|SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June 2018 (by Revenue)|
|1||1||A Short Season||Jake Gronsky & David Bohner||Sports Memoir|
|2||3||Gettysburg Eddie||Lawrence Knorr||Baseball|
|3||7||Chicken Bone Beach||Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks||History|
|4||5||Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety||Michael Hawley||True Crime|
|5||13||Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas||John L. Moore||History|
|6||—||The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422||Mark Carlson||Aviation History|
|7||—||Tulpehocken Trail Traces||Steve Troutman||History|
|8||8||Freemasons at Gettysburg||Sheldon Munn||History|
|9||6||The Boys from Brookdale||Joe Regenbogen||Biography|
|10||—||History of Lykens Township Volume 1||Gratz Historical Society||History|
|11||—||The Penn’s Manor at Spread Eagle …||Steve Troutman||History|
|12||14||Tories, Terror, and Tea||John L. Moore||History|
|13||10||Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed.||Mike Campbell||History|
|14||—||History of Lykens Township Volume 2||Gratz Historical Society||History|
|15||2||The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment||Mark Pendergrast||Legal History|
|16||4||Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam||Doug Beed||Military Memoir|
|17||—||The Ripper’s Haunts||Michael Hawley||True Crime|
|18||—||Raising Monarchs||Sue McGovern||Nature|
|19||22||Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks||John L. Moore||History|
|20||20||Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades||John L. Moore||History|
|21||16||Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires||John L. Moore||History|
|22||15||Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs||Scott Zuckerman||Military Memoir|
|23||—||Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania||George Donehoo||History|
|24||19||Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes||John L. Moore||History|
|25||17||Bows, Bullets, and Bears||John L. Moore||History|
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)|
|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|
|6||—||Contemporary Photo Impressionists||T K McCoy||Art|
|7||—||Pass the Pierogies||Mike Breslin||Ethnic 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.
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)|
|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.
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)|
|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|
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)|
|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
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)|
|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|
Michele 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
Gratz, PA (July 7, 2016) — Former major league baseball player Carl Scheib, the subject of the recent biography Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib — The Youngest Player in American League History, traveled to his hometown of Gratz, Pennsylvania from his residence in San Antonio, Texas for a presentation and book signing on Thursday July 7th, 2016, held at the Gratz Community Center. The event was organized by the Gratz Historical Society. ABC27 from Harrisburg and The Citizen Standard covered the event, which was well-attended–over 120 people were present.
Welcome everyone! What a turnout! Thank you so much for coming out this evening to support Carl Scheib. Carl, Sunbury Press, and the Gratz Historical Society all thank you for doing so.
My name is Lawrence Knorr. I am the author of Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib — The Youngest Player in American League History. My ancestors are from the nearby Mahantongo Valley, near the village of Rough and Ready and Salem Church, just a few miles from here. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the valley, crossing over Mahantongo Moutain. At the peak, I looked out and saw the beautiful Mahantongo Valley before me with the Salem Church nestled below. It was a sight to see. I have collaborated in several books about the area, and as the owner of Sunbury Press, have published a number of books about the region, including those by Steve Troutman, whom many of you know.
So, many people have asked me … why write a book about Carl Scheib? Some have even asked me if I did it because I was related to him. The truth starts with a funny story. A few years ago, while working with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley of the Keystone Tombstones series, which we publish, I was looking for interesting stories for their Sports volume. I stumbled across Carl’s story online — the youngest player in modern history when he came up — and saw he was from Gratz, Pennsylvania. Given his age, I figured he was probably dead and buried in Pennsylvania. The Joes write about famous or noteworthy people buried in Pennsylvania. So, I called the Joes and told them about Carl, and they were intrigued. A few days later, I had dug further into Carl’s situation and found him alive and well in San Antonio, Texas. I called the Joes back and let them know Carl was off the list — he was still alive! They expressed a little disappointment, and then I declared I would write his biography anyway.
