Praise for Don Tassone's GET BACK

When I learned that Get Back is a first published book by Don Tassone, my question was, "Why did he wait so long?" Get Back is a heart-warming account of life! While it focuses on events in the lives of young boys, it's great reading for anyone who has ever been a boy, raised a boy, loved a boy, or was a tomboy. Get Back reveals the positive side of the phrase, "Boys will be boys." I forced myself to slow down as I read the twelve stories because I wanted to savor the truth and delight embedded in each of them.

Get Back could be a stimulating conversation starter for dads and sons, grandpas and grandsons, mentors and boys. Read a story and see where it leads the conversation about events and escapades in one's own life. If girls/women as moms, sisters, girlfriends read Get Back, they will gain a greater understand of young guys. I'm planning on Get Back as a Father's Day gift....maybe Mother's Day, too Thank you, Don Tassone!

Golden Antelope Press


Golden Antelope Press is a small press operated in conjunction with, or spun off from, its sister presses, the more scholarly Blazing Sapphire and Naciketas Presses.  The focus of this press is creative works of fiction and poetry.  So far we have published thirteen  books. We started in 2004 with a novella by the editor's mother, Vivian Delmonico: I'll Be Seeing You, then did a more substantial novel of hers, Myra Lost and Found  in 2011.  Ting Tang Tales (humorous short stories) by D.R. Singh came out in 2008, Wandering Eyes (poetry) by Aileen Gallagher in 2009.  In  2015 we had three publications:  In Short, A Memory of the Other on a Good Day, love poetry by Allison Cundiff and Steven Schreiner, Always the Wanderer (novel) by George Koors, and A History of Tree Roots (poems) by Phil Howerton.  In 2016 Cundiff's second book of poetry--Otherings--followed

This year, 2017, has been a banner year for Golden Antelope, with five books completed and three more due out before Christmas.  Poetry collections newly available include the engaging You Know the Ones by Dave Malone, and the deeply resonant Live Free or Croak  by the Ozark poet/songwriter Larry S Rogers.  We have two new collections of short stories--the sly yet charming Get Back, by Don Tassone, and the more surreal Anklet and Other Stories by Shome Dasgupta.  A deilghtful new novel, Single in Southeast Texas by Gretchen Johnson, raises a fascinating set of questions.  Check out the pages of the authors to find out more about them.  All of our books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

The three Golden Antelope novels in production right now are (September/October) an astonishingly empathetic Therapy Journal by Steve Wineman;  (October) Don Tassone's hard-edged yet ultimately hopeful Drive: and (November) The Undoer, an uncanny morality tale by veteran journalist Patricia Watts.    Keep an eye out for those.

We are always on the lookout for promising manuscripts.  Please see our submission guidelines if you are interested in submitting a piece of writing.

The name of the press, Golden Antelope, is a reference to one of the great Indian epics, the Ramayana (Sanskrit).  It was a beautiful golden antelope the pursuit of which drew the great hero Rama away from his lovely wife Sita and allowed Ravana, the villain of the epic, to kidnap Sita.  Thus begins the dramatic conflict that drives of epic to its conclusion many thousands of words later.  The Sanskrit tradition of literary criticism attributes the birth of poetry to the author of the Ramayana, the great Valmiki. Valmiki lived in the forest performing austerities for sins and offenses committed in his youth.  One day he came across a sad scene in which a sage's wife had been killed by a hunter while the sage and she, who had taken the forms of curlew birds, were in the midst of making love.  The sadness of the separation of the lovers was transformed into the aesthetic feeling of compassion (karuna) when Valmiki wrote a verse describing the event.  Learn more about this vision of the origin and purpose of poetry and art in the article on this site "The Birth of Poetry."

Neal and Elizabeth (Betsy) Delmonico are the owners and operators of this press.  Betsy, now retired from Truman State University,  is the press's primary editor and proofreader.  Graphic design is admirably accomplished by Russell (Rusty) Nelson, professor of graphic design at Truman State University.  Many of our scholar and writer friends help us out by evaluating manuscript submissions, proofreading, and offering generally sound and sagacious advice.

Submission Guidelines and Considerations

Submission Guidelines and Considerations


Do you have a creative book project that you would like us to consider for publication? Here is how to get started.

What we ask for at present is an email to this address describing your project or manuscript.  We publish poetry, short stories, novellas, novels, plays, and creative non-fiction.  So tell us what you have and send us a sample.  If we are interested we will contact you and ask to see the full ms (doc or docx is fine) if it complete.  If we are not interested, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Once we express interest and receive your manuscript, it will be given to at least three outside readers who will read the work carefully and evaluate it.  Based on their evaluations we will offer to publish it for you or not.  We often have suggestions from our readers on ways to improve the work.  We pass those along to you whether or not we decide to publish your work.

You should know that we are a small press without a large budget for promotion or advertisement.  We depend on the author to do most of that.  Several of our authors have done amazing jobs in promoting their work, organizing readings and signing events at their local libraries or bookstores, reading their works on various radio shows or at other public events, getting their works reviewed in local papers or literary journals.  We, of course, will send out 10-20 copies to various newspapers, journals, and magazines for review and will maintain a web presence through our press sites.  The author also gets 20 free copies to use for promotion or to show or just give to friends.  Beyond that, authors can buy more books from us at the wholesale price, the price bookstores pay to stock the book.

Authors do not pay us anything.  They receive royalties (20% of profits from the sale of their books) after their distribution thresholds are reached.  A threshold is a certain number of books that must be sold for us to recover our expenses in publishing  the book.  Expenses include payments made to readers, editors, artists, graphic designers, typesetters, printers, etc. Usually this works out to be about 100 books, unless there were unusual expenses.  We generally succeed at keeping our expenses relatively low. After that threshold is reached the author gets 20% of all the profits made from the sales of the book.  As the book reaches higher thresholds (200, 500, 1000) the author gets a larger percentage of the profits (30%, 40%, 50%).  The books, once they are completed and approved, become available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble within about a week.  Through our distributor, Ingram Content Group, they quickly become available all around the world.  We are also able to make books available in ebook format.

So far we have published nearly 40 books since we started in 2005.  You can see them if you go to Amazon and do a search using "Blazing Sapphire Press."  That is the main press name.  We also have sister presses under the names "Naciketas Press" and "Golden Antelope Press."  Check them all out on Amazon.  Blazing Sapphire is for works relating to the literature, philosophy, and religions of India (Neal's area of expertise).  Naciketas is for works of general interest and research that have no or little connection with India and Golden Antelope is for creative works (Betsy's area of expertise).  That pretty much completes the essential information about our press and how it operates.

If you have any questions or would like to pitch a book, just send us an email at the site email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Also check the various websites for Golden Antelope, Nacitketas, and Blazing Sapphire for news and updates.

Neal and Betsy Delmonico