Monster Mania Con a blast for Sunbury Press horror authors Malafarina, Jordan and Rommel

Cherry Hill, NJ – Monster Mania Con was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ from Friday August 16th through Sunday August 18th, 2013.  Sunbury Press utilized its vendor space to promote the horror category.  Thomas Malafarina, Catherine Jordan and Keith Rommel were present to meet the crowds and sign free copies of their books.   The convention featured such celebrities as: Carrie Fisher, George Romero, Christopher Lloyd, Danny Glover, Malcolm McDowell, Sam Witwer,  Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Jessica Clark, Claire Coffee, Chandler Riggs,
Dick Warlock, Gary Busey, and many more…

Thomas Malafarina gave away dozens of his books including Fallen Stones, Ghost Shadows, 13 Nasty Endings, 99 Souls, Eye Contact and Gallery of Horror. Tom was very pleased to meet some fans who were familiar with his work.

Catherine Jordan promoted her debut novel Seeking Samiel to her female target audience.  Dozens of copies of her book found enthusiastic readers as well of piles of bookmarks.

Keith Rommel promoted his novel The Cursed Man, now in the works as a major motion picture.  The booth also displayed a large poster, postcards and buttons regarding the movie.  Keith was careful to give his signed copies to readers who promised to talk about his book and/or write a review.  Lots of patrons picked up buttons and cards, too.  Keith was also fortunate to meet representatives from Fangoria magazine, who promised to follow up with a book review and coverage of the movie, as it is being released.

In all, it was a very successful weekend for Sunbury Press and the authors, who got to meet their target audience in person — by the hundreds.

Two gentlemen who dropped by to discuss their taste in literature.

Two gentlemen who dropped by to discuss their taste in literature.

The aisles were packed

The aisles were packed

Thomas Malafarina

Thomas Malafarina

Catherine Jordan

Catherine Jordan

Keith Rommel

Keith Rommel

“Monarchs” rule the July bestseller list at Sunbury Press

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — “Raising Monarchs,” Sue Fox McGovern’s book about raising butterflies in the backyard,  was #1 thanks to author events in Illinois.  Dennis Herrick’s “Winter of the Metal People,” a historical novel about the Tiguex War in New Mexico ranked #2 due to author events in that state.

rm_fcSunbury’s sales for July 2013 were up 19% over July 2012, making it the best July ever for the company.  Year to date, sales are up 32% over last year.  EBook sales continued to be flat while print sales were up. “The eBook trend continues,” said publisher Lawrence Knorr. “The Nook platform is down 54% this month as compared to last year. Kindle is also down a bit.  Our sales increase is primarily due to direct sales from our eCommerce site.”

Dr. Nirmal Joshi’s newly released “Five Drops of Estrogen,” a memoir about the female influences in his life, grabbed the 3rd spot thanks to author activity

“The Closer,” Alan Mindell’s baseball novel, took the 4th spot thanks to online sales.

John Cressler’s “Emeralds of the Alhambra,” last month’s #1, slipped to 5th, but continues to sell steadily.

Markus Roberts’ “More Bread Please” ranked 6th due to author events.

The Joe’s — Farrell and Farley — took the 7th spot with “Keystone Tombstones Civil War” thanks to interest in the Gettysburg 150th anniversary.

David Parmalee’s “The Sea is a Thief” slotted at #8 thanks to summer sales along the Virginia coast.

Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart – The Truth At Last” moved up a notch, taking #9 on the list, thanks to continued steady sales.

The late Linnea Jepson’s “Linnea’s Kitchen” cookbook nabbed #10 thanks to online sales.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “Five Drops of Estrogen” by Nirmal Joshi
Fiction  – “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick
Horror/Mystery – “A Dead Issue” by John Evans
Children/YA – “In the Field” by Joanne Risso
The Arts – “As a Guest of Clive Barnes” by Susan Emmi
Self-Help – “Raising Monarchs” by Sue Fox McGovern
Metaphysical/Spiritual – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons” by Linnea Jepson

The company released six new titles during the month of July:
“The Book of Zane” by Tess Almendarez Lojacono
“The Lust for Reverence” by A. Gimbernat
“A Dead Issue” by John Evans
“Love, Sex and Other Near Death Experiences” by Michael Brown
“Wild Life” by C. A. Masterson
“Five Drops of Estrogen” by Nirmal Joshi

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm