and solicitations for submissions are presently
We are NOT considering
new authors for publication at this time.
See our requirements
below and check back later to determine when our
Submission Status changes (at which time we will
post our submissions e-mail address).
Do you know that publishers require an adherence
to advertised guidelines?
Are you familiar with the terms,
"solicited," and, "unsolicited
If you answered, "no," to either of the
above questions or are uninformed about what is
expected of you, please read Writer's Market by
Writer's Digest Books or download our e-booklet
addressing these and related issues. Read more
about our e-booklet here: GETTING PUBLISHED:
WHAT YOU WANT, NEED & SHOULD KNOW.
OUR OVERARCHING PRINCIPLES
The Lighthouse Press, LLC. is a small,
independent publishing company. We determine the
prospective demand for the titles we accept and
arrange our, "plan of attack," around
We are, "David," competing in a global
marketplace dominated by a number of,
"Goliaths," and for the very few titles
we actually accept, we become even more critical.
We look for good, already well-crafted, edited
and grammatically correct book-length manuscripts
of literary merit that appeal to firm, intended
audiences. This is not to say we will not want
changes. We probably will.
You must be interested in quality before seeing
your name on it in print. If this isn't you,
approach someone else.
We are interested in committed authors who view
their craft not merely as a job, but as an
occupation. We expect attention to detail and
professionalism beginning with the manuscript and
ending with the book as well as the resulting
image of the author who penned it.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We average four to ten new titles per year and
publish all genres of fiction and nonfiction.
While we consider all topics we do not accept
pornography or works of extreme physical
violence. Period. Erotica as a small portion of
the overall work is acceptable on a case-by-case
basis and at the sole discretion of the
HOW TO SUBMIT
We only accept solicited manuscripts. To
garner our solicitation you must adhere exactly
to the following guidelines and advice.
1. First and foremost: Be familiar with our
requirements and advice.
2. When we announce that we are,
"accepting submissions," that is
the time to solicit our interest. When we
announce that submissions are, "suspended," that
the time to solicit our interest. Not too
many things are more likely to spoil your
chances than soliciting us when we are not
3. We do review unagented work, but do not accept unsolicited
submissions are disposed of without ever
being reviewed or opened.
5. Send a letter of inquiry via e-mail
or in the alternative, U.S. postal mail.
6. If inquiring via U.S. postal mail you must
correspond to our mailing address only and
must include a valid e-mail address. Our
response and 75% of our correspondence is
funneled through electronic mail.
7. Any material sent via U.S. postal mail at
any time whatsoever must have postage in the
proper amount or it is refused by way of
delivery not being accepted.
8. Any material sent via U.S. postal mail
will not be returned regardless of the
inclusion of SASE. The acceptance or
rejection of your submission will be
delivered to you via e-mail.
9. Your query letter, preferably sent via
e-mail or U.S. postal mail to our mailing
address, must contain the following elements,
and no less than these elements:
a) A cover letter (or,
b) The equivalent of at
least a one-page synopsis/outline of your
c) An estimated word count
of your manuscript
d) A brief bio
("brief," being a page or less)
e) 10 pages from your
f) A list of your
published work/credits, if any
g) A description of your
manuscript's intended audience
10. If inquiring via e-mail attachments
should be either Microsoft Word or Adobe pdf
11. Whether your inquiry is via E-mail or US
postal mail to our maiing address, you will
be notified via E-mail that your submission
has been received. After a review of your
inquiry we will respond via E-mail that we
are interested or not interested. If we are
not interested we will explain why. Unless
othwise indicated, our decision is final. Our
response time generally ranges from two weeks
to one month.
IF WE SOLICIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT
If we solicit your manuscript then submit it
by adhering exactly to the following guidelines
1. Submit amanuscript as an e-mail
attachedment. We also accept non-returnable
data disk via U.S. postal mail to our mailing
2. Be prepared to supply a hard copy of
your manuscript in the event we follow-up
with a request for it.
3. We accept submissions in the electronic
formats of Microsoft Word or Adobe Page
Maker. If you have saved your manuscript in
another format (such as Word Perfect, for
example) create a backup of your file and
then use Microsoft Word to convert and
clean-up conversion errors before submitting
your file to us.
As outlined in the advice herein below, you
must submit an excellent, "electronic
manuscript," so be sure to clean-up any and
all conversion errors.
We respond to manuscript submissions within
one to three months. If we reject your manuscript
we will respond via e-mail that we are not
interested and explain why. As noted hereinabove,
our decision is final unless we indicate
If your manuscript is accepted for publication we
will discuss any desired changes or alterations.
After creative/editorial issues are resolved you
will be asked to sign an Author/Publisher
Contract. Once the contractual relationship is
established the actual mechanics of the,
"resolved," creative/editorial changes
will begin. This is usually a time-consuming
process. Depending upon the particulars, this can
involve six months to a year or more.
PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION
We will work with you on the content and look
of your finished book. However, acceptance,
creative/editorial oversight, formatting, layout,
artwork and cover design of your manuscript and
resulting published book are at our discretion
and all contingent upon our having final
The finished book and time schedule in which
it is completed will depend upon a number of
factors, including our initial decision regarding
the format in which to print your book.
Generally, the vast majority of our titles are
Mass Market Trade publications, but we also
consider hardback editions.
We absorb the entire cost of publishing the
books we accept. We ask only that the author
cooperate and actively assist in marketing
his/her book. We pay royalties of 10% of list
price on short run printings, 12% of list price
on the first 5,000 copies sold on long run
printings and then 15% of list price on those
same long run printings when sales surpass 5,000
copies. No advances at this time. We provide
Author's copies at 60% off list.
Manuscript pages should be double spaced with
one inch margins all around.
We expect clean manuscripts indicating the author
has proofed and self-edited before submitting. We
work collaboratively with our authors to achieve
a marketable title. In order to help us
accomplish that, you must submit superior
workmanship to begin with. Take the utmost care
to present an impeccable manuscript that attends
to grammar, spelling, punctuation, accent marks
and other diacritical marks wherever appropriate.
We want involving literature, of course, but too
many times inattention to the mechanics is
indicative of problems that we are not here to
fix. We are not here to teach you the craft of
writing, grammar, spelling, punctuation, proof
reading or any of the other items mentioned
hereinabove. If upon reading your manuscript it
is obvious that is what you need, you have wasted
your time and ours. We will certainly work with
creative differences and we will certainly edit
your manuscript, but we do not abide shoddy work.
We have found that the best and most professional
writers are those who write what they love and
love to write.