Author Angela Small
AK Small



Amazon Studios, Anonymous Content, and director Sarah Adina Smith have begun the filming of BIRDS OF PARADISE, a film based on the book BRIGHT BURNING STARS. Huge thanks to Trevor Adley, Sarah Gordon, Sarah Adina Smith, Kristine Froseth, and Diana Silvers for taking on and being inspired by my story! More to come soon! Read more.


"A.K. Small’s debut novel, Bright Burning Stars, is basically YA catnip."

—  Entertainment Weekly


A.K. Small's debut novel, BRIGHT BURNING STARS, was published by Algonquin Young Readers in May 2019 and released in paperback March 2021. It was one of BN Teens Most Anticipated Books of 2019 and the cover was revealed at It received a starred Kirkus Review and was a recommended read in the August issue of Cosmopolitan.

In addition to BRIGHT BURNING STARS, A.K. Small's second novel, FEATHER GIRL, is due to be released Fall 2022.


A.K. Small also spends time on short stories. Her short story, Anthrocon, 2017 was nominated for a Pushcart prize by the Bellevue Literary Review. Other stories such as the Flour Baby and The Interior Designer were also nominated or runner-up to prizes.


A.K. Small grew up in Paris near the Sacré Coeur, graduated from the College of William and Mary, and later received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

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Due to Covid-19, I have canceled all of my future events. I wish everyone health and hope to see all of you in the near future. 




Attention fiction writers: If you're looking to take your manuscript to the next level, A.K. Small is available for consultation.

Her expertise will provide micro and macro edits, as well as character, plot, setting, and most importantly, internal and external struggles within your novel. 

A.K. Small currently provides manuscript consultation services for Literary Fiction, YA Fiction, and Women's Lit. She does not accept non-fiction or genre fiction. 

Consultation Process:

  • Email A.K. Small a little about your writing experience and goals, a brief description of your book, and the first 5 pages

  • A.K. Small will provide you with pricing details and information on turnaround time

  • Once approved, A.K. Small will read your whole novel thoroughly, then supply a detailed editorial letter. After reading her suggestions, she will spend an hour on the phone or via Skype discussing any questions you still might have.