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, January 9, 2004

01/09/04 FRI:
---Putting together an order to Random House (Bantam Doubleday Dell, Knopf, Ballantine, Del Rey, etc.). Already sent ones today to Client Distribution (mostly Graphic Novels from Dark Horse, if they are still carried through CDS) and Trafalgar Square (UK books of titles not available in US edns). Mostly these are for specially-requested items and to replace books sold from the catalog. I have too many publishers I need to get orders out to, so I can’t spend time delving through their latest offerings for more to get, much as there might be worth getting. These orders are quite easy to get ready to send, although you might not think so from how long it takes me to get them out. I am tempted to send them all out at once in quick succession. But that is not a real good idea--because then I have to go through all the cataloguing and sorting out of who gets what--and the getting it all finally paid for--that it can end up being another too long a while before next orders ever get sent.

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