Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

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 June 3, 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 June 2012, I’m only looking at books published since March 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 my wedding anniversary, I ran the stats a day early and am posting them in their customary Monday. 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) Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 11,276
2) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 81,459
3) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 149,745
4) Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook by Various (Moonstone Books, March 2012) – 175,467
5) The Destiny of Fu Manchu by William Patrick Maynard (Black Coat Press, March 2012) – 323,796
6) Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker by Jim Beard (Airship 27, May 2012) – 332,411
7) Tales of The Rook by Various (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 395,171
8 ) The Sting of the Silver Manticore by P.J. Lozito (Pro Se Press, April 2012) – 651,203
9) Dr. Watson’s American Adventure by Erwin K. Roberts (Airship 27, April 2012) – 661,970
10) Hawk: Hand of the Machine by Van Plexico (White Rocket Books, May 2012) – 695,220

Just missing the list were: New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade (Pro Se Press, March 2012) – 1,004,908, Call of Shadows by David Smith (Airship 27, March 2012) – 1,175,840, Pro Se Presents # 10 (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 1,373,692 and King of the Outback by Jack Tunney (Fight Card Productions, May 2012) – 1,409,055.

The old order re-establishes itself this week, with classic characters holding down the top five spots. The new Doc Savage book blows away the competition, though Howard Hopkins’ Lone Ranger book continues to do very well. Last week’s # 1 book tumbles to # 7, where it rests behind Airship 27’s newest release. The Manticore continues to sting readers as it remains in the top ten. The only newcomer that cracked the top ten was Van Plexico’s latest, which debuts at # 10.

From a publisher standpoint, Moonstone led the way with three books, followed by Airship 27 and Pro Se Press with two each. Six different publishers are represented on the list.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

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