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Sunbury Press bookstore to open February 1 in Mechanicsburg

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press, the book publisher of trade paperbacks and eBooks located at 50 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg (www.sunburypress.com), is celebrating its tenth year in business in 2014. Sunbury’s books feature established and emerging authors in many fiction and nonfiction categories and are sold through leading booksellers worldwide.

Standing room only...

Standing room only…

“2013 was our best year ever,” said co-owner Lawrence Knorr. “Our sales topped all prior years and we exhibited at Book Expo America in New York City. We also held several great events at our Mechanicsburg office.”

Sunbury Press has grown rapidly over the years and now publishes, on average, 70 books a year, having over 200 titles and 120 authors under management.

“We are a traditional press, not a vanity press,” explained co-owner Tammi Knorr. “We receive over 1,000 manuscript proposals a year and select only the best for publication. We do not charge our authors to publish. Instead, we invest in the manuscript by editing, designing and formatting it into a high quality finished product at our expense. We then pay our authors royalties on the sales.”

Some of Sunbury Press’s best-selling titles include “Pit Bulls” by Anthony Julien, a compilation of historic photos of pit bulls with

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

their families, the “Keystone Tombstones” series by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, documenting the lives and graves of famous people buried in Pennsylvania, Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last,” revealing the fate of the aviatrix, lost in the South Pacific,” and Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao,” recording the last engagement between battleships in World War 2. In addition to local, regional and world history, the company publishes historical fiction, action adventure, murder mysteries, horror, literary fiction, children’s, self-help, sports and etc.

The Knorrs have decided to up the ante in 2014, converting their office, which had been a showroom and event space, into a full-fledged Sunbury Press bookstore.

“We had a lot of success with our author events – especially on First Fridays,” said Lawrence. “We had people standing out on the sidewalk trying to hear our authors who were presenting inside. While the vast majority of our sales are online and through bookstores around the world, we have had a number of local people who just want to stop in to buy our books. Our books sold well at our events, so we’ve invested in shelves and fixtures and will be offering all of our titles all of the time at our 50 West Main Street location.”

The new Sunbury Press retail store opens February 1st. Store hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10-5 and Saturday from 9 to 2.

ktcw_pub“We will also be holding events on most First Fridays,” said Tammi. “Those Fridays, we’ll stay open until 10 pm.”

Sunbury Press will be offering special deals available only to walk-in customers, such as bargain books and buy-one-get-one free offers. There will also be a limited number of used books not published by Sunbury Press.

For more information, please see www.sunburypress.com, or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunbury-Press-Books/143239….

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Monster Mania Con a blast for Sunbury Press horror authors Malafarina, Jordan and Rommel

Cherry Hill, NJ – Monster Mania Con was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ from Friday August 16th through Sunday August 18th, 2013.  Sunbury Press utilized its vendor space to promote the horror category.  Thomas Malafarina, Catherine Jordan and Keith Rommel were present to meet the crowds and sign free copies of their books.   The convention featured such celebrities as: Carrie Fisher, George Romero, Christopher Lloyd, Danny Glover, Malcolm McDowell, Sam Witwer,  Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Jessica Clark, Claire Coffee, Chandler Riggs,
Dick Warlock, Gary Busey, and many more…

Thomas Malafarina gave away dozens of his books including Fallen Stones, Ghost Shadows, 13 Nasty Endings, 99 Souls, Eye Contact and Gallery of Horror. Tom was very pleased to meet some fans who were familiar with his work.

Catherine Jordan promoted her debut novel Seeking Samiel to her female target audience.  Dozens of copies of her book found enthusiastic readers as well of piles of bookmarks.

Keith Rommel promoted his novel The Cursed Man, now in the works as a major motion picture.  The booth also displayed a large poster, postcards and buttons regarding the movie.  Keith was careful to give his signed copies to readers who promised to talk about his book and/or write a review.  Lots of patrons picked up buttons and cards, too.  Keith was also fortunate to meet representatives from Fangoria magazine, who promised to follow up with a book review and coverage of the movie, as it is being released.

In all, it was a very successful weekend for Sunbury Press and the authors, who got to meet their target audience in person — by the hundreds.

Two gentlemen who dropped by to discuss their taste in literature.

Two gentlemen who dropped by to discuss their taste in literature.

