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The cost will vary based on total word count and number of narrators. Our rates are highly competitive compared with other producers in the industry. All prices are based on the total finished time and includes casting, narration, editing, quality control, and mastering. You can be as hands on or hands off as you like. We ensure you’re fully informed and satisfied every step of the way.
After you send us your project and give us some thoughts on your ideal narrator, our professional casting director will find the best voices and send you audio samples to choose from. You always have final say in who tells your story.
If your book features multiple POVs, casting a different voice for each character really brings the story to life. We’re happy to create an audiobook with more than one narrator, though it tends to cost a little more to produce. Typically, this is around $50 per finished hour.
We know almost everybody in the audiobook industry (it’s a pretty small crowd). We can’t make any promises but we’d be happy to reach out to specific narrators. Be aware that some A-list narrators demand higher rates, which will increase the overall hourly cost.
There are many factors involved in estimating production time: the length and difficulty of the book, amount of research, the narrator’s availability, unforeseen circumstances (laryngitis!). When we’ve had a chance to review your project, we’ll send you a production contract with a production schedule. But it generally takes six to eight weeks to produce your average audiobook.
We understand. It's a big investment. Our commitment is to produce the highest quality product in the market. Our clients expect and trust that we will not take shortcuts that will sacrifice the product. Let us know in writing at any point and you’ll be charged only for the work that’s already been completed.
Yes, you retain all rights to your audiobook.
Yes, we do! Every region has different requirements so contact us for more info.
We will send you a link to download your distribution-ready mp3 audio files. They’re yours to do with as you like. If you're interested in distribution options, see below.
Yes! Once you’ve produced your audiobook with us, we will gladly handle distribution to all major retail and library outlets at no extra charge. If you already have a finished audiobook and just need someone to help with distribution, for a small processing fee we can do that, too.
Retail: Audible, iTunes, Audiobooks.com, Findaway (Scribd, Nook, TuneIn, Playster, 24symbols), DownPour, Libro.fm, BandCamp, and LanternAudiobooks.com
Library : Overdrive, HOOPLA, Findaway (Bibliotheca, Baker & Taylor, Follett Library Services, Macklin Educational) Our distribution list is growing with new markets and territories so check our list often for the latest additions.
Not at all. You’re welcome to distribute your audiobook yourself, or use us for some outlets while you go directly to others. It’s always your choice.
We give authors a generous split of 75% of cash received, which varies depending on the outlet. From Audible, for example, we receive 25% of list price for every sale (of which 80% goes to the author). For other sites, we’ve negotiated a higher percentage. And for LanternAudiobooks.com, you’ll receive the full 80% of list. What a deal! (We're just sayin')
We'll send you a royalty statement accompanied by a check on a quarterly schedule. No report will be processed until $50.00 is earned out.
Yes. Lantern now offers authors a one-stop-shop for marketing and promotions.
Publishing Services are provided to clients as part of an inclusive deal including production, distribution and marketing services. Publishing clients are provided services in exchange for a revenue share agreement. Publishing services are offered by invitation-only; however, inquiries are always welcomed.
Marketing Services are provided to clients whether or not their project is produced or distributed by Lantern on an a la carte basis. Services include social media, public relations, critic relations, web and email marketing as well as bespoke marketing campaigns. Services range in scope and cost depending on the budget and goals for your project.
Our team has a variety of options depending on the goals and budget for your project. Review our packages and contacts us to learn more.