“The 1932 New York Yankees” #1 on Sunbury Press TOP 100 eBooks for April/May 2020

“The 1932 New York Yankees” #1 on Sunbury Press TOP 100 eBooks for April/May 2020

Sunbury Press TOP 100 eBooks (April – May 2020)
# Imp Author — Title Imprint
1 * Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
2 * Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
3 Dan Joseph — Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
4 Lawrence Knorr, et al — After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
5 Jessica Weible — Dead Letters — Sunbury Press
6 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last  2 ed Sunbury Press
7 Linda Schwab — Displaced — Sunbury Press
8 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula Sunbury Press
9 Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America Sunbury Press
10 William Cook — Collision Course Sunbury Press
11 * Chris Fenwick — Fae — Hellbender Books
12 Paula Tucker – Surviving: A Kent State Memoir.. Sunbury Press
13 Chris Fenwick – Wolf Hellbender Books
14 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
15 Cynthia & W J Royce — The Road to Villa Page — Sunbury Press
16 * Barry Libin – The Vatican’s Vault Milford House Press
17 Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam – Sunbury Press
18 Jerry Roth — Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
19 Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Sunbury Press
20 Jason Altmire – Dead Center Sunbury Press
21 Tom Copeland — My War and Welcome to It — Sunbury Press
22 Kristen Cunnane – Undoing Jane Doe Sunbury Press
23 * Fortress Publishing — Satan’s Petting Zoo — Verboten Books
24 Oxana Lapchuk — The Journalist — Sunbury Press
25 Glenn Schwartz — The Weathermaker — Milford House Press
26 Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California  K… Sunbury Press
27 * Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife Ars Metaphysica
28 John Rayburn — The Remarkable Big Band Era Sunbury Press
29 Brad Bumsted – Keystone Corruption Continues Sunbury Press
30 Jyssica Schwartz – You Are Not Alone Sunbury Press
31 * Scott Hendrix — Gods, Philosophers, and Scientists Oxford Southern
32 Peter Gibbs — Murder at Henrys Fork — Milford House Press
33 William & Amy Blocher — Holocaust’s Child Sunbury Press
34 Mark Singel — The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens — Milford House Press
35 John Scanlan – Of Guilt and Innocence Milford House Press
36 Matt Ritter – Rainwalkers Brown Posey Press
37 Mark Carlson – The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422  Ki… Sunbury Press
38 Idle Minds — Pennsylvania Patriots — Sunbury Press
39 John Cressler – Emeralds of the Alhambra Milford House Press
40 Virginia Rafferty – The Road to Lattimer Milford House Press
41 Michael Hawley – The Ripper’s Haunts Sunbury Press
42 Sharon Marchisello — Secrets of the Galapagos — Milford House Press
43 Calvin Richardson – Do You, Without Them Sunbury Press
44 J A Walsh – Purpose of Evasion Milford House Press
45 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
46 Larry Lehmer — Bandstandland Sunbury Press
47 Oliver Seneca — When the Sky Goes Dark Hellbender Books
48 Virginia Brackett — In the Company of Patriots — Sunbury Press
49 Scott Stevens — Twister Town Milford House Press
50 Victor Hart — Crossing with the Clarks Sunbury Press
51 Maryka Biaggio – Eden Waits Milford House Press
52 Carol Vento – The Hidden Legacy of World War II Sunbury Press
53 Dennis Herrick – Winter of the Metal People Milford House Press
54 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
55 Michele Livingston – Inspirational Creatures Ars Metaphysica
56 Miles Richards — Wrestling with George — Sunbury Press
57 Chris Williams — Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories … Sunbury Press
58 Jim Dohren — Windy City Stories — Brown Posey Press
59 William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame Sunbury Press
60 Karim El Koussa – The Phoenician Code 2 ed Ars Metaphysica
61 Hugh Fox – Who, Me? Sunbury Press
62 Mark Mitten – Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Milford House Press
63 William Cook – Touring America by Automobile in the 1920s Sunbury Press
64 Joan West – Dying for Vengeance Milford House Press
65 Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season Sunbury Press
66 Sharon Marchisello – Going Home Milford House Press
67 Nancy Williams — Pig — Milford House Press
68 Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn Milford House Press
69 William Cook – Diamond Madness Sunbury Press
70 Joan West – Courting Doubt & Darkness Milford House Press
71 Karim El Koussa – Pythagoras the Mathemagician Ars Metaphysica
72 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety   … Sunbury Press
73 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician Ars Metaphysica
74 Bob Ford – Beagle Tales Sunbury Press
75 William F Lee – Ded Reckoning Milford House Press
76 L D Knorr – The Leviticus Mission Milford House Press
77 John Scanlan – Victims of Circumstance Milford House Press
78 Karen Severson – Look, I Shrunk Grandma Sunbury Press
79 Helga Rist — The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
80 John L Moore — Against the Ice Sunbury Press
81 Eileen Obser — Only You — Brown Posey Press
82 Ben Myers — American Citizen — Sunbury Press
83 Sam Zygner — Baseball Under the Palms — Sunbury Press
84 PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf Brown Posey Press
85 Kyle Alexander Romines – The Keeper of the Crows Hellbender Books
86 Van Carter – REMF Sunbury Press
87 * Arthur Graeff — Conrad Weiser — Distelfink Press
88 John Cressler – Fortune’s Lament Milford House Press
89 Christina Burns – The Journey Called Life Sunbury Press
90 Joan West – Darkness at First Light Milford House Press
91 Idle Minds — Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 — Sunbury Press
92 Steve Kious – Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure Milford House Press
93 John Cressler – Shadows in the Shining City Milford House Press
94 Bob Ford – Beagle Tales 2 Sunbury Press
95 Alan Mindell – The B Team Milford House Press
96 Joe Farley – Trumpet Call to Victory Sunbury Press
97 Michele Livingston — Spiritual Treasures Ars Metaphysica
98 Phyllis Hochstetler – Behind Barbed Wire & High Fences Sunbury Press
99 Fortress Pub – The Devil’s Grasp Hellbender Books
100 Bob Ford – Beagle Tales 5 Sunbury Press
“After the Pandemic” #1 on Sunbury Press TOP 100 print books for April/May 2020