The aisles were packed

The aisles were packed

Thomas Malafarina

Thomas Malafarina

Catherine Jordan

Catherine Jordan

Keith Rommel

Keith Rommel


Book Expo America a blast for Sunbury Press authors, owners and staff

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“Power Readers” pour into BEA on Saturday June 1, 2013

New York, NY — Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in North America, was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from Thursday May 30 through Saturday June 1, 2013.   The exposition highlighted the latest technology and developments in the book publishing industry, and was a showcase for star and emerging talent.  All of the big publishers including Simon & Schuster, Hachette, McGraw-Hill, Penguin, Random House, Scholastic and others, joined with leaders in publishing services such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Createspace, Sony, Kobo and many others.  Notables such as Chris Matthews, Stephen King, Jim Carey, Ann Romney and Rick Atkinson were just a small number of the multitudes of well-known authors and personalities present.

Sunbury Press joined with the Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) and other independent publishers in aisle 2300. Sunbury had a slate of authors appear at their table. Several were photographed or interviewed by the media. Appearing at this year’s expo were:

Thursday May 30: Carole LaPlante, Robert Miller and Ernest Marshall

Friday May 31: Mary Dimino, Thomas Malafarina, Cathy Jordan and Margaret Meacham

Saturday June 1: Mike Sgrignoli, Shelly Frome and Joanne Risso

 

 

 

BEA - Carole LaPlante

Carole LaPlante

BEA - Ernest Marshall

Ernest Marshall

BEA - Maggie Meacham

Margaret Meacham

BEA - Mary Dimino

Mary Dimino

BEA - Mike Sgrignoli

Mike Sgrignoli

BEA - Robert Miller

Robert Miller

BEA - Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome

BEA Cathy Jordan

Cathy Jordan

BEA- Joanne Risso

Joanne Risso

BEA Tom Malafarina

Thomas Malafarina

 


Amish Rebel to the front! All eBook eyes on Tom Malafarina! Sunbury Press bestsellers for March…

Camp Hill, PA – “The Amish Rebel”, novelist Preston Nuttall’s historical Civil War adventure, took the top spot in print thanks to author events. Thomas Malafarina’s horror novel about the experiences of a comatose man led all eBook downloads due to a strong Kindle free download promotion. Professional mountain biker Willow Rockwell’s autobiography, “My Wheels Gave me Wings,” debuted at #2 in print. Keith Rommel’s horror psycho-thriller “The Cursed Man” nabbed #2 in eBooks. Nonfiction books captured five of the top ten spots in print. Fiction took eight of ten eBooks.

EyeContactCover pubFarrell & Farley’s “Keystone Tombstones Volume I” continued to sell well thanks to author appearances on TV and radio. The two were recently signed for a TV series on the PCN network.

Children’s books “Night Noises” by Carole LaPlante and “Over the Sea” by Joanne Risso grabbed the 4th and 5th spots in print thanks to author events.

Jess Steven Hughes’ Roman novel “The Sign of the Eagle” debuted at number 6. Dan Shutter’s “The Mouse with the Broken Tail” grabbed 7th.

Steve Troutman’s local histories “The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad” and “Tulpehocken Trail Traces” jumped to 8th and 9th.

Carol Schultz Vento’s “The Hidden Legacy of World War II” rounded out the top ten in print and finished 5th in eBooks.

Thomas Malafarina’s “13 Nasty Endings” and “99 Souls” grabbed 4th & 6th in eBooks thanks to cross-selling with the free promotion of “Eye Contact.”

Jackson Holiday’s hilariously insulting “Who Sh*t in My Zen Garden” ranked third in eBooks.

Mainstay’s “Pythagoras” by Karim El Koussah, “Fireproof Moth” by Milo Thornberry, “Beagle Tales” by Bob Ford and “Mr. Justice” by Scott Gerber rounded out the top eBooks.

Sales for the month of March were more than double same month sales in 2011. It appears last year’s soft month (March) came earlier this year (February). For the quarter, however, sales are down slightly as compared to last year. The press was helped by after-Christmas sales of best-selling “Prohibition’s Prince” in 2011. This year, there is no one book leading sales consistently — yet.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “My Wheels Gave me Wings” by Willow Rockwell
Fiction  – “The Amish Rebel” by Preston Nuttall
Poetry – “Postmodern Dogma” by Andrei Guruianu
Children’s – “Night Noises” by Carole LaPlante and Mary Ann Byrne-Walker
The Arts – “My Eye on the Philadelphia Mummers” by Mary Gallagher Stout
Self-Help – “A Young Adult’s Guide to Safety in the Digital Age” by Jeff Sechler
Christian  – “The Mouse with the Broken Tail” by Paul Argentini
Metaphysical – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Education Behind Bars” by Chris Zoukis

The company released four new titles during the month of March:
“The Sign of the Eagle” by Jess Steven Hughes
“Night Noises” (English only edition) by Carole LaPlante
“The Amish Rebel” by Preston Nuttall
“Obama’s Great Education Lie” by Dr. John Loase

For a complete ranking, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypress.com/bestsellers.html

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypress.com/releases.html


“Twilight of the Drifter” grabs #1 spot in print – Tom Malafarina rules eBooks – but sales are soft!

