It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? Those of you who have been keeping up with the list for awhile will notice a few changes in how I’m doing the list!
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 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. This list reflects sales ranks as of Monday February 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 February 2012, I’m only looking at books published since November 2011. 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) 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.
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) Under the Moons of Mars by Various (Simon & Schuster, February 2012) – 8,919
2) Doc Savage: Horror in Gold by Will Murray (Altus Press, December 2011) – 61,708
3) Heroes of Mars by Various (Pulp Empire, February 2012) – 251,524
4) Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi (Airship 27, February 2012) – 299,762
5) The New Adventures of Richard Knight by Various (Pro Se Press, January 2012) – 442,990
6) The Global Star by Various (Pro Se Press, February 2012) – 566,632
7) The Adventures of Dodge Dalton on the High Road to Oblivion by Sean Ellis (Seven Realms, January 2011) – 740,592
8 ) Challenger Storm: Isle of Blood (Airship 27, November 2011) -772,605
9) Deathwalker by R.A. Jones (Airship 27, February 2012) – 1,082,391
10) Felony Fists: Fight Card by Paul Bishop (Fight Card Productions, November 2011) – 1,527,736
Just missing the list was The Cutman by Jack Tunney (Fight Card Productions, December 2011) – 1,620,446, The Adventures of Fortune McCall by Derrick Ferguson (Pro Se Press, December 2011) – 1,628,159 and Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 8: Agents Provocateurs (Black Coat Press, November 2011) – 2,025,340.
Expect the list to look very different next week as several titles fall off our three-month eligibility qualifier (since our next report will be in March) and Airship 27 should have at least one new release by then. This time around, Airship 27 retains three spots in the top ten (#4, 8 & 9), giving them the most titles in the list. The Richard Knight book from Pro Se moves up to # 5 this week while their new release (Global Star) has a strong debut at # 6. Both Dodge Dalton and Challenger Storm continue to show strong sales and are definitely worthy of a special mention.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.