Publishing Announcement: Christopher Sumlin

We’re ecstatic to announce that Boyle & Dalton will be publishing Christopher Sumlin’s third book, Halfway Thru’ My 20s: Stories and Lessons for Young Adults. This book follows Christopher’s first two books: Dealing with This Thing Called Life (2016) and Dealing with This Thing Called College (2018). Chris’s books have been used in schools as teaching tools by educators and sought out by young people everywhere trying to forge their own way.

Christopher Sumlin is a writer, speaker, occasional viral Twitter star, celebrity magnet, and inspirational creative force. He graduated from the historic Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies. Chris earned his third college degree, a Masters of Science in Television, from Boston University.

Chris is a man of faith who leads his life in contrast to the everyday slog of thankless work that society pushes young people toward. This philosophy isn’t just an empty mantra. Chris was so committed to furthering his writing career that he left his job at the Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles to dedicate himself to writing full time.

“Young people are told over and over again that they have no wisdom to contribute to the world until they’re older. Chris Sumlin’s books prove otherwise, and the relateable stories he tells are filling a need for self-help books that can reach and inspire young people by speaking to them peer-to-peer.”

—Boyle & Dalton CEO, Emily Hitchcock

Halfway Thru’ My 20s is a collection of personal essays and blogs. Each chapter draws from Chris’s experiences during that in between time after college when the expectation of success is high, but resources can be hard to come by. Topics covered include finding and holding onto motivation, peer relationships, landing a cool job and knowing when to move on, fighting burnout, and more actionable, real-life lessons.

“There are funny moments, lots of advice, and even a little Beyoncé. I had fun curating my stories, and my heart’s desire is that this collection adds value to the lives of my readers—that you learn something from each page.”

Look for Halfway Thru’ My 20s in late summer 2020. In the meantime, you can keep up with Chris on his website, Facebook, or Twitter feed.

 


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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 books. 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 614-805-3982, or email us at info@boyleanddalton.com.

How is Boyle & Dalton’s hybrid model different than self-publishing?

Self-publishers pay directly for services like editing and cover design, and the only barrier to entry for those services is cost. In contrast, Boyle & Dalton stringently vets all submitted manuscripts for quality prior to acceptance, and all of our books undergo a complete production process that mirrors the production process of a traditional publisher.

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

If selected for publication, where will my book be sold?

Hardback and paperback books are distributed through Ingram, the nation’s largest book distributor, and available on major platforms such as Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com. E-books are distributed to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes, and Kobo.

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

Most authors invest between $4,000 and $6,500 in their book.  Factors that may affect the total investment price are the length of the book and the amount of editing and development needed.

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 royalty rate of 70% of NET. This means that whatever we receive for the sale of your book, you get 70% of that in a quarterly check–no weird fees, held payments, or funny business. Most of our authors make $3 to $5 per book sold.

When do authors get paid?

We pay our authors every quarter and provide them with a royalty report so they’re plugged into their sales. Typically, authors receive checks in March, June, September, and December.

How do you determine how much the author invests in the book production?

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 we arrive at a fair investment point that we believe the author is likely to recover.

Who prices my book?

You do, with our help. We’re here to provide good advice, taking into account factors like book length, target market, and genre, but ultimately, we allow the author to set the final price.

Who has the final say on creative decisions?

You do.  We respect your investment, both monetarily and creatively, in 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?”  More specifically, we’re inspired to publish books that are purposeful, enriching, and creative. If your manuscript has the potential to be a book that we can proudly stand behind as an example of our work, we’re willing to apply all the expertise, knowledge, and guidance we have alongside your investment.

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’re a close-knit team that cares about the work we do, and it’s important to us that our authors receive individualized attention. We’ll walk you through each step, answering questions and getting your feedback and approval for each component of production before moving on.  After everyone is 100 percent happy with the finished book, we distribute it to retailers.

Read more about our production process here.

Where are you located?

Our office is located in Zanesville, Ohio. We regularly meet authors in person if they’re local to the Ohio area. For authors located outside of Ohio, we’re happy to video chat, email, or talk via phone. Contact us here. 

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 percent 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 resources 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, billed once annually to keep your book in our catalog and available from retailers so readers can purchase your work.

