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, April 1, 2004
---Spent too much of the morning with a stack of used books listing the ones on half.com that do not look they belong in my regular catalog.
---Word from Hippocampus:
The first two volumes of Lovecraft essays are now available in both hardcover and paperback. Since your last order, we have also released a paperback of the H. P. LOVECRAFT ENCYCLOPEDIA. Full blurbs are below.
COLLECTED ESSAYS, VOLUME 1: AMATEUR JOURNALISM
by H. P. Lovecraft
Edited by S. T. Joshi
March 2004: 440 pp.
Cloth: ISBN 0-9721644-1-3: $40.00
Paper: ISBN 0-9721644-2-1: $20.00
Discovering the amateur press in 1914, Lovecraft immediately flooded the many small papers of his friends and colleagues with contributions discussing the nature, purpose, and future of amateur journalism. He also edited his own magazine, The Conservative (1915-23), filling it with additional essays. In these articles Lovecraft discusses the conflict between the United and the National Amateur Press Associations; the “halcyon days” of the amateur movement (1885-95); and the “needs and betterment” of the amateur cause. We read of Lovecraft's bitter feuds with his fellow amateurs; his exhaustive critiques of their writing; and, most poignant of all, his touching affirmation of “What Amateurdom and I Have Done for Each Other,” in which he concludes simply: “What Amateur Journalism has given me is—life itself.”
COLLECTED ESSAYS, VOLUME 2: LITERARY CRITICISM
by H. P. Lovecraft
Edited by S. T. Joshi
March 2004: 248 pp.
Cloth: ISBN 0-9721644-4-8: $40.00
Paper: ISBN 0-9721644-9-9: $20.00
Lovecraft's writings in the realm of literary criticism are unfailingly acute and cover a surprisingly wide range. Besides his authoritative early essay on “The Literature of Rome” (1918), other works condemn free verse and simple spelling, and devote attention to neglected poets. Discovering weird fiction as his chosen field, he produced such scintillating essays as “Lord Dunsany and His Work” (1922) and “Supernatural Horror in Literature” (1927), along with essays on Frank Belknap Long and Clark Ashton Smith. Late in life Lovecraft codified his grasp of weird literature by writing such trenchant pieces as “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction” (1933) and “Some Notes on Interplanetary Fiction” (1934). One of his last writings, “Suggestions for a Reading Guide” (1936), is a comprehensive discussion of world literature.
AN H. P. LOVECRAFT ENCYCLOPEDIA
By S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz
May 2004: 0-9748789-1-X: $20.00
At last, an affordable, quality paperback edition of this indispensable volume is available! For this edition, the authors have corrected some errors and made numerous revisions to incorporate references to editions of works by Lovecraft and works of Lovecraft scholarship published since the first edition of this book.
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