WestBow Press | Lighthouse Recognition Program
WestBow Press presents the Lighthouse Recognition Program

Lighthouse Recognition Program―Quick Facts

WestBow Press supports our authors’ efforts to share God’s message with as many people as possible. To reward books that have shown notable sales and marketing results and encourage their continued success, we created the Lighthouse Recognition Program.

The Lighthouse Recognition Program is free of charge, and books that qualify are updated to showcase the program’s logo. Our Lighthouse authors will also receive special perks from WestBow Press and HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

How to Qualify for the Lighthouse Recognition Program

Just as traditionally published books prove their marketability through retail success, self-published books should also have a proven ability to target a book-buying audience and reach that audience using methods beyond direct sales. In order to qualify for the program, please note that your book must be returnable and must achieve the following goals:

  1. Sell at least 100 copies (print plus e-book combined) in a retail channel during the month being reviewed
  2. Have one of the following Amazon Best Sellers rankings at the time the monthly sales report is reviewed:
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank (e-book) of less than 300,000
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank (paperback) of less than 300,000

WestBow Press will notify you when you qualify for Lighthouse status and offer you admission to the program.

What are the Lighthouse Recognition Program Benefits

From WestBow Press, for softcover and hardcover book formats:

  • 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 write 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 with the Lighthouse designation

Once you qualify for the Lighthouse Recognition Program, you can choose to receive the additional program benefits listed below from HarperCollins Christian Publishing, a world-leading Christian content provider. No matter what you decide, you'll still receive all of the program benefits listed above from WestBow Press. Please note that the additional benefits from HarperCollins only apply to the softcover version of your book.

Additional Benefits from HarperCollins Christian Publishing, for softcover book format only:

  • Marketing review by Pete Nikolai, Director of Publishing Services for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and the publisher of WestBow Press. We'll provide you with a marketing plan template. Mr. Nikolai will then take a look at your current marketing plan and suggest additional tactics to promote your book.
  • *Please note that you must return the required marketing plan by the specified date, not only for Mr. Nikolai to complete his review, but for you to enjoy the other benefits offered by HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
  • Invitation to join our WestBow Press Mastermind Group on Facebook, where you'll have the following opportunities:
    • Connect with other authors, share your experiences and ideas, and receive advice and support
    • Get answers to your publishing-related questions from Thomas Nelson staff members
    • Join topic-specific discussion sessions with a Thomas Nelson staff member, literary agent, or other publishing professional
  • If the suggested marketing tactics, as discussed in the marketing review with Mr. Nikolai, have been implemented within 4 weeks after receiving feedback, you can look forward to the following benefits:
    • Additional bookstore distribution availability through HarperCollins Christian Publishing
    • Book listing in the FaithGateway bookstore
    • Book listing in the HarperCollins Christian Publishing Edelweiss seasonal catalog
    • Book presentation at the HarperCollins Christian Publishing sales conference
    • Book presentation to buyers at local bookstores in your region, handled by the HarperCollins Christian Publishing sales team

To learn more, visit the Lighthouse Recognition Program FAQ section.