Reviewing Shannon Gonyou’s Since Sinai

At Parisian Phoenix, we believe in supporting other authors, other publishers and other artists. To that extent, publisher Angel Ackerman participates as a reader and reviewers on NetGalley and shares what she is reading on Goodreads and social media. The publishing world presents a lot of “us” (as small independent publishers or independent booksellers orContinue reading “Reviewing Shannon Gonyou’s Since Sinai”

Exploring Bookshop.org and supporting our authors, a review of Tiffani Velez’s The Search

Last week, we set up an affiliate link with Bookshop.org, an organization that supports independent booksellers. Here in the Lehigh Valley, we have two great independent bookstores, Book & Puppet Company in downtown Easton and Let’s Play Books in Emmaus. The concept is brilliant. Readers can order their books online and designate their favorite retailerContinue reading “Exploring Bookshop.org and supporting our authors, a review of Tiffani Velez’s The Search”

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”

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”

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”

Unboxing “Not an Able-Bodied White Man”

Three cases of Not an Able-Bodied White Man with Money arrived yesterday. As I am not an able-bodied white man I came home from my day job exhausted and hurting and disappointed that I had to live in my disabled reality instead of the space where I can almost pass as a person with aContinue reading “Unboxing “Not an Able-Bodied White Man””

Cover Reveal: Not An Able-Bodied White Man with Money

So much activity in the Parisian Phoenix universe… Here is the official cover reveal for our nonfiction anthology on the experiences of marginalized identities in the Lehigh Valley. At least a dozen local authors talk about topics exploring how we are not able-bodied white men with money. We all have something that sets us apart.Continue reading “Cover Reveal: Not An Able-Bodied White Man with Money”