An Inconvenient Herd by John Wiley – Now Available Worldwide

John Wiley An Inconvenient HerdAn Inconvenient Herd by John Wiley is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

As of release day, this book is an Amazon #1 New Release!

Find it on BarnesandNoble.com here or Amazon here, or ask/search for it at your favorite retailer, online or in store.

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SOMEONE LETS FARMER’S COWS OUT.

Fueled by idealism and curiosity, the herd follows a bike path into the big city, chasing a dream of a new way of life. The good-natured cattle make lots of friends, but life in town is complicated. They encounter religion, local politics, and manicured lawns.

Meanwhile, Farmer is frantically searching for the wayward cows, racing to save them from the perils of celebrity and the urban machine before it’s too late.

John Wiley is a farmer and writer living in Central Ohio.  Learn more about him and An Inconvenient Herd on the official website: www.AnInconvenientHerd.com.

Early reviewers have gushed over this laugh-out-loud book. With wit and a delicate hoof print, John not only tells an absurd but endearing bovine adventure, but tackles the shrinking family farm, the fragility of our food infrastructure, and the false security of urban living.

“John tells a story that will leave you smiling from cover to cover,” Brad Pauquette, CEO of Boyle & Dalton, said. “While John’s not afraid of the topics percolating beneath our food culture and infrastructure, the reader is free to dive below the surface with him, or take this witty bovine adventure as good carefree fun. That in itself is a magnificent feat.”

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Boyle & Dalton is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

Publishing Frequently Asked Questions – Hybrid Publishing with Boyle & Dalton

We are committed to 100% transparency with our authors.  Our business model is based on trust, and it’s our pleasure to give prospective authors as much information as possible.

The way that we do hybrid publishing is unique and effective. Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see your question, please feel free to contact us.

 

What kind of books do you publish?

We publish fiction, narrative/creative non-fiction (true stories), and poetry. We’ll consider non-fiction of other types, but are looking for compelling reading, not academic materials.

We do not publish erotica or children’s story. Our emphasis is on books for adult readers, but we will consider YA and middle-grade chapter books.

If you have work of another type, we encourage you to submit. The worst we can say is “no thanks.”

Start the submission process here.

 

I’m having trouble with the website, can I talk to someone?

Sure! We’re happy to chat. Please give us a call at 614-441-9777, or email us at info@boyleanddalton.com.

 

Is Boyle & Dalton self-publishing?

Sort of. Authors do invest in the production of their book, so it is self-publishing in some respect. However, we vet books for quality and insist on a full traditional production process, so in that sense we operate more like a traditional small press.

Like self-publishing, the author receives the majority of all royalties. Our present standard royalty rate is 70% (compared to a 7% industry average NET royalty among traditional publishers).

 

If selected, where will my book be sold?

Your book will be available through Ingram, the nation’s largest book distributor. It will be for sale on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes, Kobo and many others.

Your book will be available to brick-and-mortar book stores, though convincing them to carry your book on their shelves can be challenging. However, if someone requests the book at a local book shop, the shop staff can easily order the book from their normal catalog with Ingram.

 

How much does it cost to publish with Boyle & Dalton?

Most authors invest between $2,000 and $5,000 in their book.  Factors that may affect the total investment price are the length of the book and the amount of editing and development we expect the title to require.

 

What percentage of submission do you accept?

We accept fewer than 10% of the manuscripts that are submitted to us.

 

How much do your authors make in royalties?

We pay a 70% NET of royalty. That means that whatever we receive for the sale of your book, you get 70% of that in a quarterly check, no weird fees or funny business. For comparison, most of our authors make $3 to $5 per book sold.

 

When do authors get paid?

We pay our authors every quarter.  Typically, authors receive checks in March, June, September and December.

 

How do you determine how much the author pays?

The biggest factor we consider is the cost to produce the book, in labor, wages, and cash expenses.  We balance that cost against our optimism for the book at market, and arrive at a fair investment point that we believe the author is likely to recover.  We win when everyone is profitable, the author and us as the publisher.

 

Who prices my book?

You do, with our help. We’re here to provide good advice, so we’ll make some suggestions, but ultimately we allow the author to set the final price.

