Monday, March 19, 2012

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 3/19/12)

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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 Sunday night March 18, 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) – 10,885
2) Doc Savage: Horror in Gold by Will Murray (Altus Press, December 2011) – 24,755
3) Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook by Various (Moonstone Books, March 2012) – 27,163
4) Pro Se Presents # 8 by Various (Pro Se Press, March 2012) – 309,218
5) Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi (Airship 27, February 2012) – 418,938 
6) Heroes of Mars by Various (Pulp Empire, February 2012) – 490,794
7) Tales of the Vagabond Bards by Nancy Hansen (Pro Se Press, January 2012) – 842,353
8 ) The Adventures of Dodge Dalton on the High Road to Oblivion by Sean Ellis (Seven Realms, January 2011) – 909,933
9) The Moon Man Volume One by Various (Airship 27, March 2012) – 927,876
10) Pro Se Presents # 7 by Various (Pro Se Press, February 2012) – 1,327,372
Just missing the list were: Split Decision: Fight Card by Eric Beetner (Fight Card Productions, December 2011) – 1,428,413, Battling Boxing Stories: Thrilling Tales of Pugilistic Puissance by Various (Borgo Press, January 2012) – 1,531,100 and Deathwalker by R.A. Jones (Airship 27, February 2012) – 1,574,505.
As expected, the new Sherlock Holmes book from Moonstone opens very strongly, nearly climbing all the way into the # 2 spot — but not quite. Pro Se Presents # 8 debuts very impressively, carrying a preview of Van Plexico’s upcoming novel, Hawk, and more of Chuck Miller’s Black Centipede, among other tales. Elsewhere, the Moon Man, Dodge Dalton and Heroes of Mars continue to perform well — and we see Nancy Hansen’s latest creep back onto the list after being absent for a time. Those of you looking for Airship 27′s newest release, The Ruby Files Volume One, will be disappointed — opening week sales were a bit sluggish on that one (sales rank 11,203,732 as of Sunday night) but given Airship 27′s track record and the talent involved in the project, that one will probably improve over the next week or two so keep an eye out.
In terms of publishers, Pro Se leads the week with 3 books in the top 10, followed by Airship with two.
Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

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