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.

Monday, September 27, 2004

09/27/04 MON:
---Here today from TTA:
INTERZONE #194, 9-10/04, (Jay Lake, Karen Fishler, Steve Mohn, etc.), new 6.00

THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE #39, aut/04, (Nina Allen, Joe Hill, Susan Fry, etc.), new $7
---looks like I never got #38 or I forgot to catalog it.

---Heard from a few days ago:
In our last announcement earlier this summer, we said that would be closing on October 14, 2004. We have decided not to go forward with this plan and will keep open indefinitely.
---A few weeks ago I did try to transfer a listing of a book onto eBay, but it seemed like too much trouble for what I was doing. Maybe for that special book here and there that might be in big demand, but a pile of books like the one beside me now, of books I picked up at a book sale yesterday, that may or may not be appropriate for my regular catalog, would work better at or Once I get my whole catalog up on, then I can start adding things from the full storage boxes here in plenty. Right now these books are headed for a box, but they might as well be listed on At this annual book sale I usually get a whole scad of SF paperbacks, but my heart wasn’t in it for those particular books this time, nor was there quite the selection as there is sometimes. It was depressing to see all those Star Trek novelizations by erstwhile hot authors, along with all the books I knew I already had multiple copies of. But in the Modern Classics and Novels sections of the book sale I found lots of things that looked interesting: some for my personal Western Canon bookshelves, and some that I thought looked like they would be good to read. I would like to hoard them all for myself, but I don’t have the open shelfspace and I know I can’t read as many as I would like. I haven’t been to my listings at to add titles in a long while, because I thought they were going to close it down. But now that they say it will be kept open indefinitely, I will try adding some listings. I do like being able to key in the ISBNs for multiple books and have the info about them and even a cover scan show up.

---Later: have now added fifteen books to my listings. It seemed to go smoothly enough. Three books did not have their ISBNs in their system, so I will list them elsewhere, if I get the chance.

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