Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of August 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of August 2020

Goodbye August 2020. Hello, Sunbury Press Bestsellers!

We have published over 700 books. Not bad, huh? Going strong since 2004, we have always prided ourselves in our ability to find, publish, and promote the highest-quality books we can find. Since it's easy to get lost in the workflow, we like to step back at the end of every month to celebrate just how many readers were able to find our books during a 30-day period.

And August 2020 did NOT let us down. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these superstars who reached the top five ebooks in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

Fiction


Top 100 Bestselling eBooks from Sunbury Press in August 2020

# - Author - Title (Imprint)

1. Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife (Brown Posey Press)
2. Linda Schwab -- Displaced (Sunbury Press)
3. Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees (Sunbury Press)
4. Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last 2 ed (Sunbury Press)
5. Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula (Sunbury Press)
6. Dan Joseph -- Last Ride of the Iron Horse (Sunbury Press)
7. Lawrence Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic (Sunbury Press)
8. Cynthia & W J Royce -- The Road to Villa Page (Sunbury Press)
9. Jerry Roth -- Bottom Feeders (Hellbender Books)
10. Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters (Sunbury Press)
11. Chris Fenwick – Wolf (Hellbender Books)
12. Barry Libin – The Vatican's Vault (Milford House Press)
13. Calvin Richardson – Do You, Without Them (Sunbury Press)
14. William & Amy Blocher -- Holocaust's Child (Sunbury Press)
15. Chris Fenwick -- Human (Hellbender Books)
16. Tom Copeland -- My War and Welcome to It (Sunbury Press)
17. Oxana Lapchuk -- The Journalist (Sunbury Press)
18. Paula Tucker – Surviving: A Kent State Memoir (Sunbury Press)
19. Chris Fenwick -- Fae (Hellbender Books)
20. William Cook -- Collision Course (Sunbury Press)
21. Ron Reitz -- Why vs What (Sunbury Press)
22. Carol Vento – The Hidden Legacy of World War II (Sunbury Press)
23. NAR -- Northern Appalachia Review Volume 1 (Catamount Press)
24. Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America (Sunbury Press)
25. John Rayburn -- The Remarkable Big Band Era (Sunbury Press)
26. Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter (Sunbury Press)
27. Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam (Sunbury Press)
28. Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (Ars Metaphysica)
29. Arthur Hoyle -- Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain (Sunbury Press)
30. Idle Minds -- Pennsylvania Patriots (Sunbury Press)
31. Glenn Schwartz -- The Weathermaker (Milford House Press)
32. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v2: Body and Soul (Ars Metaphysica)
33. Douglas Brode -- Planet Jesus Trilogy: Book Three: Hope & Glory Kind... (Ars Metaphysica)
34. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Summer (Milford House Press)
35. Bridget Smith – Where Elephants Fought (Milford House Press)
36. Jane Austen -- Catharine or the Bower (Brown Posey Press)
37. Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam Co...(Sunbury Press)
38. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v1: Flesh & Blood (Ars Metaphysica)
39. Milo Thornberry – Fireproof Moth (Sunbury Press)
40. Oliver Seneca -- When the Sky Goes Dark (Hellbender Books)
41. Van Carter – REMF (Sunbury Press)
42. William A. Cook -- America and the Automobile: A Historical Entertain... (Sunbury Press)
43. Peter Gibbs -- Murder at Henrys Fork (Milford House Press)
44. Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities (Sunbury Press)
45. Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole (Sunbury Press)
46. Kristen Cunnane – Undoing Jane Doe (Sunbury Press)
47. Jason Altmire – Dead Center (Sunbury Press)
48. Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach (Sunbury Press)
49. PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf (Brown Posey Press)
50. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Winter (Milford House Press)
51. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Spring (Milford House Press)
52. Jeffrey Zemler -- A Family for a Time (Oxford Southern)
53. Clarissa Jacobson -- I Made a Short Film, Now WTF To Do With It (Sunbury Press)
54. Kyle Alexander Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows (Hellbender Books)
55. Sam Zygner -- Baseball Under the Palms (Sunbury Press)
56. Jyssica Schwartz – You Are Not Alone (Brown Posey Press)
57. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn (Milford House Press)
58. Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife (Ars Metaphysica)
59. Joe Carvalko – The Techno-Human Shell (Sunbury Press)
60. Ossont & Dampf -- The Ghosts of Saratoga (Milford House Press)
61. Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Ki...(Sunbury Press)
62. Steven Wagner – Seinsoth (Sunbury Press)
63. Michele Livingston – Messages from Beyond (Ars Metaphysica)
64. Ben Myers -- American Citizen (Sunbury Press)
65. Kelly Park -- Just Like Me Volume 1 (Sunbury Press)
66. John Lindermuth – Hear the Whistle Blowing (Sunbury Press)
67. William Cook – Touring America by Automobile in the 1920s (Sunbury Press)
68. Michele Livingston – Inspirational Creatures (Ars Metaphysica)
69. Karim El Koussa – The Phoenician Code 2 ed (Ars Metaphysica)
70. Wendy Webb -- The Eye of the Gargoyle (Milford House Press)
71. Jim Remsen – Visions of Teaoga (Milford House Press)
72. John Cressler – Shadows in the Shining City (Milford House Press)
73. JC Gatlin – H_NGM_N (Milford House Press)
74. Karim El Koussa – Pythagoras the Mathemagician (Ars Metaphysica)
75. Scott Zuckerman – Dreams of My Comrades (Sunbury Press)
76. Kyle Alexander Romines – The Keeper of the Crows (Hellbender Books)
77. Sharon Marchisello – Going Home (Milford House Press)
78. John L Moore -- Bows, Bullets, and Bears (Sunbury Press)
79. Larry Lehmer -- Bandstandland (Sunbury Press)
80. Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie (Sunbury Press)
81. Maryka Biaggio – Eden Waits (Milford House Press)
82. Steve Kious – Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure (Milford House Press)
83. L D Knorr – Dead Catch (Milford House Press)
84. Dennis Herrick – Winter of the Metal People (Milford House Press)
85. Patty Bialak – When the Numbers Don't Add Up (Milford House Press)
86. Pat LaMarche – Magic Diary (Milford House Press)
87. Jack Adler – The Apostate (Milford House Press)
88. Alan Craven – Till We Have Built Jerusalem (Milford House Press)
89. John Lindermuth – The Bartered Body (Milford House Press)
90. Miles Richards -- Wrestling with George (Sunbury Press)
91. Jon Hochschartner -- Puppy Killer, Leave Town (Sunbury Press)
92. Susan Daigneault – In the Shadow of a Mountain (Sunbury Press)
93. Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California K... (Sunbury Press)
94. L D Knorr – Site 22 (Milford House Press)
95. John L Moore -- Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks (Sunbury Press)
96. Lisa Hromada -- Love Is the Seed (Ars Metaphysica)
97. Fortress Publishing -- Satan's Petting Zoo (Verboten Books)
98. Jess Steven Hughes – The Wolf of Britannia Part I (Milford House Press)
99. Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities Volume 2 (Sunbury Press)
100. Marlin Bressi -- Hairy Men in Caves (Sunbury Press)


Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from August 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of August 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of August 2020

August 2020 has come and gone. And you know what that means? It's time to celebrate our bestsellers!

