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 Monday morning June 18, 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.
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) – 13,594
2) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 45,705
3) The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 68,605
4) Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook by Various (Moonstone Books, March 2012) – 146,678
5) Tales of The Rook by Various (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 151,300
6) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 208,465
7) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 336,858
8 ) The Destiny of Fu Manchu by William Patrick Maynard (Black Coat Press, March 2012) –379,005
9) Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker by Jim Beard (Airship 27, May 2012) – 635,540
10) The Sting of the Silver Manticore by P.J. Lozito (Pro Se Press, April 2012) – 687,942
Just missing the list were: Modern Pulp Heroes by Various (Pulp Empire, June 2012) – 759,043, New Adventures of the Eagle by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 881,807 and Project Alpha by Lee Houston, Jr. (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 1,022,020.
A week filled with new releases, particularly from the prolific Pro Se Press. Several books that you might normally expect to be on the list just couldn’t crack the top ten in these competitive days: Airship’s Tales from the Hanging Monkey finished just below Project Alpha and Pro Se’s newest issue of Pro Se Presents was lower than that. It should also be noted that Pro Se released yet another book on Sunday (the new Armless O’Neil) but it currently has no sales rank. At the very top, nothing seems close to Doc Savage at present, though Howard Hopkins’ Lone Ranger book continues to sell very strongly. The first of the new debuts hits at # 3 as The Pulptress elbows her way onto the list. We also have a new arrival at # 7. All of the other new books finished just outside the top ten but several of them missed by what amounts to only a few sales — which means that we could see a lot of variability in the list over the next few weeks. After being shut out of the top ten last week, Airship 27 returns at # 9 with the Sgt. Janus book.
From a publisher standpoint, we have five publishers on the list. Moonstone leads the way with 4 books, followed by Pro Se with 3.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.