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 …

Imprint strategy

We’ve received a lot of positive feedback and creative ideas from many of you regarding our new imprints. So far this transition has gone very well. But, there is so much more to do.
Step One of our imprint implementation was to separate our books by imprints on our e-commerce site. This has been completed. If you are curious, have a look at http://www.sunburypressstore.com/IMPRINTS_c161.htm
Step Two was to produce monthly bestseller lists for each imprint. This has been completed and has provided new energy for many of our fiction books. Suddenly, we have more than one best-selling book. It gives us more to talk about. If you have not seen the lists yet, they have been posted on our blog:
We also have a sales baseline for each imprint to compare to as we roll out the strategy. Following are the imprints from strongest to weakest:
Imprint % of Titles Sold % of Sales$ Ratio $/Title
Sunbury Press 52.67 70.27 133.42%
Milford House Press 24.43 19.13 78.31%
Brown Posey Press 10.69 6.1 57.06%
Hellbender Books 6.1 3.38 55.41%
Ars Metaphysica 4.58 1.02 22.27%
Speckled Egg Press
1.53
0.1 6.54%
Nearly three-quarters of our titles sold and nearly 90% of our sales dollars come from our two top imprints — Sunbury Press and Milford House. Sunbury Press’s titles typically sell 33% more than the average book company-wide. Milford House’s fiction sells at 78% of the average book. This again confirms our sales bias towards nonfiction. In other words, the typical NF book returns almost twice as much in sales as a typical fiction book. (This is not unique to our press — it is true within the publishing marketplace.)
The bottom four categories are most interesting and have the most upside. These are smaller categories that have been peeled off from the behemoths and appear to be weak and unsuccessful. This is because they have not been differentiated in the past. Now that they are parked in their own category, we should begin to see a leveling effect. I would expect Brown Posey and Hellbender to approach Milford House levels in ratio while Ars Metaphysica trends towards Sunbury Press. Speckled Egg barely has a pulse and needs some new titles to get moving again.
Look for some other activities regarding imprints in the coming months:
1) Cross-marketing with other books in the imprint — at Amazon and within the books themselves.
2) An imprint promotion plan where we run regular specials in each imprint.
3) (Eventually) development of more imprint-specific web page design within the e-commerce site.
4) A newsletter for each imprint sent to customers who buy within the categories.
There are many other ideas we will try. It should be a lot of fun!
“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.

 

Sherry Knowlton’s thriller “Dead of Spring” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for September

Sherry Knowlton’s thriller “Dead of Spring” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Spring, the third book in the Alexa Williams series, took the top spot. Mark Mitten’s recently-released western, Hard to Quit, placed second.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
2 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western
3 The Silver Coin Marie Sontag Historical YA
4 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
5 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
6 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
7 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
8 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
9 Who Killed Marcia Maynard? Alma Bond Detective Thriller
10 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen Historical
11 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
12 Murder on the Streetcar Alma Bond Detective Thriller
13 Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Mark Mitten Western
14 Home Is a Long Time Ago William F Lee Historical
15 Courting Doubt and Darkness Joan West Detective Thriller

Sherry Knowlton’s detective thriller Dead of Spring took the top spot due to author activities.  Mark Mitten’s western Hard to Quit grabbed the second spot due to regional sales. Marie Sontag’s The Silver Coin placed third due to author activities.  Jess Steven Hughes had two titles on the list from his historical novels set in Roman times. Two of Alma Bond’s and two of Joan West’s detective thrillers made the list due to author activities.

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for September

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September. Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It took the top spot. Tigers by the River by Wylie McLallen was runner-up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
2 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
3 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
4 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
5 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
6 The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
7 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely, Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
8 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
9 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson Genealogy
10 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
11 The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music Biography
12 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
13 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley True Crime
14 Seinsoth Steven Wagner Sports Biography
15 American Berserk Bill Morris History
16 History of Lykens Township, Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
17 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
19 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
20 Letters from a Shoebox James Dohren History
21 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
22 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
23 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
24 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
25 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L Moore History

Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It was #1 due to brisk advance sales prior  to the October release. Wylie McLallen’s Tigers by the River took #2 due to author appearances and due to seasonal interest in professional football.  Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula placed #3 due to the sales of the Kindle version. A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush by Lawrence Knorr placed fourth due to regional sales. Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib by Lawrence Knorr grabbed the fifth spot thanks to seasonal interest.

