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, November 11, 2004

11/11/04 THU:
---Email rec’d:
I am glad to see all the titles I ordered were still in stock. A
preliminary check on Biblio was not useful since only your used books are
listed there for now.

Reading through your blog is not painful; it just requires the discipline to
remember going to it. Your little catalogues were useful physical
reminders, visibly laying on the desk or the night table, that there were
new publications waiting to be ordered.

Have you sent any e-mail updates recently? It has been quite a while since
I received one.

If you go to Necronomicon Press' site, you'll see they have just reissued
Joshi's biography of Lovecraft, with a rather ugly cover. It might interest
those who missed it.

I was surprised by the computer problems you report. I am still working on
my iMac Special edition without any problems since I bought it. I am now
looking at buying one of the new iMac G5, and I hope what you recount does
not point to a lowering of quality standards at Apple.

Thanks for remembering the Crypt of Cthulhu back order; I guess you haven't
received anything from Mythos for some time.

When the Midnight House Leiber comes in, I will add a few titles I left
aside this time around. And when Wormwood #3 comes in, please reserve me a
copy also.

---My reply
The problems with the G3 might be associated with its being a bit old now, and my using it near the floor in the basement. I still don't know what causes the problem (seems like a little micro-short in the micro-circuits somwhere), but that computer has served its purpose well over a long time. An iMac came and went as the family computer, while that one has kept going okay. Having it do its freezing up intermittantly now bit might actually be a blessing in disguise, because it did cause me to back everything up on a zip drive and bring it up to the now family computer (an eMac G4), where I can burn everything onto a CD. I want to try to set it up so I can have a folder that I burn onto a CD once a month, with my entire inventory. At 20¢ each I can't think of too many better deals. But I will still try to get those paper catalogs and booklists out in one form or another.
No, I haven't sent an email update in a very long while. I keep wanting to do it--hopefully soon--and hopefully regularly. I should set up a two-week schedule to follow. It wouldn't be that hard to do, but I do have to do it.
As far as Apple is concerned, I don't think I have had near the problems over the years, always using Macs, that other people always seem to be having. Even though some of mine have gone belly up after a while, I have not lost any data. I still have some of the first things I ever keyboarded in, such as Lafferty text--and, alas, probably too many catalog entries. Every computer has certainly lasted long enough to have been well worth having. I would like to get a G5 too, but the CPU can't be behind the screen with that loud fan. The tower models I can put under the desk (using my current not-bad monitor) are a bit pricey for the low-level advantage I take of all the features and capabilities. Maybe a notebook computer next, so I can lay on the couch or recliner and work. Or go out in the sunroom. (Lately I have been having trouble esconsing myself in the office chair down in the cellar as much as I should.)
My Biblio listings do include new books too, but only Mic- to Rus- (or something like that) in the alphabet so far. I have been working on the Tor paperbacks to add to the listings, so I won't have that big bottleneck along with other books when they come up in the alphabet. That has proven to be a bit of an undertaking (with 539 books), but I have found that paperbacks do sell there. Usually when I post a new batch a little trickle of orders comes in, probably due to hits on peoples' want lists. But it is still nothing much. Total orders I have received in the whole time I have had listings hardly amount to what I would take in in one week if I had a printed catalog out. But that would be a lot of work keeping up with. I would never be able to sit around and read a book or pursue any other interest. Still, I have to do what provides the cashflow, so I ought to stop coddling myself.

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