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 December 17, 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 December 2012, I’m only looking at books published since September 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) Pro Se Presents # 15 by Various (Pro Se Press, November 2012) – 187,244
2) The Spider: Shadow of Evil by C.J. Henderson and J. Anthony Kosar (Moonstone Books, October 2012) – 286,931
3) Sentinels: Metalgod by Van Plexico (White Rocket Books, December 2012) – 291,896
4) Doc Savage: Death’s Dark Domain by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2012) – 317,783
5) The Golden Age by Jeff Deischer (White Rocket Books, October 2012) – 409,339
6) Monster Aces by Various (Pro Se Press, October 2012) – 463,547
7) Sha’Daa: Pawns (Volume 3) by Various (Perseid Publishing, October 2012) – 678,295
8 ) Doc Claus by Various (Pulp Empire, December 2012) – 820,837
9) Secret Agent “X” – Volume Four by Various (Airship 27, October 2012) – 1,004,829
10) Pro Se Presents # 14 by Various (Pro Se Press, October 2012) – 1,338,752
Just missing the list were: The Spur: Loki’s Rock by Mark Ellis (Fortuna Books, September 2012) – 1,568,914, Black Bat Mysteries Volume Two by Various (Airship 27, August 2012) – 1,814,471, Horror Heroes by Various (Pulp Empire, October 2012) – 1,840,164, Mystery Men (& Women) Volume Three by Various (Airship 27, November 2012) – 1,913,545 and Three Against the Stars by Joe Bonadonna (Airship 27, November 2012) – 2,260,707
Airship 27’s newest book, Prohibition by Terrance McCauley, has no sales rank at Amazon yet.
It’s taken awhile but we’ve finally seen Doc Savage topple from his perch atop the list. The Man of Bronze still charts at an impressive # 4 but Pro Se Presents 15 grabs the top spot, followed by The Spider and Van Plexico’s newest Sentinels book (the 7th in the series). White Rocket’s other book, The Golden Age, continues to do well at # 5. Perseid Publishing cracks our list for the first time at # 7. Pulp Empire’s newest, a holiday-themed title, makes a strong debut at # 8.
From a publisher standpoint, we have seven publishers represented. Pro Se has three titles in the top ten, followed by White Rocket, who has two. Rounding out the list are Pulp Empire, Airship 27, Altus, Moonstone and Perseid, all of whom have one each.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.