Double, double, boil and …

As of this writing, we are about to hold our third imprint meeting. The first two, with Hellbender Books and Ars Metaphysica authors went very well. There was a lot of positive energy on the calls and the exchange of ideas was more than one-way. At Hellbender, it was decided to produce a compilation of short stories by our authors. There was also collaboration regarding our BookSpeak Network podcast programming. Likewise, at Ars Metaphysica, there was a lot of sharing regarding media opportunities. So far, so good. Next up is Brown Posey Press later this month. Milford House Press and Sunbury Press will follow and then we’ll start the cycle again. Our regular interaction should help build and grow our opportunities.
In the meantime, we have embarked on our most aggressive growth effort to date. Too many of you have been waiting too long to get started while we’ve been shifting our mix. Recently, we realized we have among the 1000+ manuscript proposals per year at least another 100+ quality opportunities. In order to move faster and do more, we have split our process onto two primary tracks — nonfiction and fiction. Over the last 12 months, we published 118 titles. Over the next 12 months, we expect to produce over 200.
How, you ask? We have brought in publishing veteran Chris Fenwick to jumpstart our fiction backlog and new fiction acquisitions. Chris is a publishing polymath who can quickly move books through the process — a process she helped start during the early days of Sunbury Press when she brought us our first fiction manuscript that jumped to #1 in visionary fiction. She has experience at other publishers and has a keen eye for quality and efficiency.
Many of you may have noticed movement on your manuscripts in the last month. Chris has been picking up a bunch as has Jen’s team. You may also be so lucky to have me working with you. It is all hands on deck at this time as we catch up the backlog and attend to the new in a more agile fashion.
“Inspirational Creatures” by Michele Livingston wins the Sunny Award for Ars Metaphysica Bestseller in 2018

“Inspirational Creatures” by Michele Livingston wins the Sunny Award for Ars Metaphysica Bestseller in 2018

Michele Livingston’s collection of readings regarding pets communicating from the other side was the 2018 bestseller for Ars Metaphysica, an imprint of Sunbury Press, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

About the Book:

Have you ever lost a beloved pet and wondered if they go to Heaven like humans do?

Have you felt the presence of a departed pet or animal or had dreams about them?

Has your pet healed you, taught you lessons, helped you through a difficult time with unconditional love?

Do you have a pet that seems like the reincarnation of a departed pet?

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, or if you just love animals, you will love the many true, heartfelt stories Michele Livingston has carefully selected for this book.

There is an enduring love that pets and humans feel towards each other, whether your pet is a cat, dog, reptile, rabbit, horse, bird or another species of animal. The “bond of love” between human and animal can never be broken. Pets love us unconditionally.

About the Author

Michele A. Livingston is a world-renowned visionary, psychic medium, gifted artist and author. In addition to being a spiritual medium, she is also an avid animal lover who has donated her time, energy, and fund-raising skills to local animal rescues. She has also trapped, neutered and spayed homeless cats, some of whom she has adopted herself while helping to find homes for the others.

by Michele Livingston
ARS METAPHYSICA
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620061183
168 pages
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Spiritualism
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Channeling & Mediumship
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Afterlife & Reincarnation

