The Agency Press


ATBOSH Media Ltd. is an Agency Press in Cleveland, Ohio that publishes emerging and mid-career authors in almost any genre or subject.  This includes (but is not limited to) mysteries, cookbooks, biographies, gardening, westerns, essays, poetry, romance, adventure, science fiction, how-to books, children’s, YA, scholarly, and good old fashioned novels.  We produce relatively few books per year, and our books reflect the eclectic taste of our editorial committee.  In fact because of this diverse and eclectic taste we are equipped to publish in almost any medium including hardcover, paperback, magazine, comic-book, CD, DVD, eBook, board games, card games, software and apps.

ATBOSH Media Ltd. has its roots as a producer of original content – creating products for both ourselves and others.  And we know that what makes a product special is that last mile – the small details that carry a project across that finish line.  As a publisher we help authors go from dream to reality – from manuscript to book.  We believe that good content deserves to be published – needs to be published.  If we think the work is good – then we want to publish that work.  That’s our mission – to bring good content into the world through publication and distribution.  Yes – we are a for profit company – and yes we would like to make a dollar or two – but we want to make it with our authors – not from them.  We are not a vanity press – operators are NOT standing by to take your order for a “book package”, “marketing package”, and a “box of books”.  That being said, publishing takes a lot of time and money and sometimes (but not always) we ask for an author to participate in pre-publication (layout/design) or marketing costs (press/review releases).  We make no promises that you will be the next big thing but we also do not demand copyright ownership of your work or its derivatives.

This is what we do.  We:

  • review your proposal – find out what you have and if we have an interest in publishing it
  • evaluate the state of the manuscript (if we are interested)
    • Does it need editing?
    • Does it need image processing?
    • What sort of cover design is needed?
  • put together a contract and an offer which includes royalty rates and either an advance or subvention
  • provide custom interior design
  • provide custom & collaborative cover design (front and back)
  • provide multiple rounds of hard proofing with actual books
  • assign ISBN numbers (typically 6 per project)
  • submit a US Copyright Registration (on your behalf)
  • register with and submit to the Library of Congress
  • provide global online distribution via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram
  • submit the book to Barnes & Noble and other bookstores (submission doesn’t guarantee acceptance to stores)
  • create eBook editions
  • coordinate creation and distribution of the Audio Book (if appropriate)
  • distribute the eBooks via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Smashwords
  • create a webpage for both Book & Author on
  • create an Author Page
  • create a Book Sell Sheet (marketing one-sheet)
  • create and distribute an International Press Release (if appropriate)
  • submit to Kirkus or others for review (if appropriate)
  • provide the author books at near cost (print cost + $0.50 per copy + tax & shipping)

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions:

What is an Agency Press?

As an Agency Press we are not just publishers but also literary agents for the book and depending on the contract its derivative works (including the television and film rights). Instead of shopping your book around to larger publishers we instead publish the book first and then shop it around to larger houses. In the event that the book is transferred to a larger publisher we become your agent and receive the standard agents fee of 10%.

Do you require an exclusive contract?

Yes, for each project we require a 7 year exclusive contract – however we allow for self-distribution.

What is self-distribution?

If you want books to give away, sell, place on consignment, etc. –  you can order books directly from us at production cost + $0.50 per book (+ shipping and tax).  We want to be very transparent here – this is NOT a revenue stream for us.  We don’t care if you buy or don’t buy a box of books (We make $0.50 per book, so if you purchased 100 books we profit $50 – most people order 20 books so that would be $10).  Remember you are now PUBLISHED and it is easier for bookstores and libraries to purchase your book from Ingram like they do all of their other books.  The option of buying books at near cost is done as a courtesy because many of our authors want to put books in small consignment shops or sell their books at festivals or fairs directly.

What if another publisher is interested – can I get out of my contract early?

Yes! In fact that’s what we WANT to happen.  As an Agency Press we have an ‘escape clause’ that allows you to take your project elsewhere.  In this case, for the remainder of your contract we get a 10% commission on your net royalties.  As your agent we don’t want to hold you hostage from a good opportunity so we just take an agents fee.

Who owns the copyright to my work?

The copyright remains with You the Author! ATBOSH Media Ltd. is just the publisher – we do not own your work. But we do file the paperwork on your behalf.

What about derivative works?

ATBOSH Media ltd. makes no claim to any right in derivative works (for example TV or Movies), or future works (such as sequels), or distinct future editions (unless you want us to publish them).  Our hope is that when you sell the movie rights that you will also sell a lot of books.  However, as your Agent, we do have a separate contract if you WANT us to represent you in other media.

Can I publish just an ebook?

No.  We view an eBook as an add-on to a print publication and not as a stand-alone.

Will you publish anyone?

We will publish anyone but not everyone! We have an editorial screening process to make sure that the work has both quality and completion and most importantly that we want to publish it.

Do you offer an advance against royalties?

Yes, but it is rare.  We are a small press.  We all know about the dream of the “advance check” – but the reality is – sales & royalties is the true business of publishing.

What are the royalty rates and how are they calculated?

Our royalty rates vary based on the project itself.  Most of our author’s get a royalty of between 50-70% of the net earning on their sales (depending on the contract and situation).  This is net – not gross – so the amount will vary based on markup, discounts, and distribution channels.  As an example – if your book sells for $13.95 and the net is $3.50 then a 70% royalty would be $2.45.  No other fees or overhead is included in this calculation.  We work closely with each Author to set the book price.

Do you charge to publish my book?

For some projects we require author participation to cover a part of the expense.  Each project is different in terms costs and expectations as well as royalty rates (if we require a author participation we give a higher royalty rate).  After we have seen your manuscript and proposal we can discuss the details.  Again we want to be VERY transparent here and only look for participation in pre-publication (layout/design) or marketing costs (press/review releases). This is not “pay to publish” and these costs are not our primary revenue stream.  In the end we want to make money the same way you do – from book sales and royalties.

How do I get paid?

We send payments via PayPal (and 1099s at tax time).

When do I get paid?

You get paid when your royalties are greater than $100 after one fiscal quarter.

What if I have other questions?

Ask them! Email us at or call us at 216-288-6349

How do I get submit a proposal?

New submission form coming soon, but in the meantime drop us an email!