“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

 

 

Carl Scheib to appear in Gratz

Gratz, PA — Former major league pitcher Carl Scheib, who is the youngest player in American League history, having taken the mound for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s in 1943 at the age of 16, will be at the Gratz Community Center July 7th, 2016 at 7 PM. Carl’s biographer, Lawrence Knorr, will present his latest book Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib: The Youngest Player in American League History. Lawrence and Carl will then answer questions and sign copies of the book which will be for sale through the Gratz Historical Society. Carl will then donate some of his memorabilia to the Gratz Historical Society Museum.

ABOUT THE BOOK

wb_fcCarl 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 rise 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.

This volume is 240 pages

Format – hardcover w/dust jacket

black and white photos. 6 x 9

ISBN:  9781620064139

Price: $24.95

SPO003030 SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History

BIO016000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports

HIS036080 HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

“Pit Bulls” top Christmas gift! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for December 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for December, 2014. Tony Julian’s compilation of historic photos Pit Bulls was #1.

About Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls and the People Who Loved Them.

Author Anthony Julian opens a time capsule for us concerning the history of the oft-maligned Pit Bull.  Through old photographs and personal anecdotes, Julian paints a history of the breed very different from the contemporary misconceptions flamed by the popular media fear machine. He focuses on the history of the Pit Bull in American society, including acting as sentry over dead Civil War soldiers and co-star on “The Little Rascals.”  This book is lavishly illustrated with vintage photographs.

This is the first in a series of books showcasing vintage photographs of people with their beloved pit bulls. $1 from the sale of each book goes to pit bull rescues !

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for December, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 13 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
2 Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys Steve Troutman Earth History
3 9 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
4 5 As the Paint Dries Carrie Wissler-Thomas Art History
5 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
6 The Relations of Dwight D Eisenhower Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
7 NEW Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
8 15 A Brother’s Cold Case Dennis Herrick Thriller Fiction
9 12 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
10 8 Poor Will’s Almanack 2015 Bill Felker Almanac
11 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
12 The Relations of Isaac F Stiely: Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Local History
13 11 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Sports Memoir
14 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
15 The Hackman Story Knorr & Grace Family History
16 16 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Farrell, Farley & Knorr War Biography
17 General John Fulton Reynolds Knorr, Riley & Watson Biography
18 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
19 Modern Realism According to Fritz Lawrence Knorr Art History
20 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey Lawrence Knorr Genealogy

Sunbury Press had its best fourth quarter ever, up nearly 50% from the 4th quarter of 2013. For the month, sales were up 45% as compared to the same month last year. Year-to-date, sales are up over 20% overall. Simply put, the company had its best year ever. Trade paperback sales soared 24% in 2014. Hardcover sales since June have rocketed past eBook sales, which were down over 15% for the year. There appears to have been no Christmas rebound for eBooks.

gotmmalv_fcTony Julian’s Pit Bulls, available in both trade paperback and hardcover, led the pack thanks to achieving consistently-high Amazon category rankings and due to the $1 per book donation pledge by the publisher. Steve Troutman’s Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys grabbed #2 thanks to author activities. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga moved up to #3 as a result of ongoing author promotions. As the Paint Dries, Carrie Wissler-Thomas’s history of the Art Association of Harrisburg, co-authored by Michael Barton, notched up to #4 due to bookstore sales in Harrisburg and Christmas sales at the Association. Lawrence Knorr grabbed seven spots in the top 20 due to multiple television and radio appearances: #5 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush, #6The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, #12 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely: Minister of the Mahantongo Valley, #15 The Hackman Story, with the late Dorothy Grace, #16 with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley Keystone Tombstones Civil War, #17 General John Fulton Reynolds co-authored with Michael Riley and Diane Watson, #19 Modern Realism According to Fritz, and #20 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey. John L. Moore’s latest in the Frontier Pennsylvania Series, Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks debuted at #7 due to sales at regional retail outlets. A Brother’s Cold Case, by Dennis Herrick, moved up to #8 thanks to author activities. He also nabbed #18 with Winter of the Metal People. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula climbed the rankings to #9 thanks to author appearances. Bill Felker’s Poor Will’s Almanack 2015 slipped a bit to #10 thanks to sales from the author’s annual buyers. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #11 due to national media attention for the search for the aviatrix’s plane. Head Over Wheels, Ken Mercurio’s cycling memoir slipped to #13, It continues to receive strong interest from cycling enthusiasts. Terry Ray’s The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs returned to the rankings at #14 due to attention from MUFON.

The company released eight new titles during the month of December:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for December, 2014
Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L. Moore History
Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History
Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L. Moore History
Pink Flamingos All Around (hardcover) Matthew Anderson Childrens Fiction
Flying Pants Lola James Childrens Fiction

For a list of Sunbury’s 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

“The Chair” grabs the top seat again! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for November 2014

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.

tc_fcAbout The Chair
Sometimes, one needs a special mentor to find life and its wonder. Sometimes, that mentor is a chair.

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)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
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.

ssogttg_fcJim 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:
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

“Visions of Teaoga” repeats! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for September 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September, 2014. Jim Remsen’s young adult novel Visions of Teaoga was #1 for the second month in a row.

vot_fcAbout Visions of Teaoga
The year is 1790 and Queen Esther, a notorious American Indian matriarch, travels under cover to observe a U.S.-Iroquois summit at the ancient Teaoga treaty grounds. Will she be able to pass on her wisdom – and warnings – to the Indian villagers before the hostile settlers discover her in their midst? Will troubled native girl Sisketung awaken to Esther’s truths and see how wrong-headed the brash settler girl Sarah was?

Moving two centuries forward, restless tweener Maddy Winter also visits Teaoga, now a quiet riverfront town on the Pennsylvania-New York border. She tunes in to the region’s dramatic lost history and soon encounters spirits in the wind. As she gains in wisdom, Maddy longs to take on Esther’s mantle of the “peace woman,” but will she find the courage to do right in her own life?

Drawing richly from the historical record, Visions of Teaogacaptures a world in upheaval. Readers sit at a native story circle and learn of the tensions and treachery besetting the Eastern frontier. As Maddy and her modern-day compatriots enter the story, they ponder how our history was recorded and by whom. The book is a perfect companion for middle-school history classes, with discussion questions and other supplemental materials provided on the author’s website, www.jimremsen.com.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
2 NEW Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
3 16 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
4 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military History
5 19 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
6 2 The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
7 NEW The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
8 NEW Death of the Dying City Matthew Taub Urban Fiction
9 11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 NEW Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Foreign Policy
11 15 Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
12 18 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Action Adventure
13 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Joe Farrell & Farley History
14 6 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
15 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
16 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
17 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick HIstorical Fiction
18 7 Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
19 The View from Four Foot Two Judi Markowitz Medical Memoir
20 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

DOA-FCSunbury Press closed out its best September ever and its best 3rd quarter ever. For the month, sales were up nearly 8% as compared to last year. For the quarter,sales were up 22% compared to last year. Year-to-date, sales are up nearly 10%. The company is on track to have its best year ever. Trade paperbacks continue to be strong, while ebooks continue to weaken.

Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga was boosted by author activities. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Autumndebuted at #2 thanks to author events. Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle climbed the rankings as a result of author bookstore appearances. Call Sign Dracula, by Joe Fair, returned to the rankings thanks to author activities. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man & The Sinful Man grabbed #5 and #20 respectively as a result of sales from the Sunbury Press 10th Anniversary Celebration. Keith traveled to Mechanicsburg and appeared with Brahm Gallagher, who plays Alister in The Cursed Manfilm. Anne Marie Drew’s The Piano Bed was helped by author activities. Terry Ray’s The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs started strong at #7 because of interest from MUFON, the UFO research organization. Death of the Dying City, by Matthew Taub, was helped by extensive friend and family connections in New York. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area. Bob Stout’s Hidden Dangers was boosted by orders from Mexico. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance charted despite only a couple days on sale due to interest in the Carlisle, PA area. Robert Walton’s Fatal Snow was helped by sales at Bob’s Bagels as it closed for good. The Joes, Farrell and Farley (and Lawrence Knorr), returned to the rankings with Keystone Tombstone Civil Wars benefitting from author activity. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #15 due to his appearance before the 99’s in Wichita, Kansas. The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag reappeared on the list thanks to signing events at schools. Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People grabbed a spot after being named a finalist in the 2014 New Mexico-Colorado Book Awards. Tanya Reimer’sPetrified performed very well thanks to interest in Canada. Judi Markowitz’s The View from Four Foot Two returned to the rankings thanks to author activities.

The company released five new titles during the month of September:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for September, 2014
Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Foreign Policy
Death of the Dying City Matthew Taub Urban Fiction
The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
The Power of Uncertainty John F. Loase Mathematics

For a list of Sunbury’s 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

YA fiction takes top spots — Sunbury Press bestsellers for August 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August, 2014. Jim Remsen’s young adult novel Visions of Teaoga was #1.

About Visions of Teaoga
vot_fcThe year is 1790 and Queen Esther, a notorious American Indian matriarch, travels under cover to observe a U.S.-Iroquois summit at the ancient Teaoga treaty grounds. Will she be able to pass on her wisdom – and warnings – to the Indian villagers before the hostile settlers discover her in their midst? Will troubled native girl Sisketung awaken to Esther’s truths and see how wrong-headed the brash settler girl Sarah was?

Moving two centuries forward, restless tweener Maddy Winter also visits Teaoga, now a quiet riverfront town on the Pennsylvania-New York border. She tunes in to the region’s dramatic lost history and soon encounters spirits in the wind. As she gains in wisdom, Maddy longs to take on Esther’s mantle of the “peace woman,” but will she find the courage to do right in her own life?

Drawing richly from the historical record, Visions of Teaogacaptures a world in upheaval. Readers sit at a native story circle and learn of the tensions and treachery besetting the Eastern frontier. As Maddy and her modern-day compatriots enter the story, they ponder how our history was recorded and by whom. The book is a perfect companion for middle-school history classes, with discussion questions and other supplemental materials provided on the author’s website, www.jimremsen.com.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
2 The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
3 Remember the Sun Melanie Simms Poetry
4 NEW Going Home Susan Marchisello Thriller Fiction
5 What to Do about Mama? Matthews & Blank Self-Help
6 14 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
7 NEW Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
8 12 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
9 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
10 6 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
11 5 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
12 Pythagoras Karim El Koussa Historical Fiction
13 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Action Adventure
14 NEW The Voice in my Ear Ken Newman Action Adventure
15 NEW Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
16 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
17 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
18 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Action Adventure
19 1 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
20 4 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

dfv_fcSunbury Press closed out its best August ever. Sales more than doubled last year’s August. Year-to-Date, sales are up nearly 15%. Trade paperbacks led the way with a 20% year-to-date gain. Ebooks are down over 20% year-over-year. Hardcovers, reintroduced by the company in June, were nearly double eBook sales in August. Since June, hardcover sales have caught up to eBook sales. There is a clear trend for readers preferring print over digital platforms. Nook content sales fell over 50% in August. Is the end near?

Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga was boosted by author activities. Anne Marie Drew’s The Piano Bed was helped by author activities and an Amazon promotion. The poetry book about Sunbury, Remember the Sun, by Melanie Simms charted high thanks to author radio appearances. Sharon Marchisello’s Going Home grabbed the clean-up spot due to author activities. What to Do about Mama by “The Barbs” returned to the list buoyed by their recent network TV appearance. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls III continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. Tanya Reimer’s Petrified performed very well thanks to interest in Canada and feedback concerning the cover design. Karim El Koussa had a hat trick with Jesus the Phoenician, Pythagoas, and The Phoenician Code all charting thanks to an export order to Lebanon. John Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City returned to the list due to anticipation about his appearance at the Decatur Book Festival. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #11 due to advance orders for his appearance before the 99’s in Wichita, Kansas. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area. Ken Newman’s The Voice in My Ear was helped by author activities. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance charted despite only a couple days on sale due to interest in the Carlisle, PA area. Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle returned to the rankings as a result of author bookstore appearances. Robert Walton’s Fatal Snow was helped by sales at Bob’s Bagels. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man & The Lurking Man clung to the last two spots due to sales at Rocky’s Ace Hardware.

The company released eight new titles during the month of August:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for August, 2014
Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
A Pale Horse & 40 Other Tales Joe Tarone Short Stories
Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
Going Home Susan Marchisello Thriller Fiction
How I Got Into Hollywood Rommel & Knorr Self-Help
The Voice in my Ear Ken Newman Action Adventure
Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
The Ghost Sisters and the Girl in Hallway B Patricia Marcantonio YA Fiction

For a list of Sunbury’s 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