Ordering author copies

We have been fortunate to bring on board a number of new authors in recent months. Welcome! One of the first questions we get is how to order books and how long is the lead time, etc.
First and foremost — please allow upwards of three weeks when ordering books prior to events. The delivery times vary depending on the time of year and the weather. Most of the time, your books will arrive in ten days or less. Sometimes you’ll get them within a few days. However, the three-week wait is not uncommon later in the year. Regardless, always be sure to order well in advance of any events for which you must have books. This all but eliminates the possibility of trouble.
Please note: we do not automatically send you your free copies when the book is released. Most authors place an initial order for additional copies and request their free copies be added to the shipment. If you want to receive your free copies upon release, just send an email to that effect: orders@sunburypress.com  and put “Author copies” in the subject line. If you want to add them to an order, include the request in the order notes.
Regarding ordering your copies, go to your book page at the Sunbury Press Store. Order as many copies as you wish. When checking out, be sure to use coupon code A50 — and apply the coupon — to get your 50% discount. If you order over $100 worth of books, shipping will automatically be free.
Please check the store to see if you have an author page. We would be happy to set one up for you if one does not already exist. If you have one, please send an updated biography from time to time.

Trouble at Barnes and Noble

Our news regarding Barnes and Noble has been a mixed bag. First and foremost, the chain had a terrible year in 2017 and is taking some drastic actions this year. Those of you who have been with us for awhile know I’ve been on Barnes and Noble death watch for some time. We’ve just seen ToysRUs file for bankruptcy and plan to liquidate all of its stores. Barnes is similar in that it is also a 1990s-style big box store. They have announced plans to close some stores, reduce the number of employees in the stores, and only open smaller stores in the future. This sounds like the death spiral continues.
But, they remain the largest book chain by far, though they only do less than half of Amazon’s business. Still, we cannot ignore 17% of the marketplace. One in six books is sold through B&N!
At Sunbury Press, we have been losing money when dealing with the chain book trade since early 2017. We have noticed an uptick in returns and a slight decline in new orders. Meanwhile, our sales in other channels have grown thanks to direct sales to readers, direct sales to independent bookstores, and our growing online business. This downturn when dealing with the big chains tells me they are in trouble. We don’t want to be left hanging when they fold — like the dozens of publishers who went out of business when Borders closed and returned millions of dollars in unsold books. We are quietly switching our strategy with Barnes to deal directly with them, rather than through Ingram. Through the direct arrangement, Barnes agrees not to return books. We’ve also “rekindled” our eBook deal with them. Look for many of our books to be available again on the Nook. The main reason I am doing this is I believe this will be sold off — likely to Kobo or Apple and will give us entré onto those platforms in a big way.
Mark Pendergrast’s “The Most Hated Man in America” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for February

Mark Pendergrast’s “The Most Hated Man in America” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for February

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February. Recently released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast took the top spot for the second month in a row. Charles Kniffen’s Vietnam memoir, Fifty Years in a Foxhole was second. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last climbed to #3. Embattled Freedom, Jim Remsen’s recounting of the underground railroad and Civil War service of African Americans from Waverly, Pennsylvania, was 4th. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula returned to the list in the 5th spot. Steve Troutman returned to the rankings, taking 6th place with his popular Tulpehocken Trail Traces. Lawrence Knorr’s Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank slipped a bit to 7th place in advance of its release. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam climbed back to 8th. A Short Season, recounting the life of Josiah, a baseball-loving youth battling progeria, slipped to 9th in advance of its release. Troutman’s The Penn’s Manor of Spread Eagle rounded out the top ten.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment Mark Pendergrast Legal History
2 NEW Fifty Years in a Foxhole Charles Kniffen Vietnam Memoir
3 11 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
4 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
5 5 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
6 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
7 2 Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank Lawrence Knorr Sports History
8 12 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
9 4 A Short Season Jake Gronsky & David Bohner Sports Memoir
10 The Penn’s Manor of Spread Eagle … Steve Troutman History
11 6 Trumpet Call to Victory: The Final Years of Hazelton Saint Gabriel’s Basketball Joe Farley Sports History
12 10 The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Mark Carlson Aviation History
13 NEW R.E.M.F. Van Carter Vietnam Memoir
14 9 Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs Scott Zuckerman Military Memoir
15 The BANG Story BANG and Lawrence Knorr Biography
16 The Trevorton, Mahanoy, and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
17 14 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
18 24 Dear Ma – The Civil War Letters of Curtis Clay Pollock John Hoptak Military Memoir
19 15 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
20 There Is Something About Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
21 20 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History
22 21 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L. Moore History
23 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L. Moore History
24 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Farrell, Farley, & Knorr Biography
25 19 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History

The Most Hated Man has been bolstered by radio and media appearances by author Mark Pendergrast.  Fifty Years in a Foxhole was boosted by release activities. Campbell’s Earhart book benefited from false claims that bones found in the South Pacific belonged to the lost aviatrix. Call Sign Dracula benefited from the release of the audiobook. Troutman’s books were boosted by author activities.

