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?

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 19, 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) – 57,048
2) The Spider: Shadow of Evil by C.J. Henderson and J. Anthony Kosar (Moonstone Books, October 2012) – 130,968
3) Dillon and the Pirates of Xonira by Derrick Ferguson (Pulpwork Press, August 2012) – 244,190
4) The Golden Age by Jeff Deischer (White Rocket Books, October 2012) – 401,327
5) Horror Heroes by Various (Pulp Empire, October 2012) – 543,472
6) The Green Hornet: Still At Large by Various (Moonstone Books, August 2012) – 643,187
7) Pro Se Presents # 14 by Various (Pro Se Press, October 2012) – 1,024,875
8 ) Monster Aces by Various (Pro Se Press, October 2012) – 1,031,914
9) Blood of the Centipede by Chuck Miller (Pro Se Press, September 2012) – 1,325,180
10) Pirates and Swashbucklers Volume Two by Various (Pulp Empire, October 2012) – 1,397,963

Just missing the list were: Mystery Men (& Women) Volume Three by Various (Airship 27, November 2012) – 1,612,801, The Spur: Loki’s Rock by Mark Ellis (Fortuna Books, September 2012) – 1,720,368, Black Bat Mysteries Volume Two by Various (Airship 27, August 2012) – 1,796,693,  and Secret Agent “X” – Volume Four by Various (Airship 27, October 2012) – 2,129,896.

Sales are down overall from last week but are still up in general from where we were a month or two ago. Doc Savage and The Spider maintain their grips at the top while Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon continues its bipolar run, jumping all the way back up to # 3 after being off the list last week. White Rocket continues to get its strongest showing ever on this list from Jeff Deischer’s newest, while Pulp Empire has proven that they’re no flash in the pan, consistently placing multiple titles in the top ten. Pro Se continues to do well in overall numbers, though they’ve tended to congregate in the bottom half of the list lately. For the first time in awhile, no Airship titles managed to sneak onto the list, though they dominate the “just missing the list” category, with unofficial spots # 11, 13 and 14.

From a publisher standpoint, we have six publishers represented. Pro Se leads the way with three titles, followed by Pulp Empire and Moonstone, who have two each. Pulpwork, Altus and White Rocket have one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

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