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IBPA Member Spotlight: Laura Stanfill, Forest Avenue Press

Thursday, June 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Caitlin Walker
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Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press Wins IBPA Scholarship to Yale Publishing Course

Following a months-long application process, IBPA member Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press has been 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, Publisher, Forest Avenue Press and Founder, Main Street Writers Movement

"As a membership association, IBPA is always looking for new and exciting benefits that shine light on our outstanding community of indie publishers," says IBPA chief executive officer Angela Bole.

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. In the same year, Stanfill also founded the Main Street Writers Movement, which encourages writers to build genuine community on the local level, with a focus on amplifying underrepresented voices and supporting regional literary organizations and businesses. "We immediately began a correspondence, says publisher Michael A. Ferro. "I was thrilled to learn about the Main Street Writers Movement, which seemed to encapsulate everything that I was then realizing and hearing from industry professionals: Connections matter!"

The Movement received high levels of excitement upon its creation, and many have already taken the pledge to become involved in this indie community building effort. They work in partnership with Forest Avenue Press, using a grassroots approach to further amplify and connect authors, readers, booksellers, publishers, editors, publicists, agents, and anyone who wants to participate in the literary conversation.

"[The Yale] scholarship helps us recognize an IBPA member who is providing innovative leadership within their organization, as well as the indie publishing community at large," explains Bole. 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.

"I'm so grateful to IBPA and to the Yale School of Management for this incredible opportunity to build my skills and industry knowledge," says 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."

IBPA congratulates Laura Stanfill and thanks the Yale School of Management for partnering on this scholarship opportunity.

Find out more about Forest Avenue Press and The Main Street Writers Movement here.


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