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”

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!”

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”

Hunting among urban decay and industrial ruins for spaceships

Part of creating Parisian Phoenix meant having a vision and surrounding that vision with the talent to realize that vision. Angel Ackerman spent 15 years as a journalist where she learned a variety of tricks from professional photographers. In the early days of her marriage to poet Darrell Parry, Angel and Darrell invested in aContinue reading “Hunting among urban decay and industrial ruins for spaceships”

Notes from the field… Photography, Writers & GLVWG

Today, several of us from the Parisian Phoenix Publishing staff attended the June meeting of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group where Joan Zachary, our official photographer, gave a presentation to the membership about the relationship between photography and writers. Myself (Publisher and Founder Angel Ackerman), Art Director and co-Founder Gayle Hendricks and our Poet-In-ResidenceContinue reading “Notes from the field… Photography, Writers & GLVWG”

From Joan Zachary: Details on next week’s free presentation of photography and book design

By Joan Zachary, official Parisian Phoenix photographer This 21st century world is a visual one.  We have social media to thank for this. Are you drawn to a Facebook post with a picture, ignoring the ones that are only text?  Of course you are. I was first invited by Parisian Phoenix Publishing to use myContinue reading “From Joan Zachary: Details on next week’s free presentation of photography and book design”

Next week’s events: an origin story and a GLVWG workshop

Parisian Phoenix has passed its nine month anniversary this month. This business is like a new relationship: every month matters. Next week, specifically June 23 and June 25, we have two special events. On June 23, Not the Quiet French Kid, a novelette from the Fashion and Fiends series focused on the origin story ofContinue reading “Next week’s events: an origin story and a GLVWG workshop”

Parisian Phoenix attends Lehigh Valley Book Festival

Today was finally the day of the Lehigh Valley Book Festival as Angel Ackerman, publisher at Parisian Phoenix, mentioned in her personal blog post before the event. The schedule looked amazing and the vendor fair was slotted to include 30 tables— a lemonade stand, Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab, the League of Women Voters, nonfictionContinue reading “Parisian Phoenix attends Lehigh Valley Book Festival”

Jake not from State Farm

Two official big announcements from the Parisian Phoenix universe today: 1. Not an Able-Bodied White Man With Money, the nonfiction anthology of essays, poetry and artwork about life in the Lehigh Valley if you’re a person with a marginalized identity, officially goes on sale today. It’s our seventh live title since we launched Parisian PhoenixContinue reading “Jake not from State Farm”