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 21, 2003


CDs played today:
- Albert Collins TRUCKIN’ WITH: Side One (vinyl LP) - I need to play these things more often to keep the belt supple on the turntable.
- Derek and the Dominos LIVE AT THE FILLMORE (2 CD)
- Sarah Vaughan IN THE LAND OF HI-FI

---I have decided to start now with adding two months to existing discount-plan memberships whenever an order comes this way, since the whole idea of the thing is to help pay for catalog printing and mailing. If I am going to delay putting out a catalog for so long, that expense is attenuated as well. If you keep track of me online, whether through the blogsite or email updates, you probably don’t need to get catalogs anyway. For those many who do not seem to have internet accounts, I guess they will have to wait for next catalog to come out to learn about this new wrinkle, even though they are the ones most ripped off by paying a yearly fee but not getting any catalogs.
---Here is the note being added to invoices, starting yesterday:
"note: Due to the dearth of catalogs being produced, your discount-membership is being extended two months."

---A drizzly dreary day, somewhat cooler, enough to make the furnace kick on again. Trying to spend more time getting orders processed before people start getting edgy. Amy is home for her spring break starting today, so that will crimp my style a bit using this upstairs computer that I use to post my blog entries, due its incrementally faster dial-up connection. Her sewing area is right behind me, and furious typing piques her curiosity.

---Getting started on a Random House (Bantam, Ballantine, Knopf, Vintage, etc.) order. Once again, just about totally customer-driven, i.e. most of the books ordered are special requests or replacements for sold-out items in my catalog. I know there are a good many more books I would/should like to get, especially from such a variegated hydra as Random House, but because of the length of time since last order, more than enough books were already in my order-file to comprise a sizeable enough order. Maybe if something comes up that makes me feel the need to order again more quickly I will have to bolster it by referring to the listings/ads in LOCUS or wherever.

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