I did a little sample—very unscientific—on Amazon this morning to see how many new western titles they currently have scheduled for release in August. The total: 34. Of these 34 titles 14 of them are large print editions, 18 are mass-market paperbacks, and two are hardcover. It should be noted that the bulk of the large print editions are also in hardcover.
By my reckoning nearly all of the large print editions are reprints; the 18 mass-markets are a mixture of original and reprints—probably about 50-50. And the two hardcover editions are both reprints: Peter Dawson and Lewis B. Patten. So out of the 34 titles scheduled for sale on Amazon in August, nine or ten of them are original, and of that number probably half are from an adult western series like Longarm, The Gunsmith, The Trailsman, etc.
Which means that in August we will have a total of five or six original western novels published and available through Amazon. Wow. The western novel really is disappearing. Buy’em while you can. While I'm thinking about it, are there any viable markets--print or Internet based--that still publish western short stories?
A selection of the titles that will be available in August:
Cavalry Man: Doom Weapon by Ed Gorman, Aug. 1
Death Head Crossing by James Reasoner, Aug. 7
Remember the Alamo by William W. Johnstone, Aug. 7
The Mother Lode: A Man of Honor Novel by Gary Franklin, Aug. 7
Ralph Compton’s The Bloody Trail by Ralph Compton & Marcus Galloway, Aug. 7
The Fugitive by Max Brand, Aug. 28
Heaven is a Long Way Off: A Novel of the Mountain Men by Win Blevins, Aug. 28
Night Riders by Giff Cheshire, Aug. 28
A note: I'm excited by a couple of these offerings--Cavalry Man: Doom Weapon by Ed Gorman and Death Head Crossing by James Reasoner. I have never read a novel by Reasoner, although I have read several of his short stories, including a few westerns and enjoyed each of them. Especially Hacendado.