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COVER REVEAL: The Adventures of Annie & Ellie-Belly

The Adventures of Annie & Ellie-Belly

Sticky drinking glasses full of stolen sugar.
Blueberries plunking into tin buckets.
A disastrous recipe to cure freckles.
While their family follows work from country tobacco fields to city mills, Annie and Ellie chase adventure and always find mischief.  Even as their family struggles through the Great Depression, these two young sisters show us that imagination, spunk, and a little faith will guide us through any trouble we may find.
The Adventures of Annie and Ellie-Belly by Shirley Swindle will be available from all major markets in print and digital editions on May 30.

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Traditional publishing is outdated and slow to adapt. It’s producing poor books for the wrong reasons and letting great books slip away unpublished.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.

Chris Sumlin – Preparing First-Generation College Students

Christopher Sumlin AuthorChris Sumlin isn’t waiting for an invitation to step into greatness.

At only 24 years old, Chris Sumlin is the published author of two books, Dealing with This Thing Called Life and Dealing with This Thing Called College. Both books are published by Boyle & Dalton.

Dealing with This Thing Called College was released in February of this year, and has already garnered Sumlin a slew of earned media opportunities, in print and on television.

“As much as I felt excitement when I held my book for the first time, I also felt responsibility,” Sumlin explained. “I knew that this book was a charge for me to become more confident, believe in myself and try to sell my book to anyone who would listen.”

And people are listening. The book, still in the early stages of its marketing lifetime, is collecting 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The reviews are littered with comments like “Excellent insights,” “I couldn’t put it down,” and “This book is phenomenal.”

Coming from a low-income background in Columbus, Ohio, Sumlin was told not to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. It was too expensive and he wouldn’t make it. But he did attend, and he not only earned his degree, but has gone on to graduate studies at Boston University. It’s important to him to share what he’s learned with other first-generation college students who might be intimidated.

Dealing with This Thing Called College by Chris Sumlin“We don’t prepare students for college like we think we do. There is a lot to learn about college,” he told me. “I hope my readers will understand that I’m no different than them and that they can truly do anything they put their minds to.”

When it comes to publishing his books, Sumlin explained that he loved the opportunity to work with professional editors and production staff to improve his craft. His storytelling technique has evolved considerably from his first book to his second. “I enjoyed getting criticisms from my publisher about character development,” he said. “The critiques help me grow so much as a writer. “

Chris Sumlin’s dream is to step into a prominent role in the television industry, and he’s on the right track to make that happen. He’s already interned for both FOX and BET, and his recent TV appearances prove that he has what it takes to engage an audience. Like one of his role models, Dr. Brene Brown, he’s not afraid to be vulnerable and speak the truth.

So what happens next? According to Chris, “I hope to just keep growing, keep perfecting and getting better as a storyteller.”

In the meantime, Chris’s wisdom is on the shelf, waiting for young readers. Dealing with This Thing Called Life and Dealing with This Thing Called College are both available from major bookstores worldwide, in print and digital editions.

As we submerge ourselves in high school graduation season, Dealing with this Thing Called College is the perfect graduation gift. Your graduate will enjoy reading it, and hopefully they’ll avoid some of the (often humorous) antics Chris Sumlin wasn’t prepared for. Find it on Amazon here.

Learn more about Chris Sumlin on his website  Or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

Dealing with This Thing Called College by Christopher Sumlin – Now Available

Dealing with This Thing Called College by Chris SumlinChristopher Sumlin’s newest book, Dealing with This Thing Called College, is now available wherever books are sold!

Click the link of your favorite retailers, or ask for it at your local bookstore.  Print and digital editions are available from all major retailers.

Dealing with This Thing Called College on AmazonDealing with This Thing Called College on Barnes and NobleDealing with This Thing Called College on Kobo

Christopher Sumlin knew he was destined for greatness as he headed off to a historically black college hundreds of miles from home, but that didn’t help him thrive in his new independence.

Dealing with This Thing Called College is a heartfelt, sincere introduction to college for the nervous high school graduate. Chris artfully navigates the pitfalls of college life—from campus food to new friendships and even credit cards—with tested advice, earnest humor and straightforward wisdom. This easy-to-read, concise guide is written from the perspective of a recent college graduate.

The information is relatable, relevant and up to date.

Christopher Sumlin AuthorChris Sumlin is a graduate student at Boston University. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and has interned for both FOX and BET.

His first book, Dealing with This Thing Called Life (Boyle & Dalton, 2016), is available everywhere books are sold.

Learn more about Chris at

Boyle & Dalton seeks excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

DeathtoStock_Desk10We’re looking for our next great book. Know where we can find a motivated, enthusiastic author to join our catalog?

We are actively seeking exceptional manuscripts for publication.  We are interested in reading fiction and narrative non-fiction, as well as poetry manuscripts.

We do not publish erotica, children’s picture books, or manuscripts of an academic nature.

You can find more information about the submission process here, or by sending us an email at

We would like to add new authors to our catalog, and we’d love to read your manuscript today.  Please contact us with questions.

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  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.