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.

Friday, March 7, 2003

3/7/03 FRIDAY (upstairs notes):
---I have been packaging and reshelving books this morning. Thinking about going to the PB book sale at noon in the Botanical Center. It would behoove me to be there at its opening, if I am going to go at all. Moving boxes around lately I have encountered many a one marked PB BOOK SALE and dated from over the years. I have forgotten many of the “finds” I know I made. When I get a chance to catalog these books, if I ever do, it will be fun to re-experience that exhiliration of extracting the odd nugget from the dross. Except this time it will be more like diamonds among sapphires--at least it might be that way sometimes. Not all the book sales have been fertile hunting, but I remember some of the have been pretty good. You never know from year to year. It doesn’t take more than one collector biting the dust with his wife or progeny being only too eager to get rid of his books for there to be a nice little vein to mine.

---Fedex dumped off a box from Babbage Press. Four titles only to begin with (from their impressive list): THE EMERALD BURRITO OF OZ, HOMUNCULUS, A SONG FOR LYA and WILD HAIRS.

3/6/03 THURS (upstairs notes):
---When I don’t get started on the right foot first thing in the morning, it is hard to get back on track. This morning I went to my dentist appointment, where I got the spiel about getting crowns on my fractured teeth (or potentially fractured), saying that I might need a root canal later on, or maybe a tooth extraction, etc., etc. But I managed to get out of the office with only an appointment for my next checkup: Sept 11 at 8AM. Usually I can’t remember when my next check-up is supposed to be.
---After I got back from the dentist it was still early. I had picked up the mail. The new LOCUS arrived. Also: NY TIMES for Wednesday (what happened to Tues--Science Section day?), a rental DVD of SOPRANOS: Season One (Disc 3), and the shipment from Haffner. I decided I better go for a run, after four off days. The bike trail was snow-covered, more than ankle deep in places, so I was glad I decided to wear my trail shoes. I only wear them two or three times a year, but they are much better trudging through snow than my regular smooth-surface shoes. A strong wind from the south but temperatures still in the frigid range. The sun was shining, so it was very nice out there.
---Amy got home early so we went to the grocery store. Ate at a new Panera’s (yuppie fast food) in Ankeny. Not as good as the one we stop at in Davenport on the way to take Neil to Urbana, but it sufficed.
---Better wind this up for now so I can get some things done that actually need to be done. I will post this tomorrow because I have found my evening postings sometimes get bogged down from being during peak internet traffic times. Plus I am too dang tired in the evening.

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