The life of “Gettysburg Eddie” Plank, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher recounted

Adams County native was one of the stars of Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – April 10, 2018 — Born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, only a dozen years after the bloody Civil War battle, Eddie Plank grew up on a farm and was a late-bloomer. By his early twenties, he was a local star on the town ball team and enrolled in the Gettysburg Academy in order to pitch for the Gettysburg College team. Soon after, Connie Mack from the Philadelphia Athletics in the newly-formed American League came calling and the rest is history.

Eddie Plank was the mainstay of Connie Mack’s early success from 1901 through 1914. Plank’s unorthodox delivery and pinpoint control brought him consistent results. While others out-pitched him during individual seasons, “Steady-Eddie”provided Mack excellence year after year while others came and went.

Gettysburg Eddie chronicles the life of this clean-living baseball superstar who worked hard, saved his money, and was always the perfect gentleman. Upon hearing of Eddie’s premature death in 1926, Mack remarked, “I feel like a father must feel who has lost a son.”

“P is for Plank
The arm of the A’s;
When he tangled with Matty
Games lasted for days.”

– “Lineup for Yesterday” by Ogden Nash

About the author:
Lawrence Knorr has authored or co-authored over 20 books, mostly on history or biography. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Sons of the American Revolution, and numerous other historical organizations. He enjoys most writing about the formerly famous and his beloved Pennsylvania Dutch culture. He is a lifetime Penn State alum.

By Lawrence Knorr
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620061701
424 Pages indexed
SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
HISTORY / US History / Mid-Atlantic

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Philly’s forgotten 70s Rock ‘n’ Roll trio once performed with music greats

New biography of Philadelphia band BANG who hit it big in the early 1970s

PHILADELPHIA – April 5, 2018 — Our heads will always jam out to the classic heavy metal rock ‘n’ roll as radios still play the songs we grew up with or cherish from our parents. Relive those times in BANG’s book, The Bang Story. Follow Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken as they tell of their rise to fame starting from meeting in childhood to then performing with Hall of Famers. Re-experience the culture of the time from the trio’s memories and photos. In just under 200 pages, The Bang Story is a fun read filled with Rock ‘n’ Roll nostalgia.

In the summer of 1971, BANG, a trio from the Philadelphia area, decided to take a road trip to Florida to try their fortune. While buying some rolling papers in the Sunshine State, they learned about a Small Faces and Deep Purple concert nearby in Orlando. They showed up at the venue and brazenly declared they were ready to go on stage. The concert organizer asked them to set up and play for him. After a couple songs, he told them they were opening for Rod Stewart and Faces. Before they knew it, BANG was playing with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac, Ike and Tina Turner, The Doobie Brothers, and even Black Sabbath. Capitol Records signed them, and three LPs were released. Join Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken, as they recall their rapid rise to fame, playing with numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Praise:

… the band “on first listen, sounds incredibly like Led Zeppelin … they play at the same frenetic pace as Zeppelin, and Frank Ferrara’s vocals are so similar to those of Robert Plant’s, as to be downright amazing”
— Billboard magazine (1972)

About the author:
Lawrence Knorr is the author or co-author of more than twenty books, most on regional history and biography. All are published by Sunbury Press, Inc.

By Lawrence Knorr, Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, Frank Gilcken
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x .5
9781620065822
192 Pages w/dozens of period photographs
Music: Genres & Styles – Rock
Biography & Autobiography: Composers & Musicians – General
Music: Genres & Styles – Heavy Metal

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Battle of Gettysburg participants honored in new book by Farrell, Farley, and Knorr

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones: The Battle of Gettysburg by Joe Farrell, Joe Farley and Lawrence Knorr.This special volume highlights those individuals buried in Pennsylvania who contributed to the battle.

