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New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 9/4/2012)

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 September 4, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in August 2012, I’m only looking at books published since June 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) The Green Hornet: Still At Large by Various (Moonstone Books, August 2012) – 116,396
2)
Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men by Jim Beard (Airship 27, July 2012) – 364,641
3) Aliens Among Us by Various (Pulp Empire, August 2012) – 443,563
4) The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 449,322
5) Dillon and the Pirates of Xonira by Derrick Ferguson (Pulpwork Press, August 2012) – 937,641
6) Blackthorn: Dynasty of Mars by I.A. Watson (White Rocket Books, July 2012) – 960,274
7) Jungle Tales by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 1,463,753
8 ) Modern Pulp Heroes by Various (Pulp Empire, June 2012) – 1,713,616
9) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: Die Glocke by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 1,808,427
10) The Huntress of Greenwood by Nancy Hansen (Pro Se Press, August 2012) – 2,071,449

Just missing the list were: Presidential Pulp by Various (Pulp Empire, June 2012) – 2,115,197, Pro Se Presents # 12 (July 2012) – 2,139,224, and Pro Se Presents # 11 (June 2012) – 2,284,476.

Wow. That’s… quite a list. This week, a lot of powerhouses lose their eligibility (the two Lone Ranger books from Moonstone, the newest Doc Savage title, Airship 27’s Sgt. Janus…) so I knew we’d see some real shakeup but I’m stunned that, for instance, my Lazarus Gray book is on the list, despite a sales rank that normally wouldn’t even get it listed in my “Just missing the list” section. Once you get past the top four, there’s a noticeable gap in sales ranks. Last week’s # 1 drops to # 2 and we see Pulp Empire’s newest debut at # 3. Pulp Empire is steadily becoming a force, routinely getting two books in the top ten or near it recently. This time around, they almost had three books in the top ten, narrowly missing out with Presidential Pulp. Derrick Ferguson’s newest Dillon book debuts at # 5, followed by the Blackthorn spinoff novel by I.A. Watson. Overall, a very “soft” week in terms of sales ranks.

Airship 27’s newest, Black Bat Mysteries Volume Two,  has no sales rank on Amazon yet.

From a publisher standpoint, we have six publishers represented. Pro Se Press leads the way with three titles, followed by Airship 27 and Pulp Empire, with two each. White Rocket, Moonstone and Pulpwork all have one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Sellers List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 8/27/12)

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 August 27, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in August 2012, I’m only looking at books published since May 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) Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men by Jim Beard (Airship 27, July 2012) – 170,518
2) Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 201,147
3) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 230,353
4)
The Green Hornet: Still At Large by Various (Moonstone Books, August 2012) – 260,466
5) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 407,896
6) Sgt. Janus, Spirit Breaker by Jim Beard (Airship 27, May 2012) – 700,251
7) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 713,115
8 ) Modern Pulp Heroes by Various (Pulp Empire, June 2012) – 791,312
9) Jungle Tales by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 826,747
10) The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 1,434,792

Just missing the list were: The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: Die Glocke by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 1,448,379, The Huntress of Greenwood by Nancy Hansen (Pro Se Press, August 2012) – 1,600,027 and Presidential Pulp by Various (Pulp Empire, June 2012) – 1,607,542.

Folks, Jim Beard has accomplished something very special this week. Not only is his Captain Action novel the # 1 book (I believe this is the first time an Airship 27 book has topped the list but please correct me if I’m wrong) but he has a second book in the top ten as well — Sgt. Janus returns for one last hurrah at # 6. Two solo-written books by one author on the list is very, very rare. Congratulations to Jim Beard, Airship 27 and Captain Action Enterprises for topping the list. I can only assume I helped push it to # 1 by posting my roleplaying game writeup of Captain Action on Sunday — JUST KIDDING! 🙂 Elsewhere on the list, we nearly saw Pro Se shut out for the very first time — but they do manage to hang in there at # 10 with The Pulptress. Pulp Empire snags the # 8 spot on the list — let’s hope they’re a new permanent addition to the list. For the most part, their titles show a lot of volatility in sales ranks but this is the second week in a row that they’ve had a title in the top ten. Next week’s list will be the first in September and several books will no longer be eligible — in fact, the books in spots 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 are all in their final weeks on the list! So expect next week’s rundown to be quite different.

