Cover Reveal: Ark of the Apocalypse

We are excited to release the cover art for Ark of the Apocalypse by Tobin Marks!

Earth is on the verge of becoming a dead planet.

The polar ice caps melted long ago, and it’s been decades since the last raindrop fell. Ocean levels rise a dozen meters, and forest fires rage on a global scale. Eleven billion people dying of thirst wage water wars against each other as extinction looms.

Humanity needs a new planet. As Earth deteriorates, the nation states desperately work together to build a mechanism for recolonization. And so the Magellan II is born, the first starship capable of interstellar travel.

The future of the human race is tasked to ten thousand colonists-now homeless but for the vastness of space and the decks of Magellan II. A distant planet offers hope of survival, but it’s a strange, watery world inhabited by giant reptiles.

Humanity is starting over, but survival isn’t guaranteed.

Ark of the Apocalypse will be available for purchase on Wednesday, March 24! Order your copy from a major retailer or find it at your favorite local bookstore.


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Serendipity by Neil J Farber, MD – Available Now!

We are excited to congratulate Neil J Farber, MD on the release of his new book Serendipity, which is now available for purchase at retailers worldwide!

By definition, serendipity implies accidental fortuity. But what if those events that seem to be random, spontaneous, and out of our control could be harnessed and used to improve our lives? What if coming across this book right now, wherever you are, is an act of serendipity?


Dr. Neil Farber uses powerful examples of serendipity from history and his own life to show you the skills you need to prepare for, recognize, and ultimately take advantage of everyday unexpected occurrences.


He teaches readers to:

– Practice mindfulness to illuminate the real possibility of serendipity

– Hone observational skills to recognize serendipity even its subtlest forms

– Bring a serendipitous event to a fortuitous conclusion (and recognize when that’s not possible)


There’s a misconception that serendipity only brings fame and fortune to a few lucky individuals. And while monumental results are rare, unexpected events are happening to all of us with a great degree of frequency. Unless we cultivate these skills, the gentle nudges of potential serendipitous events, big and small, will pass us by completely.


This is your moment of serendipity. Capture it.

Grab your copy of Serendipity from a major retailer or find it at your favorite bookstore!

Cover Reveal: Serendipity

We are excited to release the cover art for Serendipity by Neil J. Farber, MD!

By definition, serendipity implies accidental fortuity. But what if those events that seem to be random, spontaneous, and out of our control could be harnessed and used to improve our lives? What if coming across this book right now, wherever you are, is an act of serendipity?

Dr. Neil Farber uses powerful examples of serendipity from history and his own life to show you the skills you need to prepare for, recognize, and ultimately take advantage of everyday unexpected occurrences.

He teaches readers to:

  • Practice mindfulness to illuminate the real possibility of serendipity
  • Hone observational skills to recognize serendipity even its subtlest forms
  • Bring a serendipitous event to a fortuitous conclusion (and recognize when that’s not possible)

There’s a misconception that serendipity only brings fame and fortune to a few lucky individuals. And while monumental results are rare, unexpected events are happening to all of us with a great degree of frequency. Unless we cultivate these skills, the gentle nudges of potential serendipitous events, big and small, will pass us by completely.

This is your moment of serendipity. Capture it.


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Unglued – A Minnesota Book Awards Finalist!

We are excited to announce that Unglued by Jeffrey Zuckerman has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Minnesota Book Awards. Unglued is a tremendous book that deserves recognition. Congratulations to Jeff and all of the finalists!

Jeffrey Zuckerman‘s book recounts his harrowing five-year ride which began months before his wife Leah was diagnosed with late-onset bipolar disorder. After thirty years of marriage, Jeff, a semiretired editor and a second-string catcher on a recreational softball team, nearly became unglued himself as the woman he loved endured an agonizing manic episode and severe depression. Struggling to manage his own self-care, Jeff needed to learn how to overcome the stigma, loneliness, and guilt that accompanied his wife’s battle with a mood disorder.

Unglued is a candid, funny, and refreshingly irreverent portrayal of the role a spouse takes in loving a partner with a mental illness. Intimate and ultimately hopeful, Jeff’s story chronicles the power of compassion, faith, and resilience in the survival of a marriage and a caregiver’s own well-being.

Unglued is anything but dismal. Zuckerman’s clear, compelling, self-revealing writing pulls you into his emotion and despair — laced with laughs. . . .

— Neal Gendler, book reviewer for the American Jewish World

The work of a master storyteller, Unglued is a mixture of sadness and levity. It’s a valuable resource for the mental health community, for consumers of mental health services and their partners, as well as for providers. It portrays the dilemmas of empathy and alienation in accessible narratives.

— Bruce Lackie, PhD, clinical social worker and trauma therapist, Orono, Maine

I had a hard time putting the book down. Beautifully written, engrossing, fascinating, scary, funny, sad, and hopeful. A work of art, and a huge service for many people.

— Judy Bergh, retired, Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Find your copy of Unglued at a major retailer or request a copy from your favorite local bookstore. Click here to learn more about Jeffrey Zuckerman’s remarkable work.

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The Great Rupture by Viktor Shvets

Viktor Shvets’ book, The Great Rupture is available for purchase!

This book begs the question: do we need to be free to be innovative, prosperous, or even happy?

The lessons of the last five centuries were unequivocal—without freedom, there could be no prosperity or happiness. However, does this still hold true in the Information Age?

Modern technologies are disrupting our societies, altering every facet of our lives, from the nature of work and what we intrinsically value, to how we are informed, entertained, and educated—it promises to be a far deeper disruption than Industrial Revolutions. Humanity is at a major turning point, and how we respond to the merger of technology and financialization will decide our future. Will it be capitalism or communism, feudalism or despotism?

By learning from the past and projecting into the future, global market strategist Viktor Shvets explores the weakening nexus between freedom and prosperity and what that means for the future of humanity. From the birth of our modern world, pivotal events in human history have led to the collapse of non-Western civilizations—Mongol warriors sweeping across Eurasian steppes; the Black Death and a re-awakening of human spirit; Zheng He’s voyages and the collapse of Novgorod republic; and finally, the ban on printing in Arabic. What can we learn from these events to better prepare ourselves for the future?

As we hurtle toward that uncertain future, we must decide whether our cherished individual freedoms are still necessary for success and prosperity, or if in adapting to new technologies, non-Western civilizations are now better positioned for this new world, creating illiberal orders that might no longer suffer from stagnation of ideas. For the first time in at least five centuries, we have an opportunity and tools to build a different society and economy. Will we embrace the challenge?

Find your copy of The Great Rupture by Viktor Shvets on Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, and at Barnes & Noble! Don’t forget to leave a review.

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

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.