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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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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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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Connecting Book Bloggers, Bookstores, and Authors

You'd be hard pressed to find two groups of people on this planet who are more passionate about books than bookbloggers and bookstores. And yet, rarely the twain do meet. That is, until the Bookstore Bookblogger Connection came to be. In this post, Andrea Johnson shares about the innovative idea behind the Bookstore Bookblogger Connection and what it means for authors.


Bookstore Bookblogger Connection - because we're all connected.

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How did this come about?

Last summer, two bookbloggers had an ember of an idea. We both loved shouting our opinions about books to the interwebs, we both loved discovering new bookstores and meeting new booksellers. The idea turned into a flame when we noticed that there seemed to be very little intersection between the bookblogging community and our favorite independent bookstores, and Bookstore Bookblogger Connection was born. We originally designed Bookstore Bookblogger connection as a tool for Independent Bookstores to harness the power of blogger written reviews to do more of what we love them doing: selling books.

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Lessons from Book Expo America

BEA-EJTI spent last week at Book Expo America in New York. It was my first trip to the extravaganza, and I arrived ready to soak it in. Three days––paid––to surround myself with books, authors, and others in the publishing industry. I think I officially have the Best. Job. Ever.

Here are a few lessons I took away with me:

1. Wear Comfortable Shoes.

2. There are more books than you could possibly carry. Be selective in what you choose.

3. Plan strategically. BEA has an excellent "My BEA" feature online where you can scope out vendors ahead of time and print a list in order of their location. This saved my life. And my feet.

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Book Expo America

This is one of those weeks where I am reminded just how cool my job really is. I get to spend this week in New York City at Book Expo America, surrounded by authors, readers, publishers, agents, reviewers, designers, e-book experts... some of the best and brightest minds the publishing world.

I'll be collecting cards, giving cards, and soaking up as much information as I can during these precious few days. And I'll be back on Friday to share the highlights of what I've learned.

 You can also follow along on Twitter @lmpublishing.

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