Controversial “Jesus the Phoenician” tops Sunbury Press bestseller list for December

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Jesus the Phoenician, Karim El Koussa’s well-researched alternative history regarding the origins of Jesus Christ, ranked #1 due to international export sales. Barbara Matthews and Barbara Trainin Blank took the second spot with their self-help book What to Do About Mama: A Guide to Caring for Aging Family Members, thanks to author activities.

jtp_fcSunbury Press’s sales for 2013 were up 15% over 2012. EBook sales were up only 6% over last year, significantly lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the 4th quarter were up 1% compared to the same period in 2012.

Judi Markowitz’s The View from Four Foot Two, debuted at #3, thanks to strong advance sales, including to Europe.

Tony Julian’s Pit Bulls: Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls and the People Who Loved Them moved up the rankings, taking #4 on the list, due to sales to dog enthusiasts.

Madelyn Killion’s At the End of the Day, a novella about a nosy postman, grabbed #5 thanks to author activities.

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart – The Truth At Last moved up on the list, taking #6, thanks to bookstore and library sales.

John Lindermuth’s Digging Dusky Diamonds, a history of the Coal Region of Pennsylvania, ranked #7 due to sales in the Shamokin area.

Pink Flamingos All Around, Dr. Matt Anderson’s humorous and educational children’s book about the pink birds, nabbed the 8th position

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

thanks to author activities and bookstore sales.

Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People returned to the rankings, taking #9 on the list, due to sales in the southwestern US.

Alan Mindell’s baseball novel, The Closer, returned to the rankings, notching #10 on the list, due to steady sales on all fronts.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Fiction  – At the End of the Day by Madelyn Killion
Horror/Mystery – A Little Indiscretion by Joseph Tarone
Children/YA – Pink Flamingos All Around by Matt Anderson
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – What to Do About Mama? by Matthews and Blank
Metaphysical/Spiritual – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Reference – Education Behind Bars by Christopher Zoukis

tvf4f2_fcThe company released six new titles during the month of December:
A Little Indiscretion by Joseph Tarone, The View from Four Foot Two by Judi Markowitz, Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure by Steve Kious, An American Hiroshima by Don Wulffson,GXM731 by Terry Ray and Stink Bomb by Ricky Bruce.

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time 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

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