Two New Authors Join the Light Messages Team

Light Messages is excited to announce two new authors joining the Light Messages family! Cathleen Bascom will be publishing her debut novel, Of Green Stuff Woven, in March, and Tim Bascom will be publishing a collection of essays titled Climbing Lessons in April.

Of Green Stuff Woven


by Cathleen Bascom

Told by Brigid Brenchley—kind and quirky cathedral dean—Of Green Stuff Woven depicts a group of native gardeners who are restoring tallgrass prairie on land connected to their historic Episcopal cathedral in Des Moines, Iowa. They are approached by hotel developers and are caught between their passion for the prairie and their need for money to repair their crumbling cathedral. Of course, the parish’s largest donor stands to profit from the deal.

Voices from the faith community converge like spokes in the spinning wheel of this decision. Compassion from the depths of Anglican spirituality’s creation care ministry highlights the plight of threatened plant species and people vulnerable to climate events, and challenges us all to examine the decisions we make in the stewardship of our land. It does this while taking readers on a good ecclesiastical romp and retaining realistic hope.

Climbing Lessons

by Tim Bascom

9781611532425When Doc Bascom tries to show his grade school sons how to climb a huge sycamore, he ends up dropping 12 feet flat-out on his back. Stunned, he finally gasps, “So that’s how it’s done.” And in that moment, he becomes an emblem for all fathers—trying to lead the way, failing, then getting up and trying again.

This “climbing lesson” is just one of 40 playful, sometimes poignant stories by award-winning author Tim Bascom, who illustrates the special bond between fathers and sons—and how that relationship must change with time. When Tim takes his own turn at fathering, he realizes that his devoted toddlers are turning into unimpressed teenagers. No longer the hero he had hoped to be, he must accept a new, flawed version of himself, not unlike his father before him.

These brief inter-linked stories show that abiding affection can still prevail, bringing fathers and sons closer, even as they tackle the steepest parts of the climb.

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Producing an Audiobook: Reflections of a Narrator & Author

How are audiobooks changing the publishing industry? What is involved in the production of an audiobook? What is it like for an author to have her book narrated by someone other than herself? This month we interview author Kate Rademacher and audiobook narrator Becket Royce about their experience collaborating on the production of Following the Red Bird: First Steps into a Life of Faith. If you have any questions you'd like to ask our authors, make sure to leave a comment on our Facebook or Twitter!

Thank you for joining us for this month’s blog about the production of audiobooks. Can you both introduce yourselves?

Kate: My name is Kate Rademacher. I published my debut memoir, Following the Red Bird: First Steps into a Life of Faith, in mid-2017. The audiobook version, which was narrated by Becket Royce, was released in March 2018. Following the Red Bird is the story of my very unexpected conversion to Christianity, and how I began to understand what it means to be a Christian in the first year after my baptism. I like to say that the book explores not only the why of Christianity but the how.

Becket: I'm Becket Royce, and I was very pleased to have been chosen as the narrator Following the Red Bird. Most of the audiobooks that I've narrated are fiction, so I really enjoyed the challenge of narrating the words and thoughts of an actual human being! I'm honored to be a part of this project.

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The Next to Last Mistake Preorder Giveaway

Announcement from AMALIE JAHN!

THE NEXT TO LAST MISTAKE comes out in just over three months so I'm celebrating by launching a special preorder campaign just in time for the holidays!

Here’s how you enter:

1) Go to this Google Form

2) Attach proof of your ebook or paperback preorder (email or screenshot)
3) Attach proof that you requested the book at your local library (email or photo of a submitted request form)

That’s it! You only need to do one or the other, and while I would love if you picked up your own copy, your chances of winning are equally good with either option.

Enter by midnight December 15, 2019
US mailing addresses only

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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

ALA 2017 Collage

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) – – 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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