Amelia Earhart flies to the top – “The Truth at Last” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for July

Amelia Earhart flies to the top – “The Truth at Last” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for July

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last took the top spot. Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 3 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
2 1 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
3 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
4 2 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
5 NEW The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch, 4th Ed. Max Klinger Genealogy
6 NEW Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Literary Fiction
7 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Thriller Fiction
8 5 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
9 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
10 NEW Cast Iron Town Signs of PA, 2nd Ed. N Clair Clawser History
11 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
12 The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
13 44 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
14 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey, 4th Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
15 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
16 A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates YA Fiction
17 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely, Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
18 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson Genealogy
19 Had a Dying Fall J M West Thriller Fiction
20 35 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
21 8 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
22 13 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
23 14 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
24 30 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L Moore History
25 23 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
26 16 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
27 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
28 19 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
29 43 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
30 40 Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Current Events
31 28 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
32 American Berserk Bill Morris History
33 26 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley True Crime
34 15 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
35 A Second Revolution C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
36 The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
37 The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping William Cook History
38 The Final Charge Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
39 25 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
40 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
41 27 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
42 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Pets
43 Planet Jesus Volume One: Flesh and Blood Doug & Shawn Brode Science Fiction
44 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
45 34 History of Lykens Township, Volume I Gratz Historical Society History
46 There Is Something about Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
47 Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys Steve Troutman Natural History
48 Hairy Men in Caves Marlin Bressi History
49 50 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
50 9 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last was #1 due to brisk sales following the airing of the controversial History Channel program which drew most of its material from the book or complementary sources. It has been the top-selling Amelia Earhart book on Amazon. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula took #2 due to the introduction of a Kindle version. Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib by Lawrence Knorr grabbed the third spot thanks to seasonal interest. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam continued to sell well, slipping to #4. Max Klinger claimed the fifth spot with his 4th edition of The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch primarily due to orders from extended relations.

The company released eight new titles in July:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2017
Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Literary Fiction
Middle of the Road Benjamin Anderson Literary Fiction
Cast Iron Town Signs of PA 2 ed N Clair Clawser History
The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch, 4th Ed. Max Klinger Genealogy
The Deadly Jigsaw Puzzle Alma Bond Thriller Fiction
Murder on the Streetcar Alma Bond Thriller Fiction
Who Killed Marcia Maynard? Alma Bond Thriller Fiction

 

History of Lykens Township Volume 2 is the Sunbury Press bestseller for February

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February. The Gratz Historical Society’s History of Lyken Township Volume Two took the top spot. Beagle Tales VI by Bob Ford was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for February, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW History of Lykens Township Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
2 NEW Beagle Tales VI Bob Ford Humor
3 Dinorific Poetry Volume 1 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
4 2 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
5 41 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
8 Bravo! Guy Graybill Music History
9 5 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
10 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
11 8 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
12 1 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
13 NEW Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
14 NEW Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
15 American Berserk Bill Morris Memoir
16 9 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
17 40 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
18 15 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
19 20 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
20 OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan Supernatural Fiction
21 26 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
22 7 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
23 12 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
24 30 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
25 24 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
26 45 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
27 14 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
28 35 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
29 25 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
30 19 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
31 18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
32 27 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger … Max Klinger Geneaology
33 NEW Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
34 13 Mary Sachs Barbara Trainin-Blank Biography
35 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
36 OneWay Robin McClellan Supernatural Fiction
37 49 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
38 17 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
39 34 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
40 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey Lawrence Knorr Geneaology
41 The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping William Cook True Crime
42 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
43 Well I’ll be Hanged Tim Dempsey History
44 37 Indian Villages and Place Names in PA George Donehoo History
45 50 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
46 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Spirituality
47 Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
48 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
49 The Sea is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
50 21 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History

The Gratz Historical Society’s local history “The History of Lykens Township Volume 2,” was #1 due to advance sales leading up to its release in April. Bob Ford’s humorous “Beagle Tales VI” continues a successful string of releases by the writer, took #2 thanks to sales in the beagling community. Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli’s “Dinorific Poetry Volume 1” bounced back to #3 due to author events. Steven K Wagner’s biography “Seinsoth” about the Dodger who almost was took #4 due to bookstore sales. Joe Fair’s Vietnam history, “Call Sign Dracula” was strong at #5 thanks to author activities.