“After the Pandemic” #1 on Sunbury Press TOP 100 print books for April/May 2020

Sunbury Press TOP 100 Print Books (April – May 2020)
# Imp Author — Title Imprint
1 * Knorr, et al — After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
2 * Clemmie Whatley — The Chubbs Oxford Southern
3 Jessica Weible — Dead Letters Sunbury Press
4 Helga Rist — The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
5 Dan Joseph – Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
6 * Jerry Roth — Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
7 * JC Gatlin – H_NGM_N Milford House Press
8 John L Moore — Against the Ice Sunbury Press
9 Linda Schwab — Displaced Sunbury Press
10 * Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
11 John Cressler – Emeralds of the Alhambra Milford House Press
12 Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Winter Milford House Press
13 Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
14 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed Sunbury Press
15 Glenn Schwartz — The Weathermaker Milford House Press
16 William Cook – Collision Course Sunbury Press
17 Chris Williams — Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories Sunbury Press
18 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula Sunbury Press
19 Jeff Pappas — Ponies West Sunbury Press
20 Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Pennsylvania Patriots Sunbury Press
21 Paula Tucker – Surviving: A Kent State Memoir Sunbury Press
22 Tom Copeland – My War and Welcome To It Sunbury Press
23 Lawrence Knorr – A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold … Sunbury Press
24 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
25 Rebecca Daniels – Keeping the Lights on for Ike Sunbury Press
26 Heather Paterno – H is for Hershey Sunbury Press
27 * Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (PB Ars Metaphysica
28 Larry Lehmer – Bandstandland Sunbury Press
29 Knorr & Whatley – The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Sunbury Press
30 Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Spring Milford House Press
31 Max Klinger – The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharin… Sunbury Press
32 Cynthia & William Royce — The Road to Villa Page Sunbury Press
33 Daniel Agatino – Mere Catholicism Sunbury Press
34 Jeffrey Zemler — A Family For a Time Oxford Southern
35 Matthews & Blank — What to Do about Mama? 2 ed Sunbury Press
36 Sue McGovern – Raising Monarchs Sunbury Press
37 William Marcum – The Foreman’s Boys Sunbury Press
38 Terry Ray – The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Or… Ars Metaphysica
39 Sheldon Munn – Freemasons at Gettysburg Sunbury Press
40 Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America Sunbury Press
41 Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Summer Milford House Press
42 Diane McCormick – Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History Sunbury Press
43 Matt Ritter – Rainwalkers Brown Posey Press
44 James Dohren — Windy City Stories Brown Posey Press
45 George Donehoo – Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania Sunbury Press
46 Dennis Clausen – The Sins of Rachel Sims Brown Posey Press
47 Mark Singel – The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens Milford House Press
48 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
49 Virginia Brackett – In the Company of Patriots Sunbury Press
50 Scott Hendrix — Gods, Philosophers, and Scientists Oxford Southern
51 Jess Steven Hughes – The Wolf of Britannia Part I Milford House Press