We have published over 700 books. Not bad, right? Going strong since 2004, we have always prided ourselves in our ability to find, publish, and promote the highest-quality books we can find. Since it's easy to get lost in the workflow, we like to step back at the end of every month to celebrate just how many readers were able to find our books during a 30-day period.

And August 2020 did NOT let us down. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these superstars who reached the top five print books in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

August 2020 Bestsellers for Sunbury Press, nonfiction paperback

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in nonfiction!

  1. Why vs. What: One Man's Spiritual Journey Through Tragedy by Embracing God's Planby Ron Reitz
  2. The Chubbs: A Free Black Family's Journey from the Antebellum Era to the Mid-1900s by Dr. Clemmie Whatley
  3. Still Left Out in America: The State of Homelessness in the United States by Pat Lamarche
  4. Dead Letters: Delivering Unopened Mail in a Pennsylvania Ghost Town by Jessica Weible
  5. Last Ride of the Iron Horse: by Dan Joseph

Fiction

Sunbury Press Bestsellers fiction august 2020 paperback

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in fiction!

  1. My Christmas Attic by Dennis M. Clausen
  2. Lost in the Cogan by R.E. Miller
  3. Magic Diary by Pat LaMarche
  4. Hope and Glory (Planet Jesus Trilogy, Book Three) by Douglas Brode & Shaun L. Brode
  5. Body and Soul (Planet Jesus Trilogy, Book Two) by Douglas Brode & Shaun L. Brode

Top 100 Bestselling Print Books from Sunbury Press in August 2020

# - Author - Title (Imprint)

1. Ron Reitz -- Why vs. What (Sunbury Press)
2. Northern Appalachia Review Volume 1 (Catamount Press)
3. Clemmie Whatley -- The Chubbs (Oxford Southern)
4. Pat LaMarche -- Still Left Out in America (Oxford Southern)
5. Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters (Sunbury Press)
6. Dan Joseph – Last Ride of the Iron Horse (Sunbury Press)
7. Victor Hart -- Crossing with the Clarks (Sunbury Press)
8. Dennis Clausen – My Christmas Attic (Milford House Press)
9. Robert Miller -- Lost in the Cogan (Milford House Press)
10. Jason Altmire – Dead Center – (Sunbury Press)
11. Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic (Sunbury Press)
12. Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife (Ars Metaphysica)
13. Sheldon Munn – Freemasons at Gettysburg (Sunbury Press)
14. Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed) (Sunbury Press)
15. Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Pennsylvania Patriots (Sunbury Press)
16. Knorr & Whatley – The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf (Sunbury Press)
17. Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter (Sunbury Press)
18. Anna-Karin Björklund -- Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Cr... (Ars Metaphysica)
19. Pat LaMarche – Magic Diary (Milford House Press)
20. Douglas Brode -- Planet Jesus Trilogy: Book Three: Hope & Glory (Ars Metaphysica)
21. Sue McGovern – Raising Monarchs (Sunbury Press)
22. Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety (Sunbury Press)
23. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v1: Flesh & Blood (Ars Metaphysica)
24. George Donehoo – Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania (Sunbury Press)
25. Jeff Pappas -- Ponies West (Sunbury Press)
26. Oxana Lapchuk – The Journalist (Sunbury Press)
27. Gratz Historical Society – History of Lykens Township Volume 2 (Sunbury Press)
28. Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie (Sunbury Press)
29. Joe Regenbogen – The Boys of Brookdale (Sunbury Press)
30. Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (Ars Metaphysica)
31. James Dohren -- Windy City Stories (Sunbury Press)
32. Michael Hawley – The Ripper's Haunts (Sunbury Press)
33. Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife (Brown Posey Press)
34. Barbara Mancini -- Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath (Sunbury Press)
35. Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees (Sunbury Press)
36. William Marcum – The Foreman's Boys (Sunbury Press)
37. Linda Schwab -- Displaced (Sunbury Press)
38. Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam...(Sunbury Press)
39. Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities vol 2 (Sunbury Press)
40. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v2: Body and Soul (Ars Metaphysica)
41. Arthur Hoyle -- Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits (Sunbury Press)
42. Pamela Bakker -- McDowell's Mill Fort in Markes, Pennsylvania, 175...(Sunbury Press)
43. Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach (Sunbury Press)
44. John L Moore -- Murder at Killbuck Island (Sunbury Press)
45. Arthur Graeff – Conrad Weiser: Pennsylvania Peacemaker (Distelfink Press)
46. Kyle Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows (Hellbender Books)
47. John L Moore -- Against the Ice (Sunbury Press)
48. Jon Hochschartner – Ingrid Newkirk: A Biography of PETA's Founder (Sunbury Press)
49. Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 (Sunbury Press)
50. Wynne Kinder -- Mindful Moods, 2nd Edition: A Mindful, Social Emot...(Oxford Southern)
51. Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 (Sunbury Press)
52. Mark Singel – The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens (Sunbury Press)
53. John L Moore – 1780: Year of Revenge (Sunbury Press)
54. Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season (Sunbury Press)
55. Heather Paterno – H is for Hershey (Speckled Egg Press)
56. Terry Ray – The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Or... (Ars Metaphysica)
57. Farrell & Farley – Keystone Tombstones Gettysburg (Sunbury Press)
58. Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 (2 ed) (Sunbury Press)
59. John Hochschartner -- Puppy Killer, Leave Town (Sunbury Press)
60. Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California (Sunbury Press)
61. Mark Mitten – Breck's Quandary (Milford House Press)
62. Anthony Julian -- Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls (Sunbury Press)
63. Joe Harvey -- Summer Changes Everything (Milford House Press)
64. Cynthia & William Royce -- The Road to Villa Page (Sunbury Press)
65. John L Moore – Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves (Sunbury Press)
66. Scott Zuckerman – Dreams of My Comrades (Sunbury Press)
67. John Lindermuth – Digging Dusky Diamonds (Sunbury Press)
68. Michelle Hoffer – The ABCs of Narcissism (Ars Metaphysica)
69. Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula (Sunbury Press)
70. Wynne Kinder -- Mindful Choices (Oxford Southern)
71. Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 (Sunbury Press)
72. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn (Milford House Press)
73. Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities (Sunbury Press)
74. Diane McCormick – Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History (Sunbury Press)
75. Guy Graybill – Prohibition's Prince (Sunbury Press)
76. Benjamin Myers – American Citizen (Sunbury Press)
77. Edward Hocker -- The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution (Sunbury Press)
78. John L Moore – Tories, Terror, and Tea (Sunbury Press)
79. Barbara Workinger – Plain & Deadly (Milford House Press)
80. Joan West – Things Strangled (Milford House Press)
81. Farrell & Farley – Keystone Tombstones Civil War (Sunbury Press)
82. Farrell, Farley, and Knorr -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 4 (Sunbury Press)
83. Brad Bumsted – Keystone Corruption Continues (Sunbury Press)
84. Donald Dewey -- Franchisement (Milford House Press)
85. Jason Altmire – Dead Center (Sunbury Press)
86. Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (Ars Metaphysica)
87. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Spring (Milford House Press)
88. Jeffrey Geiger -- German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, Californi... (Sunbury Press)
89. Darla Henry – The 3-5-7 Model: A Practice Approach to Permanency (Sunbury Press)
90. Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks -- Golden Beauty Boss (Sunbury Press)
91. John L Moore – Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas (Sunbury Press)
92. William Cook – Collision Course (Sunbury Press)
93. William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame (2 ed) (Sunbury Press)
94. Keith Rommel – The Devil Tree (Sunbury Press)
95. Kelly Park -- Just Like Me (Sunbury Press)
96. Wendy Webb -- The Eye of the Gargoyle (Milford House Press)
97. Joe Harvey -- If We’re Really Quiet, It Won’t Find Us (Milford House Press)
98. Joe Farley – Trumpet Call to Victory (Sunbury Press)
99. J G Hohman – Der Lange Verborgene Freund: The Original German Vers...(Distelfink Press)
100. Dennis Clausen – The Sins of Rachel Sims (Milford House Press)


Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from August 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of July 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of July 2020

In 2020, people have read a whole lot of digital books. So let's celebrate bestselling eBooks from July, shall we?

We take pride in our books. We love each one we publish, whether it's a bestseller or a book that simply helps one reader transform and grow. There's something special to find in each one, and so whenever we finish a month, we like to sit back and see just how many readers were able to find our books during the past thirty days.

And spoiler alert--July 2020 was an awesome month for reading. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these literary superstars who reached the top five eBooks in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

Graphic of Sunbury Press Bestsellers in eBook for nonfiction

Congratulations to our top five bestselling eBooks in nonfiction!

  1. The 1932 New York Yankees: The Story of a Legendary Team, a Remarkable Season, and a Wild World Series by Ronald Mayer
  2. Last Ride of the Iron Horse: How Lou Gehrig Fought ALS to Play One Final Championship Season by Dan Joseph
  3. The Reluctant RV Wife by Gerri Almand
  4. Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last by Mike Campbell
  5. Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair

Fiction

this graphic is of the best selling fiction print books from sunbury press in july 2020

Congratulations to our top five bestselling eBooks in fiction!

  1. Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth
  2. Wolf by Chris Fenwick
  3. Fae by Chris Fenwick
  4. The Whispers of the Crows by Kyle Alexander Holmes
  5. The Vatican's Vault by Barry Libin

Top 100 Bestselling eBooks from Sunbury Press in July 2020

# Author - Title Imprint
1 Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
2 Dan Joseph -- Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
3 Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
4 Jerry Roth -- Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
5 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed) Sunbury Press
6 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula Sunbury Press
7 Lawrence Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
8 Chris Fenwick -- Human Hellbender Books
9 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula (Audio) Sunbury Press
10 Chris Fenwick – Wolf Hellbender Books
11 Chris Fenwick -- Fae Hellbender Books
12 Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters Sunbury Press
13 William Cook -- Collision Course Sunbury Press
14 Oxana Lapchuk -- The Journalist Sunbury Press
15 Linda Schwab -- Displaced Sunbury Press
16 Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam - (Audio) Sunbury Press
17 William Cook -- The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Sunbury Press
18 Kyle Alexander Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows Hellbender Books
19 Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife Ars Metaphysica
20 Barry Libin – The Vatican's Vault Milford House Press
21 Tom Copeland -- My War and Welcome to It Sunbury Press
22 Keith Rommel – The Devil Tree (Audio) Hellbender Books
23 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician Ars Metaphysica
24 Cynthia & W J Royce -- The Road to Villa Page Sunbury Press
25 Jane Austen -- Catharine or the Bower Brown Posey Press
26 Kyle Alexander Romines – The Keeper of the Crows Hellbender Books
27 Anna-Karin Björklund -- Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Creating in Soul Alignment Ars Metaphysica
28 John Cressler – Emeralds of the Alhambra Milford House Press
29 Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Sunbury Press
30 Brandon Musgrave – Hour 30 Sunbury Press
31 Jason Altmire – Dead Center Sunbury Press
32 Peter Gibbs -- Murder at Henrys Fork Milford House Press
33 John Cressler – Fortune's Lament Milford House Press
34 Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California Sunbury Press
35 Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities Volume 2 Sunbury Press
36 John L Moore -- Bows, Bullets, and Bears Sunbury Press
37 Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Sunbury Press
38 J A Walsh – Purpose of Evasion Milford House Press
39 Carol Vento – The Hidden Legacy of World War II Sunbury Press
40 John Cressler – Shadows in the Shining City Milford House Press
41 Larry Loebell -- Tough Girl in the Jam Brown Posey Press
42 Idle Minds -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Sunbury Press
43 William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame Sunbury Press
44 Sharon Marchisello -- Secrets of the Galapagos Milford House Press
45 Idle Minds -- Pennsylvania Patriots Sunbury Press
46 Karim El Koussa – Pythagoras the Mathemagician Ars Metaphysica
47 John L Moore -- Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes Sunbury Press
48 Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America Sunbury Press
49 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
50 John L Moore -- Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks Sunbury Press
51 Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam Co... Sunbury Press
52 John L Moore -- Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires Sunbury Press
53 John L Moore -- Scorched Earth Sunbury Press
54 Scott Hendrix -- Gods, Philosophers, and Scientists Sunbury Press
55 Ben Myers -- American Citizen Sunbury Press
56 John L Moore -- Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps Sunbury Press
57 Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
58 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
59 Jeff Pappas -- Ponies West Sunbury Press
60 Paula Tucker – Surviving: A Kent State Memoir.. Sunbury Press
61 John L Moore -- Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks Sunbury Press
62 Catherine DePino -- Help Yourself Every Day: Thirty Magical Meditatio... Ars Metaphysica
63 John L Moore -- Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves Sunbury Press
64 Joe Regenbogen – Making a Difference Oxford Southern
65 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
66 John L Moore -- Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades Sunbury Press
67 Wendy Webb -- The Eye of the Gargoyle Milford House Press
68 William & Amy Blocher -- Holocaust's Child Sunbury Press
69 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Sunbury Press
70 Milo Thornberry – Fireproof Moth Sunbury Press
71 Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Sunbury Press
72 Kristen Cunnane – Undoing Jane Doe Sunbury Press
73 Keith Rommel – Ice Canyon Monster (Audio) Hellbender Books
74 Glenn Schwartz -- The Weathermaker Milford House Press
75 Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season Sunbury Press
76 Steven Wagner – Seinsoth Sunbury Press
77 Edward Hocker -- The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution Sunbury Press
78 John Micek – Ordinary Angels Milford House Press
79 Robert Hecker -- Rush to Glory Milford House Press
80 JB Toner – Whisper Music Hellbender Books
81 John Timmerman – Lowlife Milford House Press
82 Joe Harvey -- If We're Really Quiet, It Won't Find Us Milford House Press
83 PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf Brown Posey Press
84 Jim Remsen – Visions of Teaoga Milford House Press
85 Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn Milford House Press
86 Ossont & Dampf -- The Ghosts of Saratoga Milford House Press
87 Iris Dorbian – Sentenced to Shakespeare Milford House Press
88 Dennis Herrick – Winter of the Metal People Milford House Press
89 Keith Rommel – The Cursed Man (Audio) Milford House Press
90 Tess Rutjens – Stalked by a Demon Ars Metaphysica
91 John Rayburn -- The Remarkable Big Band Era Sunbury Press
92 Bridget Smith – Where Elephants Fought Milford House Press
93 Alan Craven – Till We Have Built Jerusalem Milford House Press
94 Nancy Williams -- Pig Hellbender Books
95 John Rayburn -- A Personal Journey Through the World of Sports Sunbury Press
96 Mark Mitten – Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Milford House Press
97 Keith Rommel – The Devil Tree II: The Calling Hellbender Books
98 Jim Dohren -- Windy City Stories Brown Posey Press
99 Donald Dewey – Mosquitoes and Tortoises Sunbury Press
100 Susan Daigneault – In the Shadow of a Mountain Sunbury Press

Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from July 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of July 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of July 2020

Another month is in the books. And you know what that means? It's time to celebrate another round of Sunbury Press Bestsellers!

We take pride in our books. We love each one we publish, whether it's a bestseller or a book that simply helps one reader transform and grow. There's something special to find in each one, and so whenever we finish a month, we like to sit back and see just how many readers were able to find our books during the past thirty days.

And let's just say that July 2020 was one hell of a month. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these literary superstars who reached the top five print books in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

This graphic shows the five bestselling nonfiction books from Sunbury Press in July 2020

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in nonfiction!

  1. The Chubbs: A Free Black Family's Journey from the Antebellum Era to the Mid-1900s by Dr. Clemmie Whatley
  2. Crossing with the Clarks: A History of a Scottish Family's Ferries and Tavern on the Susquehanna River by Victor Hart
  3. Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank by Lawrence Knorr
  4. Last Ride of the Iron Horse: How Lou Gehrig Fought ALS to Play One Final Championship Season by Dan Joseph
  5. Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred Up Revolutions by M. Diane McCormick

Fiction

bestselling fiction paperbacks graphic

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in fiction!

  1. Satan's Petting Zoo by Brian Koscienski and Chris Pisano
  2. Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth
  3. Summer Changes Everything by Joe Harvey
  4. Hellbent Vol. 1 edited by Thomas M. Malafarina
  5. My Christmas Attic by Dennis M. Clausen

Top 100 Bestselling Print Books from Sunbury Press in July 2020

# Author - Title Imprint
1 Clemmie Whatley -- The Chubbs Oxford Southern
2 Victor Hart -- Crossing with the Clarks Sunbury Press
3 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
4 Fortress Pub -- Satan's Petting Zoo Verboten Books
5 Jerry Roth -- Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
6 Dan Joseph – Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
7 Diane McCormick – Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History Sunbury Press
8 Joe Harvey -- Summer Changes Everything Milford House Press
9 Hellbender Books -- Hellbent Volume 1 Hellbender Books
10 Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
11 Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters Sunbury Press
12 Tom Copeland – My War and Welcome To It Sunbury Press
13 Anna-Karin Björklund -- Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Cr... Ars Metaphysica
14 Dennis Clausen – My Christmas Attic Brown Posey Press
15 Joe Harvey -- If We’re Really Quiet, It Won’t Find Us Milford House Press
16 Jason Altmire – Dead Center – ((PB Sunbury Press
17 Heather Paterno – H is for Hershey Speckled Egg Press
18 Jane Austen & Leo Rockas – Catharine or the Bower Brown Posey Press
19 Sue McGovern – Raising Monarchs Sunbury Press
20 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed Sunbury Press
21 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula Sunbury Press
22 Jeffrey Geiger -- German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, Californi... Sunbury Press
23 Linda Schwab -- Displaced Sunbury Press
24 Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
25 Scott Stevens -- Deadly Roses Milford House Press
26 Knorr & Whatley – The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Oxford Southern
27 Barbara Mancini -- Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath Sunbury Press
28 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (PB Ars Metaphysica
29 Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 (2 ed Sunbury Press
30 John Micek – Ordinary Angels Milford House Press
31 Will Falconer -- Voyage to the Planet of the Giant Bugs Hellbender Books
32 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
33 BANG – The BANG Story Sunbury Press
34 Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Pennsylvania Patriots Sunbury Press
35 Gratz Historical Society – History of Lykens Township Volume 1 Sunbury Press
36 Pamela Bakker -- McDowell's Mill Fort in Markes, Pennsylvania, 175... Sunbury Press
37 Max Klinger – The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharin... Sunbury Press
38 Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America Sunbury Press
39 Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities vol 2 Sunbury Press
40 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (HC Ars Metaphysica
41 Jason Altmire – Dead Center (HC Sunbury Press
42 Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
43 Dennis Herrick – A Brother's Cold Case Milford House Press
44 John Hochschartner -- Puppy Killer, Leave Town Sunbury Press
45 Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
46 Wynne Kinder -- Mindful Moods, 2nd Edition: A Mindful, Social Emot... Oxford Southern
47 Michele Livingston -- Spiritual Treasures (HC Ars Metaphysica
48 William Marcum – The Foreman's Boys Sunbury Press
49 Knorr, Troutman, Moran, Baum, Hipple, & Adams – There is Something... Distelfink Press
50 Steve Troutman – The Penns' Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mi... Sunbury Press
51 William Cook -- America and the Automobile Sunbury Press
52 Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam... Sunbury Press
53 Terry Ray – The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Or... Ars Metaphysica
54 Jim Remsen – Embattled Freedom Sunbury Press
55 Benjamin Myers – American Citizen Sunbury Press
56 John Lindermuth – Digging Dusky Diamonds Sunbury Press
57 Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Sunbury Press
58 Darla Henry – The 3-5-7 Model: A Practice Approach to Permanency Sunbury Press
59 PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf Brown Posey Press
60 Steve Troutman – Tulpehocken Trail Traces Sunbury Press
61 Alan Craven – Till We Have Built Jerusalem Milford House Press
62 George Donehoo – Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania Sunbury Press
63 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
64 Sheldon Munn – Freemasons at Gettysburg Sunbury Press
65 Jon Hochschartner – Ingrid Newkirk: A Biography of PETA's Founder Sunbury Press
66 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Sunbury Press
67 Virginia Rafferty – The Road to Lattimer Milford House Press
68 Douglas Brode -- Planet Jesus Trilogy: Book Three: Hope & Glory Ars Metaphysica
69 Calvin Richardson – Do You, Without Them Sunbury Press
70 Thomas Malafarina – Malaformed Realities v3 Hellbender Books
71 Catherine DePino -- Help Yourself Every Day Ars Metaphysica
72 Kyle Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows Hellbender Books
73 Larry Lehmer – Bandstandland Sunbury Press
74 Steve Kious – Murder on the Quilt Milford House Press
75 John L Moore – Bows, Bullets, & Bears Sunbury Press
76 Dorsman & Davis – How to Achieve Peace of Mind Ars Metaphysica
77 Iris Dorbian – Sentenced to Shakespeare Milford House Press
78 Farrell, Farley, and Knorr -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 4 Sunbury Press
79 Wylie McLallen – Tigers by the River Sunbury Press
80 Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 (e ed Sunbury Press
81 Larry Loebell – Tough Girl in the Jam Brown Posey Press
82 Sharon Marchisello -- Secrets of the Galapagos Milford House Press
83 Michele Livingston – Messages from Beyond (HC Ars Metaphysica
84 Keith Pickering – The Lost Island of Columbus Sunbury Press
85 Mark Singel – The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens Sunbury Press
86 Lawrence Knorr – A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold ... Distelfink Press
87 Barry Libin – The Vatican's Vault Milford House Press
88 J G Hohman – Der Lange Verborgene Freund: The Original German Vers... Distelfink Press
89 Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Graves of Our Founders v1 Sunbury Press
90 Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Sunbury Press
91 William Cook – Collision Course Sunbury Press
92 Oliver Seneca – When the Sky Goes Dark Hellbender Books
93 Farrell & Farley – Keystone Tombstones: Pittsburgh Region Sunbury Press
94 Lawrence Knorr – Wonder Boy (HC Sunbury Press
95 Thomas Malafarina – Ghost Shadows Hellbender Books
96 Karim El Koussa – The Phoenician Code 2 ed Ars Metaphysica
97 Edward Hocker -- The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution Sunbury Press
98 Glenn Schwartz -- The Weathermaker Milford House Press
99 Matthews & Blank -- What to Do about Mama? 2 ed Sunbury Press
100 Chris Williams -- Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories Sunbury Press

