I’m bummed. All of us in the publishing community in Colorado knew that the clock was ticking. The legendary Joyce Meskis of the awesome Tattered Cover Book Store has announced her retirement and selling the ground-breaking stores. It won’t joyce-meskis-314c409ehappen tomorrow, but the transition is in place to be completed in two years.

Joyce is a visionary, an advocate and fearless friend to authors and publishers everywhere. What a gift to all of us.  Here’s the full story.

Arriving in Denver 25 years ago, it was a store that I walked in … no I fell in … and never wanted to leave. I’ve traveled throughout the United States, spoke in, signed in and just dropped into bookstores large and small. I loved all the book signings I had there, the stellar treatment the staff rendered to authors and customers alike. It was a pleasure to be included in “the family” of authors and earning a place on their bestseller list many times for my own books. Hands down, what she created for authors, readers, and yes publishers, is my all time favorite. bookstore tattered cover

Come to Colorado. If you fly to Denver, you will find the Tattered Cover in each Terminal–visit and buy a book, it’s the perfect browsing and buying spot. Or take the train–you will find the Tattered Cover ready to greet you in Union Station. Or head over in your car to one of the three sites within the Metro Denver area and just devour books as I do.

You too, will fall in love. Sign me, addicted to books and thankful for what Joyce created for we authors and readers. I look forward to watching what she has planned for the next stage of her journey–I know she won’t settle into a rocking chair for more than three hours.

Here’s to the amazing Joyce Meskis, the author’s best friend.signature - Judith only 

 Ashography Event PhotographyJudith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 31 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord Indie/Fab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences.

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