52 Jess Steven Hughes – The Peacekeeper Milford House Press
53 Calvin Richardson – Do You, Without Them Sunbury Press
54 Mark Carlson – The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Sunbury Press
55 Sam Zygner – Baseball Under the Palms Sunbury Press
56 Guy Graybill – Prohibition’s Prince Sunbury Press
57 Kristen Cunnane – Undoing Jane Doe Sunbury Press
58 Donald Dewey — Franchisement Milford House Press
59 John L Moore – Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks Sunbury Press
60 Oxana Lapchuk – The Journalist Sunbury Press
61 Michelle Hoffer – The ABCs of Narcissism Ars Metaphysica
62 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
63 John Cressler – Shadows in the Shining City Milford House Press
64 * Fortress Pub — Satan’s Petting Zoo Verboten Books
65 William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame (2 ed Sunbury Press
66 Jon Hochschartner – Ingrid Newkirk: A Biography of PETA’s Founder Sunbury Press
67 John Lindermuth – Digging Dusky Diamonds Sunbury Press
68 Farrell & Farley — Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 Sunbury Press
69 John Cressler – Fortune’s Lament – (PB Milford House Press
70 Benjamin Myers – American Citizen Sunbury Press
71 John Cressler – Emeralds of the Alhambra Milford House Press
72 Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season Sunbury Press
73 Amy & William Blocher – Holocaust’s Child Sunbury Press
74 Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn Milford House Press
75 Arthur Hoyle — Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits Sunbury Press
76 Joe Carvalko – Death by Internet Milford House Press
77 Maryka Biaggio – Eden Waits Milford House Press
78 Virginia Rafferty – The Road to Lattimer Milford House Press
79 BANG – The BANG Story Sunbury Press
80 Clarissa Jacobson – I Made A Short Film Now WTF Do I Do With It Sunbury Press
81 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (HC Ars Metaphysica
82 Victor Hart — Crossing with the Clarks Sunbury Press
83 John L Moore – Bows, Bullets, & Bears Sunbury Press
84 PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf Brown Posey Press
85 Gratz Historical Society – History of Lykens Township Volume 1 Sunbury Press
86 Karim El Koussa – The Phoenician Code 2 ed Ars Metaphysica
87 Peter Gibbs — Murder at Henry’s Fork Milford House Press
88 Oliver Seneca – When the Sky Goes Dark Hellbender Books
89 John L Moore – Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires Sunbury Press
90 Carol Vento – The Hidden Legacy of World War II Sunbury Press
91 * J G Hohman – Der Lange Verborgene Freund: The Original German Vers… Distelfink Press
92 Farrell & Farley — Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 (e ed Sunbury Press
93 Karen Severson – Look, I Shrunk Grandma Sunbury Press
94 John L Moore – Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes Sunbury Press
95 Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California Sunbury Press
96 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Sunbury Press
97 Miles Richards – Wrestling with George … Sunbury Press
98 Keith Pickering – The Lost Island of Columbus Sunbury Press
99 Josh Penzone – The Court of Vintage Woods Brown Posey Press
100 David Parmalee – The Sea is a Thief Milford House Press
It Started with a Dream: How Oxana Lapchuk Wrote The Journalist, a Holocaust Story

It Started with a Dream: How Oxana Lapchuk Wrote The Journalist, a Holocaust Story

Welcome to the second installment of the Sunbury Press author journey series!

In every book, there's a story. And not just the one between its pages.

Every author has a different journey for how they ended up with the incredible book that landed in our inbox. Sure, we loved the book that they sent to us--enough to publish it and share with you all--but we wanted to know what it took for them to write that book, what drove them toward publication, and to get to know them better as artists.

And instead of keeping those answers to ourselves, we thought--to hell with it, let's share it with YOU.

We are thrilled to continue this new author-centric series with the inspirational Oxana Lapchuk, author of The Journalist: A Holocaust Story.


"It Started with a Dream"

by Oxana Lapchuk

Oxana Lapchuk author journey

My book journey started ten years ago on May 5, 2010 when I dreamed that I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby. The baby was chunky and laughed profusely. While I knew I wouldn’t be having a baby, I did know that God was speaking to me in a different way; instead, he was telling me that I'd bring something new into the world. To me, that meant it was finally time to write a book about the story that meant the most to me: my father’s holocaust experiences.

Now, this happened right around the time that I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Thanks to the dream, I had newfound confidence that I would beat it and that my book-baby would become a reality. I needed to focus on it, not the cancer. I had surgery shortly after the dream, cutting out the need for chemo or radiation and giving me inspiration to get to work.

But when I focused my attention toward the book, I found that there were many challenges to getting it written.

First and foremost, my father had died 20 years earlier. I had to recall my conversations with him about his experiences and dig through his records and documents (he was a journalist) to try to piece it all together. I found some old photos that shed some light on his timeline and was able to get a clearer picture. However, I knew it wasn’t enough; I needed to go to the actual concentration camps to get further clarification.

In 2018, a friend of mine connected me to a German teacher who focused on the Holocaust. I spoke to her about my father’s history in Buchenwald and working in the underground tunnels of the Dora-Mittlebau complex. She helped me locate someone at the Buchenwald Memorial who was able to gather even more documents about his personal information while he was at the camps.

I made arrangements with her to pick us up at the train station in Nordhausen, Germany and to take us to the underground tunnels in Dora-Mittlebau. They only opened the tunnels in 2006 so we were able to take a tour and see for ourselves the horrible working conditions that the prisoners had to endure.

Then she drove us to Buchenwald—about an hour away. We met with the head of the Memorial Archives and she had all the documents ready for me. We spent an hour going over everything, and I realized that some of my information was not accurate.

So I had to make some revisions as to my father’s timeline while in the different camps. The most amazing experience for me was when they took me to the actual spot where my father slept in the barracks in the “Little Camp.” It was block 63. I stood on that grassy spot where there was once a building. It was as if I was walking in his footsteps and reliving some of his experiences.  I couldn’t believe it.

When I went back to the states, I immediately started rewriting to make it as accurate as possible. At the time I was thinking I might self-publish it, but I wasn’t young anymore and didn’t have the time or the finances to go through that whole process. I had been a member of the Florida Writers Association and found out they were having a conference in October 2018 near my city.  So, I went.

At the conference, I made an appointment to meet with Lawrence Knorr of Sunbury Press, Inc. To my surprise, he was actually interested in publishing it! And one year later, my book (and my father's story) was published.

Some amazing things have happened since it got published. I was able to reconnect with friends that I hadn’t been in touch with for 45 years. I was able to reconnect with an old roommate. But the most amazing connection was with a woman whose father is in several chapters of the book. His name was Stefan, and he was arrested along with my father and spent some time with him in two of the camps. They were in Buchenwald together and my father’s prisoner number was 25362 (adds up to 18) which in the Hebrew means “life” and her father’s number was 25363.

She lives in Idaho and had done a lot of research about her father and had also been trying to locate my father as well.  When she found my book on the internet, she was amazed and told me the book filled in a lot of gaps for her. Her father had died in 1998, and before the war was studying to be a priest in Lviv, Ukraine. Our fathers never reconnected after the war once they moved to the states.

Writing and researching this book has been an amazing journey and has opened up a lot of doors for me. I’ll even be doing an event at the local holocaust center here in my town in the fall, and the local paper has written an article about me and the book. My old alma mater even has two of my books in their libraries!

