Category Archives: Publishing

Finding Readers: How to Get More Than a Hundred People to Attend Your Book Launch Event

I met a local author right after the launch of Stevan Allred’s A Simplified Map of the Real World and he asked, “How did you get that many people to come to a reading?” We attracted an estimated 160 to 180 … Continue reading

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Universe to Laura: Write

I sat in the audience at Powell’s on Sept. 12 when my mentor Joanna Rose presented my other mentor, Stevan Allred, with a ream of blank printer paper with a bow on it. She explained the significance. When a member … Continue reading

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LAUNCH!

A Simplified Map of the Real World–the book I have been editing, laying out, proofing, sending out for reviews, cradling in my arms, for the past nine months–is now available! You can find it as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. It’s … Continue reading

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Becoming a Gatekeeper–and eBook News!

My essay on becoming a small press publisher has just been published by Souvenir, a new online literary magazine. Read “Becoming a Gatekeeper.” It’s my own personal manifesto, created from the sense of writerly community, and given power by the … Continue reading

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ARCs!

They’re here, they’re here! We’ve printed the first round of ARCs, or advance reader copies, of Stevan Allred’s A Simplified Map of the Real World, a linked short story collection about a small, rural town. Forest Avenue Press, my small press, is … Continue reading

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Giving Back to the Writing Community

I celebrated my birthday last week, and a friend asked how I was going to top last year. I thought about that comment all day and realized I don’t want to try. I had an amazing personal and professional year, including … Continue reading

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Finding Readers: A Series on Effective Book Promotion

Welcome to my new series, Finding Readers. There are a lot of us authors and publishers out there, and we’re all competing for a relatively small pool of passionate readers. I often hear “I wish I had more time to read.” … Continue reading

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