Cranbrook crowned, but Rommel takes tops fiction among Sunbury Press bestsellers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May, 2015. The Cranbrook Schools took the top spot with their Women of the Worldanthology. Chris Papst’s Capital Murder held strong at #2. Along the Bethel Trail, by the Friends of Bethel, showed at #3. Keith Rommel’s newly released The Devil Tree led Fiction from the 4 spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for May, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Women Who Changed the World Cranbrook Schools YA Biography
2 1 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
3 2 Along the Bethel Trail Friends of Bethel AME History
4 NEW The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
5 16 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
6 7 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 Rockabilly Rebel Mack Allen Smith Music History
8 At the End of the Day Madelyn Killion Literary Fiction
9 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen Historical Fiction
10 24 The Fossils of Blackberry Hill Kenneth Gass Paleontology
11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
12 6 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
13 21 H Is for Hershey Heather Paterno Childrens
14 22 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
15 Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region Farrell and Farley Biography
16 NEW Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
17 13 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
18 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Medical Memoir
19 The Oxygen Factory Renee des Lauriers YA Thriller
20 Ambush at Dry Bone Gulch Sid Davis Western
21 The View from Four Foot Two Judi Markowitz Medical Memoir
22 5 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
23 Well I’ll Be Hanged Tim Dempsey History
24 23 That Night at Surigao M Ernest Marshall History
25 27 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
26 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Medical Memoir
27 30 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
28 17 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
29 25 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
30 29 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History

wwctw_fcWhat a month! The company had its best month ever, topping March’s record. Compared to last May, sales more than doubled. YTD Sales are up 82% from last year. Hardcover books have grown to a 43% share of sales. EBooks recovered a bit this month, tracking at 4.2% of sales. Trade paperbacks slipped to 45%.

Women Who Changed the World, by the Cranbrook Schools, grabbed the top spot thanks to a promotion at the end of the school year. Chris Papst’s Capital Murder held strong due to author activity and breaking news about the Harrisburg financial scandal. Along the Bethel Trail, by the Friends of the Bethel AME, was helped by its release party at the Simon Cameron Mansion in Harrisburg. Keith Rommel’s The Devil Tree debuted at #4 thanks to author appearances in Florida. Terry Ray’s popular The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs vaulted to #5 thanks to MUFON activities. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#6) and The Closer (#11) were bolstered by author appearances and interest in The Kentucky Derby. Mack Allen Smith’s Rockabilly Rebel returned to the charts at #7 thanks to author activities. Madelyn Killion’s At the End of the Day took #8 thanks to author activities. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaoga returned to the chart at #9 due to author appearances. Kenneth Gass’s The Fossils of Blackberry Hill was climbing the charts to #10 before it was withdrawn from publication. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, held at #12, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. Heather Paterno’s H Is for Hershey rose to #13 due to sales in the Hershey region. Dennis Herrick moved up to #14 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. The Joes, Farrell and Farley, grabbed #15 due to regional interest in with their recently-released Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region. Bridget tdt_fcSmith’s new historical novel Where Elephants Fought charted at #16 thanks to sales in Mississippi. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls charted again at #17 because of ongoing interest in the subject matter. Ken Mercurio’s Head Over Wheels returned to the rankings at #18 thanks to author activities. YA Thriller, The Oxygen Factory, by Renee des Lauriers found #19 thanks to author events. Sid Davis’s western, Ambush at Dry Bone Gulch, took #20 due to author interest. The View from Four Foot Two, by Judi Markowitz, returned to the rankings at #21 thanks to author activity. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, continued to chart at #22 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Tim Dempsey’s Well I’ll Be Hanged charted at #23 thanks to author activities.  Ernie Marshall’s That Night at Surigao maintained #24 thanks to interest in the last fight between battleships in WW2. John L. Moore grabbed the four spots #’s 25, 27, 29 & 30 with 4 of the 8 books in his Frontier Pennsylvania Series. Interest remains strong from local bookstores and retailers. Brandon Musgrave’s medical school memoir Hour 30 took #26 thanks to steady ebook sales. Jess Steven Hughes was at #28 with The Sign of the Eagle. Hughes continues to benefit from his regular bookstore events.

The company released four new titles during the month of May.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for May, 2015
Women Who Changed the World Cranbrook Schools YA Biography
Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
Plain and Deadly Barbara Workinger Murder Mystery
The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

Papst smears the competition — "Capital Murder" leads Sunbury Press bestsellers

Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April, 2015. Chris Papst’s expose on the financial collapse of Harrisburg, Capital Murder, took the top spot., followed by the Bethel AME church history Along the Bethel Trail.Flying Pants, by Lola James, claimed the third spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for April, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 23 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
2 NEW Along the Bethel Trail Friends of Bethel AME History
3 Flying Pants Lola James Childrens
4 As the Paint Dries Carrie Wissler-Thomas History
5 16 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
6 26 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
7 NEW The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
8 Rising Hope Marie Sontag Historical Fiction
9 25 The Wolf of Britannia, Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
10 24 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
11 There Is Something About Rough & Ready Lawrence Knorr et al History
12 5 Rising Sun Descending Wade Fowler Thriller Fiction
13 18 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
14 NEW Keystone Tombstones Anthracite Region Farrell and Farley Biography
15 NEW Keystone Tombstones Susquehanna Valley Farrell and Farley Biography
16 8 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
17 9 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
18 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
19 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
20 The Wolf of Britannia, Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
21 1 H Is for Hershey Heather Paterno Childrens
22 12 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
23 30 That Night at Surigao M Ernest Marshall History
24 3 The Fossils of Blackberry Hill Kenneth Gass Paleontology
25 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
26 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L. Moore History
27 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
28 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
29 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History
30 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History

cm_fcApril has been a historically weak month for Sunbury Press. The company had its 2nd best April ever. YTD Sales are up 77% from last year. Hardcover books have grown to a 36% share of sales. EBooks have now slipped to less than 3.9% of sales. Trade paperbacks remain steady at 54%.

