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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

04/06/05 WED:
---Finally got around to calling HarperCollins to try to find out what happened to my Feb 10 order that seems to have disappeared. Indeed it did disappear. Now that I have re-faxed it I think the order will go through. I should have checked on it earlier, but I hate to get caught up in corporate telephone mazes. Turns out there was no difficulty at all. Now all that needs to happen is for the books to arrive. I hope the people who wanted them still do.

---Email to Night Shade:
Dear Jason:
Your ambitions to get my books sent have not yet materialized. I haven't received anything since your promising phonecall.

---Reply rec’d:
Hi Chris,
The inventory finally arrived from Michigan on Saturday, and three boxes
went out to you on Monday. UPS says you should have them on Friday.
Take care,
Dear Jason:
Good to hear it. My imagination had me being forgotten about. Hope you are not over-working yourself.

---Email rec’d:
I was unable to access your catalogue postings on the biblio site. I couldn't find any links. I just found an abecedarian (A-Z) search format for individual titles. Can you help?
---My reply:
I just checked out my link in my blog to and my info seems to be there okay. Maybe there was something going on with the site when you tried. So far I still only have Mic- to Shw- in the alphabet listed there (as well as Signet and Tor paperbacks). Next batch will bring it through Silv-. Of course, if there are any specific things you want me to let you know about, I could email you with what I might have. If there is a lot you want to check on, I could send you my Catalog Data CD-R which also contains some slick-looking JPEG snapshots of lots of book covers--all the ones I have been cataloguing since getting a digital camera. These CD-Rs go in with shipments going out.
Sorry about my lack of response to earlier emails. I probably even went so far as actually drafting some sort of response, but then not quite getting it in sendable form--something that happens way too often for my liking.
---And then I wrote:
Re-reading your email about my listings I see that I didn't quite respond to your question. As far as getting the listings to all show up, I'm not sure how you do that. I think I have had the same problem. With something like 3700 separate entries so far, maybe they would prefer you to narrow your search somehow. Maybe if you ask their Help Desk there is something I don't know about. If you learn anything, let me know!

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