“Wonder Boy” caps wonderful month as Sunbury Press bestseller for July

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July. Lawrence Knorr’s baseball biography of Carl Scheib, Wonder Boy, took the top spot. The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure by Sherri Maret was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 7 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
2 NEW The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure Sherri Maret Childrens
3 2 A Year of Change & Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
4 10 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
5 1 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
6 The Savage Apostle John Kachuba Historical Fiction
7 NEW Maybe Tomorrow Mela Suśe Vigil Duran Carvalko Memoir
8 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Mahantango Valley Steve Troutman History
9 NEW Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
10 20 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
11 24 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
12 Dying for Vengeance J M West Thriller Fiction
13 26 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
14 19 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
15 30 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
16 13 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
17 There Is Something about Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
18 21 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
19 NEW Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
20 4 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
21 29 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Geopolitics
22 3 Bitter Sweet Catherine Jordan et al. Short Stories
23 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Thriller Fiction
24 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
25 Adventures in Distant and Remote Places William Lemanski Memoir
26 22 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
27 25 OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan & Ruth Watson Metaphysical Fiction
28 The Politics of Prevailing William Miller Memoir
29 11 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
30 The 10 Second Shift Bill Foley Self-Help
31 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George P Donehoo History
32 Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
33 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley History
34 23 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
35 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Joe Farrell, Joe Farley & Lawrence Knorr History
36 Lost in the Shadow of Fame William Lemanski History
37 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
38 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch Max Klinger Genealogy
39 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
40 Howl of a Thousand Winds Morris Workman Thriller Fiction
41 8 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
42 Keep It Blue Haley Dean Literary Fiction
43 27 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
44 Flying Pants Lola James Childrens
45 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson History
46 The Hidden Legacy of World War II Carol Schultz Vento History
47 Rabid Philanderers, Inc. Nancy Williams Thriller Fiction
48 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
49 Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
50 Fireproof Moth Milo Thornberry History

wb_fcLawrence Knorr’s “Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib – The Youngest Player in American League History” nabbed the top spot thanks to a well-attended event in Gratz, PA honoring the former Philadelphia Athletic. The event also received substantial media attention. Knorr also grabbed #17 with “There is Something about Rough and Ready,” #35 with “Keystone Tombstones Civil War” in tandem with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, and #45 with “General John Reynolds.” Sherri Maret’s new childrens hardcover “The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure” placed thanks to advance purchases. Mark Singel’s memoir “A Year of Change and Consequences” held strong at #3 due to media attention and planned events. Alan Mindell’s “The B Team” #4 and “The Closer” #14 continue to benefit from author events. Last month’s #1 by Michele Livingston – “Living in the Afterlife” – continued to sell well, holding at #5. Her “Messages from Beyond” nabbed the 20th spot.

The company debuted a top 50 bestseller list this month. History / Memoir / Biography / Genealogy titles took 25 of the positions. Thriller Fiction was the next most prevelant category.

The company released eight new titles in July:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2016
The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure Sherri Maret Childrens
Maybe Tomorrow Mela Suśe Vigil Duran Carvalko Memoir
Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
The Making of a Don Charles Ursitti Thriller Fiction
Franni and the Duke Ann E Johnson YA Fiction
Ice Canyon Monster Keith Rommel Climate Fiction
Taking Lady Gibraltar Dick Schwirian Historical Fiction

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

Remembering James Craig Atchison

Craig-James-photo-190x282MECHANICSBURG, PA — It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to a good friend of the Sunbury Press family. James Craig, who wrote by the pen name “James Craig Atchison” passed away last Saturday, surprising all who knew him. Jim, as he was known to us, was passionate about his family, his writing, and hockey. He had embarked on a second career as a novelist in recent years. I’ll never forget our first meeting in my office in Mechanicsburg. While a little naive of the publishing process, he was nonetheless completely in as an author. He talked of personally promoting his work in an attempt to build a following in the hockey community. Upon the release of his first book, “Blue Lines Up in Arms,” he made appearances at minor league hockey rinks and book stores throughout eastern Pennsylvania. While a trickle of sales followed his efforts, he was committed to the next novel, “Blue Lines and Old Money,” due to be released in September.

Christin Aswad, his editor at Sunbury Press, described Jim as her “favorite author to work with.”  Christin has been the editor for both of Jim’s novels. She was always moved by his positive energy and how appreciative he was for the help she provided.

Tammi and I shared a wonderful morning with Jim several months back, when he came to Mechanicsburg to have some author photos taken.  While the weather was not the best, Jim kept things light and was amazingly patient while we switched venues to try to find the perfect background for him. The old trolley station proved to be the place. (the picture above was taken that morning)

I last saw Jim for Jubilee Day in mid-June. He joined a half-dozen other authors for the largest street fair in the eastern USA. While some of his peers gave up early and headed for home, Jim stuck it out, sitting at his table with his books and hockey gear, casually talking with anyone who would come his way. He sold a few books and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Jim was a reminder to all of us to have passion for what we do.  He will be missed.

Lawrence Knorr, President/CEO, Sunbury Press, Inc.

 

Following is Jim’s obituary:

bluia_fcJames Craig, 69, of Lancaster, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Salem, NJ.

Born in Wichita, KS, he was the husband of Sandra (Tweedle) Craig of Lancaster, and the son of the late William and Bonnie (Atchison) Pupikofer.

Jim was a middle school teacher in the Ephrata School District for 14 years until his retirement. He was the author of the mystery novel “Blue Lines Up In Arms”.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by 2 sons: Ryan Craig of Lancaster, and Jared Craig and his wife Kimberleigh of Millersville; a granddaughter, Marleigh of Millersville; a sister, Karen Craig of Cleveland, OH; and his mother-in-law, Clara Tweedle of Salem, NJ.

A funeral service will be held at 3 PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 441 N. George St, Millersville with Pastor Mike Sigman officiating. Friends and family will be received from 6:30 to 8 PM on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the funeral home, and again one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Children’s Ministries at Grace Community Church, 212 Peach Bottom Rd, Willow Street, PA 17584.

A sympathy card would be appreciated.

James Craig