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Cover Reveal: A Beautiful Land

We’re so excited to reveal the cover for A Beautiful Land by Susan Beth Miller.

A Beautiful Land is a story of menace, the maternal imagination, and the forest primeval. 

Raissa, middle daughter of three, watches her family flee their violence-torn homeland. But she stays behind, bound to her birthplace by memories of a sweet young man.

Driven by danger and grief, Raissa struggles toward a mysterious forest and imagines solace through the unexpected allure of a child. 

Raissa joins others who have fled their beautiful land. Each speaks in turn as they parse their tangled stories and consider whether they dare return to what once was home.

Every genocide is unique, and yet the suffering and endurance of the survivors of each such outbreak of madness transcends both time and place. In A Beautiful Land, Susan Miller has rendered with exquisite compassion the struggles of those who have been exiled from their homes by the unspeakable violence of their former neighbors. Detail by detail, she follows their journeys as they attempt to carry on, to continue breathing, to continue loving, to comprehend what they have been through, to find a new home and perhaps even return to the old one. These characters and their stories are unforgettable.

–Eileen Pollack, author of The Professor of Immortality and Breaking and Entering

Throughout, Miller’s prose is crisp and powerful, with evocative imagery and metaphors that are often stunning. As she develops her expertly crafted characters, she beautifully and compellingly considers pressing human questions regarding evil, motherhood, and the possibility of redemption. A striking, searing work that will linger long in readers’ memories.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review), Best Indie Fiction List

Frequently Asked Questions

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We do not publish erotica or children’s books.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

Ready to submit your work for consideration? Begin the process 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.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get up-to-date news and release announcements from Boyle & Dalton. We are actively seeking new authors for publication. Submit your work today.

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.
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.

The Design and Construction of the Nautilus on AmazonThe Design and Construction of the Nautilus on Barnes and Noble

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.

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.

An Inconvenient Herd on AmazonAn Inconvenient Herd on Barnes and NobleAn Inconvenient Herd on iTunesAn Inconvenient Herd on Kobo

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.”

Visit your favorite retailer, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions – Hybrid Publishing with Boyle & Dalton

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

The Boyle & Dalton hybrid publishing model 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 kinds 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 we’re 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/publication 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 in your work, both monetarily and creatively. So when push comes to shove, if you’re in disagreement with our production experts (which rarely happens), you’re the boss.

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.

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

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.

 

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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.

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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.

Out of Chaos on AmazonOut of Chaos on Barnes and NobleOut of Chaos on iTunesOut of Chaos on Kobo

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.