Annual Report 2013-2014
For the second year in a row, University Press of Colorado topped $1,000,000 in operating revenue. Print sales continue to produce the lion's share of that earned revenue, with 86% of revenue generated by sales of print books. Ebook sales generated 10% of operating revenue, and rights and permissions generated another 4%. Ebook sales, however, continue to produce the best results in terms of top-line growth. Although we did see modest growth of 2% in print sales compared with last fiscal year, our ebook sales were up 24%. Our rights and permissions income was up 165% compared with last year, the result of a one-time sale of a special hardcover edition of Yellowstone Wildlife exclusive to Images of Nature stores, including their outlet in Denver International Airport.
In 2013–2014, UPC produced thirty-eight new print titles and editions in the fields of anthropology, composition, folklore, history, natural history, and even veterinary medicine. Six Colorado and Utah State titles won awards this year, and we also published or distributed a number of important publications from member faculty and departments, including Basic Veterinary Immunology (Gerald N. Callahan, Colorado State University), Blue Heron (Mountain West Poetry Series, distributed for Colorado State University), Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies (Lynne S. McNeill, Utah State University), Hungry Moon (Mountain West Poetry Series, distributed for Colorado State University), Intimacy (Winner of the 2013 Colorado Prize for Poetry, distributed for Colorado State University), Into the Night: Tales of Nocturnal Wildlife Expeditions (Rick A. Adams, University of Northern Colorado), Letters from the Headwaters (Aaron A. Abeyta, Adams State University, distributed for Western Press Books at Western State Colorado University), Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood (Stephanie G'Schwind, Colorado State University, and distributed for Colorado State University), The Logan Notebooks (Mountain West Poetry Series, distributed for Colorado State University), and Wearing Culture: Dress and Regalia in Early Mesoamerica and Central America (Heather Orr, Western State Colorado University).
Finally, 2013–2014 was a building year. Amid the flurry of publishing activity noted above, we increased our staff by one full-time equivalent—a 12.5% increase—in support of editorial and production, with an eye toward being able to release more new titles in the current fiscal year. We also completed most of the work on several significant textbooks that will be published in 2014–2015, including the eagerly awaited A Prehistory of South America by Jerry D. Moore.
—Darrin Pratt, Director
UPC Board of Trustees
University of Colorado System
Katherine E. Browne
Colorado State University
Utah State University
Utah State University
Edward R. Crowther
Adams State University
Colorado State University
Stephen J. Leonard
Metropolitan State University
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Fort Lewis College
Thomas J. Noel
University of Colorado at Denver
Western State Colorado University
Colorado State University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Utah State University
University of Northern Colorado
Mary Van Buren
Colorado State University
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$52,242|
|Accounts Receivable (Net)||$290,939|
|Inventory at Cost||$382,062|
|Accrued Vacation and Sick Pay||$38,251|
|Royalties and Comissions||$103,411|
|Line of Credit||-$0-|
|Total Current Liabilities||$294,770|
|Total Liabilities and Net Assets||$804,795|
|Net Book Sales||$989,734|
|Other Publishing Income||$39,362|
|Donation, Interest, and Other Income||$1,370|
|Cost of Sales|
|Cost of Books Sold||$204,324|
|Royalties and Commissions||$133,971|
|Total Cost of Sales||$340,799|
|General and Administrative||$263,500|
|Total Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets||($5,296)|
The University Press of Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization that relies on the ongoing support of its members as well as funds from other institutions, granting agencies, and individuals to fulfill our mandate as a scholarly publisher. We thank the following institutions and individuals for their generous contributions to our publishing program this year:
- Veterinary Information Network, $30,000 in support of Basic Veterinary Immunology by Gerald N. Callahan and Robin Yates
- Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, $3,000 in support of Starting from Loomis and Other Stories by Hiroshi Kashiwagi and edited with an introduction by Tim Yamamura
- University of Oklahoma, $2,000 in support of Working with Faculty Writers by Michele Eodice and Anne Ellen Geller
- Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, $1,500 in support of Montana Vigilantes: Gold, Guns, and Gallows by Mark C. Dillon
Ongoing support for the publishing program at the University Press of Colorado is provided by the following sustaining members:
Branching Out into Veterinary Medicine
In April 2014, we released Basic Veterinary Immunology by Gerald N. Callahan and Robin M. Yates, a joint venture of University Press of Colorado and the Veterinary Information Network. Basic Veterinary Immunology is a textbook designed to fill a gap in veterinary texts, and Gerald Callahan, a professor in Colorado State University's veterinary program with a joint appointment in the Department of English, was the ideal lead author to combine the technical information with accessible writing.
The print edition, available from University Press of Colorado, is lavishly illustrated with over 250 medical line drawings by William Zaun and Tamara Rees. The online edition, hosted by the Veterinary Information Network, includes video micrograph files illustrating cell processes as well as PowerPoint slide decks of the images for professors to use as teaching aids in the classroom. We have high expectations for our first foray into the field of veterinary medicine.
UPC a Partner in Online Anthropology Book Review Platform Development
In June 2014, the American Anthropological Association was awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to pioneer an online, digital book review process. University Press of Colorado is one of five university presses collaborating with the AAA on the project. The others are University of Chicago Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of New Mexico Press, and University Press of Florida.
