“Rock-a-billy Rebel” headlines Sunbury Press’s best January ever… Sunbury’s January best-sellers

Rock-a-Bill Rebel

Rock-a-Bill Rebel

Mechanicsburg, PA – “Rockabilly Rebel: Known and Unknown Stars I’ve Known”, Mack Allen Smith’s recollection of the numerous musical talents he interacted with during his Rock-a-Billy Hall-of-Fame career,  was #1 in print thanks to regional bookstore sales. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” led all eBooks and was 7th in print thanks to those seeking the truth about Amelia’s disappearance. Farrell & Farley’s “Keystone Tombstones Volumes 2 & 1” were #2 & #3 in print, respectively,  due to several television appearances by the authors.  Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s medical school expose “Hour 30” ranked #2 in eBooks, thanks to a author promotions. “Of Guilt and Innocence,” John Scanlan’s debut police-procedural mystery, was #3 in eBooks and 4th in print due to heavy regional media coverage. Daniel Diehl’s “Revelations: Book One of the Merlin Chronicles” was #4 in eBooks thanks to the efforts of Daniel’s publicist.

Sunbury Press experienced its best January yet, after seeing sales decline slightly in 2012 versus 2011, as eBooks cannibalized print.  Sales for January 2013 were up 21% over the prior year, with growth in print leading growth in eBooks for the first time in years. “We have seen an increase in print sales to independent bookstores,” said publisher Lawrence Knorr. “We’ve had a lot of regional interest in many of our titles, and the media seems to be more open to reporting on smaller presses. Conversely, from our perspective, it appears eBook sales are beginning to level.  Regardless of which way the market goes from here, we are ready.”

Darla Henry’s “The 3-5-7 Model – A Practice Approach to Permanency,” detailing her system for dealing with grief, nabbed #5 in print due to wholesale orders to conferences.

Carol Schultz Vento’s “The Hidden Legacy of World War II,” revealing the affect of PTSD on her famous father, Arthur Dutch Schultz and their family, ranked 5th in eBooks due to continued media interest in the book.

Joseph Carvalko’s “The Techno-Hum​an Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap,” detailing the merging of technology and anatomy, debuted at 6th in print and 7th in eBooks thanks to author events.

Robert Broomall’s “Murder in the 7th Cavalary,” a mystery based in General Custer’s camp, continued to sell well in eBook format, ranking 6th.

Sue Dahlgren Daigneault’s biography about her famous father, WW2 hero Ed Dahlgren, grabbed 8th in print and 9th in eBooks thanks to author events.

‘The People’s Medium,’ Michele Livingston, rejoined to the top 10 eBooks, slotting in at #8 thanks to author events.

Ann Elia Stewart’s “Twice a Child,” a novel recounting her father’s Lewy Body Dimentia, ranked 9th in print.

Bob Ford’s “Beagle Tales,” the first volume in his popular series, finished the eBook top 10, thanks to author appearances.

“There is Something About Rough & Ready: A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley” rounded out the print top 10, as regional sales continued to be brisk.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “Rock-a-Billy Rebel” by Mack Allen Smith
Fiction  – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Horror/Mystery – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Children/YA – “USA to Z” by Mary Stout and John Gascot
The Arts – “Contemporary Photo Impressionists” by T K McCoy
Self-Help – “The 3-5-7 Model” by Darla Henry
Metaphysical/Spiritual – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Education Behind Bars” by Chris Zoukis

The company released four new titles during the month of January:
“General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words and Relations” by Lawrence Knorr, Diane Watson and Michael Riley
“The Techno-Hum​an Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap” by Joseph Carvalko
“Rock-a-Billy Rebel: Known and Unknown Stars I’ve Known” by Mack Allen Smith
“Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan

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Lancaster County’s Hackmans subject of reissued family history

The Hackman Story

The Hackman Story

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released an updated edition of “The Hackman Story: The Descendants of Henry Hackman of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania” by Dorothy Elaine Grace and Lawrence Knorr.

Dorothy Elaine Hackman Grace compiled the original version of “The Hackman Story” in 1976 for her cousins, neices, nephews and children. Lawrence Knorr was a recipient of one of these comb-bound volumes, triggering his interest in genealogy and family history. ‘Elaine’ passed in 1999, and Lawrence has since updated the book based on correspondence between the two and Lawrence’s subsequent research.

“Elaine was always very encouraging,” said Lawrence, “I looked forward to her updates and she to mine. I am very pleased to help present Elaine’s work to a greater audience. I am certain she would be very proud of it.”

This book details the history of the Hackman family, Mennonites who emigrated from Ibersheim, near Worms, Germany, and settled in Lancaster County near Lititz and Manheim. Much more than just genealogical information, this book contains many anecdotes, including early farm life, the first airplane and automobile seen in Millport, near Manheim, life at Elizabethown College from the 30’s to the 60’s, and events at various Churches of the Brethren.

Dorothy Elaine (Hackman) Grace (1934-1999) was a great granddaughter of Andrew Baer Hackman, and a  granddaughter of Willis Brenner Hackman (via Henry Hess Hackman).  “Elaine” is also the author of ‘The Becker Story’. She thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing about family history. Her life through 1976 is well chronicled in this work, including the connections to the family she loved so dearly.

Lawrence Knorr (1964- ) is the 2nd great grandson of Andrew Baer Hackman, and a great grandson of Willis Brenner Hackman (via Emma Amelia Hackman). For those keeping score, this makes Lawrence a ‘half-cousin once-removed’ to Elaine.

Lawrence is the author of numerous other books including A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush, The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey, The Descendants of Hans Peter Knorr, The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Relations of Isaac F. Stiehly – Minister of the Mahantongo Valley, General John Fulton Reynolds – His Biography, Words and Relations and There is Something About Rough and Ready: A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley.

The Hackman Story: The Descendants of Henry Hackman of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Authored by Dorothy Elaine Grace, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
120 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061886
ISBN-10: 1620061880
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

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