LPC Books launched its general book publishing division in 2007 under the supervision of Christian Devotions Ministries. Our authors include Christy Award winners, debut novelists, and nonfiction writers. When our fiction titles project an agenda, they point to moral truths and portray characters with strong beliefs about what’s right and wrong.
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas is a royalty-paying book publisher. We do not charge for the production, editing, or marketing of our books. LPC assumes all production costs. We will occasionally encourage our authors to participate in marketing promotions when we think it is a good investment (Goodreads ads, Vessel Project ads, Ask David Twitter buys, etc) but the author is under no obligation to participate. We do not offer author advances, nor do we seek full bookstore distribution through Ingram. (Did that, got burned, moved on.) We call ourselves a “Progressive Publisher.” We issue royalties monthly, not quarterly. Our aim it to give authors the sense that writing is a regular job with a monthly paycheck.
If you can accept that your book may never find its way onto the shelves of Barnes and Noble or Lifeway, but may sell thousands through Amazon, LPC might be a good fit for you.
|Currently, we only contract with authors we meet at WRITER’S CONFERENCES or who are represented by approved LPC literary agents. You can also find Eddie Jones, founder and CEO, at North Raleigh United Methodist church. If you wish to pitch your project, catch him after service one Sunday.|
Book publishing is a relationship business. As such, we like to meet authors face-to-face. We seek authors who understand that the development of a book is a team effort and that the final product — including title, cover, and back cover copy — is solely at the discretion of the publisher. We invite author participation in the process, but LPC has final say in book design, editor assignment, and other aspects of the project.
LPC will consider your platform, social media reach, and expects you to develop a marketing plan for your book. However, we do not insist that an author have a certain number of social media followers, fans, etc. LPC will help you grow your “tribe” as part of your book’s launch plan. By the time your book releases, you should have accounts set up for Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and have a blog or website presence, and an author page on Amazon. We provide all the guidance necessary to complete these steps.
We encourage authors to hire a professional editor and proofreader before submitting your manuscript to any publisher. This is not a requirement for LPC submissions, but it is a strong recommendation. With most houses you only get one shot with the Pub Board. Give them your polished best.
LPC has several active imprints, ranging from romance to speculative fiction and Christian living nonfiction.
- Heritage Beacon – historical fiction: General Market
- Firefly Southern Fiction – Southern fiction: General Market
- Bling! Romance – clean, wholesome romance with an edge: General Market
- Candlelight Romance – sweet inspirational romance: Christian Market
- Smitten Historical Romance – historical inspirational romance: Christian Market / some General Market
- Lamplighter Mystery & Suspense – mystery & suspense: General Market
- Straight Street Books – Christian Living:Christian Market
- SonRise Devotionals – devotionals:Christian Market
(Forthcoming in 2018)
- Guiding Light Fiction – women’s fiction: General Market
When you submit your book for consideration please include: a brief (1-paragraph) summary of the novel, a long (2-3 page) synopsis, three sample chapters, marketing plan, influencers, and author bio. Please submit proposals in a single Word document and e-mail as an attachment to: email@example.com. If you are unsure how to create a fiction book proposal we recommend you buy a copy of Writing a Winning Book Proposal by Michael Hyatt.
You may wish to purchase a copy of A Novel Idea: Learn How to Write a Novel in Under 60 Minutes. We consider the elements in this small book to be the basic components of a novel and judge submissions based on many these novel-writing elements.
Below are a few things to consider when submitting your manuscript:
Is your premise statement true? Can a conclusion be drawn from your premise statement or is it simply making an observation? Your premise statement is the fundamental concept that drives the content and reflects the basic theme of your title and sub-title. Your premise identifies the need that you are addressing in the book and the solution you are proposing. We WILL judge your book on your premise, so ask:
- How is my approach different from other books on this topic?
- Why would the audience be interested in my book?
- Why am I the person to write the book?
Your title AND premise statement needs to be clear, concise, and creative.
Premise statement is:
- You book’s sales pitch
- Your author introduction
- A road map for the book
Additional features you might consider adding to your book:
- Study questions
- Interactive elements
- Personal anecdotes
- Links to video resources
- On camera interviews of the book
If you are unsure how to create a nonfiction book proposal we recommend you buy a copy of Writing a Winning Book Proposal by Michael Hyatt.