Editorial Services

Great books are not just great ideas: they are the result of organized thinking, clear writing, and serious editing. Books need to be available to readers and read in order to be great. Even the best authors need good editors and critics, and for their book to be made accessible.

LanternMedia wants to help you make your book the best it can be. To that end, we offer the following services:

For details on these services and pricing, see below. Please note that none of these costs includes expenses, which shall be paid by you separately. Expenses include (but are not limited to): travel, board and lodging, mailing, paying for transcriptions.

Book Project Consultation

  • We provide you with tips on breaking writer's block.
  • You have someone with whom to discuss and hone ideas.
  • We offer advice on structure, tone, and voice.
  • We present ideas for getting published and marketed.
  • We establish a work/deadline schedule to help you identify what needs to be done in order to stay on track with your project.

$125 per hour
Deposit: $100

Reading and Commenting on Your Manuscript

  • We offer sensitive, thoughtful reading, analyzing mood, tone, style, content, structure, and organization of the material.
  • We provide a thorough, written four-page critique with suggestions for how you can develop or change the manuscript, including marketing and publishing advice.

$125 per hour
Deposit: $375

Copy-Editing and Tidying Up Your Manuscript

  • We remove typos, correct style inconsistencies, organize presentation, and fix grammatical errors.
  • You receive a clean hard copy and edited electronic version of the manuscript, with a letter outlining general changes made.

$75 per hour
Deposit: $100

A more in-depth version of this service is below.

Developmental Editing and Copy-Editing of Your Manuscript

  • We remove typos, correct style inconsistencies, organize presentation, and fix grammatical errors.
  • We check facts, assess strength and lines of argument, organize information, and analyze consistency of style and voice.
  • You receive a manuscript with copy-editing marks and written commentary about the state of your manuscript.

$125 per hour
Deposit: $250

We also offer simple formatting.

Formatting Your Manuscript

  • We eliminate extra spaces, extraneous fonts, and other formatting problems that make your manuscript a challenge for publishers and designers.

$25 per hour
Deposit: $50

Proposal Writing

  • We meet with you to ascertain the viability and nature of your project.
  • We read all relevant materials.
  • We interview you on the subject matter.
  • We create an introduction to the book, a sample chapter, marketing information, a biography, and a remaining outline.

$5000
Deposit: $500

Creating an Outline for Your Book Project

  • We meet with you to ascertain the viability and nature of your project.
  • We read all relevant materials.
  • We interview you on the subject matter.
  • We create a detailed outline, with chapter breakdown and contents.

$3000
Deposit: $500

Ghostwriting

  • We conduct an interview with you to ascertain the nature and viability of the project.
  • We read all relevant materials.
  • We conduct relevant research.
  • We record interviews with you on the subject to create a transcript.
  • We create a first draft.
  • We consult with you over the first draft. This will include: further questions, research, and editing.
  • We create a second draft.
  • We consult with you over the second draft. This will include: further questions, research, and editing.
  • We complete a third draft.

Starting at $40,000
Deposit: $10,000 on signing of contract
$10,000 on completion of first draft
$10,000 on completion of second draft
$10,000 on completion of third draft

eBook Creation

  • We format the manuscript for conversion into multiple ebook formats.
  • We hyperlink (internally anchor chapters) or megahyperlink (create links to provide sites or editorials with handpicked relevant sites; up to 100 links per book).
  • We route royalty payments based on your instruction.

$50 per hour
Maximum of 5 hours
Deposit: $100

Please contact us for more information.