What we’re reading: The Sequel

A couple weeks ago, we made a blog post of what we’re reading. Thought it would be fun to update. Darrell Parry, the poet behind Twists: Gathered Ephemera, recently finished Find Me in The Iris, by E. Lynn Alexander, a book also perused by myself and Nancy Scott, our poetry editor. The book explores someContinue reading “What we’re reading: The Sequel”

New Reviews for Darrell Parry and Charles Ticho

We received word that T.A. Niles recently posted a very elaborate and fun review to his web site regarding Darrell Parry’s collection of poetry, Twists: Gathered Ephemera. The book has also gained some traction on Goodreads. Sure, there was a healthy dose of sardonic humor, but what else would you expect from a guy whoContinue reading “New Reviews for Darrell Parry and Charles Ticho”

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”

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”