From a publisher standpoint, we have five publishers represented. Moonstone leads the way with four books, followed by Airship 27 with three titles. Altus, Pro Se and Pulp Empire have one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 8/20/12)

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 August 20, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in August 2012, I’m only looking at books published since May 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) The Green Hornet: Still At Large by Various (Moonstone Books, August 2012) – 220,526
2)
Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 230,217
3) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 276,575
4) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 335,637
5) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 484,379
6) Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men by Jim Beard (Airship 27, July 2012) – 636,201
7) Presidential Pulp by Various (Pulp Empire, June 2012) – 872,534
8 ) Jungle Tales by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 928,969
9) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: Die Glocke by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 1,139,012
10) The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 1,188,635

Just missing the list were: The Huntress of Greenwood by Nancy Hansen (Pro Se Press, August 2012) – 1,217,012, Pro Se Presents # 12 by Various (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 1,339,567 and Pro Se Presents # 11 by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 1,455,551.

Amazon is still listing the Green Hornet book as a pre-order — however, many people are telling me that it is out there and circulating so I am tracking its current sales figures. It actually lands at # 1 this in a rather “soft” market, where lots of books are drifting downwards in sales ranks. We’ve had weeks recently where all of the titles were at 800K or higher — this week we have four of the top ten below that level. After the Hornet, we have a bunch of “classic” characters – Doc Savage, The Lone Ranger, Captain Action and Kolchak. Presidential Pulp, a book with a lot of buzz, finally cracks the top ten, falling at # 7. At the bottom of the list, The Pulptress continues to hang in there. I wonder if it’s the low price point, the quality of the book itself or both that have made it such a fixture on the list. I read the book and enjoyed it — but it’s rare to see a book featuring a completely new character stay on the list for so long (though PJ Lozito recently did it with the Silver Manticore). Not that when we move into September, several of the current fixtures on the list will no longer be eligible — books currently occupying spots 2-5 will all fall off the list, meaning that our first September list (still several weeks away) could look startlingly different.

From a publisher standpoint, we have five publishers represented. Moonstone leads the way with four books, followed by Pro Se Press and Airship 27, with two each. Altus and Pulp Empire round things out with one title apiece.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 8/13/12)

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? These rules have been fairly stable for some time now but I have recently added rule # 5, so please take note.

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 August 13, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in August 2012, I’m only looking at books published since May 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: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 111,016
2) The Green Hornet: Still At Large by Various (Moonstone Books, August 2012) – 284,364
3) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 302,145
4) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 419,718
5) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: Die Glocke by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 436,725
6) The Huntress of Greenwood by Nancy Hansen (Pro Se Press, August 2012) – 440,480
7) Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men by Jim Beard (Airship 27, July 2012) – 676,495
8 ) The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 858,358
9) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 864,779
10) Pro Se Presents # 12 by Various (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 920,804

Just missing the list were: Pro Se Presents # 11 by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 960,683, Blackthorn: Dynasty of Mars by I.A. Watson (White Rocket Books, July 2012)- 1,017,674 and Tales from the Hanging Monkey by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 1,459,237.

Let me begin by pointing out something unusual — normally, I don’t track “pre-order” sales. But in the case of the new Green Hornet book, Amazon is showing that it won’t be released until January, 2013 — but several people are saying the book is shipping now. So I’m counting the sales rank. It debuts strongly at # 2 and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see it snag the top spot at some point. The Hornet book is the lone new title to crack the list — everywhere else, it’s just of books sliding up or down the chart. Airship 27’s Captain Action book slips a tiny bit but maintains strong sales figures while Nancy Hansen’s newest title has virtually the same sales rank as last week, which is admirable. The Pulptress continues its long run on the list — I have to assume this means we’ll see more lower-priced digests from Pro Se.

From a publisher standpoint, we have four publishers represented. Moonstone and Pro Se Press have four titles each, followed by Altus and Airship 27, who have one title each. If I were giving out weekly awards, I’d say that Moonstone is the winner this week, though, since they have spots 2, 3 & 4, as well as # 9. Pro Se has the same number of books in the list but their titles are lower ranked overall (# 5, 6, 8 and 10).