I reached out to Carl with a letter and soon we were talking on the phone and via the mail. We agreed it would be best to meet in person at his home. My wife, Tammi, and I flew to San Antonio and spent three days with Carl reviewing his memorabilia and photographs and interviewing him about his life and his days in baseball. We also attended a couple Texas League games at the Missions ballpark. It was a lot of fun to watch a few games with Carl and talk about baseball.
The book took two years to write — part time — and was released by Sunbury Press last month. It relates the interesting story of Carl’s rise from high school ball to the major leagues at the age of 16, and recounts every major league appearance he made.
The story of Carl’s discovery, due to the actions of a local grocery clerk, Hannah Clark, and a traveling salesman, Al Grossman is somewhat apocryphal. The story was repeated again in a recent news article in the Harrisburg paper. What is not told is that Hannah was much more than a grocery clerk. She was Carl’s cousin! What also was not told accurately by Clifford Kachline back in 1948 in The Sporting News was story of Carl’s tryout. In those days, they embellished news stories to put a family-oriented spin on them. In the story, it was assumed Carl’s father drove him to the tryout in 1942, when Carl was 15. What he didn’t say was that Gummy Rothermal, an older pitcher on the Dalmatia team in the West Branch League drove Carl because he had a good car. Can you imagine two young lads, in 1942, driving on the two lane roads from the valley to Philadelphia — over 100 miles — to try out for a major league team? I can only imagine the conversation they had. I am sure Gummy hoped he’d get a tryout too, but that didn’t happen.
Carl had been a high school star in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. Gratz won the baseball championship in 1941, and in 1942 with Carl as their ace pitcher. Carl was also invited to pitch for Dalmatia in the West Branch League … a town league of adult men who admitted teenage players during the war years.
Carl went to his tryout at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. It was raining that morning, and the game had been canceled. At first Carl thought the tryout was canceled too! But, after he found his way into the Athletics’ ballpark, he received his tryout in front of Connie Mack and others in the A’s brass. Connie told him to hurry back next year, after school was out.
Carl went home and did just that. The following spring, in 1943, after school was out, he quit high school and headed to Philadelphia. He initially was a batting practice pitcher, and then began taking trips on the train with the team. By September, he was ready to go, and signed a contract. At this point, his father came from Gratz to co-sign, since he was underage. Carl then entered his first game that day — against the New York Yankees!
When he walked onto the field, Carl was the youngest player in modern major league history. There had been some younger players back in the 1800s, but no one as young as Carl, at 16 years, had played major league baseball since. He was used sparingly in relief the rest of the way and had respectable numbers. The next year, a 15 year old named Joe Nuxhall threw less than an inning of crappy ball giving up five runs on five walks and two hits. Nuxhall then went to the minors and did not return for seven years! Carl stuck in the big leagues and got better and better. Personally, I think there should be an asterisk next to Nuxhall’s appearance, but it is, what it is. Carl is still the youngest player to have ever appeared in the American League.
Carl was with the A’s the whole season in 1944, and then when he turned 18, in 1945, he was drafted into the Army early that season. Fortunately, the war was ending when Carl went off to Germany as one of the occupation troops. He was stationed at Nuremburg during the trials. He participated on two different teams in the Army, and won nearly all of his games, including the GI championship in Germany.
Upon his return in 1947, Carl was back with the A’s and continued what many would say was just an “average” major league career. But I disagree. Carl played 11 seasons at the highest level of his sport. Not many players do that. He had not played in the minor leagues before coming to the majors, and had performed very well at a very young age. Anyone who makes a major league is one of the top players in the sport, and Carl played at that level for over a decade. So no, Carl was not a hall-of-famer, or a World Series winner, or an All-Star, but he was a solid performer for many years, who did some remarkable things, some of which I will talk about in a few minutes.
So, why is Carl Scheib’s career important? I’ll give you eight reasons:
- Connie Mack — Connie Mack was involved with the Philadelphia A’s from their beginning, and spent over 50 years in baseball from the late 1800s into the 1950s. His teams in the early 20th century were the “Yankees” before the Yankees became good. Carl was signed and managed by Connie Mack, one of the all-time greats. So, Carl’s career, thanks to Mack, bridges all the way back to the early days of major league baseball, and carries into the golden era.