About the Book:
Biographies of famous people buried in Pennsylvabia who participated in the Battle of Gettysburg are the focus of this localized edition of Keystone Tombstones. Farrell and Farley have combed Pennsylvania to bring you the most entertaining tales about interesting people buried in Pennsylvania. Included in this volume:

• John Burns
• Gettysburg National Cemetery
• Amos Humiston
• Ginnie Wade
• Andrew Gregg Curtin
• James Buchanan
• Simon Cameron
• John White Geary
• John Fulton Reynolds
• Thaddeus Stevens
• George Meade
• Samuel W Crawford
• Oliver B Knowles
• Herman Haupt
• Samuel K Zook
• Dennis O’Kane
• Winfield Scott Hancock
• Strong Vincent
• Alfred L Pearson

Keystone Tombstones: The Battle of Gettysburg
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $14.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
122 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068328
ISBN-10: 162006832X
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Keystone-Tombstones-Batt…

“Wonder Boy” now available in paperback and ebook

SUNBURY, Pa.April 15, 2017PRLog — Lawrence Knorr’s Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib: The Youngest Player in American League History has been released by Sunbury Press in paperback and ebook.

About the Book:
Carl Scheib, from Gratz, PA, was a young farm boy of 16 who was signed to a major league contract by Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics. Carl enjoyed 11 years in the major leagues, interrupted by his service in World War II. When he made his first appearance in 1943, he was the youngest player in modern major league history. The following season, Joe Nuxhall of the National League’s Cincinnati Reds, pitched 2/3 of an inning at age 15, breaking Carl’s major league record, but Carl retained his American League record.

Known as a good-hitting pitcher, Carl hit .396 in 1951 and .298 in 1948. He hit five home runs in his career, including a grand slam.

As a pitcher, Carl was a key hurler on the 1948 Philadelphia Athletics, going 14-8 during a tight pennant race. He also went 11-7 in 1952, and saved 11 games in 1951. Behind his “pitch- to-contact” approach, the A’s set the all-time record for double plays in a season with 217 in 1949, a record that still stands.

Wonder Boy chronicles the rapid raise of Carl Scheib from his high school days at Gratz and his contributions to Dalmatia in the West Branch League, to his subsequent major league career, facing such players as Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Bobby Doerr, Satchel Paige, Bob Lemon, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Luke Appling, Early Wynn, Mickey Mantle and many more.

About the Author:
Lawrence Knorr is an amateur historian with deep roots in the Pennsylvania Dutch Region. Lawrence has had a long career in information technology. He is the co-owner of Sunbury Press, Inc. and an adjunct Professor of Economics at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. Lawrence is a past President of the Mid Atlantic Book Publishers Association, and is currently a Board Member for the Pennsylvania German Society.

Lawrence lives with his wife Tammi and has two daughters a stepson and a stepdaughter.

Lawrence’s books include:

• Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib: The Youngest Player in American League History
• A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush
• The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey
• The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower
• The Decendents of Hans Peter Knorr
• The Hackman Story (with Dorothy Elaine Grace)
• General John Fulton Reynolds – His Biography, Words & Relations (with Michael Riley and Diane Watson)
• The Relations of Isaac F Stiely – Minister of the Mahantongo Valley
• There is Something About Rough and Ready – A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley (with Steve E Troutman, Elaine Moran, Cindy Baum, Christine Hipple & Jeanne Adams)
• Keystone Tombstones Civil War (with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley)
• Modern Realism According to Fritz – The Oil Paintings of Fritz VonderHeiden
• Keystone Tombstones Susquehanna Valley (with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley)
• Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region (with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley)
• Keystone Tombstones Anthracite Region (with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley)

He is currently working on The Bang Story – From the Basement to the Big Lights.