The company released three new titles in February:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for February, 2016
Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
Beagle Tales VI Bob Ford Humor

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

Michele Livingston's "Living in the Afterlife" is the Sunbury Press bestseller for June

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for June. Michele Livingston’s record of her channeled spirit encounters, Living in the Afterlife earned the top spot. A Year of Change and Consequences by former governor Mark Singel was second.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
2 NEW A Year of Change & Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
3 NEW Bitter Sweet Catherine Jordan et al. Short Stories
4 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
5 1 What Do You Say? James Campbell Pastoral Resources
6 What Springs from Rain? Lindsay Lough Nature
7 NEW Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
8 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
9 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
10 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
11 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
12 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
13 15 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
14 4 Israel Under Siege Scot McCauley Espionage Fiction
15 9 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
16 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Medical Memoir
17 19 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
18 Dinorific Poetry Volume 1 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
19 20 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
20 8 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
21 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
22 23 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
23 3 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
24 2 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
25 NEW OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan & Ruth Watson Metaphysical Fiction
26 11 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
27 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
28 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
29 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Geopolitics
30 24 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History

lita_fcMichele Livingston’s “Living in the Afterlife” debuted in the top spot thanks to advance sales prior to her appearance at the Lily Dale Assembly in Lily Dale, NY in July. Her “Messages from Beyond” also took #4. Former Pennsylvania governor Mark Singel’s new release, “A Year of Change and Consequences”shot out of the gate to #2 thanks to attention in the press. “Bitter Sweet,” the short story anthology shepherded by editor Catherine Jordan, who led the writing workshop at the Fredericksen Library in Camp Hill, rocketed to #3 due to strong sales at the library’s release celebration. All author proceeds and profits were donated to the library. “What Do You Say?,” last month’s bestseller, hung onto #5 thanks to author activities. The late Lindsay Lough’s previously discontinued pictorial compilation of the Ecuadoran rain forest, “What Springs of Rain,” placed at #6 thanks to a large order from the family to be shared in remembrance with those who attended her memorial service. Lawrence Knorr’s “Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib” took #7 in advance of the book release party in Gratz in early July. Kyle Romines “The Keeper of the Crows” returned to the rankings at #8 thanks to author activities. “The Blue Ground,” by Joe Harvey, grabbed #9 as interest increased thanks to reviews. Alan Mindell’s “The B Team” took #10 and “The Closer” #19 thanks to author appearances in southern California. Karim El Koussa netted #11 and #12 with “Jesus the Phoenician” and “The Phoenician Code” thanks to export orders. Anthony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” held at #13 as interest in the breed continues to be strong. Admiral McCauley’s international thriller “Israel Under Siege” slipped to #14 following his book release party at Bay Books in Coronado, California. Bridget Smith’s historical fiction “Where Elephants Fought,” about a Confederate general, rode in at #15 as the author continued her speaking rounds. Ken Mercurio’s “Head Over Wheels,” recounting his cycling mishap and subsequent medical recovery, returned to the rankings at #16 due to seasonal interest. Sheldon Munn’s “Freemasons at Gettysburg” held at #17 thanks to steady orders from gift shops in Gettysburg. The Sgrignoli’s “Dinorific Poetry Volume 1” re-appeared in the rankings at #18 thanks to author activities. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continues to sell well at #20 as readers acquire this second edition. Sue Fox McGovern’s “Raising Monarchs,” instructing us how to save the butterfly species, charted at #21 thanks to sales to lawn and garden stores in the midwest. Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao” moved up to #22 due to continued interest in the subject matter. M A Richards’ spy thriller “A Choice of Enemies” slid to #23 as his tour of bookstores in the northeast wound down. “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick held at #24 due to sales in New Mexico. “OneWay: The Oracle” by Robin McClellan and Ruth Watson debuted at #25 thanks to interest in the Harrisburg area. Joe Fair’s Viet Nam memoir “Call Sign Dracula” continues to sell well among the veterans, ranking #26. Sherry Knowlton’s publicity efforts yielded #27 & #28 for “Dead of Autumn” and “Dead of Summer.” Increasing concern about tensions at the Mexican border has caused Bob Stout’s “Hidden Danger” to rise onto the chart at #29. Michael Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Haunts” held on at #30 as it continues to get interest from Ripper fans.

The company released four new titles in June:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for June, 2016
OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan & Ruth Watson Metaphysical Fiction
Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
A Year of Change & Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
Bitter Sweet Catherine Jordan et al. Short Stories

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

"Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last" soars as Sunbury Press bestseller for March