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

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New Decade, New Projects: A Boyle & Dalton Update

It’s a new decade, and we’re hard at work at Balton & Doyle to publish a host of books over the next few months. We have multiple titles in the works, and we’re excited to share them with the world! Untitled Project by Beth Tremaglio Beth Tremaglio’s new chapbook focuses on the grittiness of real-life, drugs, and the blue-collar streets of New England. Pushing political and spiritual boundaries, Beth Tremaglio tackles the universal question of how to reconcile the broken and the whole in a society filled with both. Darkwater by Michael Scholtes Darkwater is a memoir that offers a window into Michael’s struggle with major depression while working as a Lutheran pastor. Michael tries to reconcile the realities of mental illness and dealing with thoughts of suicide with his role in the religious community. Sunday Elm by Reina Cruz Sunday Elm is a paranormal thriller that follows the titular character after her father passes away. Sunday has the Sight like her father, an ability to see creatures from another universe, which she has kept hidden for years. But when she discovers a society of people with the Sight and that they are being murdered in her small Arizona town, she can’t go back to hiding her gift anymore. Sunday Elm is a book about battling your inner demons and actual demons. More Titles Coming Soon We have more titles coming in the first half of the year, including books from Mark Symns, J.G. Cully, George Tyler, and Elle Mott.
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New Author – Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story by Jeff Zuckerman

We’re pleased to announce a new memoir in the works: Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story by Jeff Zuckerman. Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story is a gripping, funny, and ultimately hopeful memoir about the effects of mental illness on family members. After his wife is diagnosed with bipolar I disorder and crashes into severe depression, Jeff seeks and ultimately discovers hope and strength as the woman he loves struggles to manage a crushing mood disorder. Look for Unglued in the Spring of 2020, and in the meantime, keep an eye out for the cover reveal. You can learn more about Jeff at his author website.
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Human World by Daniel Amedee, Now Available Worldwide!

Artwork by Michael Protzik Collage.

Happy release day to Daniel Amedee, author of Human World!

Human World is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide. Find it on Barnes & Noble here, Amazon here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

As the Iron Age comes to a close, Earth is a flooded planet invaded by an alien race.

The fractal cycles of humans, nations, and planets are resetting as Earth prepares for the beginning of a new Golden Age.

Told through glimpses into worlds beyond our physical universe, and those beyond our scope of reality, this is a story of humanity’s introspection at the end of the world.

Human World is the right kind of challenging. It tells a story that’s futuristic, yet indelibly intertwined with commentary on the world that we live in today. Part revolutionist fiction, part science fiction, part environmental commentary, part social commentary, Human World is an example of modern literature that’s pushing boundaries.

Human World melds science fiction and spirituality, peeling away the typical layers of recognizable space in its quest to lay bare hidden realities. Amedee’s novel, haunting and demanding, draws the reader into science fiction on its own lower frequency, spinning light and sound into equal parts social commentary, speculative vision, and path to enlightenment.”
—Eddie Ardeneaux IV, Assistant Professor of English at University of the Ozarks

Human World has it all—space travel, time travel, mind travel, astral travel, genetic engineering, cold-blooded super soldiers, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual unenlightenment, and bearded monks in blue robes.”

—Zack Godshall, filmmaker (Lord Byron, Low and Behold)

“This book challenged me. Sometimes I found it intriguing, sometimes frustrating, sometimes enlightening, and sometimes just plain infuriating. All in a way that kept me thinking and considering what I had experienced. But honestly, isn’t that what great art is supposed to do?”

—Eric Stevenson, co-founder of Pocket Vinyl

Daniel Amedee began his work as a writer in the music industry and has been writing and performing for the last ten years.

From 2008 to 2011 he was living in Ireland, writing and playing bass in an Indie Rock band called Remma. The band was signed for a time to Morrissey’s Attack Label and had an EP produced by Noel Hogan of The Cranberries.

In 2012, he started touring full time under his own name and released two LPs and two EPs that featured performances by Pat Spurgeon of Rogue Wave and Sylvain Carton of Beats Antique. The music was described as meditative with an edge and urban folk. He spent 2012 to 2016 touring the US and Canada full time.

In 2017 he moved back to his hometown, New Orleans, to begin work on his current band, LIGHT // SOUND.

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

Frances, This Time You’ve Gone Too Far, Now Available Worldwide

Frances, This Time You’ve Gone Too Far by Janis Ost is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

 Find it on Barnes & Noble here, or Amazon here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

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Frances Green is a precocious twelve-year-old with a critical eye and a tender heart. She’s cool and confident (well, mostly) at her new middle school after her family moves to a small beach town in California.

Frances grapples with fitting in or being alone, helping others with good intentions but getting in trouble for it, all while feeling like an adult trapped in

As she navigates her unusual family, a new school, and the challenges of leaving her old life and her father behind, she deals with life by writing. Frances’s memoir is where her emotions surface, woven throughout a funny, poignant, coming-of-age story.side of a teenager. Ultimately, she finds new friends in unexpected places and strikes a balance between trying too hard and staying present.