I’m excited about where else the wind will take this book, especially if it can get out to those who need it. One of the reasons for writing it was to give hope to many people out there who are facing challenging situations. I believe they’ll find help in the principles my father practiced that enabled him to overcome and triumph in the midst of his adverse circumstances.


About the Author

This is an author photo of Oxana Lapchuk, author of the journalist a holocaust story

Oxana Lapchuk was born in New York, New York the same year her father emigrated to the United States. A lifelong student of Ukrainian history and culture, she has worked as an interpreter in Ukraine and Israel and now lives in Florida. This is her first book.


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4 Great Books About Pennsylvania History

4 Great Books About Pennsylvania History

Spend quality time with some of the country's most important figures in these 4 great books about Pennsylvania history!

Pennsylvania's history is our nation's history. From Conrad Weiser's contributions to  the great risks taken by our founding fathers, you can't get stories about where America began without talking about Pennsylvania.

At Sunbury Press, we're thrilled to kick off yet another amazing year of book publishing with new books of various subject matters. And today, we're paying homage to the history of our home state Pennsylvania with this blog post of amazing Sunbury Press books about Pennsylvania.

 


Nonfiction Books about Pennsylvania History

#1. Conrad Weiser: Pennsylvania Peacemaker

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One of the most important figures in North America during the colonial period, Conrad Weiser was an influential Pennsylvania German pioneer with a story of deft negotiations to keep peace with the natives.

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#2. Pennsylvania Patriots: Their Lives, Contributions, and Burial Sites

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Three authors travel the eastern US to tell the stories of our country's founders in Pennsylvania Patriots: Their Lives, Contributions, and Burial Sites.

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#3. The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens

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An insightful look into one of the most misunderstood figures of the 19th century. The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens documents the life of an uncompromising politician and a vulnerable human shaped by his own passions.

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#4. Wrestling with George and Other Tales in Western Pennsylvania

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Tales and essays of historical and political importance in and around Western Pennsylvania, featuring George Washington's legendary wrestling match with a rowdy local.

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William Marcum’s “The Foreman’s Boys” tops as the Sunbury Press bestseller for August

William Marcum’s “The Foreman’s Boys” tops as the Sunbury Press bestseller for August

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 8 The Foreman’s Boys William Marcum History
2 1 The Last Ride of the Iron Horse Dan Joseph Baseball
3 Dead Center Jason Altmire Politics
4 13 Undoing Jane Doe Kristen Cunnane Abuse Memoir
5 26 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Brooks History
6 25 Holocaust’s Child Amy & William Blocher History
7 15 Well-behaved Taverns Seldom Make History Diane McCormick History
8 NEW My War and Welcome to It Tom Copeland Military Memoir
9 9 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
10 3 Baseball Under the Palms Sam Zygner Baseball
11 16 Raising Monarchs Sue McGovern Nature
12 22 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
13 Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Michael Hawley History
14 12 The 1932 Yankees Ronald Auguster Baseball
15 7 American Citizen Ben E Myers Biography
16 5 What Springs of Rain Lindsey Lough Nature Photography
17 NEW Conrad Weiser: Pennsylvania Peacemaker Arthur Graeff Biography
18 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
19 2 Bandstandland Larry Lehmer History
20 There Is Something About Rough and Ready Knorr, Troutman, et al History
21 19 Fifty Years in a Foxhole Charles Kniffen Military Memoir
22 17 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
23 6 Gettysburg Eddie Lawrence Knorr Baseball
24 14 I Made a Short Film Now WTF Do I Do With It? Clarissa Jacobson Self-Help
25 Captain Hooter’s Connoisseurs Guide to Amsterdam Coffeeshops Captain Hooter Travel
26 The Most Hated Man in America Mark Pendergrast True Crime
27 29 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
28 The Lost Island of Columbus Keith Pickering History
29 Keystone Corruption Continued Brad Bumsted Politics
30 30 The Marines’ Lost Squadron Mark Carlson History
Dan Joseph’s “The Last Ride of the Iron Horse” tops as the Sunbury Press bestseller for July

