L10 Press Frequently Asked Questions


How do I know if hybrid publishing right for me?

We would be thrilled to consider your book, but we also want you to consider whether hybrid publishing is the right option for you. Although we work hard to keep the upfront costs to our authors low and offer financial support packages, hybrid publishing does require you to make a significant monetary investment in your book, and it’s important that you weigh the pros and cons of this investment.

Hybrid publishing can make good financial sense for authors with a built-in audience who they can sell to directly. Authors who choose to pay for a bulk order of their books keep 100% of the profit from those book sales. Depending on the size and other specifications of your book, the average cost per book is $3-$5, so for a book that retails for $15, you can expect to make $10-$12 per copy. This means you would need to sell around 350 copies of your book to break even on your investment. (For more information on how much our authors earn off the sales of their books, see “What profits from book sales can I expect to make as an author?”)

For others, hybrid publishing offers a way to have their book professionally published to the highest standards and to become a member of a press family they can be proud of. Publishing with a hybrid press means your book benefits from a team of professional editors and designers, as well as the name recognition and legitimacy of publishing with a reputable press.


My Book is Only HalFway Done, Can I still submit it?

First of all, congratulations! You've made it this far, which means you've already done the hardest part! At this time, Life in 10 Minutes Press is only able to publish fully-completed manuscripts. However, our team also consists of writing teachers and editors who would be thrilled to help you finish your book. Visit our one-on-one page for more information about our private writing instruction and editing help. And check out our list of upcoming classes and workshops here


Why do You Ask authors to Submit their books For Consideration?

Our submission process helps us ensure that all our titles are in line with our mission and reflect our commitment to the highest quality storytelling. When readers choose a Life in 10 Minutes book, we want them to know they’re getting a story that is beautiful, brave, and un-put-down-able, and we believe our authors benefit from this reputation.

Because we’re a small press and we strive to give the highest level of care to all our titles, we also use the submission process to keep our workload manageable. If your book is not accepted, it doesn’t mean we didn’t love it, and we make an effort to provide feedback to as many writers who submit to us as we can.


What happens once my book is accepted?

If your book is accepted, first of all do a little dance! We are thrilled to have you and your book as part of the L10 family! All writers who submit during one of our reading periods will receive an email at the end of the reading period letting them know whether we will be able to publish their book. If your book has been selected for publication, you’ll receive a follow-up email from your project manager providing you information about the process, including the project timeline and important dates. Your project manager will also send you a contract and take a nonrefundable deposit of $500, which will be applied toward your overall fee.


How long can I expect the publication process to take?

The editing, design, and production process takes approximately four months from the time you receive your acceptance notice.


What profits from book sales can I expect to make as An author?

Sales of Life in 10 Minutes Press books fall into two main categories: direct sales by the author and sales via third party vendors such as bookstores. The simplest way for you to make direct sales as the author is to place a bulk order for your book. Your project manager can help you decide if this is the right decision for you, but generally a bulk order makes sense if you believe you can sell at least 350 copies of your book directly via in-person events or through your website. Costs for the bulk order are borne by the author, and Life in 10 Minutes does not offer warehousing or fulfillment services on bulk-order books at this time. Cost per book depends on book design, layout, and size. Authors retain 100% of net profits on all sales they make on bulk-order books via their website or in-person sales.

Sales via third party vendors such as bookstores are processed and fulfilled through IngramSprark’s print-on-demand (POD) services. Typically, a book sold through a bookstore or other vendor will net 50% of its sales price (or $7.50 for a $15 book). Average manufacturing costs range from $3 to $5 depending on book size, as well as several other factors. Net profits (net sales price - manufacturing costs) are divided 60% to the author and 40% to Life in 10 Minutes Press. Life in 10 Minutes pays earnings to our authors quarterly. Your project manager will deliver a payment schedule to you during the production process.


What services are included through Life in 10 Minutes Press?

When you publish through Life in 10 Minutes Press, your book receives the following:

  • Individual project management from acceptance through launch

  • Professional interior layout by our creative director for up to 80,000 words

  • Custom, full-color cover design

  • Management of custom cover artwork (optional)

  • Copyediting and proofreading for your book by at least two editors

  • E-book file conversion

  • Copyright filing and an ISBN for your book in the L10 family

  • Traditional distribution through Ingram Publishing Services

  • Sales locally at Chop Suey Books in Richmond, Virginia

  • Launch party and reading for your book at Life in 10 Minutes Studio

  • Marketing support to help your book find its readers

TOTAL COST: $3,900


What’s not included:

Cost of any original artwork commissioned by the author is not represented in the $3,900 total. In addition, Life in 10 Minutes charges an additional fee up to $500 for any books exceeding 80,000 words to cover extra editorial and design work.

At this time, we do not provide warehousing or fulfillment services for any bulk order books.