"The Chair" out sells all Sunbury Press books for the month of October 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October, 2014. Jim Campbell’s memoir of his career as a pastor The Chair was #1.

tc_fcAbout The Chair
Sometimes, one needs a special mentor to find life and its wonder. Sometimes, that mentor is a chair.

The Chair is Pastor James Campbell’s spiritual odyssey that leads us through the night of emptiness and then emerges into the light of compassion, intervention, and redemption.  Through his renovation of a simple chair, reverence for worn out sewing needles in the Japanese celebration of Hari-Kuyo, and reflection upon how stress to the Diamond Willows of Alaska produces works of art, this parable describes Campbell’s own epiphanies during the course of his life travels ministering to the forgotten and broken.

“For members of the helping profession, caregivers, or those looking for meaning in meaningless times, Campbell is a valuable read.   He will guide you, literally and figuratively, out of the ruins of the great dust bowl to a peaceful Colorado valley.  And he will show you how all these things remain part of your soul.”

Steve Schoenmakers, M.S., Superintendent, Retired, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for October, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW The Chair James Campbell Spiritual Memoir
2 6 The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
3 NEW Poor Will’s Almanack 2015 Bill Felker Almanac
4 2 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
5 7 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
6 NEW Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys Steve Troutman Earth Science
7 NEW Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Sports Memoir
8 11 Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
9 1 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
10 Great Lakes Kirckof & Butler HIstorical Fiction
11 NEW Born Fire Dragon Susan Kiskis Spiritual Memoir
12 NEW Modern Realism According to Fritz Lawrence Knorr Art History
13 17 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick HIstorical Fiction
14 15 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
15 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Thriller Fiction
16 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler HIstorical Fiction
17 9 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
18 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler HIstorical Fiction
19 16 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
20 14 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History


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Sunbury Press closed out its best month of the year and 2nd best month ever. For the month, sales were up 61% as compared to the same month last year. Year-to-date, sales are up nearly 16% overall. The company remains on track to have its best year ever. Trade paperback sales in 2014 have already exceeded sales of all of 2013. Hardcover sales since June have nearly equalled eBook sales, which were down 22% from last month and are down 17% for the year.

Jim Campbell’s The Chair led the way thanks to the chair’s (accompanied by Jim) tour of the Midwest. Anne Marie Drew’s The Piano Bed surged thanks to a large order from the Cleveland school district. Bill Felker’s Poor Will’s Almanack 2015 was boosted by sales from the author’s annual buyers. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Autumn held at #4 thanks to her author event at the Sunbury Press store. Terry Ray’s The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs moved up to #5 thanks to being posted in MUFON’s store. Steve Troutman’s Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo, and Lykens Valleys debuted and #6 due to author activities. Head Over Wheels, Ken Mercurio’s cycling memoir debuted at #7 because of interest from cycling enthusiasts.  J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance moved up the chart due to her author event at the Sunbury Press store. Jim Remsen’sVisions of Teaga slipped to #9 after leading for two consecutive months despite selling nearly as many of books. Great Lakes, by Kirckof and Butler, was helped by author activities. Susan Kiskis’s Born Fire Dragon debuted at #11 thanks to anticipation for her author event at Sunbury Press. Modern Realism According to Fritz, by Lawrence von Knorr, grabbed the 12th spot thanks to artist Fritz VonderHeiden’s book release party and exhibition at 2nd Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg. Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People was lucky #13 as it awaits the results of the 2014 New Mexico-Colorado Book Awards. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #14 due to national media attention for the search for the aviatrix’s plane. Going Home, by Sharon Marchisello, took #15 thanks to author events. John Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City and Emeralds of the Alhambra were #16 & #18 respectively due to author activities. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area. The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag held on the list thanks to signing events at schools. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts.

