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 morning April 23, 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 April 2012, I’m only looking at books published since January 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) 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.
6) 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.
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) Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook by Various (Moonstone Books, March 2012) – 35,607
2) Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi (Airship 27, February 2012) – 39,088
3) Under the Moons of Mars by Various (Simon & Schuster, February 2012) – 112,487
4) The Destiny of Fu Manchu by William Patrick Maynard (Black Coat Press, March 2012) – 164,533
5) Pro Se Presents # 8 by Various (Pro Se Press, March 2012) – 192,039
6) Pro Se Presents # 6 by Various (Pro Se Press, January 2012) – 192,120
7) Pro Se Presents # 7 by Various (Pro Se Press, Februrary 2012) – 192,126
8 ) The Moon Man Volume One by Various (Airship 27, March 2012) – 215,843
9) Call of Shadows by David Smith (Airship 27, March 2012) – 280,659
10) The Ruby Files Volume One by Various (Airship 27, March 2012) – 291,094
Just missing the list were: New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade (Pro Se Press, March 2012) – 426,543, Heroes of Mars by Various (Pulp Empire, February 2012) – 1,222,329 and Lost Tribes of the Dire Planet by Joel Jenkins (Pulp Work Press, March 2012) – 1,550,458.
Let me say that this is the strongest list I’ve yet seen in terms of sales ranks. The fact that all books in the top ten are selling at ranks below 300,000 is unprecedented since I started following this. The # 11 book this week would have been # 6 on the list last week. I’m not sure if sales were booming thanks to Pulp Ark (which took place this past weekend) or what but that’s great news for all publishers. Also, look how close Airship 27 came to having the # 1 book this week! That would have been quite a coup for the smaller press publishers who make up the majority of the list.
In terms of publisher action, we have five publishers in the top ten this week. Airship 27 leads the way with four books (# 2, 8, 9 and 10) while Pro Se is next with three (# 5, 6 and 7).
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.