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.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

02/11/04 WED:
---Readied a new set of package insert sheets this morning. Making printouts from websites of books featured besides the paperback listings worked out very well, even if it ended up being a bit more time-consuming. The art pen set I picked up at the Dick Blick Outlet Store on the way home from Urbana-Champaign after dropping Neil off worked nice for the writing in of member-discount prices. I wish I had some artistic or creative ability: those pens would be great for cartooning or even doodling.

---Sent out an email update to people on my list giving catalog listings for books that came in since the last one I sent back in November. The thing seemed to be a bit long for one emailing, so I divided it into three parts. I plan to send Part 2 on Thursday and Part 3 on Friday.

---Always nice to see a new Village Voice Pazz & Jop, with Christgau’s essay and dean’s list, plus all the comments from his hipster critics panel. I only count four of his Dean’s List choices in the consensus top fifteen, but a few of them were probably B Pluses or Honorable Mentions. This means that as an Xgau acolyte I leave unheard the latest by such crowd favorites as 50 Cent, Radiohead and Jay-Z, but not necessarily these artists’ earlier (or subsequent) efforts. I do not feel deprived because I think I have more than replaced the consensus choices with some fine but sometimes not easy choices I have here stockpiled, trying to get a chance to listen to them all under my ironclad regimen of playing firsttime, secondtime and thirdtime successively--unfortunately leaving for later the umpteen-timers I would really like to play.

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