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.

Sunday, October 3, 2004

10/03/04 SUN:
---Word from Golden Gryphon:
Greetings from the Gryphon:

Due to popular demand for a less-expensive edition, and the fact that the number of
hardcovers is dwindling, we now have available a softcover edition of BLACK

Is it possible to interfere with History in a moral way, especially
if profit is the primary motivation for doing so? In fact, is it possible to sustain
any ethical standards at all when handed what amounts to unlimited power?
These and other shadowy questions are raised in Black Projects, White
Knights, Kage Baker's Unofficial History of Dr. Zeus, Inc. — known to its
employees simply as the Company. This collection brings together the
early Company stories in one volume for the first time. Also included
here are new stories, three of which are previously unpublished — and one
of these, "The Queen in Yellow," written exclusively for this book.
Follow the secret activities of the Company's field agents — once
Human, now centuries-old time-traveling immortal cyborgs: Botanist
Mendoza's search for the rare hallucinogenic Black Elysium grape in 1844
Spanish-held Santa Barbara, California ("Noble Mold"); Facilitator
Joseph's dreamlike solicitation of the ill-of-health Robert Louis
Stevenson in 1879 ("The Literary Agent"); and Literature Preservationist
Lewis's retrieval of priceless literary artifacts, in 1914 Egypt, from the
mummy case of Princess Sit-Hathor-Yunet ("The Queen in Yellow"). This
collection also includes the first four Alec Checkerfield stories — and
the alert reader should be able to piece together the mystery of Alec's
life: Who created this little superman, and to what purpose?

Golden Gryphon Press

Black Projects, White Knights
by Kage Baker
cover art by J. K. Potter
ISBN 1-930846-30-4 / $15.95 (Trade hardcover)
288 pages

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