Automated Content Submission (ACS) Spreadsheet
As a Lightning Source publisher, you have the option to submit your titles on a spreadsheet instead of manually uploading and submitting metadata for each title on your account. Publishers must complete the following required information on the ACS spreadsheet for each print on demand title being submitted. Any items not supplied from this list will result in the ACS submission being rejected and returned for corrections.
Cell C3: Lightning Source Account Number
Cell G3: Metadata contact
Cell G4: Contact e-mail address
Cell G5: Contact telephone number
Column A: Parent ISBN (Multi-Volume Sets)
Column B: ISBN (Child – Multi-Volume Sets)
Column C: Rendition/Booktype
Column D: Title
Column E: Publisher (your publisher name as listed with us)
Column F: Imprint (must be a valid imprint listed with us)
Column G: Cover Submission Method
Column H: Text Submission Method
Column I: Contributor One
Column J: Contributor One Role
If the title is to be made available to US retailers/wholesalers:
Column K: US Suggested List Price ($)*
Column L: US Wholesale Discount (%)*
If the title is to be made available to UK retailers/wholesalers:
Column M: UK Suggested List Price (£)*
Column N: UK Wholesale Discount (%)*
If the title is to be made available to any retailers/wholesalers:
Column AQ: Returnable
Column AR: BISAC Subject
Column AS: Language (defaults to English if left blank)
Column AT – AX: Flex field information to be used by prior arrangement only
If the title is to be made available to European retailers/wholesalers:
Column BD: Euro Suggested List Price (€)*
Column BE: Euro Wholesale Discount (%)*
* Pricing can only be supplied where the relevant Print on Demand agreements have been signed. If no agreements have been signed any titles with pricing will be rejected from your submission.
You may submit files on your account or via FTP. Once files are received, they are reviewed by our file technicians. This review process typically takes about 3-5 business days, and you will receive an electronic proof to review once the review is complete. You may also place a proof order to receive a physical copy of your book.
*Publishers must be approved by their sales representative for ACS submissions.