 

Who has final say on creative decisions?

You do.  We respect your investment, both monetarily and creatively, into your work. So when push comes to shove, if you’re in disagreement with our production experts (which hardly ever happens), you’re the boss, and it’s your book.

 

How do we select books?

Traditional publishers ask one question when they evaluate a book: “Can we make money with this?”

At Boyle & Dalton, your investment helps to mitigate the financial risk of taking on a new title. So we ask a different question: “Does this book represent the values and quality of Boyle and Dalton?”  As long as it’s a book that we can proudly stand behind as an example of our work, if you’re willing to take a financial risk we’ll take it with you.

 

How long does the selection process take?

We do our best to make a determination on most books within two weeks.

 

How does the process work?

We like working with authors, so we keep you in the loop through the whole process. We’ll walk through each step of our production process, and get your feedback and approval for each part before moving on.  After everyone is 100% happy with the book, we distribute it to retailers.

Read more about our production process here.

 

Where are you located?

We are in Zanesville, Ohio. We are happy to meet authors in person in Central and Eastern Ohio, and to talk on the phone or video conference with clients outside of our area.

We do NOT outsource our work to foreign countries. Your complete production is completed in-house in Zanesville, Ohio.

 

How and when do I pay Boyle & Dalton?

We accept checks, credit/debit cards, and PayPal. For most titles, we ask for half of the total project cost up front, with the remainder due when you’re 100% satisfied that we’ve produced the work in a way that’s consistent with what you’ve been promised.

 

Who pays for marketing?

The author and Boyle & Dalton are expected to market the book. Boyle & Dalton primarily markets the book within our existing extensive social media platform.

Boyle & Dalton provides unlimited marketing consultation to authors. Our industry experts are available to provide insight, guidance and resource throughout the process, at the author’s request, at no charge. Additional marketing services can be provided by Boyle & Dalton on a fee basis, if the author would like assistance.

 

Are there any other fees or costs?

No! The only other cost is a $25 annual renewal, which we’ll bill you for each year to keep your book in our catalog and available from retailers like Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes, Kobo and so many others.

 

If you don’t see your question, please reach out to us today. Contact us here.

Ready to submit your work for consideration? Begin the process here.

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Our Company History – Boyle & Dalton Hybrid Publishing

As an independent publishing consultant from 2008-2014, our founder, Brad Pauquette, worked with authors of all types and experience levels, helping them to improve their work and to find the right kind of publishing opportunity for their work.

Brad found that many aspiring authors were interested in self-publishing—they were open to investing in their own books and liked the idea of receiving the majority of the profits when the book sells, and they liked the idea of retaining all of the rights and final say on creative control.  But they were concerned about self-publishing because so many self-published books are…bad. And self-publishing sometimes has a poor reputation, which in some ways it has earned.

So Brad had an idea. Let’s create a company which allows authors to invest in their own books, get a huge royalty rate, and retain final creative control, but which only produces good books.  If it’s not good enough for a traditional publisher, then we won’t publish it under this imprint. What if these books were like self-published books, but had a company backing them up with a reputation for quality?

And if we’re only producing good books, what if we can split the cost of production with the author, and split the royalties in a way that’s fair too? A fair split of the risk, and a fair split of the reward. With a quality production infrastructure backing it all up.

The Abundant Bohemian by Joe DowningAnd Boyle & Dalton was born. Our first title launched in September 2014. We knew The Abundant Bohemian by Joe Downing was a great book.   Joe invested in the production of his book, we worked together to produce an exceptional title. Joe’s book is as good or better than a book produced through a traditional publishing company, but Joe receives a royalty rate that’s more than 10x what he would have received had he traditionally published.

We started slowly as we tested the model and worked out the bugs. It was hard at first to turn down titles that didn’t meet our quality standard. There was a huge temptation to build out the catalog with whatever books we could sign.  But we stuck with our principles, and only accepted the best. Our catalog today represents the quality that we knew we could achieve.

We only publish books that we feel represent the quality of our name. And we insist that every author undergo a rigorous 5-step production process. Learn more about that here.

