Month: December 2011

My Year In Publishing

I was published seven times in 2011 – short stories in The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files, The Green Hornet Casefiles and How the West Was Weird II; a comics story in All-Star Pulp Comics # 1; and three books written entirely by me – The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, The Rook Volume Six and The Damned Thing.

Not a bad year! It looks like I’ll have at least as many in 2012.

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Your Final 2011 New Pulp Best Seller List (based on Amazon Sales Rank)

I recently made up a list of New Pulp releases and then checked their sales ranks on Amazon. It was so popular, I did it again.

Originally, I just included all the recent releases that I could think of and ranked them — over time, people have pointed me towards other new releases that I was unaware of and they are now factored in. If there’s a recent New Pulp title I seem to be forgetting, let me know and I’ll try to include it next time for a more accurate Top 10 on Amazon.

This list does not include eBooks. For now, I’m tracking only print sales. I don’t think it’s fair to compare books that routinely cost $10 or more against eBooks that are usually $3 or less. An eBook list may be coming in the future.

Now, how Amazon calculates those 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.

But these are the sales ranks as of Friday morning December 30, 2011. These sales ranks do not include sales from any site other than Amazon — so they don’t include Barnes and Noble or face-to-face sales or sales through any other website. It’s only sales through Amazon.

As an example, I know that Fortune’s Pawn is the bestselling book in Pro Se’s history but a large percentage of those sales obviously did not go through Amazon (at least not recently). So you have to take these sales ranks with a wink and a nod. Likewise, some things didn’t show up at all on Amazon or else had zero sales rank. That doesn’t mean that those books are not selling (I know they are!) but just that they aren’t selling yet through Amazon, for whatever reason.

The new Doc Savage book (Horror in Gold) is not selling from Amazon at present but I expect it to show up there soon.

Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp bestseller list as of right now (title then sales rank):

1) Under the Moons of Mars by Various (Simon & Schuster) – 47,336
2) Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers by Various (Moonstone) — 54,386
3) Doc Savage: The Desert Demons by Will Murray (Altus Press) – 62,499
4) The Adventures of Fortune McCall (Pro Se Press) – 182,866
5) Challenger Storm – Isle of Blood by Don Gates (Airship 27) – 233,007
6) The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files by Various (Moonstone) — 297,073
7) The Green Hornet Casefiles by Various (Moonstone) — 570,495
8 ) Creeping Dawn: The Rise of the Black Centipede by Chuck Miller (Pro Se Press) — 703,097
9) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press) – 703,162
10) Halloween Legion by Martin Powell (Wild Cat Books) — 1,063,967

A very strong debut for Derrick Ferguson’s newest creation, Fortune McCall. Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars from White Rocket books falls out of the top 10 after debuting at # 10 last week. A big jump for the Avenger book but the top 3 remain unchanged from the past few weeks, though their respective slots vary. Expect Horror in Gold to debut at # 1, if the sales on The Desert Demons is anything to go by. Halloween Legion started strong but has steadily dropped on the charts since its release. It remains a strong seller for Wild Cat Books, though.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

Woot!

I transformed my website into the current blog format back in July and interest has continued to grow — so much so that December 2011 is already our biggest month! We’ve gotten more unique hits this month than in any month prior and for that, I thank you. I appreciate all the folks who have subscribed to the blog and who check back daily to see what’s up.

Hopefully I’ll have lots of exciting information and artwork to share with you in the months ahead!

I’m currently reading Writings in Bronze by Will Murray and Cerebus Volume One by Dave Sim. Both are really good. Cerebus starts out as a parody of Conan so it’s sorta pulp-related in that context. Definitely check them both out if you haven’t already.

A New Review!

Sean Levin posted a review of The Green Hornet Casefiles at Amazon.com, which contains a story by me – “Summer of Death.” He gave the book 5 stars and said:

Joe Gentile, Win Scott Eckert, and 19 other talented authors have outdone themselves with this second anthology based on the classic television series, and have certainly far outdone the travesty produced by Mssrs. Gondry, Rogen, and Goldberg. The contributors to this tome treat this enduring property with the respect it is due, rather than the smirking self-congratulatory “humor” those Hollywood hacks injected into their film. Unlike those gentlemen, these writers allow the character his dignity and don’t change the mythos beyond recognition. Moonstone has always stayed true to the spirit of the classic characters they have worked with, and this excellent work is no exception. Bravo to the authors; their love for the Hornet shines through every page of this book…which is more than I can say for the “filmmakers” named above.

Pulp Ark Nominations – Get Yours In Today!

RULES ARE UP TOP WITH THE PRESS RELEASE, MY ELIGIBLE WORKS ARE AT THE BOTTOM.

Nominations for the PULP ARK Awards are now open and will close January 15, 2012. The awards are given in conjunction with Pulp Ark, the convention/creators’ conference and the official New Pulp Convention to be held in Batesville, AR, April 20-22, 2012! The Awards are given for excellence in the field of Pulp, including books, stories, comic books, magazines, and characters as well as creators.

To determine if a work or creator qualifies for these awards the definition for works that qualify is as follows-New Pulp is fast-paced, plot-oriented storytelling of a linear nature with clearly defined, larger than life protagonists and antagonists, creative descriptions, clever use of turns of phrase and other aspects of writing that add to the intensity and pacing of the story.

Tommy Hancock, Coordinator of Pulp Ark explains additions to the Awards this year. “We have,” Hancock stated, “added two awards, both by popular requests and thanks to our donor who supports and provides the awards. Best Book has now been broken into two separate awards-Best Novel and Best Collection/Anthology. Also, there is now a category for Best New Character. This can include any New Pulp character created in 2011.”

Hancock also states, “We will also give a Lifetime Achievement Award again this year as well. A Ten Person committee selected from well-known Creators in New Pulp currently will decide the recipient of this award. This award is given to someone who has contributed to Pulp, not simply New Pulp, but to the continuation of the interest and promotion of Pulp in all its forms.” Last year’s winners of the first Pulp Ark Lifetime Achievement Award were Tom and Ginger Johnson.

The only works eligible for the Pulp Ark 2012 Awards are those produced between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Anyone can make a nomination and anyone that makes a nomination will receive a ballot. The only people voting in these eleven awards will be those who made a minimum of one nomination. Also, each individual is allowed only ONE NOMINATION PER CATEGORY. A person may nominate someone in all nine categories, but may only nominate once in each category. All nominations are confidential and sources of nominations will not be revealed. All nominations should be mailed to Tommy Hancock at proseproductions@earthlink.net.The categories open for nomination are (in no particular order and this can be cut and pasted for your nominations ballot)

1. Best Novel (This includes ebooks as well as books)
2. Best Collection/Anthology (This includes single author story collections and multi author anthologies. This includes E-publications as well as print books)
3. Best short story (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines. If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works.
4. Best Cover Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)
5. Best Interior Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)
6. Best Pulp Related Comic (This refers to a series, complete run, one shot, etc. This award is for art, writing, and all other work associated with the nominated comics and the winner. This includes e-publications as well. )
7. Best Pulp Magazine (This award is for art, writing, and all other work associated with the nominated comics and the winner. This includes e-publications as well, but the e-publication must be identified as an e-magazine on the site supporting it. )
8. Best Pulp Revival (The Revival nominated must be published within the calendar year of 2010. This includes epublications as well.)
9. Best New Character (This must be a character that debuts in a New Pulp work published in 2011. This included e-publications as well)
10. Best Author (This reward refers to the author and any published author is eligible, including novels, short stories, etc. This includes e-publications as well).
11. Best New Writer (To be nominated, a writer must have been published for the first time in the pulp field in the calendar year of 2011. This includes e-publications as well).

Eligible Barry Reese works:

NOVELS
The Damned Thing

STORY COLLECTIONS
The Rook Volume Six
The Adventures of Lazarus Gray

SHORT STORIES
“Summer of Death” – The Green Hornet Casefiles
“The Devil’s Workmen” – The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files
“Desolation” – How The West Was Weird, Volume Two

COVER ART
Jason Levesque – The Damned Thing
Anthony Castrillo – The Adventures of Lazarus Gray
Ed Mironiuk — The Rook Volume Six

INTERIOR ART
Anthony Castrillo – The Rook Volume Six
George Sellas — The Adventures of Lazarus Gray
Kevin Duncan – The Damned Thing

BEST NEW CHARACTER
Lazarus Gray – The Adventures of Lazarus Gray
Violet Cambridge – The Damned Thing

BEST AUTHOR

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