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 8/6/12)

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? These rules have been fairly stable for some time now but I have recently added rule # 5, so please take note.

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 August 6, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in August 2012, I’m only looking at books published since May 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) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 227,493
2) Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 245,547
3) Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men by Jim Beard (Airship 27, July 2012) – 299,974
4) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 387,105
5) The Huntress of Greenwood by Nancy Hansen (Pro Se Press, August 2012) – 432,646
6) Project Alpha by Lee Houston, Jr. (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 597,167
7) Pro Se Presents # 11 by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 598,087

8 ) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 670,977
9) The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 686,948
10) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: Die Glocke by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 719,637

Just missing the list were: Kolchak: Necronomicon by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, June 2012) – 784,284, Pro Se Presents # 12 by Various (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 973,219, Tales from the Hanging Monkey by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 1,026,185 and Presidential Pulp by Various (Metahuman Press, June 2012) – 1,071,162.

Still no sales rank for Blackthorn: Dynasty of Mars by I.A. Watson (White Rocket Books) but sometimes it takes awhile — Presidential Pulp, for instance, is just now showing sales activity on the print side. I made the decision to stop tracking sales for Hard Case Crime Files. My rationale is explained in rule # 3 above. If this disturbs you for some reason, please feel free to take your righteous indignation elsewhere.

The list shows some interesting movement this week, as we see a real mix of classic heroes and new creations sharing space. Kolchak has been a really strong seller for Moonstone and we almost see two books in the series make the list. Airship 27 has to be happy with the Captain Action sales while Pro Se gets a hit with the debut of Nancy Hansen’s newest fantasy novel. Also, note that Lee Houston Jr’s Project Alpha soars back into the top ten this week.

From a publisher standpoint, we have four publishers represented. Pro Se Press leads the way with five books, followed by Moonstone with three. Altus Press and Airship 27 have one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Sellers List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 7/30/12)

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? These rules have been fairly stable for some time now but I have recently added rule # 5, so please take note.

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 July 30, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in July 2012, I’m only looking at books published since April 2012. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed.
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) False Negative by Joseph Koenig (Hard Case Crime, June 2012) – 35,308
2)
The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 190,332
3) Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 203,174
4) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 212,931
5) Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men by Jim Beard (Airship 27, July 2012) – 219,073
6) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 278,768
7) Pro Se Presents # 12 by Various (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 355,609
8 ) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: Die Glocke by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 467,834
9) Tales from the Hanging Monkey by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 535,940
10) Sting of the Silver Manticore by P.J. Lozito (Pro Se Books, April 2012) – 588,505

Just missing the list were: The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 708,433, Jungle Tales by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 848,206 and Tales of The Rook by Various (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 1,079,360.

For those wondering, Blackthorn: Dynasty of Mars by I.A. Watson (White Rocket Books) has no sales rank yet on Amazon but I’m betting it will hit the list at some point — the cover is gorgeous and Ian Watson is known for writing quality stories. There are two debuts on the list this week, with the Captain Action book landing at # 5 and the new issue of Pro Se Press (with the return of Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones character) hitting the seventh spot. The rest of the list is fairly familiar at this point, with several classic characters holding down spots 2, 3, 4 and 6, and the rest of the list featuring new creations. Sting of the Silver Manticore, in its last week of eligibility on the list, remains a strong seller.

From a publisher standpoint, we have five companies represented. Pro Se and Moonstone have three books each, followed by Airship 27 with two and then Hard Case and Altus, with one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 7/23/12) – Edited 7/24/12

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? These rules have been fairly stable for some time now but I have recently added rule # 5, so please take note.

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 July 23, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in July 2012, I’m only looking at books published since April 2012. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed.
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) False Negative by Joseph Koenig (Hard Case Crime, June 2012) – 31,396
2)
Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 33,723
3) Sting of the Silver Manticore by P.J. Lozito (Pro Se Books, April 2012) – 164,707
4) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 193,529
5) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: Die Glocke by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 295,830
6) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 325,606
7) Tales of The Rook by Various (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 429,063
8) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 603,512
9) The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 690,519
10) Jungle Tales by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 740,722

Just missing the list were:  A Mouth Full of Blood by Eric Beetner (Fight Card Productions, July 2012) – 780,425, Blood Price of the Missionary’s Gold: The New Adventures of Armless O’Neil by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 849,534,  and Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker by Jim Beard (Airship 27, May 2012) – 1,070,251.

