Frequently asked questions
Please read through some of our frequently asked questions. If you have a question that we didn’t answer, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask away!
Light Switch Press
Author Rights and Royalties
Avoiding Additional Fees
Cover Design and Book Creation
No. We reserve the right to refuse to publish any book. Our free publishing service is only available to fiction novels with at least 15,000 words and that pass an editing check. Manuscripts must be submitted in one Word Document. Non-fiction, poetry, journals, compilations, dissertations, or books under 15,000 words may be published with our Expanded Distribution service. Currently, we are not publishing children’s books or books with excessive images and/or charts.
Once you upload your manuscript, please allow up to five business days for Light Switch Press to review your book for publishing. If accepted, you will receive an email notifying you. If declined, your book will be listed as declined under your book tab.
We are a hybrid of traditional publishing and self-publishing. Like traditional publishing, Light Switch Press takes a risk in publishing your book. To increase the chances of your book selling and becoming a success, we use our industry experience to create your cover and format your book to the highest standards.
If you require a more hands-on approach to publishing and wish to work directly with a dedicated designer to collaborate in the creation of your book, please contact A Book's Mind.
The author owns the rights to their work when publishing with Light Switch Press. Light Switch Press owns the rights to our files (Cover Design and Formatted Interior) which may be purchased by the author for future publication.
We mail monthly royalty checks on the 15th of every month. You receive a 30% royalty on all e-books sold and a 50% royalty on all paperback books sold.
If your monthly royalties are under $50.00 for the month, those sales carry over to the next months royalty period. Once your sales total reach $50 or more, we mail you a check.
Log into your Author Profile and click on the title of your book. There, you will see your sales reports as well as total amount of books sold to date. We update your sales for the month on the 15th of every month.
Log into your author profile, under Author Information select "Update."
There are two ways to incur additional fees, both of which occur by request from the author; authors are not required to pay these fees, however LSP will not provide the necessary work until these fees are paid. These fees are: Editorial Fee and Early Cancellation Fee.
Editorial Fees are author initiated and only occur when the author requests edits or changes to their manuscript after the book has gone into production. For example: after a book has been published, the author requests to add a new chapter and to change the name of the main character throughout the book. The author would be giving an invoice for the time involved, at which point they can decide if they would like to pay for the edits or leave the book as is.
Early Cancellation Fee only occurs when the author requests to immediately be removed from our distribution catalog prior to the books yearly distribution renewal. Authors may request to be removed at the end of the yearly distribution renewal at no charge.
If you would like to make edits, log into your user profile, select "Help Link", and select "I would like to make edits" from the drop-down menu. You will need to provide your title and list your edits. We will email you an invoice for the time involved, based on the amount of edits.
Please include the existing full sentence or paragraph along with the full sentence or paragraph that we will be replacing in your book.
Tom received a sea plus on his paper.
Tom received a C+ on his paper.
Yes. Your cover image must be at least 6" x 9" with a .25" bleed, and be at least 300 dpi. Please submit your cover in PDF or JPG format, flattened or with all fonts outlined. If the upload cover file does not meet these specs or quality standards, we will create a cover for you. We reserve the right to publish your book with a cover designed by Light Switch Press if we deem necessary.
You may include your cover design idea when submitting your book information. Like a traditional publisher, Light Switch Press will design your cover based on industry knowledge. Please understand that not all cover ideas are possible, for example extremely detailed characters descriptions or things that do not exist: a blue dragon wearing a gold suit driving a Mazda Miata with a missing door through a city made of peanuts.
If you require a more hands-on approach to publishing and wish to work directly with one of our designers to collaborate in the creation of your book, please purchase our Complete Control Package.
Your book will go into production within 24 hours. To avoid editing fees, please be sure to include your final manuscript and book information. Any editorial services by Light Switch Press or by a third party editor should be done prior to submitting your manuscript. We will notify you once your book is for sale, or you may check www.lightswitchpress.com/blog for your book to appear.
Yes. Log into your Author Profile and click on “Add Book.” You may publish up to three books.
Once you have reached 100 e-book sales, your book will be available to order in paperback format within 5 business days. You may also upgrade to Expanded Distribution at any time prior to selling 100 books. When upgrading to Expanded Distribution please allow 10 business days.
Log into your Author Profile and select the "Help Link". Let us know the title, amount of books you would like to order in quantities of 25 or more, and your shipping address; you will be emailed an invoice for the amount due. Please allow 5 days for printing plus shipping time.
Your book will only be available in paperback format once your e-book sells 100 copies or if you purchase our Expanded Distribution Upgrade. Contact email@example.com if you have sold more than 100 e-books and still not available in paperback.
You can upgrade to Expanded Distribution at any time prior to your e-book selling 100 copies. Once your e-book sells 100 copies, you will automatically be upgraded to Expanded Distribution. To upgrade to Expanded Distribution, click here.
Yes, print files may be purchased and printed with any printer you would like. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and title to request your files. Print files are provided in PDF format.
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