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Lighthouse Recognition Program FAQ

What is the Lighthouse Recognition Program?
How can my book qualify for the Lighthouse Recognition Program?
What are the benefits of the Lighthouse Recognition Program?
How can I help my book qualify for the Lighthouse Recognition Program?
How will I be notified that my book has met the sales plateaus for the Lighthouse Recognition Program?
My combined print and e-book sales total 1,500 or more. Why am I not eligible for the Lighthouse Recognition Program?
Will I receive guaranteed placement in bookstores as part of the Lighthouse Recognition Program?
Will my cover be redesigned if it earns Lighthouse recognition?
Will I know when I am featured on the WestBow Press online bookstore? Is there a method to how Lighthouse titles are featured?

What is the Lighthouse Recognition Program?

The Lighthouse Recognition Program recognizes titles that have generated results in the retail market and rewards them with promotional benefits.

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How can my book qualify for the Lighthouse Recognition Program?

Your title must sell either 1,500 print or 1,500 e-book copies in the retail channel in order to be admitted into the Lighthouse Recognition Program. Just as traditionally published titles demonstrate marketability through retail sales, self-published titles must also have a proven ability to target a book-buying audience and reach that audience using methods beyond direct sales.

WestBow Press will notify you when you qualify for Lighthouse status and offer you admission to the program. Admission to the Lighthouse Recognition Program is offered no more than three times per year.

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What are the benefits of the Lighthouse Recognition Program?

The Lighthouse Recognition Program helps you continue to build your platform by providing promotional support and expanded distribution from HarperCollins Christian Publishing and WestBow Press.

From HarperCollins Christian Publishing:

From WestBow Press:

  • Featured placement on the front page of the WestBow Press online bookstore for a limited time
  • Placement of your book in the Lighthouse section of the WestBow Press online bookstore
  • Support through WestBow Press social media accounts for a limited time
  • An opportunity to guest blog once on the WestBow Press blog
  • Placement of the Lighthouse logo on the back cover of your book
  • Placement of the Lighthouse logo on your WestBow Press online bookstore page
  • Cover Copy Polish editorial service
  • 10 free softcover books

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How can I help my book qualify for the Lighthouse Recognition Program?

The best way to help your book qualify is to actively market your title. Read the WestBow Press Book Marketing Guide to learn how to better market your book, and visit the Author Hub for more tips and advice.

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How will I be notified that my book has met the sales plateaus for the Lighthouse Recognition Program?

WestBow Press will notify you via email. We offer admission to the Lighthouse Recognition Program no more than three times per year.

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My combined print and e-book sales total 1,500 or more. Why am I not eligible for the Lighthouse Recognition Program?

The print retail market and the electronic retail market are measured separately for purposes of eligibility.

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Will I receive guaranteed placement in bookstores as part of the Lighthouse Recognition Program?

The Lighthouse Recognition Program does not guarantee placement in retail stores.

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Will my cover be redesigned if it earns Lighthouse recognition?

Revisions to the cover include addition of the Lighthouse Recognition Program logo and any text changes as recommended from the Cover Copy Polish service. No other changes will be included.

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Will I know when I am featured in the WestBow Press online bookstore? Is there a method to how Lighthouse titles are featured?

The featured books are updated monthly. The Lighthouse Recognition Program board typically highlights book topics relevant to current events or the season. Your title will appear in the Lighthouse Recognition Program special collection and be featured in one of four slots on the front page of the bookstore at least once during the four months following your book’s completed cover revision.

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