Sunbury Press, Inc., headquartered in Mechanicsburg, PA is a publisher of trade paperback, hard cover and digital books featuring established and emerging authors in many fiction and non-fiction categories. Sunbury's books are printed in the USA and sold through leading booksellers worldwide.
Sunbury Press is a traditional publisher leveraging digital capabilities. We receive approximately 1000 proposals from authors and agents over the course of a year. We publish about 70 titles per year, a good number of them from our existing authors. Thus, our selection rate is about 5%. Our most successful categories have been history, biography, self-help, historical fiction, horror, police procedurals and mysteries.
Our editing and design staff are employees of the company. When we invest in a manuscript with our time and money, our goal is to produce the best quality book possible while getting it to the market as quickly as possible.
Our books are sold on all major bookseller websites and eBook platforms. Our best-selling titles are distributed to stores and libraries via Baker & Taylor and Ingram.
Please note, we are not affiliated with the late Virginia Scott's Sunbury Press of New York, NY, active from 1974 to 1988 or Richard Parson's Sunbury Press of Raleigh, NC, active from 1972 to the early 1980s.
"Continue the Enlightenment". During the 18th century, a societal shift occurred based on the core values of a strong belief in rationality and science and the critical questioning of traditional institutions, customs, and morals. Out of this era came the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. This "Age of Reason" has shaped our Western tradition and continues to resonate to this day throughout the globe. At Sunbury Press, we champion these core values and support authors who challenge "the establishment", regardless of their political or religious affiliation, socioeconomic status or nationality.
Founded in 2004 by Lawrence Knorr, the company is named after Sunbury, PA - a Susquehanna River town very close to the Mahantongo & Lykens Valleys. The company's first books were genealogical titles related to these areas and the Pennsylvania German communities that thrived nearby.
In 2006, Sunbury published its first fiction book "the 100th Human" by Chris Fenwick. This metaphysical fiction novel quickly rose to #1 in its category on Amazon, becoming the company's best-selling book ever at that time.
By 2010, the company had transformed its business model to leverage new developments in the publishing industry such as eBooks and print-on-demand. The company grew five fold between 2009 and 2010 and nearly tripled the next year (through 2011).
Titles such as "Prohibition's Prince" and "Fireproof Moth" achieved regional and international acclaim. Sunbury also became known for the "Keystone Tombstones" series by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, which was mentioned on numerous broadcast and cable TV affiliates. The company signed its first foreign rights deal (with a Taiwanese publisher) in 2012.
Late in 2012, the company moved from offices in Camp Hill, PA to Main Street in Mechanicsburg, PA and began hosting book release parties and author signing events at the venue.
2013 was a big year for Sunbury. We were an exhibitor at Book Expo America in New York at the end of May. Also, one of our books -- "The Cursed Man" by Keith Rommel -- was being made into a motion picture in Hollywood (filming continues into 2014). The company continued to grow, achieving its best sales results in its history.
On February 1, 2014, we opened our company retail store at 50 West Main Street in Mechanicsburg, PA. Visitors will find all of our titles for sale. Sunbury authors appear from time to time. April 1, 2014 marked our 10th anniversary in business - quite an accomplishment for any small business.
Lawrence Knorr has been involved with book publishing for fourteen years. He holds an MBA from Penn State University, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Lawrence's 30+ year career in information technology, as a programmer, analyst, project manager, CEO and Chief Information Officer has prepared him well for the "Age of Content" - the new era of eBooks, data integration, eCommerce and networks. Lawrence has taught business and project management courses for ten years, and is the author of eight books. He is also an award-winning digital artist. For a one-year term in 2013, Lawrence was the President of the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA).
MARKETING & OPERATIONS:
Tammi Knorr is the VP of Operations for Sunbury Press. She has been with the company since 2010. Tammi has had a 20+ year career in IT. She is a former project controller for Deloitte. She is the previous owner/operator of West Shore Gallery, Inc., a fine art gallery and fine art photography service. She is an award-winning photographer and graphic designer. She is an expert in social media and book marketing, devising many unconventional campaigns.
Crystal Devine, Production Manager, coordinates our interior book designs and proofing.
Christin Aswad, Assistant Editor and Publicist at Newberry Media Corporation, is a recent graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. She received a BA in English. She has spent some time interning in the magazine publishing world, but has decided to pursue her true passion in book publishing. Christin has been editing titles in addition to working as a publicist for Newberry Media.
Amber Rendon, Cover Designer, is a writer and graphic designer, who has been involved in creative art for over a decade. She owns her own business, Novel Idea Design, and truly enjoys working alongside authors to produce stunning covers that are competitive with the current market. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and spending time with her family and friends.
Jennifer R. Melendrez, Managing Editor, is an editor, writer, and mother of two—four, if you count the dogs—living in Linglestown, PA. She holds an AA in Secondary English Education from Harrisburg Area Community College, a BA in English from Penn State, and an MFA in Creative Writing—with a certificate in publishing—from Chatham University. Her partial novel, Fixed, won runner-up for best thesis in Chatham University’s 2013 fiction category. She established an independent press while at Chatham, publishing a poetry chapbook for an up-and-coming poet (Chalk & Fire, Melrose Publishing, 2012). Jennifer has served as editor for two college literary journals, has had poems published in the Wildwood Journal, and was a Scholastic Writing Contest judge for poetry in 2014. She loves to read, write, knit, cook, and travel. Jennifer has been editing for Sunbury Press since 2011 and contributes to the Speckled Egg Press and Ernest & Edgar blogs.
Janice Rhayem, Assistant Editor, began her education at Bloomsburg University, and decided to transfer to Penn State after her sophomore year in search of a greater challenge and a bigger campus and town. She got her English degree from Penn State, and began interning as an editor her junior year. From there, she got an internship position with Sunbury Press Inc. in the fall of 2012. That internship became a permanent position that she has grown to love, and she truly appreciates the author/editor relationship that springs up with each manuscript she edits. In addition to editing, she also writes for Headspace Magazine, a small Philadelphia based publication that covers the jam/music scene in the area. She is also currently working on co-writing her mother's memoirs.
Allyson Gard, Assistant Editor, graduated from Penn State Harrisburg with a Bachelor's degree in English. She's been with Sunbury Press since 2011 and edited over 60 titles for this publisher.
Ruth Marie Oakes Watson recently graduated from Messiah College where she studied English and philosophy, and she’s delighted to join the Sunbury Press team. Previously, she wrote and edited articles for an online music magazine called Infectious. Overall, she loves getting lost in the pages of a book, searching for the right words to express unexplainable feelings, and having discussions that last into the wee hours of the morning. Currently, her favorite book is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.