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.

Monday, March 3, 2003


CDs played today:
- David S. Ware GO SEE THE WORLD (Columbia, 1997)
- Massacre MELTDOWN (Tzadik)

---Yesterday was another Sunday washout. It is a wonder that Sundays have been my day for catalog preparation. By my latest quarterly catalog schedule next week is when I will come out with #145, or at least ready it for the printer. With my vehicle incapacitated I had been thinking maybe to take the layouts in on Saturday (using my wife’s car) and picking up the finished product a week later. But I hitched a ride with my mother-in-law to Des Moines where Neil’s car was being stored in her garage. Now I have another vehicle on its last legs to try to tool around in. I won’t have an excuse to miss my dentist appointment on Thursday. Or the paperback book sale at the Botanical Center on Friday. Nor the jury duty I have been assigned to starting Mar 17--the day I figured to be mailing the catalog. And I should be able to make it to the printer on schedule--finally. Thirteen weeks between catalogs--I don’t know about that. I had hoped to be catching up on more things by having the extra time. Well, I could still start bearing down now.

---Once again I did not get much done today. I should have erected the new shelves I picked up yesterday, but instead I did it this morning. I thought it would be something I could do quickly, but it turned out to be quite a chore. Now that it is done there are only a few million other things standing between me and a perfectly well organized workspace down here. But right now I have some books to catalog, some orders to process, etc., etc.

---A batch of books from Prime Books arrived today. Now I should have all their in-print titles. More later.

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