Category Archives: small press

Query Tips: Give Us a Road Map

Our editors at Forest Avenue Press are continuing to receive submissions that don’t include a paragraph about the manuscript in the query letter. In these cases, there’s usually no introduction either. No introduction means the author couldn’t be bothered to personalize a letter, but … Continue reading

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Poets & Writers

I have always, always wanted to pick up a copy of Poets & Writers with my name in it. Of course I’ve had several dreams like this that seem to be coming true in ways I never expected lately. One was … Continue reading

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The One-Title Year

This has been a wild year, and also a quiet one. I finished my eight-years-in-progress novel, The Serinette, after reading Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and seeing how her short chapters worked so successfully. With a big-voiced, many POV novel, and … Continue reading

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The Handmade Approach to Publishing

When we started talking about making origami cranes for the cover of Kate Gray’s Carry the Sky, our fall release from Forest Avenue Press, I piped up to say I knew how. The designer, Gigi Little, asked me to make some. … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Steve Denniston on Mixing Comedy with Tragedy

This is the second guest post in an occasional series by authors of short stories collected in my press’ newest release, The Night, and the Rain, and the River, available at your local bookstore or online in paperback and ebook formats. … Continue reading

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Now Available: The Gods of Second Chances

Wow, March 1 is here. More than a year ago, when sifting through submissions for Forest Avenue Press, I found a story about a fisherman raising his granddaughter on a small Alaskan island, while struggling with the death of his … Continue reading

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2014 Fellowship and Other Good News

Wow. My press received a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship! You can see the full list of winners here, as well as the finalists for the Oregon Book Award, all just announced this morning. Thanks to Literary Arts for their recognition. I … Continue reading

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