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What's Ablaze at Phoenix Media & Books: January 2021 Edition

January 30, 2021


Hello and welcome back to

Be Ablaze! Magazine

The new year is upon us and things have been hopping behind the scenes at Phoenix Media & Books. Take a look at the news below and subscribe to our email list to be the first to hear about our upcoming ventures, contests, and giveaways. We promise no spam and no selling of your information. It’s all just love of books and publishing from us to you!

Scholarship Winner!

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has named our own Katie Otey as one of nine recipients of a scholarship to their annual Publishing University. Although the event will be held online this year, it is still chock full of important news and information from the publishing world. Included in this year’s schedule is a keynote from Barnes and Noble’s CEO James Daunt; Publishers Weekly’s Director of Strategic Development, Seth Dellon; and the newly appointed Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI), April Powers. There are many other important guests from the publishing industry set to participate in this important event. If you’d like to read the official announcement of the scholarship winners, you can do so by clicking here.

EVERY OTHER CHRISTMAS by Katie Otey, illustrated by Samantha J. Winkler
Concept Art for EVERY OTHER CHRISTMAS* Final designs may vary

Picture Book Debut!


The co-founders of Phoenix Media & Books have collaborated on another project, the upcoming picture book EVERY OTHER CHRISTMAS, set to be published by Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing. EVERY OTHER CHRISTMAS is the heartfelt story of a child of divorced parents, alternating celebrating Christmas with his African-American mother's side of the family with his Colombian father's side. Written by Katie Otey and illustrated by Samantha J. Winkler, EVERY OTHER CHRISTMAS is set to publish Fall, 2022.

New Author Announcements Coming Soon!

Phoenix Media & Books has been working hard behind-the-scenes and has some great authors signed. More info coming in our February edition about who they are and what they write. Subscribe now to be one of the first to know!

The end of the month saw Katie Otey participating in the first DVCon (Diversity Conference) presented by the creators of the groundbreaking DVPit Twitter pitch event. DVPit (Diversity Pitch) was created to allow space for historically marginalized authors and illustrators to pitch their work to agents and editors. Entirely online and free of charge, this conference removes many of the barriers these creators faced on the road to publication. For more information about DVPit and their programs, check out their website here. We highly recommend you bookmark their page and support their future endeavors or, if you qualify, participate in them as well. It is a well respected pathway and opportunity to reach industry professionals and present them with your work.

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Last Call on the Left!


The debut edition of THE LAST COLORING BOOK ON THE LEFT: 2017 Horror FanArt Anthology was a huge hit, maintaining bestseller status across Amazon for months. Our Horror Imprint RAVENOUS is proud to continue this

labor of love for our favorite podcasters at The Last Podcast on the Left. If you would like to be a part of the 2021 Horror FanArt Anthology, submit artwork by May 31, 2021. Submission guide below!



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