Authors: Please read carefully and use the guidelines below before submitting your work...
* Lighthouse Christian Publishing is a royalty-paying publisher, and is always ready to consider high quality manuscripts for publishing, but we need a book that grabs and holds us right from the first page. Maybe, for example, you should start fiction at your chapter three. Although there may once have been publishing houses that took a rough jewel and polished it into a masterpiece, these days editors just don’t have that time. We expect the author to submit a manuscript that is as close to perfectly polished as possible, including spelling, grammar and continuity. Make sure you run the spell checker before sending us your work. Once you’ve submitted, please don’t follow this up with a revised version. If after submitting you realize your work needs revising, you should have taken more time and realized this before sending it to us. We will only be looking at your first submission, so please take your time and don't rush things. It's better to wait a couple of months, then go through your manuscript again with fresh eyes, than it is to submit too soon and quickly regret it.
* All manuscripts must be submitted as an MSWord or RTF document on Letter or A4 size paper, ideally as an email attachment, with no fancy titles in WordArt, unusual fonts, odd formatting or layout. All paragraph indents can be either a tab or formatting indent of a consistent size, but not a mixture – and if done with the space bar, the number of spaces must be consistent. Do not leave an extra space between paragraphs, as books are rarely printed like this. (Open any standard book and see how paragraphs are done if you’re unsure.) Lines can be single or double spaced, but must be spaced consistently. Single spacing only between all words and sentences – no double word spaces anywhere. When you need to start a new chapter, press Ctrl and Enter for a new page, don’t keep pressing Enter until a new page starts. (Yes, we've had submissions like this!) Typed or handwritten manuscripts cannot be considered except in exceptional circumstances.
* A synopsis of 200 to 300 words of the whole manuscript is required, along with a brief outline of each chapter. This applies to both fiction and non-fiction. Also a writing resume if possible, although first-time writers are certainly welcome. We would also like to know where you see your main readership coming from, and whether you have special skills that would assist sales. In other words, as much about yourself as you think relevant.
* As an author, you need to keep polishing and proofreading before submitting to us or any other publisher or agent. Sometimes a writing buddy or a professional freelance editor can be helpful in catching things the author missed. If we accept a manuscript, one of our editors will work with you to smooth out any rough spots, but no editor these days can possibly take a writer’s first draft and turn it into a masterpiece.
* If your manuscript meets these submission requirements, you can expect one of the following responses:
* Sorry, it’s not for us. This doesn’t mean your book is no good, but it’s well . . . not for us. Please note that we do not offer a critique service, and along with other publishers we do not comment on reasons for rejection.
* We like your submission, but it needs more work. If you attend to the following, we will look at it again. This, of course, doesn’t imply automatic acceptance, but it means that we think your book has possibilities for our list. And you have to do the work, not us! Of course, we will only look at your manuscript again on the understanding that we are not under any obligation to accept it. Even if your book has been rewritten to a very high standard, we may have accepted a similar book in the meantime, or no longer be publishing books on that topic.
* We would like to discuss a contract. But don’t think that’s all. No submission is ever ready to go straight to the printers. Lighthouse Publishing is a royalty-paying publisher, and we expect you to put in a fair bit of work with one of our editors before publication.
* The books that sell well are those that are taken on enthusiastically by the author. Believe it or not, we’ve had authors who haven’t bothered to buy a single copy of their work. If they think so little of their book, then others will probably share their opinion. As well as persuading your family and friends to buy copies, you will need to work out a plan for contacting various magazines and other media outlets for reviews, holding book signings, and thinking of every way possible to get your book known. You will be able to buy unlimited copies of your book at half the cover price. Publishing a book is a partnership between author and publisher. Just seeing your book in print isn’t going to be enough. We need your help in selling it. Please tell us your plans when you make your submission. Don’t tell us that you think your book will sell well, tell us how you think you can sell it well!