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.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

09/25/04 SAT:
---An experimentation with a better way to indicate quotes of blocks of text:
---Email rec’d:
Hi Chris!
Great to hear from you. Looks as if there'll be some excellent reading coming my way; big collections of Doyle and Shepard make me happy. I hope you'll be able to get that second, mythical issue of the slipcased ARGOSY sometime soon.
I hope that you are "not doing a very good job of keeping up" because business is good, and not because of any family or health reasons. Really, who can keep up these days? You obviously survey many newspapers and magazines online, probably the best way to do so since that way you can avoid huge piles of print cluttering your home, but there are so many sources available now that one feels perpetually behind. And that's just in the area of periodical reading. Each duty we tend to, three others clamor for our attention.
I'd better go do some of them right now. Take care, Chris.

---My reply:
    I should be able to get your shipment out this morning. Wanted to give you a chance to make any emendments if desired before sending.
    I don't read that many papers online, but I do have a lot of them bookmarked and I have signed up to get a few daily news emails that are pretty cool how they have links to the articles. I do get NY TIMES in its print edition, and that pile does grow large quickly. I prefer reading off the printed page, and being able to have various sections folded back, but it creates bigtime clutter, especially the Sunday edition.
    But I shouldn't let all these distractions keep me from getting my own work done. Speaking of which, I have about an hour to get a few packages packed up right now, so I better get on it.

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