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.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

BOOKCELLAR NOTES (2/27/03 Thurs):

CDs played today (background, mostly):
- Judy Collins vinyl LP side (I try to start out the day with a side of vinyl from my sixties and seventies accretion--a lot of bargain-bin misses and dud albums built around one or two decent radio cuts, but a few that are still fun to hear)--this side four of So Early In the Spring: The First Fifteen Years. Xgau might only rate it a C+, but it doesn’t kill me to listen to it anyway.
- David Shea CLASSICAL WORKS II (Tzadik)
- Morton Feldman VOICES & INSTRUMENTS (1949-1971), (Mode)

---Got a better start today (9AM), having done a bunch of book packaging. I still need to print out the mailing labels. I check my email first in case any of the recipients, who I apprised yesterday of the imminence of their shipments, might have some feedback on the invoice-copies I pasted to them. Not much reply today, but lots of spam. So far the spam in my in-box only fills up two windows full every day, so it is not much trouble deleting. It takes less than a minute, but I am fearful of a geometrical increase that might come from an ill-considered stop at some website. Like when I was searching for a Philip K. Dick visage to imprint on a t-shirt (for fun) with an inkjet transfer I have had lying around here a long time but never got around to using. Googling PKD, one of the sites that came up apparently had been co-opted by a site that was a virtual encyclopedia of spam scams. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough--no doubt about that.

---I did get one email from Bill Schaffer at Subterranean responding to my Feb 21 inquiry about my Jan 16 inquiry/order. He said it was never received, so I re-sent it. It was in my emails-sent file with the correct address, but I guess something went awry. Maybe this time...

---Only had a banana to eat so far today, along with my mega-cup of coffee and quart travel-tumbler of watered down orange juice.

---After going to the post office, I went for another five-mile run--with still only a banana for fuel. The temperature rose 6 degrees in an hour this morning, so what was another frigid start to the day became almost balmy by comparison. It might have been all of 20 degrees (Fahrenheit) when I was running. The bike path was still icy and snowy in spots, but there were also some clear stretches. I need to put together a few more days in a row running, but I also need to do a better job of getting back to work afterwards. Today I got sidetracked on the upstairs computer (with the relatively faster, but still dial-up, modem).

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