The saga of the Silver Manticore continues, as the former # 1 title jumps from # 10 to # 3 in this week’s list. Given the fact that it’s an original character by a relatively new author and these continued sales ranks are very, very impressive. Elsewhere on the list, I want to briefly discuss a mild controversy that’s forming. Last week, I was asked by several people about Startling Stories and whether or not it qualified under rule # 5 of the list. All I can say is this: I have not seen the issue but when I asked WCB publisher Ron Hanna about it, he assured me that more than 50% of its contents are new material. Thus, it’s eligible. EDIT: This was later confirmed to not be the case. Ron Hanna has stated that it was a matter of miscommunication. As such, it is off the list but from what I’ve heard, it’s still really good and you should go buy it.

From a publisher standpoint, we have five companies represented, with each of them taking a slot in the top five. Overall, Pro Se leads the way with 4 titles, followed by Moonstone with 3 and then Hard Case, Altus and Airship 27, all of whom have one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 7/16/12)

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? These rules have been fairly stable for some time now but I have recently added rule # 5, so please take note.

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 July 16, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in July 2012, I’m only looking at books published since April 2012. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed.
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 Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 23,181
2) False Negative by Joseph Koenig (Hard Case Crime, June 2012) – 72,878
3) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: Die Glocke by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press, July 2012) – 145,090
4) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 210,516
5) Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker by Jim Beard (Airship 27, May 2012) – 262,169
6) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 271,013
7) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 271,282
8 ) A Mouth Full of Blood by Eric Beetner (Fight Card Productions, July 2012) – 368,241
9) Jungle Tales by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 598,719
10) Sting of the Silver Manticore by P.J. Lozito (Pro Se Books, April 2012) – 617,113

Just missing the list were: The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 708,727,  Blood Price of the Missionary’s Gold: The New Adventures of Armless O’Neil (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 730,721, Tales of The Rook by Various (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 744,753 and Startling Stories – Summer 2012 (Wild Cat Books, July 2012) – 813,693.

Sales Ranks for New Pulp books are now consistently much higher than they were when I started tracking this list. Books like The Pulptress would have never missed the top ten just a year ago but now it’s edged out by hotter titles. That’s a very good sign for the marketplace.

The Man of Bronze reclaims the # 1 spot in a strong way, jumping up from his uncharacteristic # 3 placement last week. Joseph Koenig’s False Negative fell from # 1 to # 2. Pro Se’s newest, the second volume in the Lazarus Gray series, debuts at # 3. Sgt. Janus returns to the list at # 5 and we then see the two Lone Ranger titles, continuing to sell at nearly identical numbers — apparently, if you’re a Lone Ranger fan, you’re picking up both books. I wonder if Moonstone would have benefited from spacing out those two releases a bit more. The Silver Manticore continues to hang on – it’s been a strong seller from day one (it actually hit # 1 on the list for one week) and I imagine that the author and Pro Se have to be very pleased with these numbers. Airship 27’s Jungle Tales also returns to our listing, showing strength in the jungle genre. Altus, Fight Card and Hard Case all have 1 each.

From a publisher standpoint, we have five companies represented. Moonstone leads the way with 3 books, following by Airship 27 and Pro Se Press with 2 each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 7/9/12)

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? These rules have been fairly stable for some time now but I have recently added rule # 5, so please take note.

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 July 9, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in July 2012, I’m only looking at books published since April 2012. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed.
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) False Negative by Joseph Koenig (Hard Case Crime, June 2012) – 76,576
2) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 79,036
3) Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 124,615
4) A Mouth Full of Blood by Eric Beetner (Fight Card Productions, July 2012) – 276,157
5) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 298,168
6) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 421,103
7) Project Alpha by Lee Houston, Jr. (Pro Se Books, May 2012) – 559,402
8 ) Sting of the Silver Manticore by P.J. Lozito (Pro Se Books, April 2012) – 624,413
9) The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 629,837
10) Tales of The Rook by Various (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 679,785

