Celebrating cover design, book design and original art

Today is the coldest day so far this winter, with an actual temperate of six degrees Farenheit and an even lower wind chill. This is doubly surprising to me– even as someone accustomed to winter in the northeast United States– because so far this weekend, little, prone-to-be-cold publisher Angel Ackerman has been going outside inContinue reading “Celebrating cover design, book design and original art”

Yuletide Beginnings

When we launched Parisian Phoenix, we didn’t do extensive research or think about branding. When we thought up our tag line– promoting unique voices and diverse perspectives– it represented what we thought the creative world needed, But we might have been manifesting, to use a trendy term right now. We’re coming to the close ofContinue reading “Yuletide Beginnings”

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?”

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”

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”

cover evolution

On Sunday, Angel sent me a draft of The FURR Itty-Bitty “How To Cat” Book. The first page said something like ‘Cover. Maybe we can use both the FURR and Parisian Phoenix logos’. The problem is that the styles clash, even though they are both very stylized. The colors are right on point. Hot pinkContinue reading “cover evolution”

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’”