Dan Joseph’s “The Last Ride of the Iron Horse” tops as the Sunbury Press bestseller for July

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 12 The Last Ride of the Iron Horse Dan Joseph Baseball
2 17 Bandstandland Larry Lehmer History
3 20 Baseball Under the Palms Sam Zygner Baseball
4 The Georgia Segregated School for the Deaf Knorr & Whatley History
5 3 What Springs of Rain Lindsey Lough Nature Photography
6 6 Gettysburg Eddie Lawrence Knorr Baseball
7 NEW American Citizen Ben E Myers Biography
8 2 The Foreman’s Boys William Marcum History
9 13 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
10 14 Collision Course William Cook Basketball
11 9 1780: Year of Revenge John L Moore History
12 8 The 1932 Yankees Ronald Julyer Baseball
13 7 Undoing Jane Doe Kristen Cunnane Abuse Memoir
14 NEW I Made a Short Film Now WTF Do I Do With It? Clarissa Jacobson Self-Help
15 18 Well-behaved Taverns Seldom Make History Diane McCormick History
16 16 Raising Monarchs Sue McGovern Nature
17 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
18 A Year of Change and Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
19 5 Fifty Years in a Foxhole Charles Kniffen Military Memoir
20 General John Fulton Reynolds Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
21 Look, I Shrunk Grandma Karen Severson Medical Memoir
22 10 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
23 Adventures in Distant and Remote Places William Lemanski Travel
24 Keystone Tombstones Gettysburg Farrell, Farley, & Knorr Biography
25 4 Holocaust’s Child Amy & William Blocher History
26 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Brooks History
27 Dear Ma: Civil War Letters … John Hoptak History
28 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Farrell, Farley, & Knorr Biography
29 24 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
30 23 The Marines’ Lost Squadron Mark Carlson History

Fiction Book Releases (Soft and Grand Openings)

Q: When will my novel be released?

A: Historically, publishers have a long lead-time from contract signing until the book is released. This is a throw-back from the days of paper manuscripts and snail-mail. Today, things move along much faster.

Sunbury Press does not deal with paper manuscripts. The entire process, from submission, contract signing, to book release is done electronically. We communicate most often through email and public posts on our website. We do this for efficiency and to free our staff to concentrate on editing and getting your books out the door. For fiction, we are also moving to a single point of contact, so you have access to the primary person in charge of your book’s publication. Internally, at Sunbury Press, we work together, but there are no review boards or long review processes to contend with. We’re a small company of professional, hardworking people committed to publishing good books.

We have over 800 fiction manuscript submissions in our queue right now, with more coming in every day. We are working as fast as we can to evaluate and get back to the authors that submit to us. The only way we can hope to better serve all those authors, is to streamline our process. And that is just what we are doing.

Once we take on your novel and the contract has been signed, your book will be released within three months, sometimes even faster depending on the quality of your manuscript and the workload in our queue.

This quick pace might not allow you the time to do all the set up necessary to properly release your book to the world. If you are a new author, you’ll want to setup a new website, Facebook page, get a list of family and friends to help you, etc. So, we recommend that no matter the date that your book is available for purchase, you choose your own Book Announcement date far enough into the future that you have time to prepare. You can think of this as a ‘Soft Opening,’ and ‘Grand Opening’ model. For the Soft Opening, your book is out there selling and available for more reviews. For the Grand Opening, you announce your book with parties, emails, and whatever else you are planning. This lead time also allows you to purchase books (at discount) and have them on hand for your Book Announcement party(s) to sign and/or giveaway.

As an example, your book might be released on April 1st. But you schedule your Book Announcement or Grand Opening on June first. You will have time to work with local bookstores and establishments to plan your party(s), order and get books, make sure you have your website and other pages up and running and your author pages on Amazon and Goodreads ready. In this way, you can maximize the effectiveness of your Book Announcement.

Authors spend a good amount of time slaving over the words, trying to create the best story. But after it’s complete, they are anxious to get it out to the world. We understand! Many of us at Sunbury are also authors. We believe this model will serve authors wants and needs but still give time to give your book the splash you hope for.