Just missing the list were: Jungle Tales by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 741,910, Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker by Jim Beard (Airship 27, May 2012) – 829,438, Blood Price of the Missionary’s Gold: The New Adventures of Armless O’Neil (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 879,550 and Pro Se Presents # 11 by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 1,169,051

A couple of notes — Pro Se’s latest release (The Family Grace: An Extraordinary History) debuted with a sales rank of 236,053 but it does not qualify for this list because of rule # 5. Also, Airship 27 just announced their first Captain Action pulp novel but it’s not currently listed on Amazon — I expect it to show up in a few weeks. Presidential Pulp from Metahuman Press has gotten a lot of good feedback in the community but has yet to generate an Amazon sales rank.

Doc Savage at # 3 is a surprise — that book is usually in one of the top two spots. This is the first time I’ve tracked a Hard Case Crime book and I’ll try to keep up with their new releases in the future. Kolchak appears to be a huge seller for Moonstone. Fight Card’s newest punches its way into the fourth spot, followed by last week’s # 1 book, Howard Hopkins’ posthumous Lone Ranger novel. The final four spots on the list all belong to Pro Se Press. Several books that were on the list from last week drop out, including Tales of the Hanging Monkey, which dropped down to 1,367,180 and Bobby Nash’s Earthstrike Agenda (1,483,630). The New Adventures of the Eagle remains a very soft release for Pulp Obscura — it stands at 1,985,739 and shows no sign of an immediate sales burst.

From a publisher standpoint, we have five companies represented. Pro Se leads the way with four books in the top ten, followed closely by Moonstone, who has three. Altus, Fight Card and Hard Case have one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 7/2/12)

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? These rules have been fairly stable for some time now but I have recently added rule # 5, so please take note.

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 July 2, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in July 2012, I’m only looking at books published since April 2012. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed.
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 Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 68,048
2) Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 95,594
3) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 119,805
4) Kolchak and the Lost World by C.J. Henderson (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 142,797
5) Jungle Tales by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 162,939
6) The Pulptress by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 303,504
7) Tales of The Rook by Various (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 305,239
8 ) Blood Price of the Missionary’s Gold: The New Adventures of Armless O’Neil (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 462,795
9) Tales of the Hanging Monkey by Various (Airship 27, June 2012) – 466,496
10) Earthstrike Agenda by Bobby Nash (Ben Books, June 2012) – 538,499

Just missing the list were: Pro Se Presents # 11 by Various (Pro Se Press, June 2012) – 604,467, Modern Pulp Heroes (Metahuman Press, June 2012) – 652,626 and Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker by Jim Beard (Airship 27, May 2012) – 823,865.

Several books are no longer eligible for the list, most notably The Destiny of Fu Manchu by William Maynard, New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade and Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook. Presidential Pulp is a new release from Pulp Empire but as of this morning it has no sales rank — I expect it to show up next week.

An interesting top ten, with Howard Hopkins’ posthumous release finally grabbing the # 1 spot on the list. It had come in at # 2 several times before. Doc Savage, our usual leader, isn’t far behind with his latest book and in its run has never finished outside of the top two.  Jungle Tales and the Pulptress both continue to sell very well. The bottom three spots are all new to the list. Two of them were books that I mentioned last week as being surprisingly slow sellers — the other one that I mentioned (New Adventures of the Eagle) is still languishing with a sales rank of 1.5 million but I’m glad to see that the Hanging Monkey and Armless O’Neil books have picked up some sales steam. I will say that the Armless O’Neil book gets the award for longest New Pulp title that I’ve ever seen (and that’s with me deliberately leaving off the Volume One that’s technically part of the title!).  Bobby Nash’s Earthstrike Agenda has a nice debut at # 10. Last week’s # 3 book (Sgt. Janus) falls out of the Top Ten this week — it’s had an interesting sales pattern with some tremendous leaps and some steep slides. I don’t normally see quite so much volatility on individual books’ sales ranks. Still, with the healthy promotional push it’s getting and strong reviews, I’d expect it to return to the list very soon.

From a publisher standpoint, we have five companies represented. Moonstone and Pro Se Press both have three titles each, Airship 27 has two and Altus & Ben Books have one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.