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March, 2016. Mike Campbell’s 2nd edition of his Amelia Earhart book took the top spot. Dead of Summer by Sherry Knowlton grabbed the second spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for March, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
2 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
3 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
4 13 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
5 NEW The Relations of Dwight D Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
6 6 The Bipolar Millionaire John E Wade II Biography
7 2 Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
8 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
9 The 3-5-7 Model Darla Henry Grief Counseling
10 24 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
11 3 Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
12 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle Steve Troutman History
13 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
14 NEW The Mask of Minos Robert Walton Thriller Fiction
15 Beagle Tales 2 Bob Ford Pet Humor
16 Beagle Tales 4 Bob Ford Pet Humor
17 Beagle Tales 3 Bob Ford Pet Humor
18 Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Pet Humor
19 Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
20 NEW A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates YA Fiction
21 A Darker Shade of Freedom C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
22 11 Rabid Philanderer’s, Inc. Nancy Williams Thriller Fiction
23 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Science
24 The Undecided Robin Donaruma YA Fiction
25 The Cogan Legend Robert Miller Historical Fiction
26 Darkness at First Light J M West Murder Mystery
27 Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Poetry/Photography
28 The Politics of Prevailing William Miller Education
29 Linnea’s Kitchen Linnea Jepson Cookbook
30 30 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History

amelia fcover 2The 2nd edition of “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” by Mike Campbell took the top spot thanks to continued interest in the missing aviatrix. Sherry Knowlton nabbed the next two spots with “Dead of Summer” at #2 and “Dead of Autumn” at #3 thanks to author activities. M A Richards’ “Choice of Enemies” climber to #4 due to book store events. Lawrence Knorr’s 2nd edition of “The Relations of Dwight D Eisenhower” joined the rankings at #5 because of a large order for the Pennsylvania German Society event on June 4th honoring the former President and his Pennsylvania Dutch roots. John Wade’s biography “The Bipolar Millionaire” held at #6 thanks to author activities in New Orleans. Beth Lancione’s “Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure” slipped to #7 as orders tapered following the initial release. However, “Soloon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos” returned to #19 thanks to interest in the Antarctic release. Joe Harvey’s “From Blue Ground” rejoined the rankings at #8 due to author activities. Darla Henry’s “The 3-5-7 Model” took #9 thanks to orders from clinics. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir “Call Sign Dracula” climbed to #10 because of author activities. Michael Phillips’ “Between Good and Evil” held at #11 thanks to bookstore orders in advance of signing events. Steve Troutman grabbed #12 and #13 with “The Penns’ Manor at Spread Eagle …” and “Tulpehocken Trail Traces” thanks to interest in the author’s events in the region. Robert Walton’s new release “The Mask of Minos” grabbed #14 due to author release activities. Bob Ford ranked #15, #16, #17 & #18 with Beagle Tales 2, 4, 3, & 5. Ford has had great responses when selling books at his dog trials. Tory Gates’ new release “A Moment in the Sun” debuted at #20 thanks to author events. C James Gilbert’s “A Darker Shade of Freedom” returned to the rankings at #21 as the author prepped for events. Nancy Williams’ “Rabid Philanderers” held on at #22 due to online sales. Sue Fox McGovern’s ” Raising Monarchs ranked #23 as seasonal orders from garden centers arrived. Robin Donaruma’s “The Undecided” climbed to #24 thanks to author activities. Robert Miller’s “The Cogan Legend” ranked #25 due to local interest. Joan West’s “Darkness at First Light” took #26 from book signing sales. Ashley Nichole’s “Found Still Lost” charted at #27 from sales at an author event in Hershey, PA. Dr. William Miller’s “The Politics of Prevailing” made the list at #28 thanks to sales to education professionals. Joanna Jepson’s “Linnea’s Kitchen” cookbook sold out of it’s print run, taking #29. Anthony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” clung to #30 for the second straight month due to online sales.

The company released five new titles in March:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for March, 2016
A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates YA Fiction
The Relations of Dwight D Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
The Mask of Minos Robert Walton Thriller Fiction
The Rage of Kali Jack Adler Espionage Fiction

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

Darla Henry's "3-5-7 Model Workbook" is Sunbury Press bestseller for February

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February, 2016. Darla Henry’s grief counseling workbook for the 3-5-7 Model, took the top spot. Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure, by the late Beth Lancione and illustrator Kathy Haney, grabbed the second spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for February, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 The 3-5-7 Model Workbook Darla Henry Grief Counseling
2 NEW Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
3 12 Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
4 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
5 Blue Lines Up In Arms James Craig Atchison Detective Thriller
6 2 The Bipolar Millionaire John E Wade II Biography
7 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
8 16 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
9 20 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
11 Rabid Philanderer’s, Inc. Nancy Williams Thriller Fiction
12 28 Perilous Journey Ted Brusaw Historical Fiction
13 5 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
14 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
15 NEW Sucked Into Cyberspace Ricky Bruce YA Fiction
16 13 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Detective Thriller
17 3 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
18 30 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
19 9 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
20 26 Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
21 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill History
22 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Thriller Fiction
23 Lost in the Shadow of Fame William Lemanski Biography
24 10 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
25 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Thriller Fiction
26 Keep it Blue Haley Dean Thriller Fiction
27 21 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
28 Prince and the Paupers Guy Graybill History
29 17 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
30 27 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History

Sunbury Press has wrapped up its best February ever. Compared to last February, sales were up 18%. Year-to-date, sales are up slightly less than 10% versus last year. So far, it is the best start ever for the company. EBook sales continued their slide, dropping 25% from February 2015, and 15% year-to-date. Ebook sales have collapsed 70% from February 2013, three years ago.

