It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? These rules have been fairly stable for some time now but I have recently added rule # 5, so please take note.
1) This list only tracks sales through AMAZON. It does not keep track of sales through Barnes and Noble, face-to-face or anything else!
2) This list only tracks PRINT sales. We do not currently track e-books. Exactly how Amazon calculates these things is mostly a trade secret and they vary wildly from day to day. If I checked this tomorrow, the list could be very different. This list reflects sales ranks as of Sunday morning May 27, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in May 2012, I’m only looking at books published since February 2012. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed.
4) I am no longer tracking pre-release orders. Some publishers never actually release their books and when they do, it’s months after they were supposed to be released. Everything listed in the Top Ten is currently for sale.
5) Like the name suggests, we’re tracking “New” pulp — I’m not tracking sales rankings for reprints of classic material. In order for something to qualify for this list, it has to be at least 50% new material that has not been printed in book form before.
6) I am human. I make mistakes. If you are aware of a title that should be listed below (keeping in mind all the rules above), please let me know and I will make sure to remedy the situation.
7) I get most of my information from All Pulp, New Pulp, the Pulp Factory mailing list and a few other sites. If you think I might miss your release, let me know in advance — drop me a line and tell me when it’s being released.
Because of the holiday weekend, I ran the stats a day early and am posting them in their customary Monday slot. Because of my wedding anniversary, I’ll probably do the same next week. All this means is that if you double-check my numbers on Monday morning, you might see small differences here and there — these numbers are current as of Sunday morning, though you’re seeing them on Monday.
Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp bestseller list as of right now (title, then publisher, then release date, then sales rank):
1) Tales of The Rook by Various (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 28,707
2) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 33,463
3) Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 38,703
4) Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker by Jim Beard (Airship 27, May 2012) – 40,719
5) Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook by Various (Moonstone Books, March 2012) – 52,231
6) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 100,282
7) The Sting of the Silver Manticore by P.J. Lozito (Pro Se Press, April 2012) - 174,218
8 ) The Destiny of Fu Manchu by William Patrick Maynard (Black Coat Press, March 2012) - 287,895
9) New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade (Pro Se Press, March 2012) – 505,330
10) Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi (Airship 27, February 2012) - 510,611
Just missing the list were: Pro Se Presents # 10 (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 542,961, Call of Shadows by David Smith (Airship 27, March 2012) – 863,429 and Dr. Watson’s American Adventure by Erwin K. Roberts (Airship 27, April 2012) – 901,802.
A very busy week in the Top Ten! We have a couple of mainstays drop out of the Top Ten (like the Dr. Watson book) and several new books make their debut — including the # 1 title on the list this time. Howard Hopkins’ posthumous release comes in at # 2 and the new Doc Savage book slips to # 3. Airships 27’s newest title debuts at # 4. It should be noted that the Fu Manchu book is the paperback version, which is currently outselling the hardcover that Amazon’s been offering for awhile. We see continued strong sales on the Thunder Jim Wade book and on anything related to Sherlock Holmes.
From a publisher standpoint, Moonstone and Pro Se had three books each in the Top Ten, with Airship 27 capturing two slots. We have five publishers total represented here.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.