Sex and a Beer

December 2, 2022. When did that happen? Time does sneak up. The Death of Big Butch should be headed to the printer this weekend, and the December Parisian Phoenix email newsletter will follow. Last night, the folks at Book & Puppet Company, and organizers of October’s Easton Book Festival, posted the “Sex in the Text”Continue reading “Sex and a Beer”

The Joy of Authoring & The Death of Big Butch

For a writer, the leap from “I write” to “I’m published” to “I have a new book” has an indescribable pleasure (and a bit of fear). And I used to think that feeling was amazing and it is. But now I’m a publisher. Right now, I am working with Larry Sceurman on his debut novella,Continue reading “The Joy of Authoring & The Death of Big Butch”

Small Steps Breed Success

As a small business owner, it’s often a dance of two steps forward and one step back, coupled with the occasional misstep. So, from time to time, when editing manuscripts and coordinating the bits of the book-making process and developing marketing plans that sometimes derail before implemented, you have to take inventory, clean your desk,Continue reading “Small Steps Breed Success”

Preptober yields to NaNoWriMo

It’s pre-dawn on a crisp late October morning. The chill in the air has layered the cars on the street with frost and prompted the heat to warm the inside of my house as I sip strong coffee. We’re on the cusp of November, which means we better hurry into Wawa for our annual gobblerContinue reading “Preptober yields to NaNoWriMo”

Scary Stories for Adults, an evening with Larry Sceurman

Last night, Nancy Scott and I (Angel Ackerman) went to Nazareth, Pa., to hear Larry Sceurman’s presentation, “Scary Stories for Adults,” at their public library. Larry, in addition to being Parisian Phoenix’s latest fiction author, is a member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild. The storytelling guild, apparently with funds from the Pennsylvania Council forContinue reading “Scary Stories for Adults, an evening with Larry Sceurman”

“Birthing” The Death of Big Butch

The core staff of Parisian Phoenix— Publisher Angel Ackerman, Art Director Gayle Hendricks and photographer Joan Zachary— met today with author and member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Larry Sceurman (and his wife, Barbara) for a design brainstorming session about Sceurman’s upcoming debut book, a novella, The Death of Big Butch. Last week AngelContinue reading ““Birthing” The Death of Big Butch”

So, do you plan to NaNoWriMo?

When I was still a board member at Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, someone in the membership mentioned this new-ish thing called NaNoWriMo, which I see now was founded in 1999. This would have been circa 2005, because my now high-school-graduate was a toddler. And I’m not sure, but I think my now second novel,Continue reading “So, do you plan to NaNoWriMo?”

The first days of the Midnight Angel

The photo featured with this post is Angel’s youngest foster, M. Jean-Paul Sartre. Since we did a lot of work on the second cat book, we thought we’d include a new face… The new computer, nicknamed “Midnight Angel” has earned his keep the last 48 hours. Angel edited the first 30 pages of Larry Sceurman’sContinue reading “The first days of the Midnight Angel”

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!”

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”