Chris Papst’s Capital Murder grabbed the top spot thanks to advance sales and author activity. Along the Bethel Trail, by the Friends of the Bethel AME, was also helped by advance sales. Lola James’s childrens book Flying Pants soared to #3 due to author events. Carrie Wissler-Thomas’s As the Paint Dries was boosted to #4 by ongoing sales at the Art Association of Harrisburg. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, continued to chart at #5 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, soared to #6, up 20 spots, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. Alan Mindell’s new horse racing novel, The B Team, debuted at #7 thanks to support from his reader base. Rising Hope, Marie Sontag’s first volume in the Warsaw Rising Trilogy, charted at #8 due to author activities. Jess Steven Hughes nabbed 3 spots: #9 with The Wolf of Britannia Part I, #17 with The Sign of the Eagle, and #20 with The Wolf of Britannia Part II. Hughes benefitted from multiple books at his regular bookstore events. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician rose to #10 from combined sales of the paperback, ebook, and hardcover editions. There Is Something about Rough and Ready, by Lawrence Knorr, Steve Troutman, Elaine Moran, Cindy Baum, Christine Hipple, and Jeanne Adams returned to the rankings at #11 thanks to sales in the Rough & Ready area. Wade Fowler’s novel Rising Sun Descending slipped to #12 the month after his Sunbury Press Store event. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls moved up a few spots to #13 because of ongoing interest in the subject matter. The Joes, Farrell and Farley, grabbed numbers 14 & 15 due to regional interest in with two of their newly-released books: Keystone atbt_fc smTombstones Anthracite Region and Keystone Tombstones Susquehanna Valley. Terry Ray’s popular The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs stayed on the chart at #16 thanks to ongoing interest in the UFO phenomenom. George Donehoo’s classic Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania joined the rankings at #18 due to sales in the up state. Sheldon Munn’s Freemasons at Gettysburg climbed to #19 due to orders from Gettysburg retailers in advance of Memorial Day. Heather Paterno’s H Is for Hershey slipped to #21 following her event at the Hershey Historical Society. Dennis Herrick maintained #22, slipping 10 spots, with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. Ernie Marshall’s That Night at Surigao climbed 7 spots to #23 thanks to interest in the last fight between battleships in WW2. Kenneth Gass’s The Fossils of Blackberry Hill preserved #24 thanks to author activities. John L. Moore grabbed the remaining spots #’s 25 to 30 with 6 of the 8 books in his Frontier Pennsylvania Series: Bows, Bullets, and Bears, Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes, Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks, Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires, Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks, and Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades.

The company released nine new titles during the month of April.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for April, 2015
Charlie Caw Paul Argentini YA Fiction
Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region Farrell and Farley Biography
Along the Bethel Trail Friends of Bethel AME History
The Fossils of Blackberry Hill Kenneth Gass Paleontology
Keystone Tombstones Susquehanna Valley Farrell and Farley Biography
The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
Keystone Tombstones Anthracite Region Farrell and Farley Biography
The Best of Keystone Tombstones Farrell and Farley Biography

For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

Harrisburg's historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church predates the Civil War

HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community presented by Friends of the Bethel Trail.

About the Book:

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisburg, 1835 – 2015

atbt_fc smThroughout its history, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisburg has been a critical link in the chain of places, people, and events that bind and strengthen Pennsylvania’s quest for equity, parity, and social justice. Along the Bethel Trail is an anthology of articles by area authors, scholars and humanists that guides readers through the history of this resilient congregation in relationship to the legacy and impact on the community that it serves. Each contributing author writes of a specific historical period and geographic site where the church was located. From that vantage point, the authors explore the social and civic engagement of the congregation and its leadership in time and place, as the church and surrounding communities were continuously uprooted to make room for the expanding state capitol complex. Together their articles frame the impact of the church and congregation on the development of Harrisburg’s diverse community. The combined articles also articulate the struggle of Harrisburg’s African-American community for economic development, sustainability, and a sense of place over the past 180 years.

The anthology of articles supports the eight paneled interpretive signage and self-guided experience along Harrisburg’s Bethel Trail. Discover the location of Bethel’s first church at the current Amtrak station, key 19thcentury sites at Harrisburg’s Forum, Fountain, and Justice buildings along Commonwealth Ave, its 20th century site at 6th and Herr and Bethel’s current 21st century home in midtowns at 1721 N.5th street.

Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community
Authored by Lenwood O. Sloan, Nancy Mendes, and Michael L. Barton
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 60 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162006586X
ISBN-13: 978-1620065860
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
BISAC: History / African American

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Along-the-Bethel-Trail-9…