Laura Stanfill

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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: 


Cover Photo: This image is totally dark, save for a rectangle pouring out white light toward the center of the image. A human figure stands in the rectangle, as if they've just opened a door and are about to walk inside the dark room--or out into the light.
Publishing a Book Is Hard on Your Mental Health

A book’s pending publication, despite all the to-dos and excitement, can be a really hard time. Here are a few ways to navigate the prepublication blues.

Apr 11, 2022
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.
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.

Sep 13, 2021