A Thrilling Lineup at ALA

ALA Exhibiting

Light Messages Publishing is excited to have our own booth this year at ALA 2017! We can't wait to meet you at this year’s American Library Association conference in Chicago in just a few days! We will be at booth 2639 with a range of authors who are eager to engage with librarians like you and give away free, signed copies of their books.

Our Senior Editor, Elizabeth Turnbull, and our Managing Director, Betty Turnbull, will also be in attendance. They are looking forward to connecting with librarians and learning new ways that Light Messages can support our communities’ libraries. If you’d like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Elizabeth in advance, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope you’ll bookmark Saturday, June 24th at 10:00 am for an exciting Chapter One Stage Event with award-winning author Dave Edlund: International Thrillers in a Divided World

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That's a Wrap! Looking Back on ALA 2017

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Light Messages team attended our first American Library Association conference recently in Chicago. We met with countless authors, publishers, and librarians from across the country to share the news about our meaningful books and emerging authors. 

Author Dave Edlund of the best-selling Peter Savage novels had the opportunity to speak at the Chapter One Stage about “International Thrillers in a Divided World.” He read from his novels and spoke on how his scientific expertise influences his writing and how he addresses global issues through his Peter Savage thriller series. Afterward, Dave held a signing for attendees. 

Upon hearing how one librarian was hooked having just read the first two books of the Peter Savage series, Dave smiled and said, “Meeting fans like that every month or so is why I do what I do.”

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Industry Standards Checklist Reduces Bias against Independent Publishers

Seal StandardsChecklist 01To give both authors and book industry professionals an at-a-glance method by which to gauge the professional presentation of a book, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) – ibpa-online.org – has released a 2-page Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book. The checklist is broken into two sections, content and production, and provides an unbiased measure by which to critique published books.

As part of the IBPA Advocacy Committee, Light Messages Senior editor Elizabeth Turnbull helped write the checklist alongside committee chair Brooke Warner of She Writes Press, committee member Karla Olson of Patagonia Books, and Angela Bole, CEO of IBPA. 

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Your Holiday Gift Guide

It's hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner! Maybe we're a little biased, but we love getting books for Christmasthey're the gifts that keep on giving! At Light Messages, our motto is "bringing to light meaningful books." We believe that each of our titles have a deeper meaning than just words on a page. 

We feel lucky to be able to offer such a diverse collection of titles from a very talented group of authors. Readers young and old, new and experienced, romance enthusiasts and thriller aficianados, and everyone in between will find something in this list to pique their interest. We have compiled a list of books for every type of reader! 


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How to Write a Book Cover Blurb

You've finally finished your hours of researching, writing, and editing! You've sent in your manuscript and your publisher asks for a book description... That shouldn't be hard, right? All you have to to do is condense everything you know about your book into 250 words or less that convince readers they can't live without your book without actually giving away any spoilers. 

Writing a book blurb for your back cover and other promotional uses is one of the hardest steps for many authors. Even good writers can write bad book blurbs. To help prevent you from falling into this unfortunate group, we've put together a few tips that should help you write a winning book blurb, whether it's for the latest fantasy novel or for a non-fiction self-help guide.

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