Welcome to the February 25, 2013 installment of All Pulp’s New Pulp Best Seller List, originally created by 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 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. Exactly how Amazon calculates these things is mostly a trade secret and they vary wildly from day to day. If we checked this tomorrow, the list could be very different. This list reflects sales ranks as of Monday morning February 25, 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 25, 2013, we are only looking at books published since November 25, 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 bestseller list as of right now (title, then publisher, then release date, then sales rank):
1) The Detective, The Woman, and the Winking Tree by Amy Thomas (MX Publishing, January 22, 2013) – 41,325
2) The City of Smoke and Mirrors by Nick C. Piers (Pro Se Productions, February 22, 2013 ) 54,207
3) Pro Se Presents 15 by Various (Pro Se Productions, November 29, 2012)- 137,513
4) Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston: The Deadwood Stage by Mike Hogan (MX Publishing, December 10, 2012) – 157,093
5) Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston: The Jubilee Plot by Mike Hogan (MX Publishing, February 18, 2013) – 166,834
6) Danger in Cat World by Nina Post (Curiosity Quills Press, February 4, 2013) - 300,843
7) Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, January 19, 2012) – 306,066
8) Monster Earth by Various (Mechanoid Press, January 18, 2013) -314,218
9) Pro Se Presents 17 by Various (Pro Se Productions, February 21, 2013) -401,712
10) Ghost Boy by Various (Airship 27 Productions,) -479,640
Just missing the list were: Prohibition by Terrence McCauley (Airship 27 Productions, December 15, 2012) 548,568, Fourteen Western Stories by Lloyd Fonvielle (Lloyd Fonvielle, January 23, 2013) – 586,078, and The Cestus Concern by Mat Nastos (Nifty Entertainment, January 4, 2013) – 690,460.
Although Sherlock Holmes is still consistently holding his own on the list, the numbers shown by other books on the list show that sales have not been as soft as in previous weeks, the top ten books all under 500,000 in the Amazon Rankings.
Pro Se Productions returns to the list, making a strong showing with Nick Piers’ debut novel as well as its latest issue of Pro Se Presents coming in at #8. More interesting, however, is the fact that Pro Se Presents comes screaming into the top 3 in its last week of eligibility.
Another interesting aspect of the list, and this may simply be coincidence, but eight of the ten books on the list deal with Detectives and mysteries in some sense. Not enough to call it a trend, but this week crime solvers definitely win out.
This week, Pro Se and MX Publishing share the Publisher lead with three titles in the list, with Airship 27 Productions listing two. Mechanoid Press and Curiosity Quills Press each make the top 10 with one title. And, if you have a grain of salt lying around, take it with this list.