Dr. Miller's "Politics" prevails among Sunbury Press bestsellers. Cli-Fi novel leads fiction.

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September, 2015. Dr. William N. Miller took the top spot with his education memoir “The Politics of Prevailing.” Dr. Edward Rubin’s Cli-Fi novel “The Heatstroke Line” led fiction in 3rd place. Darla Henry’s “3-5-7 Model” was 2nd.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW The Politics of Prevailing William N Miller Education
2 The 3-5-7 Model Darla Henry Counseling
3 NEW The Heatstroke Line Edward Rubin Climate Fiction
4 4 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
5 5 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
6 11 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
7 NEW The Alabaster Jar Marie Sontag YA Fiction
8 3 The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
9 NEW The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Upper Mahantongo Valley Steve Troutman History
10 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
11 Murder Run Shelly Frome Murder Mystery
12 19 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
13 10 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
14 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
15 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
16 7 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
17 A Brother’s Cold Case Dennis Herrick Murder Mystery
18 12 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
19 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Medical Memoir
20 26 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
21 Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Humor
22 15 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
23 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
24 Beagle Tales 4 Bob Ford Humor
25 9 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
26 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Murder Mystery
27 Dying for Vengeance J M West Murder Mystery
28 1 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
29 14 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
30 18 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History

tpop_fcSales for the 3rd quarter just ended were nearly double sales in Q3 of 2014. EBooks were down about 10% over the same quarterly period. Hardcover sales are up 10x from Q3 2014. Year-to-date, sales are up over 92% from 2014. Comparing Septembers, sales were nearly 1.5x higher, year-over-year. The company is expecting its best 4th quarter ever.

Dr. William Miller’s “The Politics of Prevailing” rocketed to the top thanks to advance sales. Darla Henry’s “The 3-5-7 Model” placed due to orders for conferences in Canada. “The Heatstroke Line,” Dr. Edward Rubin’s first novel is pioneering in the “Cli-Fi” category, burning up to #3 due to author activities. Chris Papst’s “Capital Murder” held at #4 as the author appeared on numerous radio programs nationwide. Bridget Smith’s historical novel “Where Elephants Fought” stuck at #5 thanks to author appearances in Mississippi. “Call Sign Dracula,” the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, moved up again to #6 thanks to author appearances at veterans events. Marie Sontag’s new historical YA novel, “The Alabaster Jar,” debuted at #7 due to author appearances at schools. It’s prequel, “The Bronze Dagger,” also charted at #22. “The Segregated Georgia School for he Deaf,” by professors Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley of Mercer University, slid to #8, but continues to sell steadily. “The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Upper Mahantongo Valley” by Steve Troutman ground to #9 thanks to advance orders. Jess Steven Hughes’ three novels: “The Sign of the Eagle” (#10), “The Wolf of Britannia Part II (#14), and “The Wolf of Britannia Part I” (#15) marched onto three spots on the chart in tandem with author appearances in Washington and Oregon. Shelly Frome’s recently-released “Murder Run” vaulted to #11 prior to author appearances in North Carolina. “Raising Monarchs,” Sue Fox McGovern’s instructions on saving these disappearing butterlies, flitted to #12 due to sales to bookstores. Sherry thsl_fcKnowlton’s “Dead of Summer” (#13), and “Dead of Autumn” (#23) held two spots thanks to author appearances. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#16) and The Closer (#25) perservered thanks to continued interest in the author’s new website and blog and his appearance schedule. Dennis Herrick was another author with two books on the chart: “A Brother’s Cold Case” #17 and “Winter of the Metal People” next in line at #18. Dennis continues his appearance schedule in New Mexico. Ken Mercurio’s “Head Over Wheels” flipped back onto the chart at #19. Ernie Marshall’s account of the last conflict between battleships, That Night at Surigao, was #20, thanks to author activity. Bob Ford nabbed two spots with his hilarious “Beagle Tales 5” at #21, and “Beagle Tales 4” at #24. J M West also doubled with “Courting Doubt and Darkness” at #26, and “Dying for Vengeance” at #27. “Jesus the Phoenician,” Kareem El Koussa’s controversial history of the Son of God, held on the list at #28 as his US tour ebbed. Two mainstays, Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, ” and Anthony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” continued their streaks on the chart at #29 and #30 respectively.

The company released eight new titles during the month of September.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for September, 2015
Ionica Catalina Petcov Biography
The Heatstroke Line Edwin Rubin Climate Fiction
White River Monster IV Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
White River Monster V Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
White River Monster VI Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
The Alabaster Jar Marie Sontag YA Fiction
Hairy Men in Caves Marlin Bressi History
High Passes John Timmerman Western

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

El Koussa's books reign in advance of his upcoming US Tour — Sunbury Press bestsellers for August

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August, 2015. Karim El Koussa took the top two spots with Jesus the Phoenician and Pythagoras in anticipation of his upcoming US Tour. Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley’s The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf moved up to 3rd, while Chris Papst’s Capital Murder, the prior top bestseller, slipped to 4th.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
2 Pythagoras Karim El Koussa Historical Fiction
3 8 The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
4 1 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
5 7 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
6 3 The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation John E Wade II Memoir
7 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
8 16 Pink Crucifix Johnny Strife Supernatural Fiction
9 10 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 5 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
11 27 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
12 24 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
13 Rising Hope Marie Sontag YA Fiction
14 14 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
15 11 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
16 Fireproof Moth Milo Thornberry History
17 17 For Better, For Worse Carolyn Perry Disaster Memoir
18 30 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
19 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
20 15 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
21 The Bookseller’s Secret Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
22 Rising Sun Descending Wade Fowler Historical Fiction
23 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
24 Seeking Samiel Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
25 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
26 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
27 NEW Something So Divine John Lindermuth Historical Thriller
28 20 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
29 Of Guilt and Innocence John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
30 28 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History

jtp_fcWhile August is usually the peak of the “dog days” in the book trade, Sunbury Press posted a hot August, narrowly missing August 2014’s best-of-all-time numbers. YTD Sales are nearly double last year. EBooks posted their best month of the year, but remain only 3% of overall sales.

Karim El Koussa’s upcoming US tour includes stops in Colorado, California, New Jersey, and New York. Advance sales to the venues fueled his sudden return to the top of the charts. Not all orders are in, so a strong September is also expected for his controversial religious history Jesus the Phoenician and his nonfiction novel Pythagoras. The Segregated Georgia School for he Deaf, by professors Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley of Mercer University, moved up to #3 thanks to author activity.Chris Papst’s Capital Murder slipped to #4 due to a lull in news about the Harrisburg mayoral scandal. Bridget Smith’s historical novel Where Elephants Fought moved up to #5 thanks to author appearances in Mississippi. John E Wade II’s memoir, The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation, slipped a bit to #6, but held its ranking due to author appearances in New Orleans. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#7) and The Closer (#9) held serve thanks to continued interest in the author’s new website and blog and his appearance schedule. Johnny Strife’s Pink Crucifix crept up the list to #8 thanks to his recent activities. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Summer stayed in the top 10 at #10, thanks to author activities. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, moved up the chart to #11 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Dennis Herrick lifted to at #12 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. Marie Sontag’s Rising Hope (#13) and The Bronze Dagger (#15) sold well in advance of her new release The Alabaster Jar, which came out September 5. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, held at #14, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. Milo

Karim El Koussa

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Thornberry’s real-life Taiwan “spy” thriller Fireproof Moth returned to the chart at #16 due to academic orders. Carolyn Perry’s Katrina memoir, For Better, For Worse, retained #17 through the 10th anniversary of the hurricane. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls (I & II) charted again at #18 & #25 respectively because of ongoing interest in the subject matter. Raising Monarchs, Sue Fox McGovern’s instructions on saving these disappearing butterlies, flitted to #19.  Three of John L. Moore’s Frontier Pennsylvania Series appeared on the list (20, 28, & 30). Interest remains strong from local bookstores, historical parks, and retailers. Thriller writer Catherine Jordan returned to the list with both of her creepy titles – The Bookseller’s Secret at #21, and Seeking Samiel at #24, as she heads up a writing workshop. Wade Fowler’s Rising Sun Descending returned to #22 thanks to author activities. Both of John Lindermuth’s books grabbed spots, as he released his new novel, Something So Divine (#27). Digging Dusky Diamonds, an anthracite region history, was #23. Ernie Marshall’s account of the last conflict between battleships, That Night at Surigao, was #26, thanks to author activity. John Scanlan’s police procedural, Of Guilt and Innocence, charted at #29.