Camp Hill, PA – “Twilight of the Drifter”, novelist Shelly Frome’s “Southern Gothic” crime story, took the top spot in print thanks to author events. Thomas Malafarina’s horror novel, 99 Souls, about a cursed coal mine in the Coal Region of Pennsylvania led all eBook downloads due to a strong Kindle free download promotion. William Lemanski’s biography of Kermit Roosevelt, “Lost in the Shadow of Fame,” debuted at #2 in print. Thomas Malafarina’s short story compilation “13 Nasty Endings” nabbed #2 in eBooks. Nonfiction books captured seven of the top ten spots in print. Fiction took eight of ten eBooks.

99 frontCarol Schultz Vento’s “The Hidden Legacy of World War II” about her famous father’s post-war struggles and family life and Charles K Godfrey’s Gettysburg Civil War re-enactment fantasy sold well  in print thanks to author events.

Joyce Anne Nicholls’ “The Last Egyptian Mamluk” debuted at #5 due to brisk bookstore sales upon release.

Milo Thornberry’s “Fireproof Moth”, Guy Graybill’s moonshine books “Prohibition’s Prince” and “Prince and the Paupers, ” Bob Ford’s “Beagle Tales 2,” and Farrell and Farley’s “Keystone Tombstones Volume 1” rounded out the top 10 in print.

Vento’s “The Hidden Legacy of World War II,” Frome’s “Twilight of the Drifter,” and Thornberry’s “Fireproof Moth” also garnered top spots in eBooks.

Paul Argentini’s “The Fourth Nail” and Jackson Holiday’s “Who Sh*t in my Zen Garden” continued in the top ten eBooks.

Keith Rommel’s horror classic “The Cursed Man,” being considered as a movie, returned to the list along with Bob Wood’s “Sage” and L D Knorr’s “The Leviticus Mission.”

Sunbury Press has experienced softer sales at the outset of 2012 as consumers trade print for eBooks and seem to be buying a bit less overall. Year to Date, sales were down 28%, but eBook sales are up nearly 5x. Possibly, there is a glut of downloads on eReaders following the Christmas boom. March is also traditionally a slow month for book sales, so a down first quarter is expected.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “Lost in the Shadow of Fame” by William Lemanski
Fiction  – “Twilight of the Drifter” by Shelly Frome
Poetry – “Postmodern Dogma” by Andrei Guruianu
Children’s – “Goodnight Sammy” by Amanda Brown and Betsy Morningstar
The Arts – “My Eye on the Philadelphia Mummers” by Mary Gallagher Stout
Self-Help – “A Young Adult’s Guide to Safety in the Digital Age” by Jeff Sechler
Christian  – “The Fourth Nail” by Paul Argentini
Metaphysical – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Education Behind Bars” by Chris Zoukis

The company released four new titles during the month of February:
“Malafarina Maleficarum Volume 1” by Thomas Malafarina
“Terminal Disaster” by Randall Radic and Ralph Fontana
“Lost in the Shadow of Fame” by William Lemanski
“My Wheels Gave Me Wings” by Willow Rockwell

For a complete ranking, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypress.com/bestsellers.html

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypress.com/releases.html


Guy Graybill is Prince! Sunbury Press Book Awards for 2010

Lemoyne, PA – Sunbury Press, Inc. has released its bestseller list for the year 2010. Sales, year over year, have quintupled. The company released 38 new books during the year, and signed 23 new authors. The History category performed best, notching 4 of the top 6 spots, and 5 of the top 10. Five new releases are slated for this January.

Prohibition’s Prince: The Bizarre Life of America’s Millionaire Moonshiner, a recently  released biography by Guy Graybill about Prince Farrington, a famous bootlegger from the early 20th century, was the company’s best-selling book for the year, followed by the company’s top-selling book all-time – Chris Femwick’s the 100th human – a metaphysical tale about the ‘end of days’ of the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012.

