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.

(Click here if you wish to read a short history of the birth of LPC and its mission.)

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 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 WRITERS CONFERENCES or who are represented by approved LPC literary agents.  We currently have slots available for romance, women’s fiction, and suspense / mystery for 2018. 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.

(Forthcoming in 2018)

Fiction Guidelines

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: fiction@lpcbooks.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.


A Novel IdeaYou 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.


Nonfiction Submissions

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 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.


Three days ago I recieved a wonderful acceptance letter followed by a contract for my first manuscript. Hoping to work further with me on the following books, once completed, of my series. I was thru the roof happy, until. The signed name at the bottom of the contract confused me. Not a name I’ve seen threw my research. Another lighthouse publishing company recieved my manuscript
. Yes, a separate publisher with a similar name. I will regroup, start over, and hopefully my work will find you.

We are Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. We are a “Progressive Publisher.” Similar to a traditional publisher except we do not offer author advances or guarantee bookstore distribution. We go by the name LPC Books to avoid confusion with other “Lighthouse Publishing” firms who are self-publishers.

I can’t help but ask if you take memoirs? My book can fit in the ‘non-fiction’ category but it’s a bit different than many.
I’m in the process of looking for publisher and willing to get an agent if needed but just gathering some information first.
Thank you.

Yes, we’ve published a few memoirs, but the project needs to speak to a larger audience. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is a memoir (retold by the author), but there is a theme to the story that resonates with readers. In fact, the tagline is: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience.

When You Come Home is a memoir told from the daughter’s point of view. Daddy, Can You Make Me Pancakes?, Situation Maid, Bury Me with My Pearls, The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife, Raising a Child with Autism, Penned Without Ink, The Bipolar Experience, God’s Choice … in fact most of the books on this page are memoirs.

I run a Facebook daily devotional page for the last 15 months. It’s a scripture based, grace-based Spirit filled devotional that points to Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life. It’s purpose is to build up faith and trust in Jesus, encourage, edify, comfort and it has been successful online. The page has 107,000 likes over the last 15 months and 1000 to 3000 daily likes for the daily postings, 400 to 900 shares daily and a reach of 20,000 to 30,000 daily. My audience is mostly in Asia though.
I have at least 15 months’ collection of daily devotionals and thought about making a hard copy because I have had readers asking me if there are any other ways they could access these devotionals besides Facebook so they could share with their friends who do not use the internet.
Here’s the page: https://www.facebook.com/aliveinchristscriptures/
Would LPC be interested in helping me publish into book form?

Helen, we only contract with authors we meet at writer’s conferences or who are represented by literary agents we know. I could suggest some names of publishing consultants who could help you self-pub your book for less than what most self-pub firms charge. That might be the way to go. For around $1500 you could have your book in print and ebook form.

I am a published author with three Amish fiction books out with Harvest House and a fourth novel released independently. So far my latest book, The Amish Heiress has stayed in the top thirty in three best-selling categories on Amazon including Christian Mystery and Suspense for twelve weeks with 87% five star reviews, and all three of my original series are currently in the top 60 in Kindle and the top 1000 in books. Would LPC be interested in talking with me or my agent about picking up The Amish Heiress and the following two in the series? I am represented by Steve Laube. Thank you.

Dear Editor of Devotions:
Martim Wiles referred me to your website. I have written many daily devotions that have been published by PresbyCan Daily Devotions on email and internet. These Bible-based, in-depth, interesting devotions can be published as a fine devotional book. They can be viewed at www. PresbyCan; type in “devotions by Isabel Allison.” PresbyCan does not retain rights to the devotions they publish. Please email me your publishing guidelines and sample pages that present the format you prefer.
Thank you. Isabel Allison

To the Editor of Devotions:
I have written many devotions that have been published by PresbyCan Daily Devotions on email and internet. These Bible- based, in-depth, interesting devotions can be published as a fine devotional gift book. They can be viewed at www. PresbyCan Daily Devotions. Type in “devotions by Isabel Allison” to see them.
PresbyCan does not retain rights to devotioals they publish.
Please email me your publishing guidelines and sample pages in a format you prefer.
Thank you, Isabel Allison

Hi Eddie – we’ve met many times over the past several years at the Maranatha Christian Writers Conference in Muskegon, MI. I’ve published two books. The first is wHispers, acronym for when He is so precious even rocks sing and about God’s marvelous love and faithfulness – especially in tough times. The second if Faith, Favorites, Fun, and Fotos of Cape Cod with 80 full color “foots” of Cape Cod. Now I’m writing a 600 word picture book about how a rescue dog’s life changes when she becomes a church dog. I’m wondering if you’d be interested in talking with me further. I don’t have an illustrator, but do have pictures of Petunia that can be used as a guide.
Nice to be in touch, Eddie. Wondering if you’ll be at Maranatha in October?

Shirley, I have a conflict during this year’s Maranatha conf, so I’ll miss this one. Regarding picture books, you should check with Verana. We hope to have her “Christmas Object Lessons” book out in time for the conf. Normally we don’t do picture books, but if an author can show that she has the platform to sell them, we might. For us, picture books are sold almost exclusively by the author. There is very little online sales. Moms, grandmothers, etc… buy books for children and that’s normally done in bookstores where the child can browse, handle the books, and pick the ones that interest them. Online selling doesn’t lend itself to that experience.
Hope this helps.

I met Aaron Gansky at the Orange County Christian Writers Conference this weekend and he said I should send my nonfiction book proposa, Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? to him and he would get it to the right person at Lighthouse. Unfortunately I don’t have his email address or physical address. Would you please provide me with either so that I can get my proposal to Mr. Gansky? Thank you for you help.

I write a daily inductive Bible study on a blog. The studies are for daily Scripture readings suggested by the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL) Uniform Series. Would LPC be interested in publishing these studies on a quarterly basis? ISSL curriculum covers a ten year span of time and is popular among many major denominations including the AME and COGIC denominations.

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