Focus on imprints

One of the most important changes we implemented in the last two years was the introduction of additional imprints (beyond Sunbury Press) to address the variety of categories. This came about for several reasons:
1) Some authors of serious (academic) history books were complaining they were on the same label as children’s books. This would be an issue when peer-reviewed.
2) Nasty scary horror thrillers were branded with a positive upbeat rising (yep — not setting) sun.
3) Customers were confused about fiction books actually being nonfiction due to the Sunbury Press label.
It was clear that Sunbury Press as a brand had become associated with history and biography — especially about Pennsylvania. We felt our other categories were likely suffering due to the lack of identity.
We are committed to continuing to publish in a variety of categories and created a number of imprints to address this. We have been publishing new titles under these imprints since then and have been refurbishing our back list as we are able. This will continue over the next couple years until all of our active titles are properly branded.
Now, while that is going on, we need to bring more attention to these brands and categories. To that end, I am suggesting we start quarterly brand meetings involving the authors under that label and the marketing staff. The goal will be to come up with brand-specific activities, opportunities, or collaborations that we can work together on.
For instance,
1) Imprint-specific contests
2) Imprint-specific conferences or conventions
3) Group advertising / marketing opportunities
4) Reviewing each other’s books
5) Imprint-specific show(s) on the BookSpeak Network
… and many more.
As a reminder, here are our imprints. Become familiar with which imprint your book(s) are published under. Some of you deal with multiple imprints.
Ars Metaphysica — paranormal, psychic, metaphysical, spirituality, Eastern philosophy F & NF
Brown Posey Press — literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, politically left F & NF
Catamount Press — this is our new imprint for the Northern Appalachian region F & NF — more on this in upcoming newsletters (it has not launched yet)
Hellbender Books — horror / thriller / fantasy F only
Milford House Press — mystery/detective police procedural comedies romance YA this is our main Fiction imprint
Speckled Egg Press — currently coming out of hibernation — children’s F & NF
Verboten Books — edgy humor — rated R+ F only
Sunbury Press — our primary NF imprint — history / biography / memoir / religion / science / economics / politics non-partisan
Schedule:
Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct – Sunbury Press / Hellbender (& Verboten) Books
Feb/May/Aug/Nov – Ars Metaphysica / Milford House Press
Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec – Brown Posey Press / Speckled Egg
Look for invites coming your way soon! These will be conference calls.
Karim el Koussa’s “The Phoenician Code” is again the Ars Metaphysica bestseller

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

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for November 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
2 NEW The ABCs of Narcissism Michele Hoffer Relationships
3 3 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
4 10 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Folk Magic
5 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
6 Soaring Minds Journal & Workbook Michele Hoffer Relationships
7 9 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
8 2 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
9 4 Inspirational Creatures Michele Livingston Metaphysical
10 5 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
“Living in the Afterlife” by Michele Livingston returns as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for June

“Living in the Afterlife” by Michele Livingston returns as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for June

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for June 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
2 8 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal/UFOs
3 1 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
4 5 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
5 4 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
6 9 Let Me Carry You Home Susan Kiskis Travel Memoir
7 10 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
8 7 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Folk Magic
9 3 Soaring Minds Journal & Workbook Michelle Hoffer Self-Help
10 6 The Dream Alchemist Anna-Karin Bjorklund Travel Memoir
“Messages from Beyond” by medium and author Michele Livingston leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for October

“Messages from Beyond” by medium and author Michele Livingston leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for October

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA. The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the top spot with her visionary Messages from Beyond, revealing her channeling of information from the other side. Robin McClellan’s metaphysical fiction series OneWay claimed the next two spots.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for October, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
2 OneWay:The Message Robin McClellan Metaphysical Fiction
3 OneWay:The Oracle Robin McClellan Metaphysical Fiction
4 2 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
5 4 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction

Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter. McClellan’s books were bolstered by author activities in the Harrisburg area. El Koussa’s books have been helped by exports.
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“Jesus the Phoenician” by Lebanese author Karim el Koussa leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for September

“Jesus the Phoenician” by Lebanese author Karim el Koussa leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA. Karim El Koussa’s retelling of the story of Jesus through the eyes of the Phoenicians entitled Jesus the Phoenician ranked number one.   The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the second spot with her channeled book Living in the Afterlife, revealing her visions of the other side.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
2 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
3 Der Lange Verborgene Freund J G Hohman PA Dutch Powwow
4 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
5 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal

El Koussa’s book has performed well since its release primarily due to exports to Europe and the Middle East. Karim also took the third spot with his recounting of the contributions of Pythagoras, the mathematician/scientist who lived in ancient times.  Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter.