Matt Ritter’s “Rainwalkers” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for April

Matt Ritter’s “Rainwalkers” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for April

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for April 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Rainwalkers Matt Ritter Climate Fiction
2 My Christmas Attic Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
3 NEW Ulysses in San Juan Robert Friedman Literary Fiction
4 NEW The Odyssey of Pablo Camino Robert Friedman Literary Fiction
5 NEW The Defining Sea Robert Friedman Literary Fiction
6 1 Seaarching for Roy Buchanan Tory Gates YA Science Fiction
7 2 You Are Not Alone Jyssica Schwartz Abuse Memoir
8 3 Whispers in the Alders H A Callum Literary Fiction
9 5 The Heatstroke Line Edward Rubin Climate Fiction
10 Sacred Sites of Natives of the Southwest Patricia Waldygo Art
Mike Sgrignoli’s Dinorific Poetry series is the Speckled Egg Press bestseller for April

Mike Sgrignoli’s Dinorific Poetry series is the Speckled Egg Press bestseller for April

SPECKLED EGG PRESS – Bestsellers for April 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Dinorific Poetry v 1 Mike Sgrignoli Juvenile Animals
2 2 Dinorific Poetry v 2 Mike Sgrignoli Juvenile Animals
3 3 Dinorific Poetry v 3 Mike Sgrignoli Juvenile Animals
4 The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Juvenile Adventure
5 4 Colors in the Garden the Creator Made Wendy Latty Juvenile Christian
Diane McCormick’s “Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History” tops as the Sunbury Press bestseller for March

Diane McCormick’s “Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History” tops as the Sunbury Press bestseller for March

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for March 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Well-behaved Taverns Seldom Make History Diane McCormick History
2 5 Illegal Among Us Marktine Kalaw Immigration Memoir
3 NEW Making a Difference Joe Regenbogen Biography
4 8 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
5 NEW The Foreman’s Boys William Marcum History
6 10 The 1932 Yankees Ronald Mayer Baseball
7 9 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
8 3 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks History
9 16 Gettysburg Eddie Lawrence Knorr Baseball
10 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger … Max Klinger Genealogy
11 7 Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Mike Hawley True Crime
12 4 The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Mark Carlson Aviation History
13 NEW Keeping the Lights on For Ike Rebecca Daniels History
14 12 The Ripper’s Haunts Mike Hawley True Crime
15 14 The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment Mark Pendergrast Legal History
16 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Football
17 13 Scorched Earth John L Moore History
18 23 Dreams of My Comrades Scott Zuckerman Military Memoir
19 Look, I Shrunk Grandma Karen Severson Medical Memoir
20 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
21 History of Lykens Township v1 Gratz Historical Society History
22 11 Captain Hooter’s Guide to Amsterdam Coffeeshops Captain Hooter Travel
23 29 Bows, Bullets, & Bears John L Moore History
24 21 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
25 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
26 Fifty Years in a Foxhole Charles Kniffen Military Memoir
27 24 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
28 19 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
29 6 A Short Season Jake Gronsky & David Bohner Sports Memoir
30 2 Dead Center Jason Altmire Politics

Link to Sunbury Press Bestsellers …

Barry Libin’s “The Vatican’s Vault” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for March

Barry Libin’s “The Vatican’s Vault” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for March

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for March 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW The Vatican’s Vault Barry Libin Detective Thriller
2 9 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
3 1 Dead of Winter Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
4 8 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
5 19 The Wolf of Britannia part 1 Jess Stephen Hughes Historical
6 All the Aliens in the Neighborhood Donald Dewey Short Stories
7 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Stephen Hughes Historical
8 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
9 5 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
10 6 Moon Games Shelly Frome Detective Thriller
11 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
12 13 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
13 Who’s Killing the Brooklyn Dodgers? Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
14 7 As the Raven Flies Job Leach Crime Thriller
15 12 Atonement Kyle Alexander Romines Western

Link to Milford House Press Bestsellers …

Keith Rommel takes the top spot at Hellbender Books / Verboten Books for March with “White River Monster”

Keith Rommel takes the top spot at Hellbender Books / Verboten Books for March with “White River Monster”

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for March 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 White River Monster Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
2 1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
3 The Devil Tree II: The Calling Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
4 2 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
5 7 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller

Link to Hellbender Books Bestsellers …

Karim el Koussa’s “The Phoenician Code” is the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for March

Karim el Koussa’s “The Phoenician Code” is the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for March

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for March 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
2 Let Me Carry You Home Susan Kiskis Metaphysical Memoir
3 1 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
4 5 The ABCs of Narcissism Michelle Hoffer Relationships
5 3 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
6 4 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
7 The Crossers #2 – The Circle Terry Ray Metaphysical Fiction
8 The Crossers #3 – Crossing the Valley Terry Ray Metaphysical Fiction
9 Inspirational Creatures Michele Livingston Metaphysical
10 10 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical

Link to Ars Metaphysica Bestsellers …

Tory Gates’s “Searching for Roy Buchanan” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for March

Tory Gates’s “Searching for Roy Buchanan” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for March

