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.

Saturday, July 2, 2005

07/02/05 SAT:
---”Weekly” blogmail is being sent four days late owing to camping trip I got hauled off on. Turned out to be a nice vacation, despite a couple weather events that put a damper on things. Probably won’t send a blogmail on the usual Monday or Tuesday next week. It is a holiday anyway--one that I noticed many Minnesotans leaving the Twin Cities heading north were getting off to a bad start on, with a huge amount of traffic stop-and-go the other way, while we had smooth sailing heading south back to Iowa and the pea-soup of heat and humidity--though for the moment we found it much improved when we made it home last night.
---I was able to check email once at the public library in Two Harbors, weeding out all the offers, audio advisor clearance updates, netflix advisories, etc. etc. etc. I was unable to answer any pertinent emails on the clunky connection (and I thought mine was bad) in the time alotted--but that was my fault because I sat down at the library’s card-catalog computer without bothering to look at the clearly marked sign, replacing the library’s pre-set with the URL for AOL and getting to my email that way. It worked, but not very well.
---Now that I am back I will endeavor to get myself back on track. The worse part of vacations, I’ve found, is not the time away but the time spent running around in circles before finding the way to get back in the harness--which I am never that good with anyway--in the days after returning.

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