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.

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

08/08/05 MON:
---My preoccupation with the used books still emanating from my cellar continues unabated, causing me to go the week without any actual new-book arrivals, maybe for the first time ever, even from before I started bookselling and was “only” a collector (with the same thirst for bound printed matter), while the piles of used books to be actually catalogued still stand tauntingly beside me. My slackness in getting new books in, however, hasn’t stopped the various publishers from continuing their output, thus I do have a couple publishers’ email “word”s to pass along. Also I might mention that along with other things my need to get orders sent out to a number of publishers is becoming quite pressing--notably right now: NESFA.

---Word from Earthling:
Dear kind booksellers,

The latest book from Earthling has just been
published: RIVERSIDE BLUES, an original limited
edition novella by upcoming author Erik Tomblin, which
is getting great reviews... see link for more info:

I also welcome preorders for Dan
James A. Moore's newest novel BLOOD RED ("required
does what all the best vampire novels do; it shitcans
the stereotype and digs for blood beneath the skin."
new introduction by Simmons; BLOOD RED has an intro by
Simon Clark.
---Word from Stark House:
Hello Mystery Booksellers:

This is a first.

The next two Stark House Press books will be coming out at the same time. Many of you have already ordered Day Keene's FRAMED IN GUILT / MY FLESH IS SWEET, a couple of noir mysteries from the early 50's that we announced last month. That publication was delayed, so we will be issuing it simultaneously with the next Stark House book:

THE HAM REPORTER / THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PENNY by Robert J Randisi (0-9749438-9-4, $19.95, trade pb).

This pairs up Randisi's first published novel, THE DISAPPEARANCE, with his mystery "western", THE HAM REPORTER, featuring Bat Masterson in New York City. The latter novel is set in 1911, after Masterson has left the Wild West behind to write a sports column for a NY newspaper. One of his fellow newspapermen disappears, and he enlists the aid of young Damon Runyon to solve the mystery.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PENNY, on the other hand, is a contemporary mystery (well, contemporary to 1980) that features investigator Henry Po in a mystery set at a New York horserace track.

This marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of DISAPPEARANCE, and since then Randisi has written and edited over 400 books.

This new edition offers a full bibliography of all of Randisi's books, collections and stories, as well as a new introduction by the author.

As always, thanks so much for your continued support, and I hope you do well with the books!

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