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for March 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Seaarching for Roy Buchanan Tory Gates YA Science Fiction
2 NEW You Are Not Alone Jyssica Schwartz Abuse Memoir
3 2 Whispers in the Alders H A Callum Literary Fiction
4 1 The Accountant’s Apprentice Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
5 3 The Heatstroke Line Edward Rubin Climate Fiction

Link to Brown Posey Press Bestsellers …

Mike Sgrignoli’s “Dinorific Poetry volume 1” is the Speckled Egg Press bestseller for March

Mike Sgrignoli’s “Dinorific Poetry volume 1” is the Speckled Egg Press bestseller for March

SPECKLED EGG PRESS – Bestsellers for March 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Dinorific Poetry v 1 Mike Sgrignoli Juvenile Animals
2 Dinorific Poetry v 2 Mike Sgrignoli Juvenile Animals
3 Dinorific Poetry v 3 Mike Sgrignoli Juvenile Animals
4 3 Colors in the Garden the Creator Made Wendy Latty Juvenile Christian
5 4 The Bear Wendy Latty Juvenile Adventure

Link to Speckled Egg Press Bestsellers …

FAQs

We’ve signed a number of new authors in recent months. We also continue to receive many of the same questions from a lot of you. I thought it best to summarize these into an FAQ for this month. Here we go!
Q. When will we see the production queue report? It’s been many months since you included it in this newsletter.
A. I know we promised to provide an updated version of this but we just aren’t ready. We’ve been too busy releasing and selling books. We will get to this soon.
Q. How do I order books at the author discount?
A. Go to our bookstore at www.sunburypress.com. Find the books you want to order and use coupon code A50 when you check out. This code is for authors only and triggers your discount. Please note that your order total must be at least $100 in order to qualify for free shipping.
Q. When will I get my author copies?
A. We do not automatically send you your author copies. Many authors wait until their first book order and have them added to it. In that case, include a note with your order. If you just want your free copies, send a note to orders@sunburypress.com. Identify yourself, your book title, the number of copies, and the shipping address.
Q. When will I get my royalty statement?
A. We send statements four times a year on January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31.
Q. I have not received a royalty check. When can I expect one?
A. When your total royalties hit $50 or more, you will receive a check in the mail. These checks are issued fifteen days after the royalty reports — four times a year.
Q. It’s Wednesday and I need books for a signing on Saturday. Can I get books?
A. Please allow up to three weeks lead time to be sure to get your books in plenty of time. Our print orders usually are prioritized lower than consumer orders so we are at the mercy of the capacity of our printer partners. Please try to plan ahead, if possible.
Q. I am working on a new manuscript. Must I go through your submissions process like I did the first time?
A. The short answer is “no.” If a new fiction concept, send to Chris Fenwick at cfenwick@sunburypress.com. If nonfiction, send to me at lknorr@sunburypress.com. Please include a summary of the book in your email and your estimated completion date. Also note which number it is in the series, if applicable.
Q. I’ve been waiting quite a while for you to start my book. Why the delay?
A. We are working diligently to catch up on our backlog all the while signing new authors. We are making significant progress in recent months. Bear in mind we are also always re-prioritizing our backlog based on category and market conditions. If you think your manuscript has been waiting too long, reach out and find out why.
Q. I’m selling too many books and my royalty checks are too large!
A. Yeah, right! Maybe you should move to Baltimore and run for mayor!

Scandals

This has been a very strange month in the publishing industry. If you haven’t heard, down below the Mason-Dixon, Baltimore’s mayor, Catherine Pugh, is now on leave from her position due to health reasons. However, she has been embroiled in a self-publishing scandal that sure smells like corruption. Somehow she managed to sell hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of her Healthy Holly series of books to various municipalities and organizations in the DC-Baltimore metro area. It is alleged some of these organizations received favors in exchange. Amazingly, the book series has little action on Amazon or other platforms — mostly available to the mayor’s exclusive clients. We all know how hard it is to sell 1000 copies of a book let alone 100,000 in one deal!
Meanwhile, the New York Times is embroiled in a scandal regarding its bestseller list. How many of us have faithfully believed the New York Times to be the ultimate arbiter regarding which books are worth reading and are selling the best? It has been the goal of many authors just to chart on their Sunday bestseller list. I had recently written about this being a sham — subject to being gamed by shady bulk purchases.
Now we learn former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett’s new book Finding My Voice charted at the NY Times despite very low rankings at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. If you check, you will see only 30 reviews on Amazon, most of them trashing the scandal. Apparently the publisher, Viking, used a third party to game the system by buying a huge quantity of the first print run. I am sure you will find this book in all the bargain piles at the beach this summer. You might buy it just to stomp on it or throw it out. Surely the publisher will lose money on this deal — their scheme backfiring. This hurts all of us in the book trade — especially the authors who really are selling well at independent presses and don’t get the time of day from the NYT. This is a lot like that college admissions scandal …

And one more. You can read the article below about the myriad of scandals on the Amazon platform. There is a lot of graft going on. While we refuse to game their system in any way, once again it is the dishonest perpetrators who are hurting everyone else …