Nostalgia and Baby Seats: Welcoming a New Author to the Parisian Phoenix Family

I’ve been working with storyteller Larry Sceurman of the Lehigh Valley Storyteller’s Guild for a couple of months now. He approached me after Joan Zachary gave a presentation on photography’s role in book layout and as inspiration for the creative process during a Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group meeting in June. (To see the highlightsContinue reading “Nostalgia and Baby Seats: Welcoming a New Author to the Parisian Phoenix Family”

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”

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”

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”

How do you use the Internet?

I have a question for you: How do you use the Internet? How do you utilize your blog and/or social media to enhance your productivity as a writer? I mean it. How? More than a decade ago, when he had recently published Ghost Road Blues, I attended a workshop with Jonathan Maberry. Jonathan had someContinue reading “How do you use the Internet?”

Spotify playlists for writers

As many creative people do, Parisian Phoenix publisher Angel Ackerman has a day job. At that day job, her employer allows associates to listen to music or podcasts. So, several hours a day, Angel absorbs information from other writers, publishers and their support professionals like editors and agents. Not everyone likes podcasts, and Angel hasContinue reading “Spotify playlists for writers”

On Style and Skill

An essay about understanding the writing rules before you break them by Rachel Thomspon. Style, what it is and what it ain’t.A writer in my critique group turned to the others and said, “That’s my style. It’s fine.”It wasn’t fine and it wasn’t style.He had argued about it many times saying “the rules don’t matter,”Continue reading “On Style and Skill”

Here Kitty Kitty

As The FURR Flies, an anthology of cat stories, heart-warming tales from cat rescuers, cat resources and cat advice has gone from in the pipeline to full-on pre-production. The editorial team is sifting through stories while the volunteers of Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab are compiling their mini-memoirs and sending us their cat wisdom. PhotographerContinue reading “Here Kitty Kitty”

Sunday Morning Inspiration: On Word Counts

As some of you may already know, I do a lot of my work for Parisian Phoenix Publishing in the pre-dawn hour before my day job. The business is still young, and maybe someday it will support me and a full-time staff and my menagerie of birds, cats, and dog. I listen to a lotContinue reading “Sunday Morning Inspiration: On Word Counts”