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We do not publish erotica or children’s story.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


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,, 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,, 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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