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

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for August, 2015
Murder Run Shelly Frome Murder Mystery
Something So Divine John Lindermuth Historical Thriller
White River Monster II Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
White River Monster III 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

Capital Murder redux — Dead of Summer is top fiction among Sunbury Press bestsellers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July, 2015. Chris Papst took the top spot for the third month in a row with Capital Murder, the expose of Harrisburg’s failed finances. Darla Henry’s grief counseling classic The 3-5-7 Model grabbed the second spot. Sherry Knowlton’s recently-released Dead of Summer led Fiction at #5.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
2 The 3-5-7 Model Darla Henry Counseling
3 NEW The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation John E Wade II Memoir
4 Dinofiric Poetry Volume 2 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
5 NEW Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
6 17 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 11 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
8 NEW The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
9 5 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
10 19 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
11 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
12 21 Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Photography
13 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
14 15 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
15 24 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
16 NEW Pink Crucifix Johnny Strife Supernatural Fiction
17 For Better, For Worse Carolyn Perry Disaster Memoir
18 30 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History
19 29 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History
20 23 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
21 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L. Moore History
22 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L. Moore History
23 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
24 14 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
25 Silver Moon Joanne Risso Childrens
26 Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Pet Humor
27 12 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
28 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
29 Beagle Tales 3 Bob Ford Pet Humor
30 13 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History

cm_fcSunbury Press just posted its best July ever! Compared to last Juy, sales more than tripled. YTD Sales are also up over 100% from last year. EBook sales for the month were down over 12% from June. The company continues to see growth in print formats, while ebooks falter.

Chris Papst’s Capital Murder stayed on top due to author media activity and breaking news about the Harrisburg financial scandal. Darla Henry’s The 3-5-7 Model soared to #2 thanks to the author’s speaking engagements. John E Wade II’s memoir, The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation, showed thanks to advertising and events in his local New Orleans market. Mike and Ethan Sgrignoli’s Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 took #4 thanks to their appearances. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Summer debuted at #5, and Dead of Autumn at lucky #13, thanks to author activities. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#6) and The Closer (#10) moved up the rankings thanks to the author’s new website and blog. Bridget Smith’s historical novel Where Elephants Fought moved up to #7 thanks to a recent appearance in Nashville. The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf, by professors Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley of Mercer University, debuted at #8 thanks to author activity. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man held onto #9 as the author is in between convention appearances. Marie Sontag’s The Bronze Dagger rejoined the list at #11 as she prepares for release of the next volume in the series. Ashley Nichole’s Found. Still Lost. was the top selling art book at #12 due to her exhibition an 2nd Floor Gallery. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, inched up to #14, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. All 8 of John L. Moore’s Frontier Pennsylvania Series appeared on the list (15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, & 28). Interest remains strong from local bookstores, historical tbmato_fcparks, and retailers. Johnny Strife’s Pink Crucifix crept onto the list at #16 thanks to orders from his circle. Carolyn Perry’s Katrina memoir, For Better, For Worse, returned to the list at #17 as the 10th anniversary of the hurricane approaches. Dennis Herrick held at #24 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. Joanne Risso’s Silver Moon reappeared on the list at #25 thanks to her activities. Bob Ford’s Beagle Tales series took two spots — #26 with Volume 5 and #29 with Volume 3. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, continued to chart at #27 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls charted again at #30 because of ongoing interest in the subject matter.

The company released six new titles during the month of July.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2015
The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation John E Wade II Memoir
Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
Pink Crucifix Johnny Strife Supernatural Fiction
Keep Turning Right Rick Dapp Self-Help
White River Monster 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

"Capital Murder" crowned again — "The Devil Tree" is top fiction among Sunbury Press bestsellers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for June, 2015. Chris Papst took the top spot again with Capital Murder, the expose of Harrisburg’s failed finances. Frank Deter’s newly-released hunting memoir A Dog Named Judy grabbed the second spot. Keith Rommel’s recently-released The Devil Tree led Fiction at #3.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 2 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
2 NEW A Dog Named Judy Frank Deter Hunting Memoir
3 4 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
4 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Action Adventure
5 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
6 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Paranormal
7 The Amish Rebel Preston Nuttall Historical Fiction
8 Dinorific Poetry Volume 1 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
9 Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
10 Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
11 16 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
12 22 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
13 17 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
14 14 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
15 12 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
16 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
17 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
18 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
19 11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
20 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
21 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
22 NEW Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Photography
23 Dying for Vengeance J M West Murder Mystery
24 29 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
25 25 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
26 The Machine Horace Taylor Science Fiction
27 Along the Bethel Trail Friends of Bethel AME History
28 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Murder Mystery
29 9 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen Historical Fiction
30 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History

cm_fcAnother record! The company, for the second straight month, had its best month ever. Compared to last June, sales more than doubled. YTD Sales are also up over 100% from last year. Hardcover books exceeded trade paperbacks for the 2nd quarter. EBook sales for the quarter were down slightly from the 1st quarter.

