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IBPA Announces Winner of Yale Publishing Course Scholarship: Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press

Friday, May 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
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(Manhattan Beach, CA - May 25, 2018) -- The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) – ibpa-online.org – and the Yale School of Management – https://som.yale.edu/execed – are pleased to announce the winner of their inaugural Yale Publishing Course scholarship program. Following a months-long application process, IBPA member Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press was chosen from over 40 applicants to receive full tuition to Yale’s Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing course (July 29 – August 3, 2018). The scholarship value is $5,850.

Laura Stanfill is a novelist, an award-winning journalist, and the publisher of Forest Avenue Press. She is also the winner of IBPA's inaugural scholarship to Yale’s Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing course.

"As a membership association, IBPA is always looking for new and exciting benefits that shine light on our outstanding community of indie publishers," said IBPA chief executive officer Angela Bole. "This scholarship helps us recognizes an IBPA member who is providing innovative leadership within her organization, as well as the indie publishing community at large. IBPA congratulates Laura Stanfill and thanks the Yale School of Management for partnering on this scholarship opportunity."

Yale’s week-long Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing course curriculum integrates practical wisdom from experts in publishing with research and management techniques from Yale School of Management professors. Tina C. Weiner is the Program Director.

"We were delighted to partner with IBPA in providing a scholarship to the Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing course,” said Weiner. “The impressive group of applications received reflected the range and entrepreneurial spirit of today’s independent publishers. Laura Stanfill’s passion for publishing and her many accomplishments distinguished her within this extraordinary group."

Stanfill is a novelist, an award-winning journalist, and the publisher of Forest Avenue Press. Publishers Weekly designated her as a 2017 Star Watch honoree, and she founded the Main Street Writers Movement that year, as well. Forest Avenue Press titles are distributed by Publishers Group West and Laurie Fox of the Linda Chester Literary Agency represents Stanfill’s work.

"I’m so grateful to IBPA and to the Yale School of Management for this incredible opportunity to build my skills and industry knowledge," said Stanfill. "What I learn will help me take my publishing house to the next level while helping me become a stronger advocate and industry leader within the small-press sector. I’m also really excited to connect with publishing professionals from all over the world."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Angela Bole, IBPA CEO, at angela@ibpa-online.org


About the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry. For more information, visit ibpa-online.org.

About the Yale School of Management & the Yale Publishing Course

Last summer, the Yale School of Management (SOM) welcomed the Yale Publishing Course (YPC) to Evans Hall for the first time. Together, SOM and YPC delivered a unique course for seasoned leaders in publishing to gather in an inspiring environment and gain critical insights in all facets of their industry. The partnership allowed for additional sessions taught by world-renowned Yale SOM faculty members. You can read more about the details of the collaboration here.


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