The company released eleven new titles during the month of October:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for October, 2014
A Brother’s Cold Case Dennis Herrick Thriller Fiction
Dot & Scribble Fall Into Adventure Ricky Bruce Middle Grade
Bows, Bullets, and Bears John Moore History
Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys Steve Troutman Earth Science
Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
Poor Will’s Almanack 2015 Bill Felker Almanac
You Killed my Brother Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
Born Fire Dragon Susan Kiskis Spiritual Memoir
The Chair James Campbell Spiritual Memoir
Modern Realism According to Fritz Lawrence Knorr Art History
Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Sports Memoir

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.ht
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"Visions of Teaoga" repeats! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for September 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September, 2014. Jim Remsen’s young adult novel Visions of Teaoga was #1 for the second month in a row.

vot_fcAbout Visions of Teaoga
The year is 1790 and Queen Esther, a notorious American Indian matriarch, travels under cover to observe a U.S.-Iroquois summit at the ancient Teaoga treaty grounds. Will she be able to pass on her wisdom – and warnings – to the Indian villagers before the hostile settlers discover her in their midst? Will troubled native girl Sisketung awaken to Esther’s truths and see how wrong-headed the brash settler girl Sarah was?

Moving two centuries forward, restless tweener Maddy Winter also visits Teaoga, now a quiet riverfront town on the Pennsylvania-New York border. She tunes in to the region’s dramatic lost history and soon encounters spirits in the wind. As she gains in wisdom, Maddy longs to take on Esther’s mantle of the “peace woman,” but will she find the courage to do right in her own life?

Drawing richly from the historical record, Visions of Teaogacaptures a world in upheaval. Readers sit at a native story circle and learn of the tensions and treachery besetting the Eastern frontier. As Maddy and her modern-day compatriots enter the story, they ponder how our history was recorded and by whom. The book is a perfect companion for middle-school history classes, with discussion questions and other supplemental materials provided on the author’s website, www.jimremsen.com.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
2 NEW Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
3 16 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
4 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military History
5 19 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
6 2 The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
7 NEW The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
8 NEW Death of the Dying City Matthew Taub Urban Fiction
9 11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 NEW Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Foreign Policy
11 15 Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
12 18 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Action Adventure
13 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Joe Farrell & Farley History
14 6 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
15 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
16 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
17 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick HIstorical Fiction
18 7 Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
19 The View from Four Foot Two Judi Markowitz Medical Memoir
20 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

DOA-FCSunbury Press closed out its best September ever and its best 3rd quarter ever. For the month, sales were up nearly 8% as compared to last year. For the quarter,sales were up 22% compared to last year. Year-to-date, sales are up nearly 10%. The company is on track to have its best year ever. Trade paperbacks continue to be strong, while ebooks continue to weaken.

Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga was boosted by author activities. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Autumndebuted at #2 thanks to author events. Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle climbed the rankings as a result of author bookstore appearances. Call Sign Dracula, by Joe Fair, returned to the rankings thanks to author activities. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man & The Sinful Man grabbed #5 and #20 respectively as a result of sales from the Sunbury Press 10th Anniversary Celebration. Keith traveled to Mechanicsburg and appeared with Brahm Gallagher, who plays Alister in The Cursed Manfilm. Anne Marie Drew’s The Piano Bed was helped by author activities. Terry Ray’s The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs started strong at #7 because of interest from MUFON, the UFO research organization. Death of the Dying City, by Matthew Taub, was helped by extensive friend and family connections in New York. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area. Bob Stout’s Hidden Dangers was boosted by orders from Mexico. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance charted despite only a couple days on sale due to interest in the Carlisle, PA area. Robert Walton’s Fatal Snow was helped by sales at Bob’s Bagels as it closed for good. The Joes, Farrell and Farley (and Lawrence Knorr), returned to the rankings with Keystone Tombstone Civil Wars benefitting from author activity. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #15 due to his appearance before the 99’s in Wichita, Kansas. The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag reappeared on the list thanks to signing events at schools. Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People grabbed a spot after being named a finalist in the 2014 New Mexico-Colorado Book Awards. Tanya Reimer’sPetrified performed very well thanks to interest in Canada. Judi Markowitz’s The View from Four Foot Two returned to the rankings thanks to author activities.

