Comic books

Personal finance books get the super-hero treatment

March 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM ET

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Will best-selling author John Eliot's book "Overachievement" become oversimplified in a graphic-novel format?

Have trouble falling asleep? I have some investing books on my desk that are guaranteed to make your eyelids heavy.

In an attempt to make snooze-inducing topics such as personal development, money management and sales more appealing to the Twitter generation, publisher Round Table Companies is releasing graphic novel versions of best-selling advice books in mid-April.

The company, which is the brainchild of Corey Michael Blake, transforms works by popular authors such as sales guru Tom Hopkins; Larry Winget, the self-described pit bull of personal development; and performance psychologist Dr. John Eliot into stylistic comic book adventures.

"We're taking the PowerPoint version of these books and illustrating them out," Blake told

Authors exchange rights for $100 each, in return for royalty payments of as much as 20 percent of Round Table's take, double what most authors get, Blake told Forbes. Paperbacks will sell for $12.95 and digital version are $5-7, depending on the format.

"I passionately believe we're on to some revolutionary work in the book business," Blake said.