Guy Graybill, the author of Prohibition’s Prince, was named Author of the Year for 2010 by Sunbury Press.  The book was by far and away the bestselling book for the trade publisher based in Lemoyne, on the west shore of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

3492663 pubAbout Prohibition’s Prince:

Author and historian Guy Graybill presents the entertaining tale of one of America’s most prolific moonshiners and bootleggers, Prince David Farrington, who plied his trade through the early to mid 20th century. Graybill follows Farrington from his roots in Guilford County, North Carolina to Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, detailing the decades of illicit activity along the way. Farrington amassed a large fortune. His exploits remain legendary to this day. Relive the rollicking life of Prohibition’s Prince, as Graybill presents numerous tales, legends, testimonials, news accounts, and still locations. This volume includes 44 pages of vintage photographs and is indexed.

Prohibition’s Prince: The Bizarre Life of America’s Millionaire Moonshiner

Authored by Guy Graybill
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
284 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597200
ISBN-10: 1934597201
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
For more information, please see:

Chris Fenwick won Fiction Author of the Year for 2010 for her novel The 100th Human, which continued to sell well in its fourth year since issue. At one point in recent years, the novel led all others in the visionary fiction category on Amazon.

945956About the 100th Human:

December 2012 – The final day of the 5000 year old Mayan calendar nears. The world is in turmoil – as wars and international tensions continue. People everywhere seem lost in the complications of day to day struggles – poverty – misfortune – anger and greed. A small team of scientists have uncovered a riddle concerning this “End of Days”. As they reveal the symbolic meaning of the riddle, their serendipitous mission is discovered by the Ancient Fraternity of the Veni Victus – determined to thwart such revelations. These two powers – of good and evil – converge. Only the spirits of the ancients know the outcome. The 100th Human is a spiritual quest delving deeply into matters of physics, metaphysics, evolution and the human condition. Join Jack, Apu and Alana as they race against time searching for those who can assist in revealing the mystery of the ancient symbols – before time literally runs out.

The 100th Human

Authored by Chris Fenwick
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.; 1 edition (June 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976092557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976092551
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
For more information, please see:
Author Thomas Malafarina was named Sunbury Press Emerging Author of Year for 2010. Thomas writes in the horror / thriller category, and debuted with three books this past year: 99 Souls, Burn Phone, and 13 Nasty Endings. While none of them made the top 10 bestsellers for the year, prior to 2010, the 100th Human was the company’s only work of fiction.
About his latest novel, Burn Phone:
3471160Charles Wilson, a traveling businessman in search of a prepaid cellular phone stumbles into a strange store where he is presented with a hideous phone that he discovers can open a portal to Hell, summoning demonic creatures to do his every bidding.
What is the origin of this device? Why was Wilson chosen to be the “Keeper of the Phone”? How will this newfound power affect Wilson? This is story of power, psychological terror, demonic temptations, and human greed.
This is Thomas M. Malafarina’s second full length for Sunbury press. He has also written the novel “Ninety-Nine Souls” and the short story collection called “Thirteen Nasty Endings” both published through Sunbury Press.
“Burn Phone” has plenty of suspense, terror, surprises and just enough gut wrenching gore to keep the author satisfied.
Burn Phone

Authored by Thomas M Malafarina
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
212 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597095
ISBN-10: 1934597090
BISAC: Fiction / Horror
For more information, please see:
Following is a list of all of the bestsellers for 2010:
SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for 2010 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill History / Biography
2 Art by Ione: Recent Works by Ione Citrin Baron Wertheimer Art
3 The Trevorton, Mahanoy, and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
4 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely: Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr History / Biography
5 REAL Life Drawing: My Eye on Washington, D.C. Mary Gallagher Stout Art
6 The 100th Human Chris Fenwick Visionary Fiction
7 The German and Welsh Origins of the Charles and Lottie Fetterolf Family Steve Troutman History / Biography
8 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch Max Klinger History / Biography
9 Letters from Bill Gloria O’Donnell History / Biography
10 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History

Following are the top sellers by category:
History / Genealogy – “Prohibition’s Prince” by Guy Graybill
Fiction / Poetry – “the 100th Human” by Chris Fenwick
Children’s – “The Mouse with the Broken Tail” by Dan Shutters
The Arts – “Art by Ione” by Ione Citrin
Self-Help – “A Young Adult’s Guide to Safety in the Digital Age” by Jeff Sechler


Alecia Nye artwork selected for cover of Thomas Malafarina’s new horror novel ‘Burn Phone’

CAMP HILL, Pa.Camp Hill, PA – Landisburg, PA artist Alecia Nye’s artwork has been selected for the cover of Thomas Malafarina’s new horror novel ‘Burn Phone’. The book will be released later this month by Sunbury Press. Nye’s print will soon be released in a limited edition.

