Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 3/5/12)

Reposted from http://barryreese.net

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? Those of you who have been keeping up with the list for awhile will notice a few changes in how I’m doing the list!
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 those 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 March 5, 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 March 2012, I’m only looking at books published since December 2011. 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) 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.
6) 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) Under the Moons of Mars by Various (Simon & Schuster, February 2012) – 15,745
2) Doc Savage: Horror in Gold by Will Murray (Altus Press, December 2011) – 81,920
3) Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi (Airship 27, February 2012) – 265,022
4) Pro Se Presents # 6 by Various (Pro Se Press, January 2012) – 659,960 
5) Deathwalker by R.A. Jones (Airship 27, February 2012) – 721,813
6) Battling Boxing Stories: Thrilling Tales of Pugilistic Puissance by Various (Borgo Press, January 2012) – 727,946
7) Pro Se Presents # 7 by Various (Pro Se Press, February 2012) – 786,804
8 ) Heroes of Mars by Various (Pulp Empire, February 2012) – 1,032,226
9) The Adventures of Dodge Dalton on the High Road to Oblivion by Sean Ellis (Seven Realms, January 2011) – 1,168,119
10) The New Adventures of Richard Knight by Various (Pro Se Press, January 2012) – 1,339,864
Just missing the list were The Global Star by Various (Pro Se Press, February 2012) – 1,538,799, Split Decision: Fight Card by Eric Beetner (Fight Card Productions, December 2011) – 1,884,523, The Adventures of Fortune McCall by Derrick Ferguson (Pro Se Press, December 2011) - 1,959,754  and The Cutman by Jack Tunney (Fight Card Productions, December 2011) – 2,000,032.
Falling out of eligibility for the list were: Challenger Storm, Shadowmen Volume 8 and Felony Fists. Those three books had nice runs but they’re now past our tracking period.
Okay. I had expected to see a new release from the Pulp Obscura line (Thunder Jim Wade), as well as a new release from Airship 27. Those haven’t materialized so we have an odd list above. Pro Se nabs spots # 4, 7 and 10 while Airship stays strong with # 3 and 5. Overall, sales ranks are down significantly from a week ago. The top two books remain in place, though The Baron’s Revenge is showing great staying power at # 3. I’ve heard reports that The Sherlock Holmes Crossovers book is shipping from Moonstone but Amazon still lists it as a March 27 release so it’s not listed.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

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