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Sunbury Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US

Sunbury Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.” – Neil Gaiman, American Gods

If you know anything about Sunbury Press, you know we’re bookstore super fans. These community spaces offer neighborhoods the opportunity to browse, to learn, to discover, and to come together. Many of them provide author events and writing workshops—both physical and digital—and they have dedicated staff members who love the books they surround themselves with. If you go into an indie bookshop with no idea what to buy, all you’d have to do is step up to the counter, ask them for some guidance, and you’ll be stepping out of that place with just the awesomeness you were looking for.

And because of the pandemic, these bookstores haven’t exactly had the opportunity to thrive. In order to do our part in helping bookstores in the US continue their amazing and invaluable work to our communities, we gathered together eight Sunbury Press authors so that they could tell us which bookshops are the most special to them.

To help you support these shops, we’ve also included links so that you can purchase a book directly from them or through the new platform Bookshop.org. So, let's get to it!

Without further ado, here are some of Sunbury Press authors’ favorite bookstores in the US!


 

Harriett's Bookshop - Philadelphia, PA

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Written by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks, author of Golden Beauty Boss and Chicken Bone Beach

Around one month prior to COVID-19’s quarantine, Jeanine A. Cook opened Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown, Pennsylvania, specializing in women authors, especially black women. In addition to being a browsable bookstore, Harriett’s acts a community space for people to come together and discuss ideas in a positive way. When I was there, one large bookshelf housed titles by Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorene Carey, and Erica A. Dunbar. Next to it, a stream of incense smoke lifted into the air. Near an adjacent wall, a majesty palm sat beside a green sofa.

Smaller shelves and fixtures throughout the shop showcase even more books, and a painted portrait of activist Angela Davis was featured among the citrus-scented candle and the sounds of music by Nina Simone.  The ambiance make you want to stay there and read. A truly peaceful and powerful setting.

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The Book Loft - Columbus, Ohio

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Written by Jerry Roth, author of Bottom Feeders

Instant gratification! That’s what we love, and that’s what we now hold in high esteem. But when you talk about a bookstore, things melt into something more substantial—something we lost as humans. And The Book Loft in the heart of German Village is one of those rare destinations that transcends a storefront or bookshop.

Legend says that The Book Loft, with its 32 rooms that combine into an intricate maze, was once the site of a horrific event that summoned the Skeleton Lord” Malamarkus. He is ever watching the patrons from a pit under the independent bookstore—guiding the purchases of the customers spiritually—using his dark control to shape the inhabitants and tourists alike with every selection. As a horror author, I’m not sure anything could be more exciting to me.

The reality: This business was rumored to have its start as a saloon a hundred years ago—an old Kroger grocery store—a doll hospital, and possibly a church—adding to its rich history. Now, they pack this amazing bookstore full of unique books that you just can’t get anywhere in the city and maybe the world. Within the 32 rooms, cut creatively throughout the building, patrons enjoy the thrill of the hunt that rises (in my opinion) above so many other independent bookstores. If German Village is the gem of Ohio, then The Book Loft is the jewel within the gem. Still carrying an independent spirit inside its walls, you cannot visit Central Ohio without making a stop at this historic landmark. And If you make the trip, be sure to say hello to Malamarkus for me!

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Pretty Good Books - LaGrange, Georgia

This is a photo of Pretty Good Books in LaGrange Georgia in our blog post about favorite bookstores in us
Photo Credit: Sharon Marchisello

Written by Sharon Marchisello, author of Going Home and Secrets of the Galapagos

Georgia authors are excited about Pretty Good Books, a new independent bookstore in LaGrange. It's located in a stand-alone structure surrounded by plenty of free-parking, and there's enough space inside to hold author events while respecting social distancing guidelines. The store carries the latest bestsellers and genre fiction, children's books, rare books, used books, and there's even a prominent shelf dedicated to local authors.

Booklovers Joshua Rigsby and his wife sold books online for years and later moved to a shelf at a consignment shop. They had a hard time keeping up with demand there, so in December 2019, they fulfilled their dream of opening their own brick-and-mortar bookstore. Then the pandemic hit. The store reopened in May, and I was honored to participate in their first in-person author event in June.

Customers who are uncomfortable coming into the store can order directly from publishers through Bookshop (link below). The bookstore can still make recommendations and receive a portion of the sales. When I reached out to the owners about this blog post, Josh relayed just how much he loves chatting with readers and helping them discover their new favorite authors. "Book people just tend to be good people," he said. "Interacting with our patrons gives me hope for the human race."

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Rainy Day Books - Kansas City, KS

This is a photo of the founders and shop of Rainy Day Books in Kansas City
Photo Credit: Twitter.com/RainyDayBooks

Written by Virginia Brackett, author of In the Company of Patriots

As its name suggests, Rainy Day Books offers shelter to Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri-area readers through the comfort of great books and excellent service during good times and bad. Since its doors opened in 1975, RDB owners Vivien Jennings with her partner Roger Doeren have engaged and supported their community far beyond the activity of book selling.