"Using digital information technology to improve the book review process is a potential game changer for academic publishing," says Josh Greenberg, Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Scholarly Communication program. "It's better for authors. It's better for reviewers. It's better for publishers. And most of all, it's better for science, because it encourages and supports the debate, discussion, and evaluation that is the cornerstone of good scholarship."
For a fuller description, read the July 7 piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Sacred Darkness: A Global Perspective on the Ritual Use of Caves, edited by Holley Moyes
2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
"Sacred Darkness brings together an international group of scholars to explore the potential of multidisciplinary research for deciphering the meaning of the dark spaces of caves in ancient societies. Scholars with years of experience beneath the earth bring us up-to-date on the latest thinking on an often-neglected subject. This perceptively edited volume is certain to become a standard work on the subject."
—Brian Fagan, author of Elixir and Cro-Magnon
Technologies of Wonder: Rhetorical Practice in a Digital World, by Susan H. Delagrange
2013 CCCC Outstanding Book Award
Technologies of Wonder considers the theoretical and pedagogical implications of designing academic scholarship in interactive digital media and proposes renewed emphasis on embodied visual rhetoric and on the canon of arrangement as an active visual practice. This project uses the concept of the Wunderkammer to argue for techné and wonder as guiding principles for a revitalized visual canon of arrangement and as new models of invention and intervention in multimodal scholarly production. Technologies of Wonder also presents examples of how this rhetoric of inquiry can be applied to multimodal projects in the classroom. New digital technologies offer viable alternatives to linear, less embodied traditions of academic scholarship.
Coal in Our Veins: A Personal Journey, by Erin Ann Thomas
2012 Evans Biography and Handcart Award (awarded in 2013)
In a journey of discovery that takes her from Wales to West Virginia and from Washington to Carbon County, Utah, Erin Thomas explores the meaning of coal. She writes with a journalist's determination and a memoirist's eye for detail, weaving a narrative of the twin destinies of coal and her family.
Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, by Paul A. Johnsgard with photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen; designed by Daniel Pratt
2014 Southwest Book Design Award, Trade Book Illustrated
"Breathtaking, beautiful, and broad in scope, this book brings heart and head together, setting a high standard for future nature writing."
Soils, Climate, and Society, edited by John D. Wingard and Sue Eileen Hayes; designed by Daniel Pratt
2014 Southwest Book Design Award, Scholarly and Technical
Soils, Climate, and Society traces the origins of agriculture, the transition to agrarian societies, the sociocultural implications of agriculture, agriculture's effects on population, and the theory of carrying capacity, considering the relation of agriculture to the profound social changes that it wrought in the New World.
Books, Bluster, and Bounty: Local Politics and Intermountain West Carnegie Library Building Grants, 1898? 1920, by Susan H. Swetnam
Idaho Library Association's Book of the Year for 2012
"Serious and solid research that looks at the history of the Intermountain West through the eyes of communities aiming for grants from Andrew Carnegie to build public libraries. . . . Swetnam recreates the debates in various communities?debates that reflect many contemporary debates about the proper use of public funds."
—Association for Mormon Letters
- Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts, by Joseph Harris
- Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, and Angela P. Harris
- Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, Fifth Edition, by Carl Abbott, Stephen J. Leonard, and Thomas J. Noel
- Twenty-One Genres and How to Write Them, by Brock Dethier
- Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, by Paul A. Johnsgard with photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen
- Living Folklore: An Introduction to the Study of People and Their Traditions, Second Edition, by Martha C. Sims and Martine Stephens
- Montana Vigilantes, 1863–1870: Gold, Guns, and Gallows, by Mark C. Dillon
- Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring, Revised Edition, by Jean Watson
- Wearing Culture: Dress and Regalia in Early Mesoamerica and Central America, edited by Heather Orr and Matthew Looper
- Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies, by Lynne S. McNeill
What People are Saying
"[Twenty-One Genres and How to Write Them] Love this book! Our students seek information by dipping directly into what they need when they need it . . . This succinct, very easily accessible approach will really appeal to them."
—Lauren Ingraham, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
"[Montana Vigilantes] reads like a Western. Dillon masterfully sets the stage for the rise of the Montana vigilantes by bringing alive the people who created and lived in [mining] towns. There are heroes, villains, shady characters, and more than a few politicians, businessmen, lawyers, and judges. Dillon's unique background as an attorney and judge and his downright dogged research are what makes this complex story so engaging. The prose is clear, crisp and gets to the point . . . The book is satisfying because it answers contemporary nagging questions about the law regarding the vigilantes and the hangings."
—Gregory Zenon, Brooklyn Barrister
"The papers [in Wearing Culture] are engaging and well written and have scholarly dimensions that will significantly impact Formative period studies and beyond. The book's fine organization, methodological approaches, and varied disciplines create a cohesive story."
—Laura M. Amrhein, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
"McNeill has put forth an engaging and concise but deceptively detailed text that will surely find its way into syllabi across the country. For instructors, and the students they teach, Folklore Rules will be a valuable new addition to their pedagogical toolbox and one that will surely be useful in scholars' ongoing efforts to expand the scope and reach of folkloristics to new generations of learners."
—John E. Price, New Directions in Folklore