Carrie Nyman's "Why Aren't You Sweet Like Me?", a fictionalized account of her grandparents tragic World War 2 love story sold well out of the gate.
Chris Zoukis's "Education Behind Bars", a distance education reference for inmates, was the top reference book for the month.
Guy Graybill's Prohibition titles continued to sell well. Both "Prohibition's Prince" and "Prince and the Paupers" benefited from continued interest from regional independent bookstores.
Farrell and Farley's "Keystone Tombstones: Volume One" continued to sell well thanks to author appearances.
In the children's category, Amanda Brown's "Goodnight Sammy" held #6 thanks to appearances by the author and illustrator.
Carol Schultz Vento's "The Hidden Legacy of World War II" about her famous father's post-war struggles and family life and Milo Thornberry's "Fireproof Moth", about his political activity in Taiwan in the 60's and 70's, rounded out the top 10 in print.
Several recent releases performed well in the eBook category: Shelly Frome's "Twilight of the Drifter" - a Southern Gothic crime story, Paul Argentini's "The Fourth Nail" - a religious history thriller surrounding an artifact from the crucifixion, Knapp's "The Devil's Palm", Joyce Anne Nicholl's "The Last Egyptian Mamluk" - a historical novel chronicling the life of the only survivor of the Massacre of the Citadel in 1812.
Mike Breslin's "Robbing the Pillars", a Coal Region detective story, Ken Newman's "The Paladain", an action adventure, and Robert Broomall's "Murder in the 7th Cavalry", a mystery set in Custer's camp all sold well thanks to promotional activity.
Andre Guruianu's "Postmodern Dogma" debuted at #8, and led the poetry category.
Sunbury Press begins the year with some interesting trends. Overall sales were down 18%, but profits were comparable to January 2011. However, eBook sales are up 6x as compared to January 2011, now comprising over 12% of sales. They had been less than 2% of sales last January. Print sales declined 25%, with inventoried print titles declining 75%. Clearly, the Christmas boom in eReaders has had a dramatic effect on the market.
Following are the top overall print sellers by category:
History / Memoir - "Behind Barbed Wire and High Fences" by Helen Angeny
Fiction - "The Devil's Palm" by Bob Knapp
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 seven new titles during the month of January:
"Why Aren't You Sweet Like Me?" by Carrie Nyman
"The Fourth Nail" by Paul Argentini
"The Devil's Palm" by Bob Knapp
"Behind Barbed Wire and High Fences" by Helen Angeny
"Postmodern Dogma" by Andrei Guruianu
"The 100th Human - Countdown 2012" by Chris Fenwick
"The Last Egyptian Mamluk" by Joyce Anne Nicholls
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