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, March 12, 2003

3/11/03 Tues (upstairs notes):
---I find the more I concentrate on trying to keep up with book business, the less I have to write here that is not repetitious and, I would think, boring. If I am not exposing myself to ideas by reading (which precludes getting work done) or not going out and doing things to produce experiences to relate here, there is nothing much to write about. I could describe what i do, but that description would be the same, day in and day out. Or I could try to reclaim the dream I had last night--of my computer starting a house fire that ended up causing no greater damage than a broken computer monitor screen, although I did have a bit of a hassle with a computer salesperson about getting at my harddrive, which I assumed was okay because the case was not melted away. But nothing conclusive ended up happening, that I recall. I suppose besides reading or getting out, I could sit and do nothing or sit and scribble in my tablet and probably produce more in the way of mental activity than doing book business. Indeed I find that on my run or in the shower, when my thoughts are not preservable, is when the most felicitous ones occur.

---Received in mail today:
- NY Times for Sat and Mon (not Sunday yet, as if I ought to spread that thing around the house now anyway)
- The Week (All You Need to Know About Everything That Matters) - readings from various media sources
- Newsweek - Counter Attack (Biological Weapons and Urban Warfare: How Saddam Might Fight Back)

---Bottled beer this morning.

---Always a delight to learn of a new Rock&Roll& - by Robert Christgau -- What's Not to Like?: A Success Story Where the Good Guys Win? (Norah Jones isn't just "hype").

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