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 30, 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) – 47,694
2) Under the Moons of Mars by Various (Simon & Schuster, February 2012) – 140,845
3) Call of Shadows by David Smith (Airship 27, March 2012) – 161,748
4) Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi (Airship 27, February 2012) – 303,215
5) The Destiny of Fu Manchu by William Patrick Maynard (Black Coat Press, March 2012) – 352,706
6) Dr. Watson’s American Adventure by Erwin K. Roberts (Airship 27, April 2012) – 533,052
7) New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade (Pro Se Press, March 2012) – 839,332
8 ) Pro Se Presents # 8 by Various (Pro Se Press, March 2012) – 1,174,818
9) Pro Se Presents # 6 by Various (Pro Se Press, January 2012) – 1,180,168
10) Pro Se Presents # 7 by Various (Pro Se Press, Februrary 2012) – 1,182,697
Just missing the list were: The Moon Man Volume One by Various (Airship 27, March 2012) – 1,188,732, The Ruby Files Volume One by Various (Airship 27, March 2012) – 1,225,196, Heroes of Mars by Various (Pulp Empire, February 2012) – 1,506,547 and Lost Tribes of the Dire Planet by Joel Jenkins (Pulp Work Press, March 2012) – 1,946,189 .
Well, sales are way down from last week’s numbers — in fact, 7 of the top ten this week would not have qualified based on the sales figures from last week. The lone newcomer to the list is the Dr. Watson book from Airship 27, which debuts with solid numbers. While Pro Se leads the way with four books in the top ten, you almost have to give this week to Airship 27 — not only do their three books in the list all come in higher than Pro Se’s, they also had the unofficial # 11 and # 12 books, which only miss the list by a tiny amount. Given just another sale or two , Airship could have posted five books in the top ten… but they didn’t. Still, I think we’ve begun to see a real trend in the list as we evaluate the numbers: Pro Se and Airship 27 are hands-down the leaders in the small press New Pulp movement… but while Pro Se has pretty consistent numbers from week to week, Airship 27 is capable of hitting higher on the list, in general. Most weeks, the two publishers are neck-and-neck in terms of numbers of titles on the list but Airship 27 generally ranks higher in individual sales figures as Pro Se tends to hit the middle of the list as their “high point,” tending to collect a lot of the # 6-10 spots.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.
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