Chris Papst’s Capital Murder moved to the top due to author media activity and breaking news about the Harrisburg financial scandal. Frank Deter’s My Dog Judy placed due to author activity. Keith Rommel’s The Devil Tree grew to #3, and The Cursed Man to #5, thanks to author appearances at Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg and Comic Con in Florida. Karim El Koussa’s The Phoenician Code rose to #4 thanks to a French language deal with a French publisher. Michele Livingston’s Messages From Beyond reappeared at #6 thanks to author appearances. Preston Nuttall’s The Amish Rebel rejoined the chart at #7 thanks to renewed author activity. Mike and Ethan Sgrignol’s Dinorific Poetry series took #8, 9, and 10 thanks to their appearances. Bridget Smith’s historical novel Where Elephants Fought moved up to #11 thanks to ongoing sales in Mississippi. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, continued to chart at #12 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls charted again at #13 because of ongoing interest in the subject matter. Dennis Herrick held at #14 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, held at #15, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. Steve Troutman’s Tulpehocken Trail Traces tracked at #16 due to author appearances. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#17) and The Closer (#19) were bolstered by author appearances in California. John Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City (#18) and Emeralds of the tdt_fcAlhambra (#20) both returned to the rankings thanks to author activities in Georgia. Going Home, by Sharon Marchisello, grabbed #21 while Ashley Nichole’s new photography book Found-Still Lost debuted at #22 thanks to an exhibition at the Sunbury Press Store during Jubilee Day. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance (#23) and Courting Doubt and Darkness (#28) were helped by the author’s participation in Jubilee Day. John L. Moore grabbed the three spots #’s 24, 25, & 30 with 3 of the 8 books in his Frontier Pennsylvania Series. Interest remains strong from local bookstores and retailers. Horace Taylor’s The Machine notched #26 due to author activities. Along the Bethel Trail, by the Friends of the Bethel AME, slipped to #27. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaoga stayed on the chart at #29 due to author appearances.

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

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for June, 2015
A Dog Named Judy Frank Deter Hunting Memoir
Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Photography

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

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 financial collapse recounted in new book by investigative reporter Chris Papst

HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Capital Murder: An investigative reporter’s hunt for answers in a collapsing city, Chris Papst’s expose of the recent financial troubles in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state capital.

cm_fcAbout the Book:
Every city in America is unique. Each has its own instructive tale of success and failure. What makes Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s story most valuable lies not in its life but in its death – and in the actions of those who killed it.

In late 2011, Harrisburg became the first – and only – capital city in American history to file for bankruptcy. For four years, investigative reporter Chris Papst provided award-winning coverage of this unprecedented financial collapse. Now, he has authored a book sharing his experiences while detailing what went wrong.

Excerpt:
In two-and-a-half years, I filed more than 200 reports on Harrisburg’s financial collapse and the hapless residents it affected. Nearly every day something news-worthy happened—and little of it good.

Yet, despite my built-in safeguards, the abhorrent nature of Harrisburg’s demise eventually wore on my psyche. After hundreds of depressing reports, day-after-day, I started to break. This was where I worked. This was my home state’s capital city. I had friends who lived and raised families here. I wanted Harrisburg to win. But it seemed impossible.

People were made massively wealthy issuing the bond deals that capsized Harrisburg. But every day at 4:00, I watched as the protagonists whoallowed it to happen hopped in their foreign sports sedans and fled town. They left behind a broke and broken city, and not one person was heldaccountable. No arrests. No charges.No indictments. No restitution. The city was financially dead, but apparently no one killed it.

For the longest time, I couldn’t understand how a city could have been so financially raped. How could the residents allow it to happen? More importantly, how could the media allow it to happen? In a democracy, where everyone has the right to free speech, and the right to assemble and petition, how is this possible? It took me years to truly understand. And once I finally did, I found it necessary to write this book.  — Chris Papst

bio_1About the Author
Chris Papst
is a multiple Emmy-award winning investigative reporter whose work has initiated changes in law and sparked criminal investigations. He currently works at ABC 7/WJLA in Washington, DC.

Capital Murder
Authored by Chris Papst
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 244 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620065916
ISBN-13: 978-1620065914
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
BISAC: Government / State & Local / Pennsylvania

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Capital-Murder-978162006…. (http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-B-Team-9781620065952…)