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Willamette Writers hosts “Ask the Publisher” workshop

Laura Stanfill Courtesy photo

Laura Stanfill
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Ever wanted to publisher a book, but you don’t know where to start? Laura Stanfill, publisher of Portland’s Forest Avenue Press, will answer that question and others at the Oct. 16 meeting of Willamette Writers Coast Branch.

Stanfill has taken Forest Avenue from an Oregon-centric startup to a national literary publisher in four years. She’ll discuss how she founded the press, its growth and mission, and how the industry has changed due to the rise of print-on-demand technology before opening the floor for questions in this free two-hour “Ask the Publisher” session from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Library.

“Writers approach me all the time wanting to know how to craft a perfect query letter, who to pitch, how to get their books into bookstores, publicity timelines, and other essential topics,” Stanfill said. “I’m really excited for the opportunity to have a conversation with Willamette Writers attendees that digs into what they most want to know about the industry with an eye toward bettering their own manuscripts’ chances. It’s very competitive out there, and I’m passionate about author education.”

Stanfill, former managing editor of the Lincoln City News-Guard, serves on the board of directors of PubWest and is a community builder and a sought-after speaker on the subject of publishing. Forest Avenue Press’s titles, distributed by Legato Publishers Group, have received national reviews and recognition, including most recently Ellen Urbani’s Landfall, winning the 2016 Maria Thomas Fiction Award from Peace Corps Worldwide.

Willamette Writers’ Coast Chapter, which meets the third Sunday of each month, is part of the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. Willamette Writers’ goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit http://willamettewriters.com/coast/or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.

This free workshop is possible because of the generosity of Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, Anchor Pier Lodge, Elizabeth Street Inn, and the Newport Public Library.

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