After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

BOOKCELLAR NOTES (2/26/03 Wednesday):

CDs played today (background, mostly):
- Wes Montgomery COMPLETE RIVERSIDE Vol. 3
- Solomon Burke DON’T GIVE UP ON ME (Christgau’s Dud of the Month in his latest Consumer Guide--a B minus)--both of these were downloaded legitimately from and burned on CDs. They sound darn good, considering. I am glad I didn’t pay for them, though.
- Wes Montgomery COMPLETE RIVERSIDE Vol. 4
(Note: CDs listened to is an indicator of how much time I am spending down here, where I am supposedly hard at work handling book orders)

---This is getting to be the place where my conscience resides. I am only properly at work when I am down here with this computer turned on, meaning I am likely to be doing book business. When I confess that I did not get started here until 2:30 PM today, it is a situation that could be worse if I did not have the newfound knowledge that I will have to account for my whereabouts to my blog. All has not been fooling around, though, until this point in the day. Book packaging that needs to be done usually occurs before this computer is turned on for the day. As well, book pulling and reshelving occurs, as they did today. These are necessary tasks, and much as I might wish they would occur while I sat around and read magazines/newspapers/books or watched DVDs, I have not yet wangled my affairs in such a way that this has become the situation. Part of my lateness today can be blamed on the 5-mile run I took (first in more than two weeks). It is still mighty cold and the bike trail where I insist on running still has a few treacherous spots (treacherous for me--where a slight ankle turn or slip seems to aggravate old injuries); but it was good to get out there. My weight after running was about the same as usual, albeit 15 or 20 lbs. more than I might like, so I guess I am still better off than a lot of people.
---Also explaining my tardiness--I did a couple loads of laundry and started a pot of chili--with cooked dried beans and texturized vegetable protein, four various peppers (hot, anaheim, green, sweet yellow), an onion, several cloves of garlic, chili powder, cumin, a few dashes of tobasco. But obviously I am not getting anything accomplished while yammering here, so I will check back whenever something to say pops into my head. (I almost didn’t mention that I watched the DVD of Episode 5 of The Sopranos during my lunch snack. Snacks take longer than meals.)

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