Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas is a royalty-paying book publisher, NOT a self-publishing company. We pay author royalties monthly. As author, you work one-on-one with our editors, book designers, and marketing team. We only contract with authors we meet at writers’ conferences or who are represented by approved LPC literary agents. We place great importance on the heart of an author and his/her motivation for writing. Book publishing is a relationship business. As such, we seek to work with authors who understand that the development of a book is a team effort.
LPC has several imprints, ranging from romance to speculative fiction.
- Heritage Beacon Fiction (historical fiction)
- Firefly Southern Fiction (southern fiction)
- SonRise Devotionals (devotionals)
- Bling! Romance (romance with something extra)
- Candlelight Romance (contemporary romance)
- Guiding Light Fiction (women’s fiction)
- Brimstone Fiction (speculative fiction / fantasy)
- Straight Street Books (general nonfiction)
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.
We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. If you wish to pitch your project to an LPC editor, meet with us at a writers conference. We do accept manuscripts from recognized literary agents.
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.
For more information on our publishing process, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.