In addition to providing full bookstore services, Rainy Day offers personal recommendations to customers, sells all-occasion greeting cards, and offers many author readings throughout the year. Its owners specialize in community awareness, devoting their efforts to provide a “Legacy of Literacy.” They support a focus on the arts through books, but also act to promote community arts activities.

An example was their inviting local teen poets on stage to accompany Caroline Kennedy’s promotion of a love of poetry through her own favorite collection of poems. Their sense of the importance of reading to the community has never been more present than during the period of Covid-19, when the store has remained devoted to connecting books and readers.

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Diesel, a Bookstore - Los Angeles, California

Diesel Bookstore images in Los Angeles
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Written by Arthur Hoyle, author of Mavericks, Mystics & Misfits

“Diesel, a Bookstore,” located in the Brentwood Country Mart on the westside of Los Angeles since 1989 is my favorite hangout for book browsing. It’s a classic indie bookstore, with a thoughtful selection of titles across all genres, a knowledgeable, literate staff eager to guide you to a good read, and a robust events program that serves up both national figures like Erica Jong and David Sedaris, and local authors like myself. I gave a talk and reading there when my first book, The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur, was published six years ago.

What I especially like about Diesel is that it feels deeply embedded in the community around it, a hub for both socializing and growth through reading. Partly this is because Diesel is housed a popular local landmark, the Country Mart, where you can also shop for clothes and household accessories, get a haircut, or grab a bite to eat while mingling with the locals. And partly this is because the staff knows the tastes of its customers and stocks the books that appeal to them. They also host the First Tuesday Book Club. I can’t wait until the pandemic subsides enough to let them reopen. Meantime, check out their virtual events online.

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City Lights Bookstore - San Francisco, CA

City Lights is open
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Written by Gerri Almand, author of The Reluctant RV Wife

Remember those radicals from the Beat Generation of the 1950s, folks like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others? The City Lights Bookstore, established in 1953, became one of the meccas for these writers, poets, and artists to gather and share ideas. In June, 2019, I paid homage to this North Beach shrine during a trip to San Francisco, California.

I wandered through the tight, overstuffed bookshelves, not sure where to look first. It felt like sacred ground. I couldn’t believe I was treading on the same planked floors where those hipster beatniks had walked. The bookstore’s unwavering commitment to freedom of expression, no matter how revolutionary and nonmainstream, warmed my liberal soul. I wish City Lights was my neighborhood bookstore. However, as a fulltime RVer, I have no bookstore to call my own. If my husband and I ever settle down, perhaps we’ll live in North Beach. Then, City Lights could truly become my neighborhood haunt.

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The Firefly Bookstore - Kutztown, PA

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Written by Thomas M. Malafarina, author of 15+ horror books

The Firefly bookstore, located at 271 West Main Street in Kutztown, PA is a great place for books and games. It is an independently-owned and operated new and used bookstore with almost 3,000 square feet of space for over 65,000 items. They also offer free gift wrapping, customer requests, and special orders. They have regular events all year long, including author signings and book releases.

It’s a wonderful place to browse, trade or sell books (for store credit) and just enjoy the pleasure of reading. They just reopened in June after COVID lockdown and are ready to serve all your book buying needs. Firefly is a breath of fresh air in the tradition of independent bookstores before it. They’ve been in business in Kutztown since 2012 and moved to a new bigger store in 2017.

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Winding Way Books - Lancaster, PA

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Photo Credit: Lancaster Online

Written by Job Tyler Leach, author of As the Raven Flies

Winding Way Books is an independently-owned bookstore in the heart of Lancaster City on West Chestnut Street, just off of Prince Street. If you follow the shop on social media, you get straightforward updates on what new books are available with photos of the new inventory shot in the store. The shop boasts a wide variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction, and often features curated selections and hard-to-find niche books. My personal favorites include the rare Charles Bukowski books frequently offered. The arrangement of the shop is simple and organized with efficient use of the space for easy browsing –exactly what I prefer in a good bookstore.

The shop is close to a number of great eating and drinking establishments. For breakfast or brunch, the Prince Street Café is an excellent option. If you’re looking to grab a pint, check out The Taproom. It’s already an awesome area to spend the day, and Winding Way Books makes it particularly attractive if you’re a booklover!

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How and Why to Publish Guest Posts and Guest Articles for Authors

How and Why to Publish Guest Posts and Guest Articles for Authors

Greetings, authors and friends! 👋

Joe Walters here. This is my first book marketing blog post with you all, so I’m going to make it real spicy. A cup of chili flakes. A pound of Frank’s Red Hot. A whole heaping pile of marketing advice for you to think about, act on, and reap the benefits of. S-P-I-C-Y.

Today, I’ll be talking about the benefits and processes of guest posts for authors, from benefits to pitfalls to how to get it done. Instead of rambling on for another few minutes (which trust me, I could do), I’m just gonna jump right into it.


The big question is what is a guest post or guest article

In order to make yourself known to a specific publication’s fan-base, an author may choose to write a unique blog post or article so that the publication will publish it on their websites, magazines, newsletters, and more.

When you submit your book for potential review or interview to a publication, you should recognize that you are submitting your book alongside many, many others—including those published by Penguin, MacMillan, and a whole bunch of other publishing giants. It is absolutely one-million-percent worth it to try to get book reviews and interviews, but after submitting for a while, you may start to notice that you’ll either need to research even more potential review outlets or try something new. Instead of spending the time doing that media research for the 5th time, I would recommend writing a guest post or guest article for an outside publication.

Why You Should Do It

You need to expand your reach. Right now, you likely have a set number of people who you can show your book’s sales pages to: social media followers, newsletter subscribers, blog followers, and forum and group members. If you’ve been doing a good job of providing regular and strategic content to those fans, that’s great. But however much they love your new content, they may have already bought your book, so their fandom is great but it is not increasing your sales.

That’s why you need to brainstorm different ways that you can bring new followers to you. Oftentimes, that’s in the form of publicity through book reviews and interviews, but since you will NOT be reviewed or interviewed in each platform you pitch, you’re going to reach a point where you feel like you're grasping at straws. Instead of that, let's give guest posts for authors its due consideration, shall we?

If you write and publish a guest post about a relevant topic on another publication’s website, here are a few things that could happen:

  • The publication may tag you on social media, alerting their followers that they can follow you too.
  • You can leave your most often-used social media link or “@...” in your bio, and readers can choose to follow you if they liked your post.
  • You can leave your book title in the bio, as well as your website link (if allowed).
  • You can link within the post to a post you wrote on your personal website, sending readers clicking to your site
  • You can write a catchy title that is often searched on Google (including a good keyword), and it can appear on the first page of Google for hundreds of people per day. That means new visitors visit that blog post long after the actual publication date of the post
  • In your future bios, you can include any big-name publications that you place a post with. If you say your work has been featured in Buzzfeed, LitHub, etc., the people who read the back cover of your next book will feel like you are a validated (note the capitalization) Writer.
  • You can write a blog post that is related to your book’s content, both fiction and nonfiction, which may or may not actually give you reign to link something about your book in the post itself.
  • While rare, it is definitely possible that a reader enjoys reading your work so much that they see your book in the bio and buy it. But keep in mind that it usually takes more than just one thing for a person to decide to buy a book; that’s where your social media, reviews, interviews, & accolades will help convince them to hit purchase.

