How long does it take to get a reply?
Proposals will be reviewed within thirty days. NOTE: A proposal is not a full length manuscript. Review of a proposal does not guarantee Covey will publish your book.
How do I format my manuscript?
How Do I submit my Manuscript?
Submission Guidelines: Fill out the form attached to the Submit Now Button located on the Submissions page. If we are interested in reading your full manuscript, we will contact you with instructions.
Is editing included in the contract?
Yes, L&L Literary Services puts your book through three levels of editing.
Level One: Content Edit where the overall plot and flow of the story is looked at to identify places where it can be made stronger.
Level Two: Line Edits to review sentence structure, word choices, and repetitive language.
Level Three: Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors will be fixed.
What are the different reader levels?
Young Adult: Books in the young adult genre feature main characters who are under eighteen, where there is usually a theme of coming to age or first experiences, and the characters must solve their problems outside of adult influence.
New Adult: Books in the new adult genre feature characters who are eighteen to twenty five. They've already had their firsts experiences and are dealing with more adult situations.
Adult Books: Books that feature characters who are over twenty-five, with graphic themes not appropriate for young readers.
What is a proposal?
A proposal lets us know what your book is about. This can be done with scene summaries or a general outline, but should give Covey an idea of the entire story. It should include the title, if it is part of a series, and the estimated word count.
When a steam level is called out, what does that mean?
1. Fade to black scenes.
2. Making out, but no sex.
3. Making out and sex, but not super detailed.
4. Detailed sex scenes.
5. Highly-detailed, long sex scenes with explicit language and frequency throughout the story.
Is L&L Literary Services a Vanity Press?
No, L&L Literary Services is a small publishing house owned by authors. We cover all of the upfront expenses of editing, cover design, and marketing materials and take a percentage of the royalties from book sales. L&L Literary Services does not make money unless the author does, so we are dedicated to ensuring your book is the best it can be.
What percentage of the royalties do authors make?
Single Author Releases: Authors will be paid 45% of the net payout from distributors.
Anthologies: Authors will be paid an equal portion of 45% of the net payout from distributors divided by number of authors.
***Note: If you co-author, please contact us about terms.
How do authors receive payment?
Authors are paid four months from the date of publication, then monthly thereafter, so long as the royalty distribution meets our minimum $10 USD threshold. This means that if a book publishes in January, the first payment will be received in April. We send out payments on the 10th of the month to ensure they process no later than the 15th. To make things easy for our authors, we process payments via PayPal. It is up to the author to ensure L&L Literary Services has the correct PayPal email address. At this time, we do not offer bank transfers for checks.