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 Tuesday morning October 29, 2013. Please read that part about sales RANKS. I am not tracking actual sales, as I don’t know those figures. A sales rank of 40,000 means that there are 39,999 books selling better at that moment on Amazon. You want to have a low sales rank, which means you’re closer to # 1.
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 October 2013, I’m only looking at books published since July 2013. 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) The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs by Various (Baen, October 2013) – 35,048
2) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 66,749
3) The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 338,543
4) Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 378,707
5) Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 401,537
6) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 439,760
7) Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 569,546
8 ) The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 921,831
9) New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 951,352
10) Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 1,257,199
Just missing the list were: Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,287,973, Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 1,478,224, Ravenwood, Stepson of Mystery Volume Two (Airship 27, August 2013) – 1,610,559, Pro Se Presents # 19 (Pro Se Productions, July 2013) – 1,664,049, The Bagman vs. The World’s Fair by B.C. Bell (Airship 27, August 2013) – 2,089,769, Behold the Night Wind by Christopher R. Yates (Borgo Press, July 2013) – 2,140,344, The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,200,036, Robin Hood – Freedom’s Outlaw by I.A. Watson (Airship 27, July 2013) – 2,285,174, Fight Card: Brooklyn Beatdown by Derrick Ferguson (Fight Card Productions, July 2013) – 2,623,610, Fight Card: Barefoot Bones by Bobby Nash (Fight Card Productions, October 2013) – 2,623,611, and A Week in Hell by J. Walt Layne (Pro Se Productions, August 2013) – 2,817,771.
Another strong week in terms of sales as we nearly hit a top ten where everyone is under a million. That doesn’t happen all that often. The top two are unchanged but The Crimson Mask debuts strong at # 3. Six Guns and Spaceships jumps back onto the top ten while Liberty Girl continues to perform well for Pro Se. I’m a little surprised that The Spider isn’t higher on the list given the character’s popularity. Perhaps Moonstone needs to promote it a little more? Rick Lai’s newest climbs into the top ten this week, which is the first time we’ve seen anything from Hollywood Comics on this list.
From a publisher standpoint, we have six publishers represented. Pro Se and Airship 27 have three titles each, while Altus, Moonstone, Baen and Hollywood Comics have one each.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.