Possible Pitfalls About Writing Guest Posts

Before you keep going, you should know that guest posts and guest articles are not sure-fire ways to increase your reach—although, if you keep doing it, it’s pretty darn close to it.

You may spend a lot of time writing your guest post. You may have to do research, find appropriate links, pitch to publications, and realize that people either don’t want to publish your work, don’t want to answer you (most common), or don’t have an audience that will really increase your reach that much. One non-book-buying social media follower for a few hours of work may not feel like a good return on time investment.

But still, if you write enough of these, you will see a return—I’m sure of it.

Hot to Get Started Writing and Publishing Guest Posts

Writing & Publishing Guest Posts

First, you’re going to want to figure out what you can write about. Start first with topics that are at least loosely related to your book’s topic, keywords, and categories. If you write fiction, focus in on reading-focused blog posts or writing-focused blog posts specific to your genre. After that, dig into the topics/themes that your book features prominently and ask yourself if you’d be willing to speak on them. If you write nonfiction, focus first on the topics and subjects that your book features prominently. You should have plenty of directions you could take this, from something you learned in research or something active in your field that you know and can talk about. Book and movie listicles could work in your favor too.

After you’ve assembled that list, try to brainstorm around three blog post titles that you’d be willing to write for each topic. Most blogs and publications are looking for content that includes multiple subheadings throughout (like this or this), so try to include phrases like “10 Great…” “How to…” etc. It might not hurt to consider if the topic you’re writing about would have an often-searched keyword in it either, like “10 Insightful Books About Writing” or “What You Need to Know About George Washington History.”

Once you have your list of potential blog post titles, it’s time to research. Start finding your way around publications that publish material for the audience you’re trying to reach. You can add the platforms who didn’t answer your review pitches, and you can add to your list by pinpointing your audience and going to the websites where they frequent.

How to Send Your Pitch

After you have your list of publications who might be interested in a few of your posts, it’s time to pitch.

But, wait, Joe—you didn’t tell us to write the blog post yet!

Good eye, random hypothetical author. You do NOT need to write the post before you pitch. Matter of fact, you actually don’t want to. You want to email the publication with multiple options they can choose from. Instead of writing a bunch of unpublished blog posts, all you need is a few titles.

Format:

  • Subject line: Would you be interested in a guest post about [Topic/Keyword]?
  • Direct address: Always personalize for each email.
  • Para 1: Greet and introduce yourself as an author. Thank them for being an outlet for [specific audience] to get to know important topics like [keyword].
  • Para 2: Ask them, “Are you open to guest posts at [OutletName]? I would love the opportunity to contribute to your site with a blog post tentatively titled the following:
    • “10 Ways to Be a Better Flyfisherman”
    • “How to Use a [Flyfishing Object]”
    • “The history of Flyfishing in Pennsylvania”
  • Para 3: “Would you be interested in publishing any of those blog posts? Just let me know which one you’d be most excited about, and I’ll get it ready for you within [x weeks you feel comfortable with].” Thank them for the opportunity and let them know that they can ask any questions they’d like.

What to do if your guest post is accepted

Dance! Then write, I guess. Revise. Edit. All the stuff that makes you happy to be a writer.

When you send your draft back to the contact who asked for it, include a separate attachment for your 4-5 sentence author bio that has a link to your website or most often-used social media account. Mention your book in the bio. Also attach an author photo for if they choose to use it.

When the post is published, share that thing on your social media feeds! Pop it into your newsletter. Thank the outlet for publishing it and then add the new publication to your website.

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Joe Walters is the author of How And Why to Publish Guest Posts and Guest Articles for Authors

Joe Walters is the friendly neighborhood marketing guy at Sunbury Press. He is also the founder of Independent Book Review and a book marketing specialist at Paper Raven Books. In his free time, he enjoys working on his novel, taking road trips, and trusting the process. He tweets at @joewalters13.

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits Is a Finalist for the NIEA Awards

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits Is a Finalist for the NIEA Awards

A big Sunbury Press congratulations to Arthur Hoyle and Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits, a National Indie Excellence Award Finalist!

Please join us in celebrating Arthur Hoyle's latest achievement in being named a finalist for the renowned NIEA Awards! Only two books in each category get recognized each year (one winner and one finalist) among hundreds of entries, so we're terrifically proud of this accolade.

We're thrilled that Hoyle's amazing collection of American biographies is being recognized the way we knew it would, and we can't wait for this accomplishment to bring his great work in front of more readers.

To help amplify Hoyle's victory, we're reaching out to YOU to share more about the author as a person and more about the book that's been both a #1 Amazon bestseller and now an award finalist!

About the Author

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Arthur Hoyle is a writer, educator, and independent filmmaker. His documentary films have won numerous awards and have aired on PBS, and he received a media grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before becoming an author, he produced corporate communications materials in print and video for a broad array of clients. He received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught English, coached tennis, and served as an administrator in independent schools.

He currently volunteers as a naturalist in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, leading interpretive walks on Chumash Indian culture. His biography of Henry Miller, The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur, was published in March 2014 by Skyhorse/Arcade. He has also published essays in Huffington Post, Empty Mirror, Across the Margin, Counterpunch, and AIOTB: As It Ought To Be. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Learn more at his author website or this exclusive interview.

About the Book

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits is a NIEA finalist!

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain takes the reader on a journey across American history from the colonial period to the present, through the life stories of exceptional men and women who have responded in unconventional ways to the challenges and circumstances of their time and place.

Biographies include:

  • Roger Williams: The First American
  • Anne Bradstreet: The First American Poet
  • Judith Baca: Chicana Muralist
  • And 7 more!

