Welcome to the February 11, 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 11, 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 4, 2013, we are only looking at books published since November 4, 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) Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, January 19, 2012) - 107,214
2) Sherlock Homes and Young Winston: The Deadwood Stage by Mike Hogan (MX Publishing, December 10, 2012) - 116,496
3) The Cestus Concern by Mat Nastos (Nifty Entertainment, January 4, 2013) - 332,432
4) Monster Earth by Various (Mechanoid Press, January 18, 2013)-392,646
5) Fight Card: Bluff City Brawler by Heath Lowrance as Jack Tunney (Fight Card, January 31, 2013) - 508,960
6) Sherlock Holmes and the Texas Adventure by Dicky Neely (MX Publishing, December 14, 2012) - 538,136
7) The New Adventures of the Griffon by Various (Pro Se Productions, January 17, 2013) – 593.242
8) The Curse of the Jade Amulet (Pulp Line, November 16, 2012) -604,997
9) Pro Se Presents 15 by Various (Pro Se Productions, November 29, 2012) -712,213
10) Three Against the Stars by Joe Bonadonna (Airship 27, November 26, 2012) – 766,265
Just missing the list were: Finn’s Golem by Gregg Taylor (Autogyro, January 10, 2013) – 862,442, Tier Zero by Henry Brown ( Virtual Pulp, January 13, 2013) – 916,406, and the Fangslinger and the Preacher by Bret Lee Hart ( Western Trail Blazer, January 3, 2013), 1,001,249.
Not so soft a list this week! That has a bit to do with adding titles to the mix, which we will endeavor to do every week, but it also speaks to a bit of an upswing with one title near the end of its run on the list swinging back into the top ten. Numbers have shifted and changed for those who survived from last weeks list, but that’s to be expected.
Of note should be that three of our top ten spots have a character in common- Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is definitely a seller and, as has been pointed out already, we could easily become the Holmes Best Seller List if every book based on the detective was covered here. But, don’t let that stop you, Best Sellerites! If you know of a Holmes book from a mid to small press publisher that falls into our time criteria and such, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll track it!
This week, newcomer MX Publishing joins list mainstays Pro Se Productions and Airship 27 with two titles each, with Fight Card, Western Trail Blazer, Nifty Entertainment and Pulp Line each garnering one. And as always, have a grain of salt with your Monday morning Best Seller List.