- World War II — Many players got their opportunities to play thanks to a lot of the players entering the service. Carl was someone who benefited from this situation. This is an interesting era in baseball history, which has been studied quite a bit. Quite a few of these players were older and were called up from the minors to play. Many of their careers ended when the boys came home. Carl was not one of them. He stuck — and got better when the best players were back.
- A’s last pennant race — The A’s were in Philadelphia until the late 1950s, when they moved to Kansas City and then onto Oakland. We now know them as the Oakland A’s and many can remember the great teams of the 1970s. But the Kansas City A’s never were in the pennant race, so it was the 1948 A’s of Philadelphia, who last challenged for the lead. This team was in first place as late as August, with Carl as one of their star pitchers having his best season. Even after the A’s faded, Carl continued to pitch well as the Indians, Red Sox, and Yankees battled for the championship. The last week of the season, Carl beat the Yankees, denying them the pennant, allowing the Indians to win. Under pressure, Carl was brilliant, and was somewhat of a Yankee-killer at that time.
- Integration — Carl played through the era when baseball became integrated — when Jackie Robinson entered the National League, and Larry Doby entered the American League. Carl faced Doby on a number of occasions, and usually didn’t do too well against him. The A’s hired a heckler to harass Doby when he was in Philadelphia. Some of it was good-natured, but a lot of it was shameful and mean. In fact, Carl related in the book that the other players were hard on the African-American players, treating them very badly. Carl felt sorry for them.
- All-Time Greats — Carl got to meet some of the all-time great ballplayers. He was coached by Chief Bender, and Al Simmons. He also met Babe Ruth during Connie Mack’s celebration of 50 years in baseball. So, Carl interacted with some of the greatest old-time ballplayers.
- Opponents — Carl played against some of the greatest players of all time during baseball’s golden era, and often got the better of them. He faced Ted Williams, Joe Dimaggio, Yogi Berra, Larry Doby, Mickey Mantle, and many more. On the mound, his opponents were Satchel Paige, Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Hal Newhouser, and others.
- Did Great Things — Carl threw complete game shutouts, hit a grand slam against the White Sox, hit four other major league homeruns, had many clutch wins and saves, and even clutch hits as a batter.
- Good hitter — Carl was a good-hitting pitcher. He could have been an outfielder, and played in the outfield in a couple games. He was also a key pinch hitter. One year he hit .396 — in over 50 at bats — in the major leagues. This is tough to do! He was a lifetime .250 hitter. One game in particular made me laugh. It was really remarkable. Carl was pitching a complete game. It was tied into the bottom of the 9th. With a couple men on base, guess who came up to bat — Carl. Now, these days, how likely is it that a manager is going to allow the pitcher to bat in the bottom of the 9th of a tie game. This doesn’t happen anymore! Ever! So, Carl is allowed to bat, and what does he do? He gets the game-winning walk-off hit! I looked into this a little bit, and I don’t know of any other instances where a starting pitcher, throwing a complete game, has the walk-off hit to end the game. It certainly hasn’t happened in quite awhile, if at all. Admittedly, I didn’t look too hard, but it is remarkable nonetheless. In another game, in the minor leagues, near the end of his career, the manager was thrown out of the game for some reason, and Carl being one of the older players on the team, was asked to manage the rest of the way. Along comes the bottom of the 9th, and the game is tied. There are a couple of men on. Guess who Carl, the manager, inserts as a pinch-hitter? Himself! And, guess what he did? He got a hit – a walk-off hit to win the game.
So, in summary, Carl was simply a great country ballplayer. On better teams, or with better management, or modern technology, I am sure he would have had an even better, and perhaps longer career. Carl truly was and is the “Wonder Boy” from Gratz!
Thank you ….
“Hass” Hassenger then spoke for a few minutes. He is the only other surviving member from the Gratz HS championship teams. He reminisced about the old days when they were boys playing ball in the valley.
Carl Scheib then answered questions and told jokes and stories for about 45 minutes.
(The entire program was recorded on video by The Gratz Historical Society and is available on DVD from them.)
Copies of the book Wonder Boy, and all other Sunbury Press books can be purchased wherever books are sold. A few signed copies will be offered by The Gratz Historical Society while supplies last. The book can also be purchased directly from Sunbury Press at:
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May. James Campbell’s aid to pastors handling the elderly, What Do You Say? earned the top spot. Winter of the Metal People by Dennis Herrick was second.
|SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for May, 2016 (by Revenue)|
|1||NEW||What Do You Say?||James Campbell||Pastoral Resources|
|2||20||Winter of the Metal People||Dennis Herrick||Historical Fiction|
|3||3||Choice of Enemies||M A Richards||Spy Thriller|
|4||5||Israel Under Siege||Scot McCauley||Espionage Fiction|
|5||—||The Oxygen Factory||Renee des Lauriers||YA Dystopian Fiction|
|6||12||The B Team||Alan Mindell||Sports Fiction|
|7||—||Blue Lines Up In Arms||James Craig Atchison||Thriller Fiction|
|8||4||Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed.||Mike Campbell||History|
|9||6||Where Elephants Fought||Bridget Smith||Historical Fiction|
|10||—||The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Mahantango Valley||Steve Troutman||History|
|11||—||Call Sign Dracula||Joe Fair||Vietnam Memoir|
|12||14||Between Good and Evil||R Michael Phillips||Detective Thriller|
|13||NEW||The Mask of Minos||Robert Walton||Thriller Fiction|
|14||—||Rising Sun Descending||Wade Fowler||Historical Fiction|
|15||—||Pit Bulls||Anthony Julian||History|
|16||—||Keystone Tombstones Civil War||Joe Farrell, Joe Farley & Lawrence Knorr||History|
|17||—||Keep It Blue||Haley Dean||Literary Fiction|
|19||11||Freemasons at Gettysburg||Sheldon Munn||History|
|20||7||The Closer||Alan Mindell||Sports Fiction|
|21||—||Going Home||Sharon Marchisello||Thriller Fiction|
|22||—||GXM731||Terry Ray||Science Fiction|
|23||30||That Night at Surigao||Ernie Marshall||History|
|24||9||The Ripper’s Haunts||Michael Hawley||History|
|25||—||Seeking Samiel||Catherine Jordan||Thriller Fiction|
|26||13||A Moment in the Sun||Tory Gates||YA Fiction|
|27||NEW||Death by Internet||Joe Carvalko||Speculative Fiction|
|28||—||Pink Flamingos All Around||Matt Anderson||Childrens|
|29||—||The Bookseller’s Secret||Catherine Jordan||Thriller Fiction|
|30||—||The Devil Tree||Keith Rommel||Thriller Fiction|
James Campbell’s “What Do You Say?” returned to print for the first time in 25 years and took the top spot thanks to author activities. “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick climbed to #2 due to a large order from a school district in New Mexico. M A Richards’ spy thriller “A Choice of Enemies” held at #3 due to the author’s tour of bookstores in the northeast. Admiral McCauley’s international thriller “Israel Under Siege” notched up to #4 thanks to bookstore orders. “The Oxygen Factory,” the YA dystopian novel from Renee des Lauriers returned to the rankings at #5 due to author activities. Alan Mindell’s “The B Team” took #6 and “The Closer” #20 thanks to author appearances in southern California. James Craig Atchison’s “Blue Lines Up In Arms” returned to the rankings at #7 as the author appeared at Pennsylvania bookstores. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continues to sell well at #8 as readers acquire this second edition. Bridget Smith’s historical fiction “Where Elephants Fought,” about a Confederate general, clocked in at #9 as the author continued her speaking rounds. Steve Troutman grabbed #10 with “The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Mahantongo Valley.” Steve continues to make appearances upstate. Joe Fair’s Viet Nam memoir “Call Sign Dracula” continues to sell well among the veterans, ranking #11. R Michael Philips’ “Between Good and Evil” inched up to #12 as he continues to make author appearances in the Philadelphia area. Bob Walton’s “The Mask of Minos” debuted at #13 thanks to author activities. Wade Fowler’s “Rising Sun Descending” charted at #14 in advance of Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg. Anthony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” returned to the chart at #15 as interest in the breed continues to be strong. “Keystone Tombstones Civil War” by Joe Farrell, Joe Farley, and Lawrence Knorr slotted in at #16 thanks to author activities. Haley Dean’s “Kepp It Blue” charted at #17 in advance of Jubilee Day. Catalina Petcov’s “Ionica” ranked #18 in advance of her author event in Lebanon, PA. Sheldon Munn’s “Freemasons at Gettysburg” held at #19 thanks to orders from gift shops in Gettysburg. Sharon Marchisello’s “Going Home” grabbed #21 in advance of Jubillee Day. “GXM731” by Terry Ray benefitted from orders from MUFON, taking #22. Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao” moved up to #23 due to continued interest in the subject matter. Michael Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Haunts” slipped to #24 but continues to get interest from Ripper fans. Catherine Jordan took #25 and #29 with “Seeking Samiel” and its sequel “The Bookseller’s Secret.” Catherine made appearances in the Harrisburg area. Tory Gates continues to promote his book “A Moment in the Sun,” and ranked #26. Joe Carvalko’s “Death by Internet” slotted in at #27 due to author activities. Matt Anderson’s “Pink Flamingos All Around” returned to the chart at #28. Keith Rommel’s promotinal activities pulled “The Devil Tree” onto the chart at #30.
The company released three new titles in May:
|SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for May, 2016|
|The 10 Second Shift||Bill Foley||Self-Help|
|Dead Kill 2: The Ridge of Change||Thomas Malafarina||Thriller Fiction|
|Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib||Lawrence Knorr||Sports Biography|
For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm
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)|
|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.
“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 of 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|
For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January, 2016. Dr. Arif Shaikh took the top spot with his compilation of 365 tips for personal growth Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul. John E. Wade II’s Bipolar Millionaire took the #2 spot.
|SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for January, 2016 (by Revenue)|
|1||—||Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul||Dr. Arif Shaikh||Self-Help|
|2||NEW||The Bipolar Millionaire||John E Wade II||Biography|
|3||6||Capital Murder||Chris Papst||Investigation|
|5||NEW||Choice of Enemies||M A Richards||Spy Thriller|
|6||—||The Savage Apostle||John Kachuba||Historical Fiction|
|7||14||Jesus the Phoenician||Karim El Koussa||History|
|8||11||The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Upper Mahantongo Valley||Steve Troutman||History|
|9||10||Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last||Mike Campbell||History|
|10||23||Call Sign Dracula||Joe Fair||War Memoir|
|11||16||Hour 30||Brandon Musgrave||Memoir|
|12||NEW||Between Good and Evil||R Michael Phillips||Detective Thriller|
|13||8||Murder in Tuxedo Park||William Lemanski||Detective Thriller|
|14||—||The Heatstroke Line||Ed Rubin||Climate Fiction|
|15||21||From Blue Ground||Joe Harvey||YA Fiction|
|16||12||The B Team||Alan Mindell||Sports Fiction|
|17||—||The Sign of the Eagle||Jess Steven Hughes||Historical Fiction|
|18||—||Pink Flamingos All Around||Matt Anderson||Childrens|
|19||19||Winter of the Metal People||Dennis Herrick||Historical Fiction|
|20||9||The Closer||Alan Mindell||Sports Fiction|
|21||1||The Keeper of the Crows||Kyle Alexander Romines||Thriller Fiction|
|22||—||Raising Monarchs||Sue Fox McGovern||Self-Help|
|23||NEW||Rabid Philanderer’s, Inc.||Nancy Williams||Thriller Fiction|
|24||25||The Death Machine||Charles Godfrey||Historical Fiction|
|25||—||The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf||Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley||History|
|26||4||Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess||Barbara Trainin Blank||Biography|
|27||3||Pit Bulls||Anthony Julian||History|
|28||—||Perilous Journey||Ted Brusaw||Historical Fiction|
|29||30||Freemasons at Gettysburg||Sheldon Munn||History|
|30||15||That Night at Surigao||Ernie Marshall||History|
Sunbury Press has wrapped up its best January ever. Compared to last January, sales were up slightly at 2.5%. EBook sales continued their slide, dropping 12% from January 2015. Overall, sales increased over 9% from December.
“Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul” grabbed the top spot thanks to author activities. John E. Wade II’s reissued biography “The Bipolar Millionaire” debited at #2 due to author publicity. Chris Papst’s “Capital Murder” surged to #3 due to renewed interest in the Harrisburg mayoral scandal. “Ionica,” Catalina Petcov’s biography climbed to #4 in preparation for her book release event. “Choice of Enemies” by M A Richards was released in January and took #5 thanks to author activities and direct sales. “The Savage Apostle” by John Kachuba charted at #6. Karim El Koussa continued to see success with “Jesus the Phoenician,” garnering #7 thanks to export orders. Steve Troutman’s “The Penns’ Manor…”, #8, continued to chart thanks to sales up state. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” notched up one spot to #9 because of continued interest in the missing aviatrix. “Call Sign Dracula” by Joe Fair soared to #10 thanks to author events. Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s “Hour 30” charted at #11 due to text book orders from medical schools. R. Michael Phillips’ “Between Good and Evil” debuted at #12 thanks to orders from the author’s fanbase. William Lemanski’s “Murder in Tuxedo Park” slipped to #13 as Christmas orders from the New York town ebbed. Ed Rubin’s “The Heatstroke Line” surged to #14 as interest in climate fiction increased. Joe Harvey’s “From Blue Ground” continued to chart, bumping up to #15 thanks to online orders. Alan Mindell’s novels “The B Team” and “The Closer” continued on the list at #16 and #20 thanks to author activities in the San Diego area. Jess Steven Hughes’ “The Sign of the Eagle” returned to the rankings at #17 due to author appearances in the northwest. Matt Anderson’s “Pink Flamingos All Around” was the only childrens book in the rankings at #18, bolstered by an appearance at Smithsonian.com. “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick held at #19 thanks to author appearances in New Mexico. Kyle Romine’s “Keeper of the Crows” slipped to #21 from #1. “Raising Monarchs,” Sue Fox McGovern’s how-to book about raising butterflies, climbed to #22 due to interest in butterfly recover. Nancy Williams’ “Rabid Philanderers, Inc.” debuted at #23 thanks to orders from the Meadville, PA community. Charles Godfrey’s “The Death Machine” continued to chart at #24 thanks to ongoing author activities. “The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf” by Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley returned to the rankings at #25 thanks to online orders. Barbara Blank’s “Mary Sachs” slipped to #26, but continued to receive support from regional bookstores. Tony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” continued to chart at #27 following a strong Christmas season for this title. Ted Brusaw’s “Perilous Journey” eeked onto the list at #28 thanks to orders from friends and family. Sheldon Munn’s “Freemasons at Gettysburg” remained on the list at #29 as orders continued from venues in the battlefied town. Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao” rounded at the list at #30.
The company released five new titles during the month of January.
|SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for January, 2016|
|Between Good and Evil||R Michael Phillips||Detective Thriller|
|Rabid Philanderer’s, Inc.||Nancy Williams||Thriller Fiction|
|Irish Spring||Jack Adler||Spy Thriller|
|Choice of Enemies||M A Richards||Spy Thriller|
|The Bipolar Millionaire||John E Wade II||Biography|
For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see: