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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We do not publish erotica or children’s story.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.

Photo by Murray Barnes – used with permission (Creative Commons)

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

Correcting the Publishing Imbalance

The influence that traditional publishers hold now far outweighs their power. It’s time to correct that imbalance, and restore the publishing relationship to a symbiotic author-publisher collaboration.

Not long ago, big publishers controlled assets that you needed. That’s why they got to be the gatekeepers to the world of publishing, and writers groveled for whatever scraps they might offer us.

But with the advent of digital technology, you don’t need a big publisher in order to gain access to markets and retailers. You don’t need a publisher’s big capital to print your book.

You can get your book out to retailers without them.  You don’t need their connections, you don’t need their logistics or warehouses, and you can market your own book (which, frankly, they would expect you to do anyway). With e-books and print-on-demand technology, the success of your book is not based on your financial ability to print thousands of copies up front.

Their power is gone. So why do we still tolerate their influence?

The power of the Big-5 publishing companies remains only as long as we collectively, voluntarily give them this undue deference.

So let’s stop, let’s correct the imbalance.

But that doesn’t mean that we should throw out the system entirely. The publishing process was carefully honed over decades, centuries even, to produce the best, most marketable books with the most precise and efficient application of energy. Your book needs that.

Your book still needs to be well written. Your book still needs to be well produced.

And that’s the vision that Boyle & Dalton was built upon.  Let’s correct the imbalance without reacting and rejecting all of the things we’ve learned.

We vet manuscripts for quality before we accept them for publication. And then we ask the author to contribute to the cost of producing the book.

In a traditional arrangement, as long as the publisher is fronting all of the money, they carry all the risk and once again sit in a position of power to dictate to authors what will and won’t be successful.  It is the publisher’s prerogative to only accept what fits their narrow profitability landscape, and to tell everyone else to go pound sand.

You want to contribute to the cost of the production of your book, not just because you’ll increase your royalty rate by 10x, but because it equalizes the power structure. It restores the author-publisher arrangement to a symbiotic relationship of collaboration, rather than a employer/employee relationship.

By correcting the financial imbalance, we can form a true relationship with our author as equal partners.

You have this manuscript that is good. We have these skills which will catapult your manuscript to achieve its maximum potential. We’re both taking a financial risk, and we’re both invested in the success of this manuscript. That makes sense, right?

And that’s how hybrid publishing with Boyle & Dalton works. And that’s how we can pay royalty rates that are 10x the industry standard rate.  And that’s how books like The Black Lens win Writers’ Digest annual grand prize.

We’re building the future of publishing. We’re building a new world, without forgetting the lessons we learned in the old one.

Today, we’re looking for new authors to partner with. If you have a manuscript, let’s start a conversation.

Photo by Murray Barnes – used with permission (Creative Commons)

How Hybrid Publishing Works — A Better Way to Publish

Boyle & Dalton is a hybrid publisher. We partner with the author for the publication of the book, and the author shares in the production cost of the book.

Our unique approach combines the economic advantages of self-publishing with the quality standards of traditional publishing.

This means that while our authors pay for some of the cost of their books up front, we pay a royalty rate that is 1,000% (that’s 10x) the industry standard royalty rate.

We also vet books for quality and insist that every book undergo a rigorous, professional production process, which is identical to the process a book would undergo if published through a traditional publisher.

Because the author shares in the cost, it reduces our risk, which means that we can look solely at quality when evaluating manuscripts, and take risks on projects that might be passed over by traditional publishing houses for reasons other than the quality of the writing.

And because the author is contributing to the production cost, we give them full creative control of the project, ensuring that the final product is consistent with their artistic vision, but produced to the quality standards of our expert production staff.

Traditional publishing is outdated and slow to adapt. It’s producing poor books for the wrong reasons and letting great books slip away unpublished. And self-publishing is too risky for some authors. There are too many variables and in so many cases, the production quality suffers.

Hybrid publishing is a win-win.  We’ve captured all of the benefits of self-publishing, but maintained the quality and production standards of traditional publishing.  Authors retain the creative control they would have if they self-published, but with the support structure and quality assurance of traditional publishing.

This system has worked well for our authors. Writers like Chris Sumlin, Christopher Stollar and Joseph Downing have proven that it not only works, but the sky is the limit.

