MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for November, 2014. Jim Campbell’s memoir of his career as a pastor The Chair was #1.
“The Chair is Pastor James Campbell’s spiritual odyssey that leads us through the night of emptiness and then emerges into the light of compassion, intervention, and redemption. Through his renovation of a simple chair, reverence for worn out sewing needles in the Japanese celebration of Hari-Kuyo, and reflection upon how stress to the Diamond Willows of Alaska produces works of art, this parable describes Campbell’s own epiphanies during the course of his life travels ministering to the forgotten and broken.
“For members of the helping profession, caregivers, or those looking for meaning in meaningless times, Campbell is a valuable read. He will guide you, literally and figuratively, out of the ruins of the great dust bowl to a peaceful Colorado valley. And he will show you how all these things remain part of your soul.”
Steve Schoenmakers, M.S., Superintendent, Retired, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.
|SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for November, 2014 (by Revenue)|
|1||1||The Chair||James Campbell||Spiritual Memoir|
|2||NEW||Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos||Beth Lancione||Childrens Fiction|
|3||NEW||Keystone Tombstones Sports||Joe Farrell & Joe Farley||Sports History|
|4||11||Born Fire Dragon||Susan Kiskis||Spiritual Memoir|
|5||NEW||As the Paint Dries||Carrie Wissler-Thomas||Art History|
|6||NEW||Silver Moon||Joanne L. S. Risso||Childrens Fiction|
|7||NEW||Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight||Beth Lancione||Childrens Fiction|
|8||3||Poor Will’s Almanack 2015||Bill Felker||Almanac|
|9||9||Visions of Teaoga||Jim Remsen||YA Fiction|
|10||14||Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last||Mike Campbell||History|
|11||7||Head Over Wheels||Ken Mercurio||Sports Memoir|
|12||—||Call Sign Dracula||Joe Fair||War Memoir|
|13||20||Pit Bulls||Anthony Julian||History|
|14||—||My Mom Is an Alien||Joanne L. S. Risso||Childrens Fiction|
|15||—||A Brother’s Cold Case||Dennis Herrick||Thriller Fiction|
|16||—||Keystone Tombstones Civil War||Farrell, Farley, & Knorr||War Biography|
|17||—||The Power of Uncertainty||John Loase||Philosophy|
|18||19||The Bronze Dagger||Marie Sontag||YA Fiction|
|19||4||Dead of Autumn||Sherry Knowlton||Thriller Fiction|
|20||17||The Closer||Alan Mindell||Sports Fiction|
Sunbury Press had its best November ever. For the month, sales were up 44% as compared to the same month last year. Year-to-date, sales are up over 18% overall. The company remains on track to have its best year ever. Trade paperback sales in 2014 have already exceeded sales of all of 2013. Hardcover sales since June have rocketed past eBook sales, which were down over 15% for the year.
Jim Campbell’s The Chair led the way thanks to the chair’s (accompanied by Jim) tour of the Midwest. Beth Lancione’s Solomon Screech Owl series, lavishly illustrated by Kathleen Haney, debuted at #2 (Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos) and #7 (Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight) thanks to author activities. Joe Farrell and Joe Farley returned to the rankings at #3 with their new biographical compilation Keystone Tombstones Sports. Their Civil War volume, co-authored with Lawrence Knorr, grabbed the 16th spot, all thanks to author appearances and collaboration with a real estate agent offering books as housewarming gifts.Susan Kiskis’s Born Fire Dragon soared to #4 thanks to her author event at Sunbury Press and her appearance schedule. As the Paint Dries, Carrie Wissler-Thomas’s history of the Art Association of Harrisburg, co-authored by Michael Barton, opened at #5 due to advance sales to the gallery for the December 5th book signing event (which was well attended!). Joanne L. S. Risso’s Chinese fairytale Silver Moon, illustrated by German artist Christiane Künzel, debuted at #6 thanks to sales in the US and Germany. Joanne’s My Mom Is an Alien also joined the rankings at #14 thanks to author activities. Bill Felker’s Poor Will’s Almanack 2015 held strong at #8 thanks to sales from the author’s annual buyers. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga held at #9 as a result of ongoing author promotions. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #10 due to national media attention for the search for the aviatrix’s plane. Head Over Wheels, Ken Mercurio’s cycling memoir slipped to #11, It continues to receive strong interest from cycling enthusiasts. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula returned to the rankings at #12 thanks to author appearances. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts, ranking lucky 13th. Dennis Herrick;s latest, A Brother’s Cold Case, debuted at #15 in its new Sunbury Press edition. Professor John Loase’s polemic about the need for higher education, The Power of Uncertainty, ranked 17th thanks to author activities. The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag held on the list thanks to signing events at schools. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Autumn slipped to #19 the month after her author event at the Sunbury Press store. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area.
The company released eight new titles during the month of November:
|SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for November, 2014|
|Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks||John L. Moore||History|
|Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos||Beth Lancione||Childrens Fiction|
|Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight||Beth Lancione||Childrens Fiction|
|Silver Moon||Joanne L. S. Risso||Childrens Fiction|
|Keystone Tombstones Sports||Joe Farrell & Joe Farley||Sports History|
|As the Paint Dries||Carrie Wissler-Thomas||Art History|
|A Guide to Finer Dining||J. R. Hipsky||Etiquette|
|Patsy (reissue)||Doug Brode||Historical Fiction|
For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see: