End of May update and all the fun: new novelette, podcasts and book reviews

Greetings friends and readers, it’s Angel, founder and publisher of Parisian Phoenix Publishers. The independent publisher environment is brutal as a start-up because online algorithms, social media, and the book selling market create so much noise that independent authors and publishers remain invisible without a lot of work, support and creativity. Our own results andContinue reading “End of May update and all the fun: new novelette, podcasts and book reviews”

NetGalley adventures: reviewing Russell Mardell’s The Knock-Knock Man

Parisian Phoenix is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and as such, I attended a webinar yesterday on NetGalley. NetGalley connects authors and publishers to reviewers, librarians and booksellers to increase the visibility of books. As a reader, I recently signed up to review ARCs (advanced reader copies for review purposes) andContinue reading “NetGalley adventures: reviewing Russell Mardell’s The Knock-Knock Man”

Adventures in Fine Art: Writers and Painters in Collaboration

Today is the first day of the Chester County Studio Tour which celebrates 165 different artists in 68 studios. Gayle Hendricks, Parisian Phoenix art director, and myself, Angel Ackerman, publisher, joined Heather Pasqualino Weirich of Heather Pasqualino Fine Art at her studio on magnificent Valley Forge Mountain. Heather allowed us to use her painting onContinue reading “Adventures in Fine Art: Writers and Painters in Collaboration”

Asphalt and nostalgia: A recipe for poetry and emotional healing

My father died almost six months ago. Mercury enters retrograde today. Almost one month ago, I ruptured a tendon in my finger. My teenager has an ear infection. But today, I found bliss in the construction outside my house. UGI has been tearing up the street for what feels like months and today they wereContinue reading “Asphalt and nostalgia: A recipe for poetry and emotional healing”

Review & Reflection: Sunshine while reading Poetry East, Fall 2021

It is May. The weather has been bitter, damp & frigid. My toes, my hands (and the ruptured tendon in my left ring finger) think that winter has returned. My flesh carries a purple hue and has lost its youthful softness. I can’t speak for the rest of the world but 2022 has captured meContinue reading “Review & Reflection: Sunshine while reading Poetry East, Fall 2021”

A night at Stick Figure Poetry, shared with you!

Last night, several staff members of Parisian Phoenix Publishing attended the Stick Figure Poetry Open Mic as part of our observance of National Poetry Month. Our next special event is a visit to the Chester County Studio tour May 14 in support of fine artist Heather Pasqualino Weirich, the artist who allowed us to featureContinue reading “A night at Stick Figure Poetry, shared with you!”

Seasons of books and publishing

I started pitching my book, Manipulations, the first volume of the Fashion and Fiends series, to traditional publishers and agents about 20 years ago. At the time, ebooks had not hit mainstream. Amazon had not yet transformed vanity publishing into self-publishing. My work was quirky and complex even then and didn’t quite fit in horrorContinue reading “Seasons of books and publishing”

How do we sound?

This morning, in anticipation of this package arriving today I thought of three pieces of news to include in this blog post. I don’t remember them now. So instead let’s focus on the unboxing of our new Fifine K683A microphone. If you want to hear some cat and Parisian Phoenix babble, which gets interrupted byContinue reading “How do we sound?”

Advice from my English teacher and updating Goodreads, part one

I went to a small rural high school but I was extremely fortunate to have gifted teachers and a strong curriculum. Several teachers proved influential in my development as a writer— but because of my participation in the school newspaper (which was an English class at my high school: journalism I, II and III), IContinue reading “Advice from my English teacher and updating Goodreads, part one”