We are looking for more great manuscripts. If you have a quality manuscript that isn’t getting the attention it deserves from agents and traditional publishers, let’s start a conversation.

This is the future of publishing.  Let’s create something beautiful together.

Author Spotlight: D. Thourson Palmer

We recently announced that we’ll be publishing D. Thourson Palmer’s debut novel, Ours Isperf5.000x8.000.indd the Storm. We had a chat with Palmer about his creative process, and finding inspiration when writing. Get some insight into this Boyle & Dalton author here, and look for Ours Is the Storm on January 14, 2015.

Interested in becoming a Boyle & Dalton author? Submit your manuscript here. 

B&D: Ours Is the Storm is your first novel. Have you always been a writer? What inspired you to take the leap and write a 350+ page book?

Palmer: Even when I was young I loved books. I remember my parents reading these great, weird Uncle Wiggily stories to me, and my mom always made sure I had a book near at hand. I found a massive box of old books in the garage once, including a set of the 1960s editions of Lord of the Rings. They were in terrible shape and I put them back together with scotch tape, and they’re still on my shelf. From the time I could hold a pencil I used to write and illustrate little stories – even before I could write. They were just marks that were as close as I could get to words, filling pages of notebooks I kept around. I started longer stories and novels time and again throughout school, but it wasn’t until college and after that I started finishing stories in between classes. Ours Is the Storm somehow just kept getting longer until it was done.

B&D: What’s the writing process like for you? Do you find it easy to write, or are you forcing hands to keyboard like most of us?

Palmer: I wouldn’t say easy, but one thing that does come to me is the freedom to be crappy. Just to write, and write poorly, and fix it later. That may have come from OITS too, as when I started on it I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I didn’t start with much of an expectation or plan for it. Something else that helps is writing longhand. I write everything in pen on paper first, because it’s too much work to go backwards and edit. My work rate plummets when I’m typing. I spend way too much time fixing and adjusting individual words or agonizing (futilely) over phrasing. When I’ve got an empty notebook and a pen, though, there’s nowhere to go but forward.

B&D: What was your inspiration for OITS? I know you’ve done some traveling–did you channel any of those experiences into your writing?

Palmer: Definitely. At the time I started OITS, I was assistant-teaching English at a high school in Japan. Being pretty far out of my element, being unable to speak to most people, that was something that made it into the book. Learning about other people, other places, and comparing those things to what I always thought I knew but didn’t. Feeling lost. Actually getting lost. I got stuck on a mountain climb once while the sun was coming down, a good couple hours from anything, again in a place where I could barely speak to anyone. This was also around the time it began to occur to me that a lot of my life wasn’t going to be what I had long thought it would, but that didn’t mean it was going to be bad. Just different than expected.

B&D: Which character was the most fun to write?

Palmer: I think Tak’la ends up a lot of people’s favorite, and he’s hopeful and good and all the best things. He’s a stupendous fighter, and I like writing kick-ass fights. I liked some of the side characters the most, characters that aren’t always in the fore. Draden was fun, oddly enough. The Rider was fun to write. Rahi’sta surprised me, I started her in as an aside and she just kept coming back or poking herself in where she hadn’t been before.

B&D: Why did you decide to go with a hybrid publisher like Boyle & Dalton instead of seeking a traditional publisher?

Palmer: I like the idea of working in the community. I’ve been a lot of places but I love Columbus, and I want to see good things come from this city. Collaborating with individuals, instead of some conglomerate or committee or whatever, that’s awesome. I like being able to get away from dollar signs and tell the stories I want, the way I want, and indie and hybrid publishers like Boyle & Dalton are part of that ability. Ursula K. Le Guin spoke at the National Book Awards recently (also, go read The Left Hand of Darkness, I command it), and she said we need “writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art.” I don’t know if  can put myself in the latter camp, but I want to.

B&D: Do you have any advice for first-time authors who have just completed a manuscript?

Palmer: Don’t stop now. Do it again.

B&D: What are you working on next?

