The Sloppy First Design Draft

Parisian Phoenix’s Art Director and I have an unusual relationship. I usually hand her the text and give her freedom and very seldom does she have an idea that makes me say no. Trapped is a magnificent example. Gayle somehow connected the author of Trapped, Seneca Blue, with our photographer, Joan Zachary, and thought Joan’sContinue reading “The Sloppy First Design Draft”

Updated plans for ‘the cat book’

Every project hits some unexpected snafus, and this one is no exceptions. We ran into some issues as we were almost to design and had to postpone the launch of As The FURR Flies, the fundraising book for Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab. We had hoped to launch the book for our one year anniversary,Continue reading “Updated plans for ‘the cat book’”

Is that right? 25 potential titles!

We’re working on titles 9 & 10 for our small publishing house— but as life goes, projects get rearranged all the time. As publisher, I found myself not sure which author and which projects to prioritize so I sat down and made a list of every committed title, every anticipated title and every title thatContinue reading “Is that right? 25 potential titles!”

Exploring Cerebral Palsy with Tylia Flores

If any of you read my personal blog on my website, angelackerman.com, you may know of my quest over the last two years to learn more about cerebral palsy, at first the disorder in general and then specifically my cerebral palsy. This led me to Maria Killilea’s books, web sites and even podcasts— one ofContinue reading “Exploring Cerebral Palsy with Tylia Flores”

Cracker Barrel & Vitamin D: Blending the Mundane, Building Friendship

Angel Ackerman wrote this about her zany day yesterday doing all sorts of things related to the business. I started my day by leaving the house at 7:15 a.m. to visit my friends the phlebotomists at Quest Diagnostics. With my history of anemia and … Cracker Barrel & Vitamin D: Blending the Mundane, Building Friendship

The pitter patter of little cat feet: the evolution of ‘the cat book’

We hope to send “the cat book,” As the FURR Flies, out to design and copyright by August 15. We have drafted most of the personalized content that discusses some of the rescuers and some of the special cats, but still have some work to do on the cat resource section we are compiling forContinue reading “The pitter patter of little cat feet: the evolution of ‘the cat book’”

What we’re reading: The Sequel

A couple weeks ago, we made a blog post of what we’re reading. Thought it would be fun to update. Darrell Parry, the poet behind Twists: Gathered Ephemera, recently finished Find Me in The Iris, by E. Lynn Alexander, a book also perused by myself and Nancy Scott, our poetry editor. The book explores someContinue reading “What we’re reading: The Sequel”

How do you use the Internet?

I have a question for you: How do you use the Internet? How do you utilize your blog and/or social media to enhance your productivity as a writer? I mean it. How? More than a decade ago, when he had recently published Ghost Road Blues, I attended a workshop with Jonathan Maberry. Jonathan had someContinue reading “How do you use the Internet?”