“The Accountant’s Apprentice” by Dennis Clausen wins the Sunny Award for Brown Posey Press Bestseller in 2018

“The Accountant’s Apprentice” by Dennis Clausen wins the Sunny Award for Brown Posey Press Bestseller in 2018

Dennis Clausen’s urban literary fiction novel was the 2018 bestseller for Brown Posey Press, an imprint of Sunbury Press, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

About the Book:

Justin Moore, a young Catholic priest, witnesses a crime he believes he might have prevented if he had intervened to assist the victim. The incident destroys his faith in himself and undermines his mental health. He takes a leave of absence and moves into a rundown studio apartment on the edge of downtown San Diego, where he lives a reclusive lifestyle without a computer, telephone, or anything that connects him to the outside world. He spends most of his time in the loneliness of that apartment reading and pondering his life’s mission. One day he spots a note advertising a part-time position as a driver for a wheelchair-bound resident of the same apartment. He answers the ad and is introduced to a mysterious elderly gentleman who identifies himself as an “accountant for an international business firm.” He tells Justin to call him A. C., an abbreviation for Accountant, and he refuses to divulge anything more about himself or his business activities. Justin soon questions whether his elderly employer might be involved in drug trafficking and other illegal activities under the guise of corporate respectability. As Justin becomes increasingly obsessive about his new employer, he speculates that A. C., who is an enigmatic and elusive character, might have an even more mysterious past. When Justin plunges deeper into the abyss of doubt and confusion concerning his life and A. C., his emotional crisis and obsessive state of mind worsen. Those self-doubts and suspicions about his enigmatic employer build as he struggles to learn A. C.’s real motives for coming to “America’s finest city.”

About the Author

Dennis M. Clausen grew up in west central Minnesota. There, he gained a close, intimate knowledge of the small towns and the lives they harbored. They provide the inspiration for The Search for Judd McCarthy (2018), which was a best-selling paperback original when first published under a different title in 1982. The Sins of Rachel Sims (2018), set in another small town, is a sequel to The Search for Judd McCarthyThe Accountant’s Apprentice (2018), a story that explores mysterious events that occurred in San Diego, California, in the mid-2010s, is his first novel with an urban setting. My Christmas Attic (2018), the story of a young boy in the early 1950s who struggles with dyslexia and the loss of his father in the Korean War, is set in the nearby mountain town of Julian, California. Clausen is also the author of Prairie Son (1999), a book that was the winner of Mid-List Press’s “First Series: Creative Nonfiction Award.” This book recreates his father’s struggles as an adopted child to survive the Great Depression in a farm home where he was treated more as a worker than a son. In addition to his creative work, Clausen has authored textbooks, including Screenwriting and Literature (2009), which explores the relationships between writing screenplays and writing novels. For over thirty years, he has taught literature and screenwriting courses at the University of San Diego. He enjoys writing stories that combine and transcend traditional literary genres. He has several other works in progress.

by Dennis Clausen
BROWN POSEY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x .7
9781620060919
174 Pages
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Psychological
FICTION / Urban

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.
H A Callum’s “Whispers in the Alders” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for November

H A Callum’s “Whispers in the Alders” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for November

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for November 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 5 Whispers in the Alders H A Callum Literary Fiction
2 Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Literary Fiction
3 3 Hatched Robert Barsky Literary Fiction
4 2 The Blue, the Gray, and the Red Catherine Jordan, et al Literary Fiction
5 1 The Accountant’s Apprentice Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
Ben Anderson’s novel is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for June

Ben Anderson’s novel is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for June

 

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for June 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Middle of the Road Ben Anderson Literary Fiction
2 3 The Sins of Rachel Simms Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
3 2 The Search for Judd McCarthy Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
4 4 Shitepoke Michael Barton Literary Fiction
5 Restitution Courtney Frey Literary Fiction
6 Contemporary Photo Impressionists T K McCoy Art
7 The Journey Called Life Christina Burns Personal Memoir
8 1 Downtown Details: An Artful Perspective of Newport, Pennsy… PCCA Architecture
9 The Heatstroke Line Ed Rubin Climate Fiction
10 Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Literary Fiction

 

Michael Barton’s humorous “Shitepoke” debuts as Brown Posey Press bestseller for March

Michael Barton’s humorous “Shitepoke” debuts as Brown Posey Press bestseller for March

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. Michael Barton’s humorous fictional ethnography of the Shipoke, aka Shitepoke, a neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ranked number one.  Tory Gates took the second position with his novel Live from the Cafe. Robert Barksy’s entertaining novel Hatched about a counterfeiting ring that starts in a gourmet restaurant in New York took the third spot. William F. Lee’s grief memoir All My Heroes Are Gone slipped to #4.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for March 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Shitepoke Michael Barton Literary Fiction
2 5 Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Gay & Lesbian Fiction
3 2 Hatched Robert Barksy Literary Fiction
4 1 All My Heroes Are Gone William F Lee Grief Memoir
5 Roadman Stefan May Poetry
6 Contemporary Photo Impressionists T K McCoy Art
7 Pass the Pierogies Mike Breslin Ethnic Memoir
8 Redemption Courtney Frey Memoir
9 Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History
10 Images of Italy T K McCoy Art

Barton’s book was boosted by initial release activity. Gates’ book was helped by his hosting of the Brown Posey Books radio podcast. Lee’s book has performed well due to author activities in his local area of Texas. Barksy’s book has been selling through online retailers. The remaining backlist titles received activity due to social media mentions.
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William F. Lee’s grief memoir “All My Heroes Are Gone” leads Brown Posey Press bestsellers for October

William F. Lee’s grief memoir “All My Heroes Are Gone” leads Brown Posey Press bestsellers for October

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. William F. Lee’s touching grief memoir about the loss of his wife after a long marriage, All My Heroes Are Gone,  ranked number one.  The Bittersweet compilation of short stories edited by Catherine Jordan in coordination with the Fredericksen Library in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, was second.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for October, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 All My Heroes Are Gone William F Lee Grief Memoir
2 Bitter Sweet Anthology Catherine Jordan, et al Short Stories
3 Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History
4 Keep It Blue Haley Dean Bipolar Memoir
5 A Journey Called Life Christina Burns True Crime Memoir

Lee’s book has performed well due to author activities in his local area of Texas. The short story anthology received support at local book fairs. The other titles were bolstered by online sales.

 

Announcing our new imprints …

I’ve made a career of implementing change in the IT world. For years, I’ve been the guy who comes in and leads large implementations to transform organizations. I’ve been the guy a lot of people groan about because I have been a harbinger of change — often difficult. Ideally, these changes work out and organizations become more efficient. I suppose I would not have survived for 35 years in IT if that were not the case.
Then comes Sunbury Press. While I am the owner, I was dreading changing anything. Everything seemed to be working well enough. Why should I disrupt what we are doing? Maybe it will screw things up!  Maybe I should just ride it out a little longer … funny how I, too, am nervous about change over my own domain — not so much when it is someone else’s!
After a lot of thought, and listening to advice from many quarters, including reviewing what other publishers in the industry have done, I have decided to go ahead and launch our new line of imprints. These will serve to better target our reader communities and hopefully develop loyalty in more of our offerings.
This decision was not easy.  We are not a large publisher from a financial perspective, and creating five additional brands could be cumbersome.  But, it is also necessary to achieve the level of success we are collectively seeking.
First, before I unveil them, know that we are still Sunbury Press, Inc. The corporate name is not changing. We are only changing the imprint or brand under which we register our books for sale. This means, depending on your category, your books will begin to have this new targeted branding. Nothing changes regarding our contracts, or from a legal perspective with the book trade.
So, here we go:
Sunbury Press — remains as our primary nonfiction imprint. Our history, self-help, science, political, biography/memoir titles will continue to be published under our traditional brand. This makes a lot of sense since it has been very successful with these categories. In fact, many bookstore buyers think of Sunbury Press as a history-oriented press.
Milford House Press — is our new general fiction line, including mysteries, historical, sports, westerns, and young adult titles. Several years ago, I was on my way to Boston and stayed over in Milford. There was a lovely classic revival mansion in the town which had been converted to the library. At the time, I thought of Milford House Press as a potential brand and had the logo in my head until just the other week, when I designed it. Some of you are already holding books with this new logo.
Hellbender Books — is our new imprint for our horror, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction titles. It has been clear for some time that segmenting these titles into a more appropriate brand would eliminate confusion. Usually, in my experience, a rising sun, as in the Sunbury Press logo, is the bane of the nasty things that dwell in the night. So, why would we want such a positive enlightened logo on our more disturbing material? I know Tom Malafarina and Keith Rommel are happier now. Hellbender came from the large salamanders found in streams in the northeast. While not creepy themselves, the name was cool. And, the logo has kind of a horned “H” thing going on. Anyway, I think it works.
Brown Posey Press — is our new imprint for our literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and arts-oriented titles. For these books, we wanted a more boutique feel — something more niche sounding. Tammi and I were watching a movie some time ago, and the actor mentioned brown posies. I actually reserved the URL that evening and have held it for quite awhile. Now it’s being put to use.  The logo includes a wood carving from the Middle Ages overlaid with two shade of brown.
Ars Metaphysica — permits us to segment our spiritual and metaphysical fiction and nonfiction. It will also be home for our paranormal titles. This imprint was cooked up last year, while talking to Susan Kiskis about a potential blog under this name. I pulled a mystical design from ancient times.
Speckled Egg Press — has been resurrected to be used for our childrens (juvenile) titles. While we had taken a hiatus from publishing them, we are looking at reintroducing a line of paperbacks under this brand. Tammi designed the logo several years ago, and it had been used on a limited number of books.
So, how will this work?  New books will be assigned to their appropriate imprint. As we release your new books, we may take that opportunity to rebrand your other titles, especially if they are in the same series. This takes time, and money, and will likely require many months to accomplish.  The goal is to complete the rebranding effort of active titles over the next 12 months.