Cover Photo: This photograph looks down at the floor of a bookshop filled with customers browsing the shelves. Several people have been captured in motion, so their outlines are blurry, and there is a feeling of liveliness in the photo.
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Be Yourself and Sell More Books

As a part of our Money Week series, Laura Stanfill argues that you should work with your publisher to do what feels organic, genuine, and true to you as a human being.

A Small Crowd of Strangers

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A Small Crowd of Strangers

Forest Avenue

A Small Crowd of Strangers

Write the best book you can.

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Love your local booksellers.

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Social media followers don’t necessarily convert to book sales.


The Bright Side

When in doubt, ask for help.

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Finally, we can change the narrative together. ourselves

Laura Stanfill is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press. Her debut novel, Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary, is forthcoming from Lanternfish Press (April 2022). Her nonfiction has appeared in Shondaland, The Rumpus, The Vincent Brothers Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and several print anthologies. She believes in indie bookstores and wishes on them like stars from her home in Portland, Oregon, where she resides with her family and a dog named Waffles. Join her newsletter: