Welcome to the March 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 March 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 March 11, 2013, we are only looking at books published since December 11, 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) Doc Savage: Skull Island by Will Murray (Altus Press, February 26, 2013) – 9,255
2) Sherlock Holmes and the Texas Adventure by Dicky Neely (MX Publishing, December 14, 2012) – 55,070
3) The Detective, The Woman, and the Winking Tree by Amy Thomas (MX Publishing, January 22, 2013) – 78,832
4) Monster Earth by Various (Mechanoid Press, January 18, 2013) -82,461
5) Cadaver Island by Kevin Rodgers (Pro Se Productions, March 6, 2013) – 116,913
6) Fourteen Western Stories by Lloyd Fonvielle (Lloyd Fonvielle, January 23, 2013) – 249,402
7) Prohibition by Terrence McCauley (Airship 27 Productions, December 15, 2012) 283,483
8) Finn’s Golem by Gregg Taylor (Autogyro, January 10, 2013) – 298,810
9) Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, January 19, 2012) – 450,526
10) The City of Smoke and Mirrors by Nick C. Piers (Pro Se Productions, February 22, 2013) 499,083
Will Murray’s revival of The Man of Bronze has returned to the top of the list (with the help of a big primate type), a position he and Altus Press will most likely maintain for the book’s entire time of eligibility for the list. As a character, Sherlock Holmes still has a strong showing on the list, Dicky Neely’s ‘Texas Adventure’ making a huge reentry in its last week. Another title on its way out this week, Airship 27’s ‘Prohibition’ by Terrence McCauley also holds its own, a consistent performer on the list. Pro Se makes a top five entry with the debut of Kevin Rodger’s ‘Cadaver Island’, a futuristic horror thriller.
As for publishers this week, Pro Se Productions, Airship 27, and MX Publishing lead the way with two titles each, while Altus Press, Mechanoid Press, Lloyd Fonvielle, and Autogyro each have one title in the Top Ten. It’s Monday, folks! Enjoy this list with your weekly grain of salt!