The company released five new titles during the month of September:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for September, 2014
Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Foreign Policy
Death of the Dying City Matthew Taub Urban Fiction
The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
The Power of Uncertainty John F. Loase Mathematics

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

YA fiction takes top spots — Sunbury Press bestsellers for August 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August, 2014. Jim Remsen’s young adult novel Visions of Teaoga was #1.

About Visions of Teaoga
vot_fcThe year is 1790 and Queen Esther, a notorious American Indian matriarch, travels under cover to observe a U.S.-Iroquois summit at the ancient Teaoga treaty grounds. Will she be able to pass on her wisdom – and warnings – to the Indian villagers before the hostile settlers discover her in their midst? Will troubled native girl Sisketung awaken to Esther’s truths and see how wrong-headed the brash settler girl Sarah was?

Moving two centuries forward, restless tweener Maddy Winter also visits Teaoga, now a quiet riverfront town on the Pennsylvania-New York border. She tunes in to the region’s dramatic lost history and soon encounters spirits in the wind. As she gains in wisdom, Maddy longs to take on Esther’s mantle of the “peace woman,” but will she find the courage to do right in her own life?

Drawing richly from the historical record, Visions of Teaogacaptures a world in upheaval. Readers sit at a native story circle and learn of the tensions and treachery besetting the Eastern frontier. As Maddy and her modern-day compatriots enter the story, they ponder how our history was recorded and by whom. The book is a perfect companion for middle-school history classes, with discussion questions and other supplemental materials provided on the author’s website, www.jimremsen.com.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
2 The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
3 Remember the Sun Melanie Simms Poetry
4 NEW Going Home Susan Marchisello Thriller Fiction
5 What to Do about Mama? Matthews & Blank Self-Help
6 14 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
7 NEW Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
8 12 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
9 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
10 6 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
11 5 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
12 Pythagoras Karim El Koussa Historical Fiction
13 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Action Adventure
14 NEW The Voice in my Ear Ken Newman Action Adventure
15 NEW Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
16 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
17 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
18 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Action Adventure
19 1 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
20 4 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

dfv_fcSunbury Press closed out its best August ever. Sales more than doubled last year’s August. Year-to-Date, sales are up nearly 15%. Trade paperbacks led the way with a 20% year-to-date gain. Ebooks are down over 20% year-over-year. Hardcovers, reintroduced by the company in June, were nearly double eBook sales in August. Since June, hardcover sales have caught up to eBook sales. There is a clear trend for readers preferring print over digital platforms. Nook content sales fell over 50% in August. Is the end near?

Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga was boosted by author activities. Anne Marie Drew’s The Piano Bed was helped by author activities and an Amazon promotion. The poetry book about Sunbury, Remember the Sun, by Melanie Simms charted high thanks to author radio appearances. Sharon Marchisello’s Going Home grabbed the clean-up spot due to author activities. What to Do about Mama by “The Barbs” returned to the list buoyed by their recent network TV appearance. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls III continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. Tanya Reimer’s Petrified performed very well thanks to interest in Canada and feedback concerning the cover design. Karim El Koussa had a hat trick with Jesus the Phoenician, Pythagoas, and The Phoenician Code all charting thanks to an export order to Lebanon. John Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City returned to the list due to anticipation about his appearance at the Decatur Book Festival. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #11 due to advance orders for his appearance before the 99’s in Wichita, Kansas. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area. Ken Newman’s The Voice in My Ear was helped by author activities. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance charted despite only a couple days on sale due to interest in the Carlisle, PA area. Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle returned to the rankings as a result of author bookstore appearances. Robert Walton’s Fatal Snow was helped by sales at Bob’s Bagels. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man & The Lurking Man clung to the last two spots due to sales at Rocky’s Ace Hardware.

The company released eight new titles during the month of August:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for August, 2014
Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
A Pale Horse & 40 Other Tales Joe Tarone Short Stories
Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
Going Home Susan Marchisello Thriller Fiction
How I Got Into Hollywood Rommel & Knorr Self-Help
The Voice in my Ear Ken Newman Action Adventure
Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
The Ghost Sisters and the Girl in Hallway B Patricia Marcantonio YA 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