 

J. Geoffrey Barber’s historical novel “Three Rogues in Gettysburg” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for February

J. Geoffrey Barber’s historical novel “Three Rogues in Gettysburg” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for February

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. J. Geoffrey Barber’s romantic Three Rogues at Gettysburg, a historical novel set after the battle, took first place. Jess Steven Hughes took the four spots with his historical novels set in Ancient Rome. The recently-released The Broken Lance was 2nd. The Sign of the Eagle, the first book of the series, took third place. The Wolf of Britannia Part II was tenth, while its partner, Part I, was 13th. Mark Mitten took 4th place with his Western novel Hard to Quit. Dennis Herrick moved up to fifth place with his historical Winter of the Metal People. David Parmalee’s historical romance set around the time of the Civil War, The Sea Is a Thief, climbed to sixth. John Cressler took two spots with his first two books of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, Shadows in the Shining City at 7th and Emeralds of the Alhambra at 10th place.  Carrie Nyman returned to the rankings, taking 8th place with Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me?  Bob Wood’s western Sage followed in 9th place.  William Lemanski returned to the rankings with his murder mystery, Murder in Tuxedo Park.  Patchtown by Jolene (Busher) Fay stayed in 14th place. Steve Kious’s Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure rounded out the list.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 11 Three Rogues in Gettysburg J Geoffrey Barber Historical
2 NEW The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
3 3 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
4 4 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western
5 6 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
6 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
7 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical
8 Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me? Carrie Nyman Historical Romance
9 Sage Bob Wood Western
10 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
11 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
12 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Detective Thriller
13 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
14 14 Patchtown Jolene Fay Historical
15 Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure Steven Kious Detective Thriller

Barber’s book sold well due to author activities. Hughes’ books continue to sell well through bookstore events in the Pacific Northwest. Mitten’s books have been selling well online. Herrick continues to hold author events to maintain his sales. The others were helped by publisher publicity and/or Kindle sales.

Thomas Malafarina’s “Malaformed Realities Volume 2” is #1 at Hellbender Books for February

Thomas Malafarina’s “Malaformed Realities Volume 2” is #1 at Hellbender Books for February

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Veteran author Thomas Malafarina claimed four of the top five spots! Newly released short story compilation Malaformed Realities Volume 2 was the top-seller. Malaformed Realities Volume 3, also just released, was a close second. Kyle Alexander Romine’s supernatural thriller The Keeper of the Crows fell to third place after a long reign at the top. Tom’s supernatural thriller about the devil speaking through a cell phone, Burner, was 4th. His supernatural thriller about a blood-thirsty demon dwelling in a coal mine in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, What Waits Beneath, rounded out the list.

 

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Malaformed Realities Vol. 2 Thomas Malafarina Horror Short Stories
2 NEW Malaformed Realities Vol. 3 Thomas Malafarina Horror Short Stories
3 1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
4 4 Burner Thomas Malafarina Supernatural Thriller
5 5 What Waits Beneath Thomas Malafarina Supernatural Thriller

Malafarina was boosted by author activities and multiple releases in the same month. Romines was helped by strong ebook sales.

“Living in the Afterlife” by medium and author Michele Livingston “fourpeats” as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for February

“Living in the Afterlife” by medium and author Michele Livingston “fourpeats” as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for February

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA. The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the top spot for the fourth month in a row with her visionary Living in the Afterlife, revealing her channeling of information from the other side.  She also nabbed the 4th spot with her previous release Messages from Beyond. Michelle Hoffer took second place with her new release Soaring Minds Journal and Workbook which is designed to assist women with recovering from abusive relationships. Lebanese author Karim El Koussa rounded out the last, taking third place with his popular well-researched alternative history of the life of Jesus Christ entitled Jesus the Phoenician. El Koussa also took fifth place with his metaphysical fiction novel The Phoenician Code for which a French version was just released.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
2 NEW Soaring Minds Journal and Workbook Michelle Hoffer Self-Improvement
3 3 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
4 4 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
5 5 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction

Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter. El Koussa’s books continue to sell well internationally. Hoffer’s book has sold well in the greater-Harrisburg area.
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William F. Lee’s grief memoir “All My Heroes Are Gone” once again Brown Posey Press bestseller for February

William F. Lee’s grief memoir “All My Heroes Are Gone” once again Brown Posey Press bestseller for February

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. William F. Lee’s touching grief memoir about the loss of his wife after a long marriage, All My Heroes Are Gone,  ranked number one.  Robert Barksy’s entertaining novel Hatched about a counterfeiting ring that starts in a gourmet restaurant in New York took the second spot. Christina Burns’ true crime memoir A Journey Called Life returned to #3. Tory Gates took the last two positions with his YA novel A Moment in the Sun and Live from the Cafe.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 All My Heroes Are Gone William F Lee Grief Memoir
2 1 Hatched Robert Barksy Literary Fiction
3 A Journey Called Life Christina Burns True Crime
4 A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates Young Adult
5 Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Gay & Lesbian Fiction

Lee’s book has performed well due to author activities in his local area of Texas. Barksy’s book has been selling through online retailers. Burns and Gates have received regional interest.