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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10 Things All Authors Need to Know About Amazon

One of the things that we continue to stress to our authors is the importance of a strong presence on Amazon. Amazon has a dedicated "Author Central" page, where authors can "claim" his/her books, post a bio, updates and trade reviews, and more. As one of the largest book retailers in the world, we believe in the importance of utlizing Amazon to its full capacity. Brooke Warner breaks down the most important misconceptions, little known facts and valuable tips for authors to consider when they are navigating the world of Amazon. This article was orignially featured in Huffington Post.

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The Name Game

By Kylee Wooten

Coming up with a name is challenging. Whether you’re deciding on the name of the new family pet, battling over whom to name your child after, or trying to come up with the perfect title for your new novel, it’s almost impossible to know if you’re making the right decision.

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Growing Into Book Expo America

Light Messages' Senior Editor Reflects on this Year's Book Expo America in Chicago

When Light Messages Publishing decided to expand to general trade in the fall of 2011 and bring me on as Senior Editor, one of the first things we did was go to the 2012 Book Expo America in NYC. We realized in those few days what a steep learning curve we had in front of us.

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Guest Post by Leading Online Book Marketer Fauzia Burke

One of the nation's leading online book marketing experts, Fauzia Burke recently published Online Marketing for Busy Authors: A Step by Step Guide. Sharing her expertise of online publicity, book publishing and social media, Fauzia points out trends authors should focus on. For more information about Fauzia or to purchase her book, please click here.

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Tea & Crumples Author Summer Kinard Talks Creativity

"I’m trying to combat the myth that one should only write if one has 'free' time. That lie paralyzes good writers. More insidiously, it downgrades stories to luxury goods. It belittles the human need for art and story, and it lowers the status of those who create."

—Summer Kinard in "Creativity is Not a Luxury"

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