Nostalgia and Baby Seats: Welcoming a New Author to the Parisian Phoenix Family

I’ve been working with storyteller Larry Sceurman of the Lehigh Valley Storyteller’s Guild for a couple of months now. He approached me after Joan Zachary gave a presentation on photography’s role in book layout and as inspiration for the creative process during a Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group meeting in June. (To see the highlightsContinue reading “Nostalgia and Baby Seats: Welcoming a New Author to the Parisian Phoenix Family”

The Brouhaha on Banned Books

The issue of Book Bans never seems to go away… and the current climate books by queer, gender non-conforming people, and individuals of color seem to be taking a hit. Behind the Scenes: The Daily Show Behind the Scenes discusses Book Bans. (podcast) and on YouTube. Some of the recent brouhaha attacks books by peopleContinue reading “The Brouhaha on Banned Books”

More podcasts on writing, five on self-publishing

As publisher of Parisian Phoenix Publishing, I have curated some playlists of podcasts on Spotify. I encourage anyone with questions about certain aspects of writing and publishing to check out my profile and see if any of the topics appeal to you. Some of my past discussions on this topic include Spotify Playlists for WritersContinue reading “More podcasts on writing, five on self-publishing”

Some unusual writing craft books you may not know

I thought it would be fun to share a couple of writing craft books that I have saved over the years that aren’t Stephen King’s On Writing or William Zinsser’s On Writing Well or Strunk & White’s Elements of Style. Those are classic writing craft books and if you haven’t read them you should andContinue reading “Some unusual writing craft books you may not know”

Oh, Write! Competitive Word Count for Motivation?

This blog has mentioned my favorite podcasts in a previous post, but the reality is that there are so many podcasters and so many niches that even the ones that aren’t as entertaining end up on my list. And sometimes I find new favorites, like Joanna Penn and Sacha Black. For more about some ofContinue reading “Oh, Write! Competitive Word Count for Motivation?”

Venues where you can celebrate books in the Lehigh Valley

Hello, readers, writers and bibliophiles. The fall book season is upon us… and I don’t mean Parisian Phoenix releasing new titles (although we’re so close to releasing The Itty Bitty How to Cat Book that I can taste it. Contact us to preorder yours now by credit card, or PayPal.) But I’m actually referring theContinue reading “Venues where you can celebrate books in the Lehigh Valley”

Not every book has to be great

My daughter asked me to read one of her new found joys— an erotic romance by Heather M. Orgeron called Alcohol You Later. I finished it today, and reviewed it on Goodreads. And the teenager remarked that I didn’t tear it apart quite like she expected me to. And it got me thinking… Not everyContinue reading “Not every book has to be great”

The beauty of simple

I thoroughly enjoy watching Gayle develop our books. The itty-bitty how-to-cat book should be heading to proofreaders soon. Not as soon as I would like, but the summer heat has melted my editing brain. Can’t do good work when your brain drips out your ear. But seriously… I wanted to take a minute and showContinue reading “The beauty of simple”

Networking and Professional Groups for Writers

As you progress from writer to author, there are dozens of organizations with different goals that you can turn to for help. Here at Parisian Phoenix Publishing, many of us met at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG.org). Angel Ackerman served as president of that group, twice, about 15 years ago. That’s where sheContinue reading “Networking and Professional Groups for Writers”