Nowadays, a lot of companies are throwing around the word “Hybrid.” But really these are just self-publishing companies that want you to feel like you’re not self-publishing. Unfortunately many of these companies are not truly vetting books for quality (even when they claim to do so), and they’re not insisting their authors undergo a complete production process.

Since our inception we’ve had the pleasure of producing exceptional books. And we’re proud to stand behind every one of them. We only accept the best. And when you’re published by Boyle & Dalton, you’re in good company. The imprint name on your book means something.  Browse our full catalog here.

Interested in publishing with Boyle & Dalton? We are always looking for excellent titles to add to our catalog. Learn more about submitting your work for consideration here.

 

Future of Publishing

Our Production Process – 5 Steps to Produce Great Books

Every book produced by Boyle & Dalton undergoes a rigorous 5-step book production process.

Small presses and self-publishers fail because they’re not producing books of a quality that will compete with books coming out of the Big-5 publishers. We’re committed to producing every book with exceptionalism, and with a complete production infrastructure.

The Big-5 publishers are the 5 companies that control approximately 80% of all purchased books in the U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins.

Our model has proven that books produced correctly and to a professional standard can and do compete with titles coming out of the biggest publishers in the world. The only difference between our books and Big-5 published books is that our model allows us to pay authors a royalty 10 times what they pay, on average.

Our founder, Brad Pauquette, spent a decade consulting with authors and publishers of all types and sizes, and distilled the process of successful book production into 5 critical steps. He originally outlined these 5 steps in his book, The Self-Publishing Handbook: Five Key Steps to Professionally Publish Your Book.

At Boyle & Dalton, after books are vetted for initial quality and accepted for publication, we embark with the author on a complete production process which typically takes 4-12 months to complete. This is the same process these books would undergo at a Big-5 publishing house, and we’ve proven that it produces exceptional books.

Step 1: Developmental Editing

The first step is to make the book better. No book leaves the author’s pen ready for printing. A professional, experienced developmental editor will carefully read and analyze your book, and work with you to improve story development, plot structure, character development, phrasing, technique, dialog, and so much more. This is a back-and-forth, one-on-one process with the editor.

In this stage, the editor does not make changes directly to the manuscript (with few exceptions). Instead, the editor provides feedback and instruction to the author for improvement.

While it can be challenging to receive hard criticism on your work, most of our authors grow so much as writers through this process. This process improves the manuscript we’re working on, and the techniques they learn improve all of their work moving forward.

Step 2: Copy Editing

Once the manuscript works, from start to finish, it proceeds to a line edit. The copy editor will take the manuscript and find mistakes, line-by-line, as well as standardize the book to the Chicago Manual of Style.  The copy editor isn’t concerned with big-picture issues, those were solved in the developmental editing stage. The copy editor is focused on specific phrasing, wording, mistakes, and importantly, the style guide.

Step 3: Interior Design

The way the interior of the book looks is important for both print and digital readers. Readers of different genres have different expectations for how the book will look.  Your reader’s experience will be dictated by the work of a professional book interior designer, who will ensure that our book looks professional, fits the genre, and is technically correct.

Step 4: Cover Design

This is the step everyone is excited about, and it can happen at any stage of the process.  Our professional designers carefully research, plan and expertly execute every book cover. We identify the best audience, working with the author’s input and feedback, to create a book cover that will grab the attention of the right readers.

Step 5: Proofreading

Once all of the other tasks have been completed, a professional proofreader carefully checks every word on every page and the cover to ensure that there are no remaining mistakes.  Professional proofreaders have a mind-boggling and uncanny skillset, and their oversight is critical to a top-quality book.

Following proofreading, the book is finalized for printing and distribution.  The print book will be provided to Ingram, the nation’s largest distributor, and we’ll distribute the e-book to all major retailers ahead of the release date.  For some of our titles, they’ll move on from here into audiobook production.

As a hybrid publisher, we complete all 5 of these steps with feedback and input from the author.  Every one of our books is produced at the highest quality utilizing this proven system. Our staff collaborates and cares for every title that passes through our publishing house.

Are you interested in publishing with Boyle & Dalton? Submit your work for consideration today. Learn more and begin the process here.

Questions? Contact us.

