Tips for Writers

Would be authors often ask us one of two questions – 1) How do I get published? and 2) What are you looking for in a submission? Here are some of our answers as well as tips we’ve learned over the years from authors, editors and publishers. They are in no particular order. (The third thing people always say when they find out we are publishers is that they’ve always wanted to write a book.)

How to Get Published

1. Write – this may seem obvious, but often isn’t. Many writers bandy about the acronym BIC – Butt In Chair. You can’t write a book unless you actually sit down and do the work.

2. Write some more. The first thing you write won’t be very good. You will have to revise a lot. And then revise again.

3. Join a writers group. They will help you hone your craft and give you constructive feedback on your work.

4. Go to writers conferences. You will meet other writers and learn from published authors, agents, and editors. You may also have an opportunity to submit your writing directly to the editors and agents at the conference.

5. Have your work professionally edited. This is very important. You want to put your best foot forward as you may not get a second chance.

6. Write a really good cover letter.

7. Write a really good synopsis.

8. Research agents and publishers to find those who are looking for the type of book that you’ve written. Do waste your time sending your chick-lit novel to an agent who represents thrillers or mysteries only.

9. Submit your work according to the guidelines of the agent or publisher that you’ve selected.

10. Start work on your next book.

11. Write the book that you are meant to write. Don’t try to follow the latest trend because it will be over by the time your book gets published.

What is Luminis looking for in a submission

1. The first thing we look for is quality writing. If your cover letter sucks, then it goes to reason that your book might suck, too! (See #’s 6&7 above)

2. The second thing we look for is a story that is compelling. Is this something that we want to read? Is it interesting and meaningful – (see our tagline)?

3. When we are reading your ten page submission or manuscript, does it make sense, does the story flow, do I want to continue reading?

4. Are the characters well developed?

5. Luminis publishes meaningful fiction that entertains, so that means we aren’t really looking for chick-lit or mysteries, or adventure stories or crime novels.

6. Be patient – the publishing world moves slowly.

7. Be persistent. Keep on submitting your work and follow-up on your submissions (although you may never hear from some of the agents and publishers.

This list isn’t exhaustive or definitive, but we hope it is helpful! If you’ve written a good book, then it will get published!

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“SHELTER” recommended by Library Connection

This book is written in first-person present tense from Miguel’s point of view. At 15, Miguel lives with his oldest sister, mother, and abusive father. They move to a shelter after a particularly brutal evening, where Dad injures mother, sister, and dog. Although they are told not to give away the shelter’s location, it’s hard for Miguel and Ellie to keep quiet and they text their friends often. When Mom, Miguel and Ellie return to their home to retrieve their possessions, Dad threatens Mom with a gun. Miguel uses his Tae Kwon Do training to break Dad’s arm and dislodge the gun. The dynamics of abuse, from the attack to apology to another attack, are vividly portrayed. Information about shelters, court dates, and restraining orders is also included. This novel would be of interest to teen readers, especially those dealing with an abusive relationship.

Library Connection- Alexey W. Root, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of Texas, Dallas




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AMY’S CHOICE at true “Coming of Age” story…

“This author is one of those rare gems who not only loves to write, but the library is a part of her life, and the reader can most certainly tell. The characters of Amy, Finn, Cat, Ricky and so on, are believable and unforgettable, which makes this a true ‘Coming of Age’ story, but with entertainment, fun, friendship, and even a mystery that must be solved.” ~ Amy Lignor for Feathered Quill

Amy’s first-person voice is pleasant, straightforward… [Amy’s Choice is] Calm, pleasant, decidedly “clean.” ~ Kirkus Reviews



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SECOND THOUGHTS “packed with action, romance, wit, and unexpected twists…” ~Foreword Reviews


Second Thoughts-

High-school struggles and a teenager voice bring relatability to this paranormal romance drama.