357 front“The 3-5-7 Model Workbook” grabbed the top spot thanks to the use of the book in the author’s consulting and seminar practice. The late Beth Lancione’s childrens book “Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure” was released in February, and benefitted from family events. Recently released R. Michael Phillips’ thriller “Between Good and Evil” showed thanks to author release events in the Philadelphia area. “Where Elephants Fought,” Bridget Smith’s historical novel about Confederate General Earl Van Dorn’s mysterious death moved up to #4 thanks to ongoing interest in the Vicksburg, Mississippi area. James Craig Atchison’s hockey/detective thriller “Blue Lines Up in Arms” ratcheted to #5 due to author events and activities. John E Wade II’s “The Bipolar Millionaire” held on the list at #6, buttressed by author publicity efforts. Jess Steven Hughes grabbed two spots with his Roman historical fiction, taking #7 with “The Wolf of Britannia Part I” and #29 with “The Sign of the Eagle.” Hughes continues to make his rounds of bookstores in the Pacific northwest. Allen Mindell also reserved two spots with his popular sports fiction titles, #8 “The B Team” and #9 “The Closer.” Mindell continues to prosper from appearances in southern California. Keith Rommel’s convention activity and movies pushed two of his titles up the list. “The Lurking Man” just made the top 10, while “The Cursed Man” was at #14. Both films are expected out in the next 12 to 18 months. Nancy Williams’ recently released “Rabid Philadenderer’s, Inc.” jettisoned to #11 thanks to orders from upstate Pennsylvania. The late Ted Brusaw’s novel about Benedict Arnold, “Perilous Journey,” climbed to #12 thanks to promotional efforts by his widow. Lucky #13 went to M. A. Richards and his spy thriller “Choice of Enemies” thanks to author promotional activities. Ricky Bruce’s new YA release “Sucked Into Cyberspace” debuted at #15 due to author activities in the San Jose, California region. William Lemanski has benefitted from the sales of his murder mystery, “Murder in Tuxedo Park,” very popular in his Tuxedo Park, New York hometown. The book was #16 in the rankings, pulling up his biography ssoaa_fcof Kermit Roosevelt, “Lost in the Shadow of Fame,” which returned to the list at #23. Investigative reporter Chris Papst’s “Capital Murder,” about the mayoral scandal in Harrisburg, continues to sell steadily in Pennsylvania’s capital city, taking #17. “That Night at Surigao,” Ernie Marshall’s naval history of the last battle of battleships in World War II grabbed #18 thanks to ongoing interest in the subject matter. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continues to sell steadily, ranking #19. “Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess,” about the Harrisburg pioneering entrepreneur, benefitted from author Barbara Blank’s television appearance, taking #20. Guy Graybill was back in the rankings at #21 and #28 with his Prince Farrington biographies “Prohibition’s Prince” and “Prince and the Paupers.” Guy has been making his rounds again in the Williamsport, Pennsylvania area. Sharon Marchisello’s Alzheimers thriller “Going Home” jumped to #22 thanks to author appearances. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir, “Call Sign Dracula,” continues to sell well, including overseas, taking #24. Robert Walton’s humorous adventure/thriller “Fatal Snow” was boosted by author appearances, returning to the rankings at #25. Haley Dean took #26 with her thriller “Keep it Blue” thanks to ongoing author online efforts. Kyle Romines’ thriller “Keeper of the Crows” slipped to #27, holding on thanks to sales in the Louisville, Kentucky area. Anthony Julian clung to #30 with his “Pit Bulls” compilation of historic photos of the breed. Julian’s book was popular over the Christmas season, but has faded of late.

The company sold 110 other titles, 140 in all, during the month of February, with the strongest performances in the history and historical fiction categories. Online sales continue to dominate over brick and mortar bookstores.

The company released two new titles during the month of February.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for February, 2016
Sucked Into Cyberspace Ricky Bruce YA Fiction
Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens

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