It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we?
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 November 26, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within four months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in November 2012, I’m only looking at books published since August 2012. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed. Also, keep in mind that for the most part, I’m tracking sales from smaller press publishers who actively publishing New Pulp material. I don’t generally track sales from Simon and Schuster or places like that — they have the New York Times Bestseller List for that. If one of the major publishers starts doing The Shadow or something, I’ll track that… but I’m not tracking Hard Case Crime or similar publishers any longer. The playing field is simply not level enough.
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: Death’s Dark Domain by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2012) – 43,371
2) The Spider: Shadow of Evil by C.J. Henderson and J. Anthony Kosar (Moonstone Books, October 2012) – 245,597
3) The Green Hornet: Still At Large by Various (Moonstone Books, August 2012) – 273,519
4) The Golden Age by Jeff Deischer (White Rocket Books, October 2012) – 484,391
5) Monster Aces by Various (Pro Se Press, October 2012) – 996,619
6) Horror Heroes by Various (Pulp Empire, October 2012) – 1,179,525
7) Pro Se Presents # 14 by Various (Pro Se Press, October 2012) – 1,311,263
8 ) Dillon and the Pirates of Xonira by Derrick Ferguson (Pulpwork Press, August 2012) – 1,313,221
9) Blood of the Centipede by Chuck Miller (Pro Se Press, September 2012) – 1,726,462
10) Pirates and Swashbucklers Volume Two by Various (Pulp Empire, October 2012) – 1,875,704
Just missing the list were: The Spur: Loki’s Rock by Mark Ellis (Fortuna Books, September 2012) – 2,098,749, Mystery Men (& Women) Volume Three by Various (Airship 27, November 2012) – 2,109,361, Black Bat Mysteries Volume Two by Various (Airship 27, August 2012) – 2,158,107, and Secret Agent “X” – Volume Four by Various (Airship 27, October 2012) – 2,600,383.
If you’re thinking that this week’s list looks familiar, you’re not far off. We have the same top ten as last week, with only a few minor deviations in where the books ended up. And our four “just missing the list” books are also the same, though Loki’s Rock moves up from # 12 to # 11. We continue to see the classic heroes dominating the top of the list (I’m including Jeff Deischer’s The Golden Age here). Once we get to # 5, we see a rash of New Pulp creations, which always warms my heart. Still, we definitely see that classic heroes hold sway over fans, both young and old. Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon drops from # 3 to # 8 but Monster Aces rises an almost equal amount. Pro Se continues to see solid sales from Chuck Miller’s Black Centipede franchise. Pulp Empire snags two spots this time around, which is now such a common occurrence that I think you have to put them up there with Airship 27 in terms of sales, if not in volume. For the second week in a row, Airship didn’t place any books in the top 10, though they do have spots 12, 13 & 14.
From a publisher standpoint, we have six publishers represented. Pro Se leads the way with three titles, followed by Moonstone and Pulp Empire, who have two each. Pulpwork, Altus and White Rocket have one each.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.