As her senior year at Northbrook Academy approaches, Lainey Young is dealing with all the usual worries of a girl in her final year of high school: friends, college, and her boyfriend. For Lainey, though, having a vision of her own death complicates things even more. In this second installment of the Sententia series, Second Thoughts, Cara Bertrand once again delivers a dramatic paranormal thriller with all the mystery, secrets, and threats one could handle.

Now accustomed to her unique gifts, Lainey still has to figure out what she’s going to do after graduation … if she even makes it that far. On top of everything else at school, Senator Daniel Astor, the leader of the Perceptum, has taken an unlikely interest in her future, and the vision she had at the end of last year of her boyfriend, Carter, causing her death is as vague as ever. Unable to tell anyone the truth about either of these things, she finds her secrets mounting as time runs out.

As a former middle-school literacy teacher, Bertrand knows how teens talk—and don’t talk—to each other. Her dialogue rings true throughout, and the relationship issues her characters face will be familiar to anyone who has ever gone through the struggles of young friendship and dating. Placing these struggles in the environment of a boarding school where half of the kids have paranormal abilities adds immeasurable drama and suspense to the usual coming-of-age story. For example, it’s pretty common to have a girl in school who goes after other girls’ boyfriends, but when that girl is a siren, it really kicks the drama level up a notch.

Those who haven’t read the first book in this series, Lost in Thought, will want to start there. There are too many spoilers and not enough backstory review to begin with the second novel and not feel a little lost. Those who have read the first book will find that Lainey’s life is just as complex as ever, though sometimes in different ways than before, as she fine-tunes her control over her powers and is drawn into the influence of the senator. Packed with action, romance, wit, and unexpected twists, this novel, and the series, will appeal to fans of supernatural teen romance. ~by Christine Canfield - Foreword Reviews, Young Adult Fiction



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Book Sale and Autograph Party ~ Saturday, November 8th!

Join Tracy Richardson, author of The Field and Indian Summer this Saturday at the St. Richards’ School in Indianapolis for a children’s Book Sale and Autograph Party hosted by the SCBWI ~ Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators!

Saturday,November 8th

2:00pm to 4:00pm

33 E. 33rd Street St. Richards’s Episcopal School


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Unilateral by Chris Katsaropoulos available FREE on Amazon Kindle for a limited time!

Get your free Kindle copy of Unilateral by Chris Katasropoulos on Amazon for a limited time! If you love it, write a review!


A beautiful and lyrically written story in an allegorical style similar to the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Two people living on opposite sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict hope for an end to to war, but what can they as individuals do? Can the choices made by one person change the course of a war, or the world? If everyone, as an individual, made a different choice, the choice of love over hate, the answer would be yes.

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“Consolations” receives praise by Gangaji, Internationally Renowned Spiritual Teacher and Author

Consolations is extraordinary—beautifully written and compelling!
So intimate, so human, so divine. I couldn’t put it down. What an accomplishment!”

-Gangaji, Internationally Renowned Spiritual Teacher and Author

To learn more about the Author of this compelling book click here- Consolations



Consolations- Luminis Books

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“Complex Knowing” receives incredible review from Examiner…

“These poems are illusive but very human, accessible and complex, cosmic and archetypal, a study in contrasts. Taking the time to understand them is the “Rosetta Stone” for this collection, and the reader who searches will find a wealth of meaning and enjoyment.”


Read the review in it’s entirety here at Examiner and order your own copy of Complex Knowing by Chris Katsaropoulos here at Luminis Books

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Author Tracy Richardson at Cincinnati’s Books by the Banks

Luminis authors have been busy in October! Tracy Richardson was signing copies of her books, The Field and Indian Summer at Cincinnati’s Books By The Banks book festival on October 11th.





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Book Launch of Complex Knowing by Chris Katsaropoulos at Indy Reads Books


Author, Chris Katsaropoulos reads from his poetry collection, Complex Knowing at Indy Reads Books on October 11th.  A lively discussion followed the reading. Thank you to everyone who came!


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