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, January 27, 2005

01/27/05 THU:
---Email rec’d:
hi chris

thanks for the shipment.

by chance i found your entry for the new MATTHEW HUGHES novel

if you still have it -hc at 7$ something-

please send it.

see you
---My reply:
You saw my listing for BLACK BRILLION at Maybe that is the drummbooks that does business on Amazon that is not me. I only list books on and so far right now. Another time, someone else thought Amazon’s drummbooks vendor was me too. They wanted some self-improvement book in quantity. I tracked down the drummbooks@amazon email address and forwarded the request, but I did not get any reply. At that time it seemed this drummbooks dealt with a different sort of book than me. But now I don’t know. I tracked down their listing on amazon and saw their seller profile (very impressive, considering there are always inveterate complainers out there, no matter what it is always something). Maybe I didn’t look hard enough, but I don’t see how to check a certain seller’s stock, to maybe buy more than one book and get a better per-book rate for shipping. If there’s a bunch of shipping cost tacked onto the low price for Black Brillion, then maybe it wouldn’t be such a bargain as it seems.
As it happens, I do have the book:
Hughes, Matthew BLACK BRILLION, Tor, 11/04, 1st edn, (Archonate), new / dj 23.95
but not at $7. I can give my normal 30% discount, but that is about as low as I can go.
I thought when I started out that Chris Drumm (or even Drummbooks) was an unusual enough name that I wouldn’t have to register it and trademark it or have a search to see if the name was already taken--but with the Internet I guess names are more likely to be confused and overlapped with each other. I think that Drumm is actually a pretty common surname in Germany, more so than over here. And as far as I know I am not of any German extraction anyway--although I don’t really know what I am. (All I know is that maybe forty years ago my grandmother tried to trace us back to the Mayflower so she could join the extremely right-wing D.A.R.--Daughters of the American Revolution, but I think word was that the geneological information she procured was actually bogus.)

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