About the book:

3476068Charles Wilson, a traveling businessman in search of a prepaid cellular phone stumbles into a strange store where he is presented with a hideous phone that he discovers can open a portal to Hell, summoning demonic creatures to do his every bidding.

What is the origin of this device? Why was Wilson chosen to be the “Keeper of the Phone”? How will this newfound power affect Wilson? This is story of power, psychological terror, demonic temptations, and human greed.

This is Thomas M. Malafarina’s second full length for Sunbury press. He has also written the novel “Ninety-Nine Souls” and the short story collection called “Thirteen Nasty Endings” both published through Sunbury Press.

“Burn Phone” has plenty of suspense, terror, surprises and just enough gut wrenching gore to keep the author satisfied.

Thomas M. Malafarina is a horror author from the South Heidelberg Township area of Pennsylvania. To date he has published a horror novel called “Ninety-Nine Souls” and a collection of horror short stories called “Thirteen Nasty Endings” through Sunbury Press.

He was born July 23, 1955 in the town of Ashland, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the hard coal region. He was raised in a small, wood-framed row house along with his parents, his younger brother and two older sisters. Growing up in this blue-collar community Thomas learned the importance of hard work and dedication to family. These values instilled by his parents guided him through to his adult life.

Thomas has enjoyed a life-long love of writing, music and art and of course, horror. “Burn Phone” is his latest exploration into the world of demonic horror.

Thomas lives in South Heidelberg Township, just outside of Wernersville, PA with his wife JoAnne. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Format – softcover – perfect binding.
214 pgs. 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN# 9781453716144

For more information about the book, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Burn-Phone-9781934597095.htm?categoryId=-1

For more information about Alecia Nye, please see:
http://alicianyephotography.blogspot.com/


Author Thomas Malafarina Signed by Sunbury Press — Three Books Scheduled

Thomas_M_MalafarinaCAMP HILL, Pa. — Camp Hill, PA – Sunbury Press, Inc. announced today the signing of horror fiction author Thomas Malafarina for three works to be titled Ninety-Nine Souls, Thirteen Nasty Endings and Burn Phone. Thomas resides in Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. These are the first published works by the author.

See http://www.sunburypress.com for details.

Regarding Ninety-Nine Souls:
Thomas Malafarina’s first novel is set in 1965 in his native Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

A young boy is savagely disemboweled in the presence of his friends at an abandoned coal mine by an unidentified creature. During the investigation, which follows, a Philadelphia television reporter learns from an eccentric old codger a terrible legend about the disastrous history of the mine – a tale about a mine disaster many years ago in which three coal miners were trapped a mile below the surface. Out of desparation, one of the miners sold his 99 Souls Frontsoul to Satan in order to get revenge for the disaster. In return, Satan transformed this man into an immortal soul-feeding demon that must remain trapped in the mine until he gathers ninety-nine souls.

How do you kill what can’t be killed? How do you stop the unstoppable? Welcome to a place where terror reigns, where unspeakable horror and demonic savagery is the norm; where lost souls writhe and struggle for a freedom that may never come.

Welcome to Coogan’s mine; the home of Devil Dan.

ISBN/EAN13: 1453653716 / 9781453653715
Page Count: 160
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Fiction / Horror

Regarding Thirteen Nasty Endings:

13 Nasty Endings coverNot all stories have a “happy ending”. Sometimes the forces of evil are just too strong to allow the characters, whether protagonist or antagonist, to survive unscathed. Sometimes it is because of revenge or sinister forces or simply bad Karma.

Welcome to “Thirteen Nasty Endings”, a collection of short horror stories by Thomas M Malafarina. In this disturbing world of terror and foreboding, virtually every story has the potential to end badly for someone. There will be no “happily ever afters” in this collection! This is definitely not a “feel good” compilation. Thirteen Nasty Endings guarantees that someone, whether deserving or not, will get it in the end.

Thomas has put together an incredibly upsetting anthology of some of his most gory, horrifying, disturbing and bizarre tales for your reading pleasure.

ISBN/EAN13: 1453655700 / 9781453655702
Page Count: 160 (estimate)
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Language English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Fiction / Horror