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”

The social aspects of writing community

In an effort to connect more writers, artists, authors and other creative professionals, Parisian Phoenix believes in networking, sharing resources, offering support and mentoring. Publisher Angel Ackerman routinely corresponds with journalism students who take classes with art director Gayle Hendricks in her role as graphic design professor at local colleges. She also serves as aContinue reading “The social aspects of writing community”

Brainstorming: Plans for 2023

We all need a brainstorming day. Our culture seems to value the end of the calendar year as a time for collecting our thoughts, setting goals and focusing on moving forward. But I think we all need to do such brainstorming and organizing periodically. First, a retrospective: Parisian Phoenix published its first book in SeptemberContinue reading “Brainstorming: Plans for 2023”

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”

Modern Frankenstein

Yesterday was Halloween, so for the last month the themes of monsters, horror and spookiness has filled my podcast feed. One such podcast was last week’s episode of “Not Past It,” a historical podcast that looks at an event from “that week in history.” This particular episode focused on the origins of Frankenstein, or asContinue reading “Modern Frankenstein”

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”

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 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”

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”