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 15, 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) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 24,374
2) The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs by Various (Baen, October 2013) – 50,382
3) The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 187,313
4) New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 281,287
5) Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 521,740
6) Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 644,374
7) The Bagman vs. The World’s Fair by B.C. Bell (Airship 27, August 2013) – 1,260,625
8 ) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 1,314,341
9) Robin Hood – Freedom’s Outlaw by I.A. Watson (Airship 27, July 2013) – 1,484,956
10) The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,487,494
Just missing the list were: Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 1,498,704, Fight Card: Brooklyn Beatdown by Derrick Ferguson (Fight Card Productions, July 2013) – 1,596,770, Fight Card: Barefoot Bones by Bobby Nash (Fight Card Productions, October 2013) – 1,596,772, Ravenwood, Stepson of Mystery Volume Two (Airship 27, August 2013) – 1,772,998, A Week in Hell by J. Walt Layne (Pro Se Productions, August 2013) – 2,017,013 and Behold the Night Wind by Christopher R. Yates (Borgo Press, July 2013) – 2,077,193.
The Gantlet Brothers: Sold Out by Joel Jenkins has no sales rank in print yet but I’d imagine it will join this list at some point. Likewise, I couldn’t find anything but the Kindle edition of the new Airship 27 Jim Anthony book. Perhaps I was doing something wrong?
Our first new list in a long time (since January!), so if I missed anything that’s been released since July, I humbly apologize. Let me know and I’ll try to track it next week.
Doc Savage continues to rule the roost, as he did when I was last tracking sales. The strong debut of Curt Fernlund’s book is impressive — it has a dazzling cover, as well. Beyond that, it’s a nice mix of classic heroes (Doc, ERB’s characters, The Spider, Jim Anthony, etc.) and some newer creations (Queen of Escapes, Shadow Legion, etc.) We still see that classic characters and concepts do better than the original creations but there’s no big surprise there. Over time, the newer heroes will develop their own followings, hopefully.
From a publisher standpoint, we have five publishers represented. Pro Se has four titles and Airship 27 places three while Moonstone, Altus and Baen have one each.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.