The Joy of Authoring & The Death of Big Butch

For a writer, the leap from “I write” to “I’m published” to “I have a new book” has an indescribable pleasure (and a bit of fear). And I used to think that feeling was amazing and it is. But now I’m a publisher. Right now, I am working with Larry Sceurman on his debut novella,Continue reading “The Joy of Authoring & The Death of Big Butch”

Preptober yields to NaNoWriMo

It’s pre-dawn on a crisp late October morning. The chill in the air has layered the cars on the street with frost and prompted the heat to warm the inside of my house as I sip strong coffee. We’re on the cusp of November, which means we better hurry into Wawa for our annual gobblerContinue reading “Preptober yields to NaNoWriMo”

“Birthing” The Death of Big Butch

The core staff of Parisian Phoenix— Publisher Angel Ackerman, Art Director Gayle Hendricks and photographer Joan Zachary— met today with author and member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Larry Sceurman (and his wife, Barbara) for a design brainstorming session about Sceurman’s upcoming debut book, a novella, The Death of Big Butch. Last week AngelContinue reading ““Birthing” The Death of Big Butch”

So, do you plan to NaNoWriMo?

When I was still a board member at Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, someone in the membership mentioned this new-ish thing called NaNoWriMo, which I see now was founded in 1999. This would have been circa 2005, because my now high-school-graduate was a toddler. And I’m not sure, but I think my now second novel,Continue reading “So, do you plan to NaNoWriMo?”

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”

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!”

What We’re Reading

From Lukov with Love: A romance novel about two figure skaters who have known each other their whole lives and disliked each other until they are partnered together in paired competition. — Eva Parry, whose teenaged perspective, technology skills and pack mule abilities serve Parisian Phoenix well Mafia Mistress: A romance novel where the mainContinue reading “What We’re Reading”

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”

And now we announce… RECOVERY, Book Three of Fashion and Fiends

After a brief issue with production on book three of the Fashion and Fiends series hitting a delay of about a week, RECOVERY is finally available in print and ebook. Order from Amazon here. From the back of the book: Dr. Jacqueline Saint-Ebène joined the French Defense Health Service because she had grown bored ofContinue reading “And now we announce… RECOVERY, Book Three of Fashion and Fiends”