Children’s Trifecta — Solomon Screech Owl and Flying Pants take off — Sunbury Press bestsellers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January, 2015. The late Beth Lancione’s Solomon Screen Owl Goes to the Galapagos was #1, followed by  Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight. Lola James claimed the third spot with Flying Pants. All were childrens books benefitting from Children’s Day at the Sunbury Press Store.

ssogttg_fcAbout Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos:
In the second of Solomon Screech Owl’s stories, Sollie travels, with help from some whales, to the Galapagos Islands, where he meets birds that seem very different from himself. As he gets to know them better, he comes to understand that they all have more in common than he first thought.

About the author & illustrator:
Beth and Kathy, with their husbands Mel Lancione and Gary Haney, visited the Galapagos Islands in 2005 and saw, at very close range, all of the fascinating creatures that Sollie encounters in this book.

Beth said, “A fellow traveler once told me, ‘If you go only one place in your life, go to Galapagos.’ I agree. I’ve been to many other places, but Galapagos is my favorite. I definitely wanted to show Sollie, and all of our readers, the wonders of these special, unique islands.”

Kathy said, “The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the earth’s unique birds and animals. There are few places in the world where you can have an upclose and personal interaction with wild creatures.

The Blue-Footed Boobies captured our imaginations, along with the iguanas, tortoises, and many other birds. We want to share our love of Galapagos with you.”

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for January, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione Childrens
2 Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight Beth Lancione Childrens
3 Flying Pants Lola James Childrens
4 4 As the Paint Dries Carrie Wissler-Thomas Art History
5 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Relgious History
6 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
7 2 Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys Steve Troutman Earth History
8 9 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
9 11 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
10 NEW Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Pet Humor
11 Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
12 1 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
13 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Thriller Fiction
14 18 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
15 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler HIstorical Fiction
16 3 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
17 The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
18 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
19 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Action Adventure
20 Whimsy and Wry Guy Graybill Literary Fiction

fp_fcSunbury Press had its best January ever, up nearly 3x from last January, and 4.5% from December. It was the first time in 5 years that January sales topped December. Hardcover books grabbed the top 4 spots in the bestseller rankings, dominated by the Children’s category. Trade paperback sales were double hardcover sales, and remain the most popular format. EBooks have slipped to third, amounting to only 5% of all sales. Hardcover sales were over 6x the eBook sales. EBook sales were up over last month, however, by nearly 20% thanks to price increases implemented after Christmas.

The three children’s books were helped by the standing-room only Children’s Day event at the Sunbury Press Store — more successful than the 10th Anniversary Party with Keith Rommel, Brahm Gallagher, and Bang. Ten Percent of all sales from that day were donated to help the Lanciones following the death of Beth, the author of the Solomon Screech Owl series, and her husband Mel. As the Paint Dries, Carrie Wissler-Thomas’s history of the Art Association of Harrisburg, co-authored by Michael Barton, held at #4 due to demand at the Art Association. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician(#5) and The Phoenician Code (#19) took two spots on the list due to export orders to Lebanon. John Cressler’s due, Shadows in the Shining City and Emeralds of the Alhambra grabbed #6 and #15 due to author events. Steve Troutman’s Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleysheld at #7 thanks to author activities. Troutman also charted at #17 with The Trevorton, Mahanoy, and Mahantongo Railroad and #18 with Tulpehocken Trail Traces. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula climbed the rankings to #8 thanks to author appearances. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last inched up to #9 due to continued national media attention for the search for the aviatrix’s plane. Beagle Tales 5 debuted at #10 thanks to Bob Ford’s following. Petrified, the YA novel by Canadian Tanya Reimer, returned to the chart at #11 thanks to sales north of the border. Tony Julian’s Pit Bulls, available in both trade paperback and hardcover, slipped to #12 following a strong Christmas showing. Sharon Marchisello’s Going Home grabbed lucky #13 thanks to sales in the Southland in advance of her events. Winter of the Metal People, by Dennis Herrick, moved up to #14 thanks to author activities. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga slipped to #16. Guy Graybill’s Whimsy and Wry rounded out the list, thanks to author activities.

The company released five new titles during the month of January


SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for January, 2015
Malaformed Realities Volume 1 Thomas Malafarina Thriller Fiction
Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Pet Humor
Courting Doubt and Darkness J. M. West Thriller Fiction
The Bookseller’s Secret Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
How to Achieve Peace of Mind Dorsman & Davis Mindfulness

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Introducing Speckled Egg Press!

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has announced a new imprint for their children’s category — Speckled Egg Press.

speckledegg-logo“We want to stir up some more interest in this category, which has been lost among our many books for adults,” said VP of Marketing and Author Relations, Tammi Knorr.

Speckled Egg shall include elementary and pre-school age products.  The Young Adult category will remain under the Sunbury Press brand.   Following are the authors and books moved to the category:

Ashley Lucas: “Boo, Bat and Pumpkin Throw a Party”
Joanne L S Risso: “In the Field” and “Over the Sea”
Stephanie Slahor: “Meteors”
Amanda Brown: “Goodnight Sammy” and “Flying Courage”
Carole LaPlante: “Night Noises” and “The Magic Within You”
Michael & Ethan Sgrignoli: “Dinorific Poetry” series
Dan Shutters: “The Mouse with the Broken Tail”

The following titles are planned for the imprint:
Matt Anderson: “Pink Flamingos All Around”
Wendy Latty: “Colors in the Garden”
Amanda Brown: “Max’s Clips”

In the Field

In the Field

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One Dinorific deal! Mike and Ethan Sgrignoli sign with Sunbury Press

Mechanicsburg, PA — Children’s author Mike Sgrignoli and his son Ethan, the illustrator, have signed with Sunbury Press to publish their Dinorific Poetry series.  The Mechanicsburg publisher of trade paperback and eBooks plans to reissue the first two volumes, followed by a third currently in the works.

The Sgrignolis have risen to local acclaim thanks to their positive message and appearances at local schools, bookstores, childcare centers and other venues.  Mike has made numerous media appearances, and will be joining Sunbury Press at Book Expo America in New York, May 30 to June 1.

purple logoAbout Dinorific Poetry:
Volume 1:
10 delightful poetic stories conceived by Michael coupled with 24 of Ethan’s imaginative watercolors. You’ll meet Diplodocus, Dimetrodon, Styracosaurus, Pachycephalosaur and a host of other unique and admittedly obscure dinosaurs. There’s even a story about where the skull of a Plesiosaur got mistakenly placed. Dig in!

Volume 2:
We’re upping the ante folks…14, count ’em, 14 new dinorific ditties designed to dazzle dino lovers. You’ll meet Carnotaurus, Argentinosaurus and Megatherium (a 20 foot long sloth. Really.) We even delve into the ocean’s depths to meet Megalodon, Dunkleosteus and Kronosaurus. And did you hear the one about the dinos playing poker? You will.

About the Authors:
Michael is a poet, musician, forward-thinking, public-speaking, rugged individualist who strives to be the best darn daddy ever while balancing a full time job.
Ethan is a fun-loving, imaginative, animal lover who (his father believes) IS the best darn son ever. This father/son literary project has provided the setting to engender greater mutual respect and has delivered an even more precious gift: more time spent together.

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