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 16, 2004

01/16/04 FRI:
---Books here today from Simon & Schuster--only a few for cataloguing; mostly special orders for people. The list will come up later--at least that is the plan.

---Received an email from Meisha Merlin that my order is being shipped. Also this from them about their latest:
“Hello folks! I hope the new year is starting off strong for you all!
Here's a short update on things going on here:

First of all, our limited editions of George R. R. Martin's TUF VOYAGING has
just arrived in our warehouse. Those of you who have sold our limited
editions of GRRM's Song of Ice and Fire series, make sure you contact those
customers to see if they will be purchasing TUF from you as well. Whatever
numbers and/or letters of SoIaF you purchased, you have first crack at those
matching numbers or letters for TUF. After Feb 28, we'll be opening up all
the numbers for other buyers (who might not be interested in the SoIaF
series), but we want existing customers to have plenty of time to reserve
their matching number or letter.

Second, we've had to pull A CLASH OF KINGS from the printer as John Howe
requested making a small number of last-minute changes. These changes are
due to us within the next week or so, and as soon as they arrive, the book
will go back to the printer. I'll keep you updated on that.

Third, the first two titles of the year are just one month away! BALANCE OF
TRADE, the new Liaden novel by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, and TO RIDE
HELL'S CHASM, a stand alone fantasy by Janny Wurts, are set to debut at
Boskone (second weekend of February) and will be shipping out to the rest of
the world immediately after that. Both books are hardcover only (with
softcover release following in about 6 months). And don't forget that the first
750 copies of BALANCE ordered by dealers and individuals are personally
autographed by Steve and Sharon. We're rapidly closing in on that number,
so if you've not gotten your copies ordered yet, do so soon!

After BALANCE and CHASM, we have CHAINS OF REDEMPTION in April (the third
and final volume of Selina Rosen's ass-kickin' Chains trilogy), and in May
we have the debut of three absolutely amazing novels: UNREAL CITY by Daniel
Abraham, DRAGON'S TONGUE by Laura J. Underwood, and THE BOOK OF JOBY by Mark
J. Ferrari (one of the major artists in the fantasy field). There will be
more info on those in the coming months.

As always, if you need anything or have any questions, feel free to drop me
an email. Take care, all, and have a great year!

Alan Siler
Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.

Available in February in Hardcover:
Balance of Trade (Sharon Lee and Steve Miller)
To Ride Hell's Chasm (Janny Wurts)”

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