Welcome to the first installment of All Pulp’s New Pulp EBook Best Seller List, inspired by the work of Barry Reese! Before we get to what you’re all waiting for, here are the rules by which this little list comes together.
1) This list only tracks Kindle sales through AMAZON. It does not keep track of sales through Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, or anything else!
2) This list only tracks DIGITAL sales. 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 Friday afternoon, February 8, 2013.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within the last three months. So, since this list is being done on February 8, 2013, we are only looking at books published since November 8, 2012. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed. Also, keep in mind that for the most part, we are tracking sales from smaller and mid level press publishers who actively publish New Pulp material. We won’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, we’ll track that, but some publishers will not be listed here in order to keep the focus on the publishers actively working to produce and promote New Pulp.
4) Like the name suggests, we’re tracking “New” pulp —not 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.
5) We are human. If you are aware of a title that should be listed below (keeping in mind all the rules above), please let us know and we will make sure to remedy the situation.
6) This information is garnered mostly from All Pulp, New Pulp, the Pulp Factory mailing list and a few other sites. If you think we might miss your release, let us know in advance — drop All Pulp a line and tell us when it’s being released.
Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp Ebook Bestseller List as of right now (title, then publisher, then release date, then sales rank):
1) The Cestus Concern by Mat Nastos (Nifty Entertainment, December 28,2012) 2.138
2) Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, January 19, 2012) - 59,826
3) Monster Earth by Various (Mechanoid Press, January 13, 2013- 60,940
4) Finn’s Golem by Gregg Taylor (Autogyro, January 10, 2013) -83,562
5) Legion I- Lords of Fire (The Shattering) by Van Allen Plexico (White Rocket Books, January 26, 2013) - 86,910
6) The Studio Specter by W. Peter Miller (Uchronic Books, January 5, 2013) – 108,769
7) The New Adventures of the Griffon by Various (Pro Se Productions, January 17, 2013) – 133,360
8) Sentinels: Metalgod by Van Plexico (White Rocket Books, December 10, 2012) – 155,489
9) Tier Zero by Henry Brown ( Virtual Pulp, January 13, 2013) – 276,126
10) Prohibition by Terrence McCauley, (Airship 27, December 15, 2012) – 279,713
Just missing the list were: Whack Job by Mike Baron (December 25, 2012)-339,703, Fight Card: Irish Dukes by Mike Faricy (Fight Card Books, November 12, 2012) - 399,113, Fight Card : The Knockout by Robert J. Randisi (Fight Card Books, December 1, 2012) - 402,303, Fight Card: Rumble in the Jungle by David Foster (Fight Card Books, January 8, 2013) - 472,411, The Fangslinger and the Preacher by Bret Lee Hart (Western Trail Blazer, January 3, 2013) – 410,666.
Being the first list, not a lot of commentary or history to track here. Mat Nastos makes a fine showing in the top 2200 of all Kindle sales and our #10 comes in under 300,000, so the Kindle list definitely moves differently than Print, which is what creators and writers and publishers have been noticing for a while-Ebooks sell.
As far as Publishers are concerned, White Rocket Books and Airship 27 each have two books in the debut EBook list, with Pro Se, Virtual Pulp, Nifty Entertainment, Mechanoid Press, Uchronic Books, and Autogyro all checking in with one. But remember, readers, take it all with a grain of salt.