Sunbury Press bookstore to open February 1 in Mechanicsburg

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press, the book publisher of trade paperbacks and eBooks located at 50 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg (, is celebrating its tenth year in business in 2014. Sunbury’s books feature established and emerging authors in many fiction and nonfiction categories and are sold through leading booksellers worldwide.

Standing room only...

Standing room only…

“2013 was our best year ever,” said co-owner Lawrence Knorr. “Our sales topped all prior years and we exhibited at Book Expo America in New York City. We also held several great events at our Mechanicsburg office.”

Sunbury Press has grown rapidly over the years and now publishes, on average, 70 books a year, having over 200 titles and 120 authors under management.

“We are a traditional press, not a vanity press,” explained co-owner Tammi Knorr. “We receive over 1,000 manuscript proposals a year and select only the best for publication. We do not charge our authors to publish. Instead, we invest in the manuscript by editing, designing and formatting it into a high quality finished product at our expense. We then pay our authors royalties on the sales.”

Some of Sunbury Press’s best-selling titles include “Pit Bulls” by Anthony Julien, a compilation of historic photos of pit bulls with

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

their families, the “Keystone Tombstones” series by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, documenting the lives and graves of famous people buried in Pennsylvania, Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last,” revealing the fate of the aviatrix, lost in the South Pacific,” and Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao,” recording the last engagement between battleships in World War 2. In addition to local, regional and world history, the company publishes historical fiction, action adventure, murder mysteries, horror, literary fiction, children’s, self-help, sports and etc.

The Knorrs have decided to up the ante in 2014, converting their office, which had been a showroom and event space, into a full-fledged Sunbury Press bookstore.

“We had a lot of success with our author events – especially on First Fridays,” said Lawrence. “We had people standing out on the sidewalk trying to hear our authors who were presenting inside. While the vast majority of our sales are online and through bookstores around the world, we have had a number of local people who just want to stop in to buy our books. Our books sold well at our events, so we’ve invested in shelves and fixtures and will be offering all of our titles all of the time at our 50 West Main Street location.”

The new Sunbury Press retail store opens February 1st. Store hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10-5 and Saturday from 9 to 2.

ktcw_pub“We will also be holding events on most First Fridays,” said Tammi. “Those Fridays, we’ll stay open until 10 pm.”

Sunbury Press will be offering special deals available only to walk-in customers, such as bargain books and buy-one-get-one free offers. There will also be a limited number of used books not published by Sunbury Press.

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Controversial “Jesus the Phoenician” tops Sunbury Press bestseller list for December

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Jesus the Phoenician, Karim El Koussa’s well-researched alternative history regarding the origins of Jesus Christ, ranked #1 due to international export sales. Barbara Matthews and Barbara Trainin Blank took the second spot with their self-help book What to Do About Mama: A Guide to Caring for Aging Family Members, thanks to author activities.

jtp_fcSunbury Press’s sales for 2013 were up 15% over 2012. EBook sales were up only 6% over last year, significantly lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the 4th quarter were up 1% compared to the same period in 2012.

Judi Markowitz’s The View from Four Foot Two, debuted at #3, thanks to strong advance sales, including to Europe.

Tony Julian’s Pit Bulls: Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls and the People Who Loved Them moved up the rankings, taking #4 on the list, due to sales to dog enthusiasts.

Madelyn Killion’s At the End of the Day, a novella about a nosy postman, grabbed #5 thanks to author activities.

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart – The Truth At Last moved up on the list, taking #6, thanks to bookstore and library sales.

John Lindermuth’s Digging Dusky Diamonds, a history of the Coal Region of Pennsylvania, ranked #7 due to sales in the Shamokin area.

Pink Flamingos All Around, Dr. Matt Anderson’s humorous and educational children’s book about the pink birds, nabbed the 8th position

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

thanks to author activities and bookstore sales.

Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People returned to the rankings, taking #9 on the list, due to sales in the southwestern US.

Alan Mindell’s baseball novel, The Closer, returned to the rankings, notching #10 on the list, due to steady sales on all fronts.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Fiction  – At the End of the Day by Madelyn Killion
Horror/Mystery – A Little Indiscretion by Joseph Tarone
Children/YA – Pink Flamingos All Around by Matt Anderson
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – What to Do About Mama? by Matthews and Blank
Metaphysical/Spiritual – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Reference – Education Behind Bars by Christopher Zoukis

tvf4f2_fcThe company released six new titles during the month of December:
A Little Indiscretion by Joseph Tarone, The View from Four Foot Two by Judi Markowitz, Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure by Steve Kious, An American Hiroshima by Don Wulffson,GXM731 by Terry Ray and Stink Bomb by Ricky Bruce.

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:

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