We are delighted to bring three independent publishers and editors and one of their authors to this year's Summer Small Press Showcase. Joining us in #LitChat at 4 p.m. E.T. on Monday, June 29, 2015 are Lou Aronica, publisher of The Story Plant and Fiction Studio Books, and Elizabeth Turnbull, senior editor of Light Messages Publishing. Caitlin Hicks, whose novel A Theory of Expanded Love debuted with Light Messages on June 2, 2015, also joins the conversation.

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Lou Aronica

The Story Plant was founded in 2008 by two long-term industry professionals, Lou Aronica and Peter Miller. From the start, the company has been dedicated to publishing quality fiction and to developing authors. Though we’re always trying to improve, we feel that we’ve delivered on both. Our books regularly receive rave reviews (click on any of our titles to check for yourself) and since our launch, nearly a third of our novels have appeared in the top 100 of one major bestseller list or another – and often several at once.

In 2013, The Story Plant was acquired by Studio Digital CT, LLC, a limited liability company headed by Lou Aronica. With this, Mitchell Maxwell came on board to add his unparalleled blend of creativity, passion, and business acumen. The house is currently in the process of the most aggressive expansion in its history.

The Story Plant has an absolute dedication to its authors. Both Aronica and Maxwell are novelists as well, and they understand the desires, needs, and insecurities of writers at the most personal level. We want The Story Plant to be a good home for those who write for us, and we want it to be a place where readers can be assured that everyone involved in bringing these books to them cares deeply about what they’re doing.

Follow Lou Aronica on Twitter: @laronica.

Follow The Story Plant on Twitter: @TheStoryPlant.

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Elizabeth Turnbull

Light Messages Publishing was founded in 1998 by a group of authors who believed that there had to be a better model than vanity or self-publishing for emerging authors.

Today, Light Messages is a full-service general trade publisher located in Durham, North Carolina. Our primary market is the United States but we also sell books in a number of other nations.  We prefer to print locally whenever possible, working wiith printers around the world to decrease delivery time and cost. We offer short-run or high volume printed editions in numerous sizes as well as electronic books in all the standard formats.

Senior editor Elizabeth Turnbull was born and raised in Haiti where she grew up surrounded by the sites and sounds brought to life in her Haitian children's stories. As a young child she would spend hours snuggled in the laps of her parents and older brothers while they would read a story to her. One of her greatest joys was learning to read and having the power to unleash the stories for herself.

Elizabeth went on to study Spanish and Journalism at Wake Forest University and receive her MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. As senior editor for Light Messages Publishing she believes she is immensely blessed to immerse herself in new stories every day.

Follow Elizabeth Turnbull on Twitter: @ejturnbull

Follow Light Messages Publishing on Twitter: @LMpublishing.

Author Caitlin Hicks

A Theory of Expanded LoveCaitlin HicksCaitlin-Grant-Simmons is an author and international playwright and acclaimed performer in British Columbia, Canada. Monologues from several of her plays were featured in Smith & Kraus series Best Women s Stage Monologues (New York). She also wrote the play, later adapted for the screen, "Singing the Bones," which debuted at the Montreal World Film Festival to stellar reviews and has screened around the world. While A Theory of Expanded Love is her debut novel, she has published several short stories, including "That Rescue Feeling," which was shortlisted for the John Spencer Hill Fiction Award. She worked as a writer for CBS and NBC radio and has performed her fiction and non-fiction for CBC national radio. In print, her writing has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Vancouver Sun, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Fiddlehead Magazine, Knight Literary Journal and other publications. Hicks was raised in a large, Catholic family in Pasadena, California.

Follow Caitlin Hicks on Twitter: @CateHicks.