Boyle and Dalton Hybrid Publishing Works

Out of Chaos by Elle Mott – Now Available Worldwide

Out of Chaos by Elle MottOut of Chaos by Elle Mott is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

Find it on BarnesandNoble.com here or Amazon here, or ask/search for it at your favorite retailer, online or in store.

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Out of Chaos is a harrowing true story of choices and consequences.

As a teenager, Elle Mott descended into hopelessness. Her life as a criminal and a vagrant led her deeper into the darkness. Balancing multiple identities, the more secrets she kept, the more lies she needed. She sheds personas, rebelling against who she was and who she’s becoming, but thousands of hitchhiked miles can’t distance her from the crushing expectations of her great-grandmother’s legacy.

Until she surrenders to herself, she will never find her way out of chaos.

Elle Mott is an established writer, living in Northern Kentucky. You can learn more about her on her website, www.ElleMottAuthor.com.

“Elle Mott doesn’t sugarcoat,” Emily Hitchcock, COO of Boyle & Dalton, said. “Instead, she gives us an intimate, unflinching look at transiency, alcoholism, and the chaos of identities constantly uprooted.”

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

Boyle & Dalton is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

French Leave by Francoise Bartram – Now Available Worldwide

French Leave by Francois BartramFrench Leave by Francoise Bartram is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

Find it on BarnesandNoble.com here or Amazon here, or ask/search for it at your favorite retailer, online or in store.

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This cozy mystery follows Claire, a spunky but bored ghostwriter living in a small city in Ohio.

First Claire finds cryptic messages written in a foreign language she doesn’t recognize.  Then a mysterious package arrives. When her estranged French aunt shows up on her doorstep only to suddenly disappear again, Claire’s world begins to dissolve.

Amidst her self-obsessed boss, a mysterious oil tycoon, nosy neighbors, and an active police investigation, something strange is happening in town and Claire is stuck in the middle of it.

Francoise Bartram was born in France. She lived near Paris until she moved to the United States to join her husband, a member of the U.S. Air Force. She now lives in Columbus, Ohio.

The manuscript and book concept were developed with assistance from Brad Pauquette. The cover design was crafted by Cate Labish.

“French Leave is the type of book that takes you along for the ride,” Emily Hitchcock, COO of Boyle & Dalton, said. “Claire’s snappy personality leaves the reader drinking wine in the kitchen deciphering clues, dodging bullets, and deep-sighing over family antics.”

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

Boyle & Dalton is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

Coming Soon from Boyle & Dalton

We have three titles that will drop to retailers worldwide in the next three weeks. We’re excited to share these titles with the world!

French Leave by Francois Bartram

French Leave by Francoise Bartram

This cozy mystery follows Claire, a spunky but bored ghostwriter living in a small city in Ohio.

First Claire finds cryptic messages written in a foreign language she doesn’t recognize.  Then a mysterious package arrives. When her estranged French aunt shows up on her doorstep only to suddenly disappear again, Claire’s world begins to dissolve.

Amidst her self-obsessed boss, a mysterious oil tycoon, nosy neighbors, and an active police investigation, something strange is happening in town and Claire is stuck in the middle of it.

Available everywhere July 31!

Out of Chaos by Elle MottOut of Chaos by Elle Mott

A harrowing true story of choices and consequences.

As a teenager, Elle Mott descended into hopelessness. Her life as a criminal and a vagrant led her deeper into the darkness. Balancing multiple identities, the more secrets she kept, the more lies she needed.

She sheds personas, rebelling against who she was and who she’s becoming, but thousands of hitchhiked miles can’t distance her from the crushing expectations of her great-grandmother’s legacy.

Until she surrenders to herself, she will never find her way out of chaos.

Available worldwide on August 9!

John Wiley An Inconvenient HerdAn Inconvenient Herd by John Wiley

Someone lets Farmers cows out. Fueled by idealism and curiosity, the herd follows a bike path into the big city, chasing a dream of a new way of life. The good-natured cattle make lots of friends, but life in town is complicated. They encounter religion, local politics, and manicured lawns. Meanwhile, Farmer is frantically searching for the wayward cows, racing to save them from the perils of celebrity and the urban machine before it’s too late.

