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 December 17, 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 December 2013, I’m only looking at books published since September 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) – 99,265
2) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 119,471
3) Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective by Various (Airship 27, December 2013) – 209,001
4) The Whitechapel Demon by Josh Reynolds (Emby Press, December 2013) – 220,157
5) Sensible Redhorn by Tim Bruckner (Pro Se Press, December 2013) – 231,623
6) Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 248,281
7) New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Press, October 2013) – 468,390
8 ) Tales of the Shadowmen 10 by Various (Hollywood Comics, November 2013) – 470,068
9) The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 473,168
10) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 679,012
Just missing the list were: Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 701,500, Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 713,777, Zeppelin Tales by Various (Airship 27, November 2013) – 800,163, The Cestus Contract by Mat Nastos (Self-Published, November 2013) – 844,620, Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones: Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary (Airship 27, November 2013) – 908,798, The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 953,007, Jim Anthony – Super-Detective Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, September 2013) – 1,567,131, The Bone Queen by Andrea Judy (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 1,968,803, The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,057,568, , Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,181,096, SoulQuest by Percival Constantine (Pulpwork Press, December 2013) – 2,258,354, Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 2,641,162, Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,993,475, .
What a sales week! The top 16 books all had sales ranks under a million, which is the best I’ve ever seen. Guess someone’s buying up some pulp for the holidays, eh? At the top we continue to see Doc Savage and the Burroughs anthology slugging it out but Airship 27 makes a strong debut with their newest Holmes volume while Josh Reynolds burns it up at # 4. Mike Baron rejoins the list at # 6, making his first appearance in the top 10 in a few weeks. The bottom half of the list is comprised mostly of classic heroes: The Green Ghost, The Spider, The Crimson Mask and the various revivals in the Tales of the Shadowmen volume.
From a publisher standpoint, we have an seven publishers represented. Hollywood Comics, Pro Se and Airship 27 lead the way with two titles each, while Baen, Altus, Emby, Wordfire and Moonstone have one each.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.