Forest Avenue Press aims to fill the gap between the traditional industry’s current focus on high-concept novels and the often edgy, groundbreaking work being sought by most small presses.
Founder Laura Stanfill aims to publish strong, classic books. Quiet novels, by our definition, explore how the world changes an individual instead of the individual changing the world. They are relationship-driven. They take care of their readers. They are rich with language and insights about the human condition. They are funny. They are wise. They are–yes, we’ll say it–entertaining.
See Shh… Quiet Novels Here for more of Laura’s thoughts on what makes a novel quiet. Check out Matt Love’s interview with Laura on the Powell’s On Oregon Blog for more information about the press. Read Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life to get a better sense of what inspires us. (Plus it’s full of insights and tips by forty-two wonderful authors, including Scott Sparling, Yuvi Zalkow, Lauren Kessler and Bart King.)
Forest Avenue Press is a micro press based in Portland, Oregon. We expect to publish two manuscripts in 2013. We do not charge any fees. We do weigh author feedback in the editing and design process, and we do expect our authors to help promote the book on social media and by participating in public readings.