Palmer: I tried to overturn or examine some fantasy tropes in OITS while still staying in the genre, and that was fun, so I’m working on a tragic, heroic family saga, set in Feriven, like OITS. The next book follows three generations of the heroic Warden family, and mostly it’s them doing their best and everything going awfully wrong. It’s about watching these heroes and really getting into the insanity that would be part of their lives. All the violence, the loss, the expectations – there’s a little bit of work out there where the heroes have to deal with that stuff, but not a lot.

Ours Is the Storm will be released to all major retailers on January 14, 2015. Interested in becoming a Boyle & Dalton author? Submit a manuscript for review here. 

We’ve Solved Self-Publishing’s Two Biggest Problems

There are two good objections to self-publishing.  We’ve solved them both.

Boyle & Dalton takes the technological advantages and economic model of self-publishing, and applies what self-publishing lacks — validation and structure.

Validation. You’ve worked hard on your manuscript, you want to know that it’s good.  You want to be confident about your work before you invest any money into it, and you don’t want to publish if you’re the only person that believes in your work.  Those are legitimate and honorable sentiments.

Boyle & Dalton uses the same vetting process as a traditional publisher.  We only accept manuscripts that we believe are of exceptional quality and that deserve to be literature.  The advantage to B&D is that we can consider your manuscript based on quality alone, whereas traditional publishers have to consider market demographics, profitability, author platform, and brand appropriateness.

The bottom line is that if the manuscript is good, we’ll take it and we’ll make sure it’s produced correctly.  Since the author takes home the bulk of the profits anyway, if you’re willing to take a risk on the marketability of the book, so are we.  If we don’t feel the manuscript is fit for publication, we will decline to publish it.

Structure. There are about a thousand ways to self-publish your book, and at the end of the day, you’re out there all alone.  Not anymore.

Boyle & Dalton uses the same production process that traditional publishers use.  In fact, B&D authors receive the same quality of editing, design and production (with the same talented people), as our sister company, Columbus Press, an independent publisher.

No more deciding which services you need and don’t need.  We know one really good way to produce exceptional books, and that’s what you get.  You still maintain creative control and make all the decisions regarding the content and design, but there’s a structured, inviolable process to take you from start to finish.

When you’re done, you have access to the same resources and infrastructure as an author who went through a traditional publisher.  Publicists, designers, marketing specialists and more are all available to you.

Hybrid publishing combines the excellence and quality of traditional publishing with the technology and royalties of self-publishing.

When you publish with Boyle & Dalton, you receive the same services and production as a book that is published through a traditional publisher.  But because you invest in your book alongside B&D, you take home 80% of the book’s profits.

We only accept quality books, and we insist that every book we publish be subjected to a rigorous professional production process.  Your reservations about self-publishing were valid.  Boyle & Dalton resolves these issues and provides a legitimate path forward.

We are actively seeking new manuscripts for publication, both fiction and non-fiction.  Find more information about submitting a manuscript to us here, or e-mail us at submissions@boyleanddalton.com.  If your book is excellent, and you’re interested in moving it to market, please get in touch with us.  We’d love to speak with you.

Introducing Boyle & Dalton – Hybrid Publishing for the Future

The publishing industry is changing.  We think it’s time for publishers to change too.

Hybrid publishing retains the quality controls and time-tested processes of traditional publishing, but provides the royalty rates and creative control that authors expect from self-publishing.

We are seeking exceptional manuscripts of both fiction and non-fiction (submission info).  Because authors share in the cost of producing and marketing their book, we can evaluate manuscripts based on quality alone.  Small presses and traditional publishers alike have to consider lots of factors before accepting a manuscript, like cost, marketability, demographic access, brand appropriateness and a hundred other variables.  We ask only one question, is this a book that deserves to be available to readers on all major markets?

Because authors invest in their book alongside Boyle & Dalton, we think it’s only fair that they also reap the bulk of the book’s profits.  Unlike a standard traditional contract, which offers 7% of net, we offer authors 80% of net.  That’s correct, more than 10 times the traditional per-book payout.

We have adapted the publishing model to the modern world, without sacrificing quality or market access.  All manuscripts will be vetted for quality before they’re published with Boyle & Dalton.  Authors can rest assured that if accepted, their book will share this imprint with other exceptional books.

The publishing world is changing.  There are lots of advantages to traditional and author-publishing.  You can have the best of both worlds.  Step into the future with us.

Read more about Boyle & Dalton here.