One final note, Sunbury Press loves a big splash, just like any publisher. But we prefer the long, slow burn to the quick flash and then burn out. So, plan your big Grand Opening, but also make your plans staggered throughout the year to keep interest flowing and growing your readership. And then write another book! 😉

-Chris Fenwick

#bookrelease #bookannouncement #grandopening #longslowburn #welovebooks

FAQs

We’ve signed a number of new authors in recent months. We also continue to receive many of the same questions from a lot of you. I thought it best to summarize these into an FAQ for this month. Here we go!
Q. When will we see the production queue report? It’s been many months since you included it in this newsletter.
A. I know we promised to provide an updated version of this but we just aren’t ready. We’ve been too busy releasing and selling books. We will get to this soon.
Q. How do I order books at the author discount?
A. Go to our bookstore at www.sunburypress.com. Find the books you want to order and use coupon code A50 when you check out. This code is for authors only and triggers your discount. Please note that your order total must be at least $100 in order to qualify for free shipping.
Q. When will I get my author copies?
A. We do not automatically send you your author copies. Many authors wait until their first book order and have them added to it. In that case, include a note with your order. If you just want your free copies, send a note to orders@sunburypress.com. Identify yourself, your book title, the number of copies, and the shipping address.
Q. When will I get my royalty statement?
A. We send statements four times a year on January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31.
Q. I have not received a royalty check. When can I expect one?
A. When your total royalties hit $50 or more, you will receive a check in the mail. These checks are issued fifteen days after the royalty reports — four times a year.
Q. It’s Wednesday and I need books for a signing on Saturday. Can I get books?
A. Please allow up to three weeks lead time to be sure to get your books in plenty of time. Our print orders usually are prioritized lower than consumer orders so we are at the mercy of the capacity of our printer partners. Please try to plan ahead, if possible.
Q. I am working on a new manuscript. Must I go through your submissions process like I did the first time?
A. The short answer is “no.” If a new fiction concept, send to Chris Fenwick at cfenwick@sunburypress.com. If nonfiction, send to me at lknorr@sunburypress.com. Please include a summary of the book in your email and your estimated completion date. Also note which number it is in the series, if applicable.
Q. I’ve been waiting quite a while for you to start my book. Why the delay?
A. We are working diligently to catch up on our backlog all the while signing new authors. We are making significant progress in recent months. Bear in mind we are also always re-prioritizing our backlog based on category and market conditions. If you think your manuscript has been waiting too long, reach out and find out why.
Q. I’m selling too many books and my royalty checks are too large!
A. Yeah, right! Maybe you should move to Baltimore and run for mayor!

Double, double, boil and …

As of this writing, we are about to hold our third imprint meeting. The first two, with Hellbender Books and Ars Metaphysica authors went very well. There was a lot of positive energy on the calls and the exchange of ideas was more than one-way. At Hellbender, it was decided to produce a compilation of short stories by our authors. There was also collaboration regarding our BookSpeak Network podcast programming. Likewise, at Ars Metaphysica, there was a lot of sharing regarding media opportunities. So far, so good. Next up is Brown Posey Press later this month. Milford House Press and Sunbury Press will follow and then we’ll start the cycle again. Our regular interaction should help build and grow our opportunities.
In the meantime, we have embarked on our most aggressive growth effort to date. Too many of you have been waiting too long to get started while we’ve been shifting our mix. Recently, we realized we have among the 1000+ manuscript proposals per year at least another 100+ quality opportunities. In order to move faster and do more, we have split our process onto two primary tracks — nonfiction and fiction. Over the last 12 months, we published 118 titles. Over the next 12 months, we expect to produce over 200.
How, you ask? We have brought in publishing veteran Chris Fenwick to jumpstart our fiction backlog and new fiction acquisitions. Chris is a publishing polymath who can quickly move books through the process — a process she helped start during the early days of Sunbury Press when she brought us our first fiction manuscript that jumped to #1 in visionary fiction. She has experience at other publishers and has a keen eye for quality and efficiency.
Many of you may have noticed movement on your manuscripts in the last month. Chris has been picking up a bunch as has Jen’s team. You may also be so lucky to have me working with you. It is all hands on deck at this time as we catch up the backlog and attend to the new in a more agile fashion.