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.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

BOOKCELLAR NOTES (3/25/03 Tues):

CDs played today:
- Mekons OOOH! (Xgau: A)

---Received new CD from guitar-whiz Roger Lasley:
Lasley, Roger WALKING BACKWARDS, 03, (more solos and duets for platpick guitar; a fourth CD by the man who sure can pick ‘em!), music CD, new 15.00
---I haven’t listened to it yet, but the previous three were fine listening. So I am looking forward to hearing it.

---I thought about dispensing with the email updates I send, but I think that pushing information into in-boxes is one thing and having people seek it out for themselves is something else. This blog is something I am trying to have some fun and informality with instead of having be an outright crass business website. I figure a proper website is still to come perhaps someday, but for now this easy and costless blogsite is what I seem to be able to do. I don't want to promote it heavily, just casually mention it here and there; because a lot of it will probably end up being unself-edited drivel that will be extraneous to what book-buyers are interested in finding out. So I will continue with the updates, even trying to be a bit less sporadic in their emissions.

---Word from Tartarus Press is that COLLECTED MACABRE OF L.P. HARTLEY is almost gone, and UNCLE STEPHEN, THE LOST STRADIVARIUS and THE SALUTATION are now out of print.

---I forgot to mention that the McFarland books posted yesterday get a 20% discount for members of the discount plan. I notice that my practice now of adding two months to subscriptions with each invoice written means that people who buy on a bi-monthly basis effectively now get their subscriptions for free.
---If my paper catalogs become so infrequent that only wired customers have the information to be able to continue ordering regularly, then a significant sector of my constituency will be lost. I do not think that would be desirable; but printing and mailing costs, not to mention the time spent printing, reducing, laying out pages--and the 40-mile round trip to my printer in Ames, taken twice for each printing--to leave off and pick up catalogs--has become something I seem to have become increasingly unenamored of.

---Received word of the latest Consumer Guide by Robert Christgau (“As Long as I Still Can”)

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