This laugh-out-loud comedy will leave you reconsidering your next steak dinner! Available from retailers everywhere on August 18!

More Titles Coming Soon

We have more titles coming this fall, including books from Daniel Amedee, Richard Alumbaugh, Tobin Marks and R.K. Blessing. Stay tuned!

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We are open for submissions. Get the details and instructions for submitting here.

COVER RELEASE: An Inconvenient Herd by John Wiley

John Wiley An Inconvenient Herd

We are pleased to release the cover of John Wiley’s amazing book, An Inconvenient Herd.

Someone lets Farmers cows out. Fueled by idealism and curiosity, the herd follows a bike path into the big city, chasing a dream of a new way of life. The good-natured cattle make lots of friends, but life in town is complicated. They encounter religion, local politics, and manicured lawns. Meanwhile, Farmer is frantically searching for the wayward cows, racing to save them from the perils of celebrity and the urban machine before it’s too late.

“We’re roamers. In our dreams we’re always on the move, moseying here and there. It’s because of the way we are that people had to invent fences in the first place.” -Number 74

Look for this comical, thought-provoking novel from retailers worldwide on August 18, 2018!

Coming Soon: French Leave by Francoise Bartram – July 31, 2018

French Leave by Francoise Bartram will hit bookstores worldwide in print and digital editions on July 31, 2018.

This cozy mystery follows Claire, a spunky but bored ghostwriter living in a small city in Ohio.

French Leave by Francois BartramFirst Claire finds cryptic messages written in a foreign language she doesn’t recognize.  Then a mysterious package arrives. When her estranged French aunt shows up on her doorstep only to suddenly disappear again, Claire’s world begins to dissolve.

Amidst her self-obsessed boss, a mysterious oil tycoon, nosy neighbors, and an active police investigation, something strange is happening in town and Claire is stuck in the middle of it.

French Leave will be available on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes, Kobo and more next week!

Early readers love this cozy mystery.

“French Leave builds an original plot filled with twists and turns and laugh-out-loud humor. A good read that I highly recommend.”
Rosalie Linver Ungar
Author of In a Heartbeat

 

“A maelstrom of twists, turns, and surprises that leave the reader (and Claire, the heroine) guessing until the end…a must-read.”
Rose Ann Kalister
Author of Sister of Saidnaya

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Rose Ann Kalister Brings Her Rich, Vibrant Heritage to Life on the Page

Sister of Saidnaya captures the story of a girl who immigrates to America from Syria with her parents in the 1920s.  The saga chronicles her challenges to assimilate as a young woman, and her challenge to preserve her heritage with her children as she grows older.

While it’s a fictional account, Rose Ann Kalister, the author, modeled the story after her own family, and their experience growing up in the Ohio Valley.

“I grew up being asked ‘What are you?’” Kalister explained. “When I gave up trying to explain, I took the questioner to my home. Mother hugged my friend, put sweets in front of her, and asked where her family was from.”  Kalister’s book answers the same question with a rich, compelling, dynamic story of life in America in the 20th century.

Much of Kalister’s research came from her family, including her brother Charlie. “Many readers said they knew little about Syrian people even though there were Mediterranean people in their community.”  By combining her rich cultural heritage with her gifts as a storyteller, Kalister wove a story that illuminated a culture that is relatively unknown, despite frequent mentions in the media.

Kalister is an award-winning playwright, and her experience shines through the page with skillful, poignant dialog that brings her scenes to life. Kalister said that the reactions to her book have been tremendously positive and enthusiastic. And her online reviews agree.

She credits the excellent reception to the book in part to the production team of her publisher, Boyle & Dalton. “Before Brad Pauquette’s developmental edits, my improvements had stalled and I didn’t know why,” Kalister explained of her writing process.  “Pauquette’s thoroughness, clarity, problem solving, and honesty in the second edit helped me apply my narrative and dramatic skills. Emily Hitchcock’s understanding and suggestions were no small part of the production process.”

And as for Rose Ann’s reaction when she first held her book in her hands—“Incredulous, relieved, and happy.”

Sister of Saidnaya is available from all major retailers in print and digital formats.  Find it on Amazon here, or Barnes & Noble, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.