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.

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

06/24/03 TUE:
---A pile of used paperbacks on my desk to catalog brings the total toward next insert sheet page list to one shy of the 70 when I print out. About time I refreshed that thing.

---Sent email update concerning Subterranean:
“Here are the last Subterranean books that have come in since the publisher seems to have had a falling off in their desire to send me shipments. Maybe overwork or other factors, but my inability to get a response about a couple titles I pre-ordered and never got (and were sold out) or received months late, or titles received that I did not order, has caused me to tell them to cancel my account. Even that did not get a response, so I am assuming they prefer to sell direct to individuals rather than through bookstores--or at least through me. I guess they are doing well enough to not need me. All the Subterranean books I still have is 20% discount to members of the discount plan. I will try to work up a list of their OP titles that I still have and will offer at the same discount from original retail price. Forthcoming titles I guess I will not be carrying. Kind of unfortunate, because many of them sound pretty good. If they ever get back to me with something I can work with, then maybe I will get their books again. Until then I recommend their direct-sales program with discounts to customers on their emailing list.

---Some new ones from Subterranean (which should maybe change its name to Steamertrunkian--just kidding):
Blaylock, James P.THE MAN IN THE MOON, Subterranean '02, 1st edn, one of 1026 SIGNED copies, (original version of The Elfin Ship with autobiographical afterwod and the first Langdon St. Ives steampunk story; Tim Powers intro), new in dj 40.00

Bloch, Robert THE LOST BLOCH Vol. Three: CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS, Subterranean '02, 1st edn, one of 776 copies SIGNED by editor Davud J. Schow and it looks like by cover-artist Bernie Wrightson, or I should say someone named Bruce, but I can’t find anyone with that given name among the participants, (the novella here is Dr. Holmes’ Murder Castle with five otherwise unreprinted short stories; appreciations by Douglas E. Winter and widow Eleanor Bloch), new in dj $40
---The printrun on this is 500 fewer than the previous volume, though, so it could be that Vol. 2 is still well to be had. Can’t say that about Vol. 1, however.

Brite, Poppy Z. THE VALUE OF X, Subterranean '03, 1st edn, SIGNED, (mature work), new / dj $35

Ketchum, Jack PEACEABLE KINGDOM, Subterranean '02, 1st edn, one of 626 SIGNED copies, (stories; author talks about his readers in his intro; 382 pages), new in dj 40.00

Kiernan, Caitlin R. TRILOBITE: The Writing of Threshold, Subterranean '03, one of 552 SIGNED copies, 94-page chapbook, new with added CD inspired by works of Kiernan 14.00

Partridge, Norman THE HOUSE INSIDE, Subterranean '03, 1st edn, SIGNED, booklet, new 12.00

---Back in stock:
Lansdale, Joe ZEPPELIN'S WEST, Subterranean, 6/01, 1st edn, one of 1500 SIGNED copies, (a Lansdalean holiday into weirdness and camp), new in dj 40.00

---Received this email of interest:
“Hi Chris,

you might still remember me, though it's been a couple of years since I've actually had the money to buy anything from you! But as it goes, the money's been going to a good place -- I now have a small press operation with my wife Kathleen here in the midwest, and am coming out with my first title.

It's a solid (fantastic!) title that's an easy sell -- it'll sell itself. A collection of short fiction by Charles Willeford, THE SECOND HALF OF THE DOUBLE FEATURE, with essentially all out-of-print material (no overlapping with MACHINE IN WARD 11, which is easily available), including seven previously unpublished stories.

The book will be available "officially" on 8/15/03, but in order to make some buzz beforehand I'm offering copies to selected independent bookstores in a couple of weeks' time. It's a 5.5x8.5 size trade paperback, 240 pages, retailing at $17.95.

I will also bring out a hardcover edition in the near future, which includes all of the trade ed and in addition Willeford's complete published poetry, and some 40-50 unpublished poems. Retailing around $35-$38, most likely (I haven't finished the layout so I don't have the page count, which will determine the cost).

The book will be reviewed by Ed Gorman in Mystery Scene, Woody Haut in Crime Time (who will also have advertising for it), and in addition Publisher's Weekly and some major newspapers have tentatively promised reviews... so I'm expecting good media coverage.

And as this is done with help from Sean Wallace of Prime/Cosmos/etc, it's essentially the same deal as all of his ventures. If you're interested, let me know. I'll be happy to provide any additional information you would like. Thanks in advance!

best, -Juha.

JT Lindroos
wit's end publishing
Forthcoming: The Second Half of the Double Feature by Charles Willeford

---Music played:
- Jurassic 5 POWER IN NUMBERS (Xgau: HM*)
- Amy Rigby TIL THE WHEELS FALL OFF (Xgau: A Minus)

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