Lawrence is also an accomplished photographer, known as Lawrence von Knorr, collaborating on the books Hells Kitchen Flea Market andWormleysburg: Jewel on the Susquehanna with his wife Tammi Knorr.  As T. K. McCoy, Tammi featured Lawrence’s work in three books entitled Photo Impressionism in the Digital Age, Pennsylvania Through the Seasons and Images of Italy.  Knorr’s work was also featured in Contemporary Photo Impressionists.  He provided the photograph’s for Melanie Simm’s poetry compilation Remember the Sun. For more information about Lawrence’s award-winning artwork, please see www.vonknorrgallery.com

Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib
Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $14.95
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (March 30, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620068303
ISBN-13: 978-1620068304
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
SPO003030 SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
BIO016000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
HIS036080 HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

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Common Mistakes of Self-Published Authors

  • Agent / No Agent – One of the first dilemmas an author faces. Typically, an agent steers authors to traditional publishers. However, there are a number of smaller independent presses that do not require agents. The big publishers deal almost exclusively with agents. Only hire an agent if you really believe you have a shot at a big publisher.
  • Vanity / Subsidy / Partnership / Collaborative Publishing – Lots of authors are pulled into publishing opportunities for which they pay for services or agree to purchase a certain number of books up front. These scenarios come in a number of flavors and rarely benefit the author beyond getting their book out. These entities are rarely focused on selling books to the book trade, and instead make their profits from author services and sales. Traditional publishers do not charge fees and make their money by selling books.
  • Editing – Quite a few self-published authors use friends and family to assist them with editing. Many times, their friend, the English teacher, has helped to edit their book. While it is always a good idea to edit before publishing, a traditional publisher typically has a multi-round process that looks at much more than just grammar and spelling.
  • Cover Design – Contrary to popular wisdom, customers do judge a book by its cover. It’s important that a book looks like it is expected to – similar to other books in its category – and that it conveys compelling messages. I can’t tell you how many self-published books have a nice photo on the cover – probably taken by the author – of ocean waves crashing at the beach or of a sunset or a lone tree in a field. Fonts matter. Imagery matters. Use a graphic designer experienced in book cover design. A traditional publisher has people on staff to do this, or hires out to experienced professionals.
  • Book Design – Besides a bad cover, few things are more annoying than bad book design. The front matter should contain the expected elements. The margins should be set correctly. The pages should flow properly – right / left. I have seen hundreds of poorly designed books that scream “I was self-published” when I started to thumb through them. Quality in design is very important. There is a minimum expectation among book buyers – especially with the chain stores.
  • Format — EBook vs Print – Many self-published authors stick with ebooks only. Many stick with just the opportunities through Amazon. Recent trends have seen a decrease in ebook sales, and an increase in print. However, authors should have both. It’s very important ebooks are well-designed too and function as expected. It is not as simple as just loading up the paperback format and allowing a converter to generate an ebook.
  • Distribution – This is often the biggest challenge for self-published authors. How do I get my book into as many stores as possible. Unfortunately, distributors require deep discounts from the cover price in order to process your inventory. Often this is just a small percentage about print cost. As soon as return fees hit from an unsuccessful book signing, all profits for the author/publisher are wiped out. It is important to be in the right distribution channels at the right cost. Do not overreach and put yourself into a negative cash flow situation.
  • Marketing – Self-published authors are faced with marketing on many fronts – how to sell to the book trade through distributors, how to sell directly to independent stores, how to sell directly to readers, how to sell online, etc. Each channel requires a different strategy. It is important to know who the target reader is, and where they are likely to be found.
  • Advertising – The vast majority of advertising – especially print – does not work. There is a negative ROI. Web advertising is almost as bad, unless you hit the target perfectly. Direct email campaigns are low cost and yield weak results. How do you build buzz without breaking the bank? The answer to this question is evolving.
  • Author Publicity – Authors often confuse this with book marketing. Author publicity involves promoting the author as a brand – in addition to the books they’ve produced. It’s important that authors engage with their public, whether in person, in the media, or online. Publishers tend not to be involved with author publicity. Publishers focus on book marketing and merchandising.
  • Reviews – Word of mouth is a great way to get attention. Good reviews on Amazon and GoodReads can garner attention. However, bad reviews can be the death of an author. It is so important to be sure you are putting out a quality product – well designed – as expected. However, that doesn’t mean the content itself is well-accepted. Regardless, don’t let a bad review about poor design or editing be the end of your writing career.

“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