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, May 19, 2003

5/17/03 SAT:
---Got back from Illinois with Neil. He was grilled by Amy about his school year for half of the six-hour drive back and slept the other half. He seems a little gaunt and sleep deprived but otherwise appears to be doing okay. He does plan to return to school in the fall, so it looks like he wants to keep at it. I tried to interest him in helping me out a bit this summer with my seriously understaffed book business. One lazy person (me by myself) can’t quite seem to cut it. But he does not think it would be very interesting. To me it is perpetually of utmost interest, but not every one is me. Not even Neil--or especially not Neil. Maybe I can give him projects here and there that he will be willing to take on. I told him he could even keep track of how much time he spends working for me and I would give him maybe $10 an hour (what he got at Big Creek Software, the last place he worked). It would seem he could be quite an asset, with his aptitudes. I should try to keep thinking of ways to involve him. But I would hope for a better future for him than to end up being the sole-proprietor of a mailorder book business.

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