Magnifying glass on booksGet a Sneak Peek at What We're Looking to Publish

In keeping with our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Light Messages Publishing and Torchflame Books are seeking manuscripts whose content and authors reflect the diversity of people, cultures, and thought in our nation. Authors who have traditionally been underserved in the publishing community are especially encouraged to submit their work.

Nonfiction Genres:

  • Memoirs about particularly meaningful moments or experiences. (See Winter StarsStewards of Humanity, Their Faces Shone, and Going to School in Black and White)
  • Books on faith and spirituality (See Wait, The Color of Together, and Following the Red Bird)
  • Collected Essays and Stories (See Gently Between the Words and Climbing Lessons)
  • Business, Leadership, and Professional Interests written by an expert in the field to educate, inform, or inspire the general population (See Looking Within, Essential Leadership Lessons from the Thin Blue Line, and Becoming a Creative Genius {Again})
  • Parenting Books, Child Development, Educational "How To" Books for a General Audience (See Great Kids Don't Just Happen)
  • Current Affairs and Public Policy (See Charting a Course for American Education and The Wrongful Conviction of Oscar Pistorius)
  • Specialized topics geared toward a specific target audience or books in support of your small business, course, or speaking engagements (See The Mom’s Guide to Surviving West Point, Creole Made EasyEssential Leadership Lessons from the Thin Blue Line, and Please Don’t Let Me Be the Oldest Mom in the PTA)
  • Poetry and Creative Nonfiction (See Words Between)

Fiction Genres:

  • Mystery and Thriller (See The Nicole Graves Mysteries, The Peter Savage Novels, The Seer, and Trust Misplaced)
  • General and Literary Fiction (See Healing Maddie Brees, Family Weave, and Of Green Stuff Woven)
  • Young Adult (See The Next to Last Mistake, Caroline’s Purpose, Darts and Flowers, Banewind, and Behind These Hands)
  • Middle Grade (See The Celtic Mythos Series)
  • Own Voices (literature written about diverse characters by authors from the culture who can express the nuances of a lived experience—we are actively seeking Own Voices titles)

Overall, we're looking for strong narrative voices, enthralling material, and the stories that need to be told. 

Think you have just the book for us? We can't wait to read your manuscript submission.


Submit Your Manuscript


Note: This list is an actively shifting and changing list of what we're most excited about right now. If your genre is not on this list, but it still fits our guidelines, we would love to take a look at your unpublished manuscript.

We publish most major genres including Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Children's Picture Books if you are an author/illustrator. We do not publish erotica, supernatural, or horror. If you're not sure whether we'll be interested in your book, please send it in. We would hate for you to count yourself out when your book might be exactly what we're looking for.

It usually takes us 3-4 weeks to review a manuscript and make a decision, and we thank you for your patience.