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“The Chubbs” #1 on Sunbury Press TOP 100 print books for June 2020

“The Chubbs” #1 on Sunbury Press TOP 100 print books for June 2020

Sunbury Press TOP 100 Print Books (June 2020)
# Imp Author — Title Imprint
1 * Clemmie Whatley — The Chubbs Oxford Southern
2 * Jessica Weible — Dead Letters Sunbury Press
3 Victor Hart — Crossing with the Clarks Sunbury Press
4 Dan Joseph – Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
5 John L Moore — Murder at Killbuck Island Sunbury Press
6 Mark Carlson – The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Sunbury Press
7 Sue McGovern – Raising Monarchs Sunbury Press
8 Pamela Bakker — McDowell’s Mill Fort in Markes, Pennsylvania, 175… Sunbury Press
9 Knorr, et al — After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
10 Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
11 Helga Rist — The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
12 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
13 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed Sunbury Press
14 Chris Williams — Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories Sunbury Press
15 Daniel Agatino — Give In To Win Sunbury Press
16 * Joe Harvey — Summer Changes Everything Milford House Press
17 * Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
18 Haley Dean – Keep it Blue Brown Posey Press
19 * Kyle Romines — The Whispers of the Crows Hellbender Books
20 William Cook – Collision Course Sunbury Press
21 Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks — Golden Beauty Boss Sunbury Press
22 Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Pennsylvania Patriots Sunbury Press
23 George Donehoo – Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania Sunbury Press
24 Donald Dewey — Franchisement Milford House Press
25 William Marcum – The Foreman’s Boys Sunbury Press
26 Lawrence Knorr – The Descendants of Hans Peter Knorr Sunbury Press
27 Knorr & Whatley – The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Sunbury Press
28 Mark Singel – The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens Milford House Press
29 John L Moore – Bows, Bullets, & Bears Sunbury Press
30 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
31 Larry Lehmer – Bandstandland Sunbury Press
32 Matthews & Blank — What to Do about Mama? 2 ed Sunbury Press
33 John L Moore – Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades Sunbury Press
34 Arthur Hoyle — Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits Sunbury Press
35 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
36 * Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (HC Ars Metaphysica
37 John L Moore – Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks Sunbury Press
38 Linda Schwab — Displaced Sunbury Press
39 John L Moore – Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes Sunbury Press
40 John L Moore – Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks Sunbury Press
41 John Lindermuth – Digging Dusky Diamonds Sunbury Press
42 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Sunbury Press
43 Guy Graybill – Prohibition’s Prince Sunbury Press
44 Glenn Schwartz — The Weathermaker Milford House Press
45 Sam Zygner – Baseball Under the Palms Sunbury Press
46 Jeffrey Geiger — German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, Californi… Sunbury Press
47 Oxana Lapchuk – The Journalist Sunbury Press
48 Jerry Roth — Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
49 Kyle Romines — The Keeper of the Crows Hellbender Books
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Character Interview: Dr. Alan Gibb, from Franchisement

Character Interview: Dr. Alan Gibb, from Franchisement

Franchisement is a way of thinking, a way of belonging, an outlet to your own identity.

The world has spent 10 centuries searching for potential solutions to maximize the profitability of human interconnection. We have tried everything to resolve our existential malaise and our constant sense of futility, and nothing works.

Over the centuries we have rushed to one organized corpus of thought (like philosophy and religion) in the vain search for clues to find joy. But people have continued to lose that "team feeling" about life, have continued to feel unfranchised.

That is, until Dr. Alan Gibb passed a young boy on the street wearing a pair of Mets shorts, a Red Sox t-shirt, and a Yankees cap, and the theory of human relationships called "Franchisement" was born.

Recently, we had the chance to sit down with the founder, ideator, and chief salesman of Franchisement (Doctor Alan Gibb) to explain this revolutionary concept. And he even agreed to do so without charging for his time.

This is that interview.


 

Interview with Dr. Alan Gibb

Q: Can you explain Franchisement in ten words or less?

AG: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Q: That's the typing exercise for using all the letters of the alphabet.

AG: Exactly. It covers everything. As does Franchisement. No matter who you are or what you are--sex, ehtnicity, and favorite breakfast cereral immaterial--there's a place for you on the Franchisement grid. You belong.

Q: So it's really about togetherness.

AG: That you'd have to pay for us to research. I don't know enough about you.

Q: I mean speaking generally. It's about togetherness.

AG: If I knew what you meant by that, I could answer. But I don't know you. What do you mean by "speaking generally?" That might mean one thing for you and an entirely different thing for your upstairs neighbor. The key to Franchisement is the personal, and you don't exist personally for me. Give me a clue.

Q: I like baseball.

AG: So what? So did Hitler.

Q: I never knew that.

AG: He was a New York Yankee personality with a Philadelphia Phillies PITS.

Q: A what?

AG: PITS. His Positional Identity Trait Sign.

Q: What's that?

AG: What it says--his Positional Identity Trait Sign. You can only have one PITS at a time.

Q: I didn't know that. 

AG: But it's up to you to choose which PITS. 

Q: Oh.

AG: Franchisement doesn't force things on its customers.

Q: That sounds good.

AG: Start telling people who they are and they aren't those people; they're who they say they are.

Q: Not the same thing.

AG: Not at all. You want to be who you are, not somebody else.

Q: Of course not.

AG: Look out any window and you'll see thousands of unfranchised people walking the streets. They don't know where they're going. They don't know where they've come from. Makes you want to keep the blinds closed.

Q: I confess I'm at a loss...

AG: A classic Phillies PITS symptom. Maybe it would be better if you just started off with a Franchisement Unique Number. Your FUN. That usually relaxes first-time customers.

Q: But I'm not a customer. I'm here to interview you.

AG: An identity trait like any other. Give it a try. Your FUN number.

Q: Any number?

AG: After the one on your credit card...No, no, don't say it out loud. There may be hackers listening. Just let me see it...Okay, good. Now what FUN do you want?

Q: Pretty expensive fun.

AG: Go ahead. Your FUN number. 

Q: How about...361?

AG: I don't know. You tell me. What's special about 361 for you?

Q: It's 360 plus one.

AG: So not just everything, but one more than everything.

Q: Not that I want to seem greedy.

AG: Franchisement doesn't judge.

Q: Who else has picked 361?

AG: You mean your Famous Franchisement Folks?

Q: Who?

AG: Your Famous Franchisement Folks. Your FFF.

Q: Oh.

AG: Part of your sense of belonging. Through the ages.

Q: Right. Can't be many in my case.

AG: Off the top of my head I can say John the Baptist, Robespierre, and Ted Williams.

Q: Not the worst company, I guess.

AG: As I said, we don't judge; we just process.

Q: If I want another FFF, can I change down the road?

AG: That's why all those numbers exist.

Q: So I'm really not committed to anything.

AG: One of the first lessons Franchisement learned from horoscopes. You start thinking of yourself as a scorpion or a cancer, say, you eventually get depressed. Who wants to be a scorpion or a cancer every day? You wake up in the morning, and you're crawling or coughing your lungs out before you even get out of bed. That wasn't good for you and it certainly wasn't good for the astrology business. So they created all these half-moons and cusps and crap for more possibilities. That's what we've had in place since the very beginning.

Q: But doesn't that leave you and Franchisement open to criticism?

AG: None that I've heard.

Q: Well, I mean if you can be anything, how can you ever be something?

AG: That sounds like a philosophical question, and we could be sitting here debating it all week. You may have that time, but I don't.

Q: You sound very self-confident, Dr. Gibb.

AG: Thank you.

Q: I mean in a kind of smug way.

AG: I never heard that criticism before.

Q: Really?

AG: I'm beginning to think you might be a New York Mets Personality.


Thank you for reading our interview with Franchisement founder Dr. Alan Gibb!

If you liked what you read, check out the satirical novel Franchisement by Donald Dewey. Dr. Gibb's got plenty more head-scratching, hilarious moments as you'd expect after reading this interview.

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