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 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”

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”

An exciting Thursday— a new volume of Fashion & Fiends, a new poem and a new author

Today a new author joined Parisian Phoenix — nonagenarian Charles Ticho will allow our little boutique press to publish his memoir, Stops along the Way which chronicles his experiences from childhood in Europe through the Holocaust and into his life and career in the United States. The book provides such a rich look at JewishContinue reading “An exciting Thursday— a new volume of Fashion & Fiends, a new poem and a new author”

Trapped, released to the world

I hope everyone survived Valentine’s Day. We made our contribution with the humorous contemporary romance, TRAPPED. Art Director Gayle Hendricks had so much fun with this book, which she designed with a stunning cover, a fun pocket size and photo illustrations featuring the residents of Plastiqueville, taken by our own Joan Zachary. From the backContinue reading “Trapped, released to the world”

So close… the Valentine’s line-up

*Two books* have finished the final proof stage and should be heading to the printer/distributor this weekend— Trapped, our first contemporary romance and our first pocket book, and as if that’s not enough excitement about this book… it also has photographs by the amazing Joan Zachary featuring the residents of Plastiqueville AND Recovery, the thirdContinue reading “So close… the Valentine’s line-up”

does size matter?

I’m old. I’ll admit that. Growing up in South Bethlehem we walked to the library at Webster and 4th street for books. Later, when we were older, we’d head over the “New Street” bridge and go to the big library. Or the AAUW book sale on bag day. I can still pack a paper bagContinue reading “does size matter?”

Books as Salvation

Every reader I know uses words like “escape” when they describe why they love books. I have always looked at books with loftier expectations— searching for wisdom, philosophy, artfully crafted phrases, and an emotional punch. Here at Parisian Phoenix, we have three books available, two deep in production and one in preproduction. And I knewContinue reading “Books as Salvation”

charting new waters: photo illustration in contemporary romance

Parisian Phoenix Publishing is going to blaze a different trail in publishing with the pocket contemporary romance Trapped. It’s illustrated! It makes sense, doesn’t it? Parisian Phoenix likes to stray off the beaten path. If you would want ordinary you’d go to a mass marketer, not an indy press. Trapped, the next novel on theContinue reading “charting new waters: photo illustration in contemporary romance”