Janis Ost is a writer, mother, and middle school teacher. Passionate about writing with kids, especially adolescents, she is a writing project assistant with the Young Writers Program in Santa Cruz, California. She enjoys the quiet magic of sailing, playing the guitar, and encouraging people to be mindful. This is her second book, following The Long Nights of Mourning (2003).

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.

Cover Reveal — Frances, This Time You’ve Gone Too Far by Janis Ost

Frances, This Time You’ve Gone Too Far tells the story of Frances, a precocious twelve-year-old with a critical eye and a tender heart. She’s cool and confident (well, mostly) at her new middle school after her family moves to a small beach town in California.

Frances grapples with fitting in or being alone, helping others with good intentions but getting in trouble for it, all while feeling like an adult trapped inside of a teenager. Ultimately, she finds new friends in unexpected places and strikes a balance between trying too hard and staying present.

As she navigates her unusual family, a new school, and the challenges of leaving her old life and her father behind, she deals with life by writing. Frances’s memoir is where her emotions surface, woven throughout a funny, poignant, coming-of-age story. 

Look for this humorous, heartwarming book from retailers worldwide on July 22, 2019.

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Elmer’s Tribal War, Now Available Worldwide

Elmer’s Tribal War by Richard Alumbaugh 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 stores.

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Two shots split the darkness. A firefight turns deadly.

Tensions between tribal police and Elmer McGinnis escalated to a point that a beam of light appeared to trigger a tragic firefight. Elmer’s Tribal War is a factual account of events that took place in the early morning hours of August 27, 1986. Questions remain as to who was responsible for the death of a tribal officer and the wounding of his partner. 

After retirement as a professor of psychology in‌ 2002,‌ Richard‌ Alumbaugh‌ came‌ upon‌ a‌ file‌ box from a murder case heard by his deceased wife,‌ Jo‌Anne.‌ Subsequent‌ years‌ spent‌ investigating the backgrounds of the accused and the state’s evidence left unanswered questions as to the guilt and innocence of the father and son who were Colville enrollees. The author currently enjoys the sunshine of Arizona during colder months, biking and playing tennis, somehow under the delusional impression he is faster and hits the ball more accurately with age.

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.

Cover Reveal — Elmer’s Tribal War by Richard Alumbaugh

Elmer’s Tribal War recounts the tragic firefight between tribal police and Elmer McGinnis that took place in the early morning hours of August 27, 1986. Look for this explosive, thought-provoking book from retailers worldwide on June 13, 2019.

 Two shots split the darkness. A firefight turns deadly. 

After retirement as a psychology professor in 2002, Richard Alumbaugh came upon a file box left over from a murder case heard in court by his deceased wife. This discovery sparked years of investigating the background of the accused and the state’s evidence. 

Tensions between tribal police and Elmer McGinnis escalated to a point that a beam of light appeared to trigger a tragic firefight. Elmer’s Tribal War is a factual account of events that took place in the early morning hours of August 27, 1986. Questions remain as to who was responsible for the death of a tribal officer and the wounding of his partner.

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 We are actively seeking new authors for publication. Submit your work today.

The Design and Construction of the Nautilus by Demetri Capetanopoulos – Now Available Worldwide

The Nautilus Cover ImageThe Design and Construction of the Nautilus by Demetri Capetanopoulos is now available in print from retailers worldwide.

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

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Is there anyone, of any age, who has read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and not sketched their vision of the Nautilus in their imagination or down on paper? For 150 years, the submarine created by Jules Verne has captivated readers and inspired countless interpretations.

Jules Verne was meticulous about incorporating the cutting-edge technology of his time and making reasonable extrapolations. The Design and Construction of the Nautilus takes Jules Verne’s in-text descriptions, paired with extensive research on the technology of the time in which Verne’s iconic book was written, and presents detailed construction plans, design notes, and operational theories based on modern submarine technologies.

The Nautilus is more than just a 19th-century mechanical marvel. She has always represented the ultimate technological triumph over nature, a symbol of mankind’s mastery of our domain, and the human desire to explore the unknown.

Demetri Capetanopoulos is a nuclear submarine engineer and deep submersible pilot living in Central Ohio. Learn more about him and The Design and Construction of the Nautilus on the official website: www.PreciseImagination.com.

“The Design and Construction of the Nautilus is the most technically accurate compendium of Nautilus re-imagining I’ve ever seen,” Emily Hitchcock, CEO of Boyle and Dalton, said. “A perfect synthesis of imagination and engineering, this book contains historical references, expert submarine knowledge, blueprints to pore over, and a solid dash of adventurism. A must for any true Verne fan.”

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.