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.

Friday, September 30, 2005

09/30/05 FRI:
---Kitchen workers day off, finally. They work four ten-hour days a week. Unfinally, they figure to be here for a couple more weeks. The deconstruction part of the process has occurred so the incidence of plaster dust and broken water pipes should be mitigated, but with all the racket and the need to keep an eye on the goings-on, the past few days have been all messed up. I was already engaged ongoingly in somewhat of a cellar remodeling project anyway. This kitchen remodeling now has caused me to do even more down there--finding a place for some cabinets being taken out that seemed like they might be useful, clearing out space for pipework, etc.--all of it giving me an excuse to put off my weekly blogmail until maybe today. Now I can skip the Tuesday mailing next week and try to get back in the groove maybe the week after.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

09/29/05 THU:
---Here today from Darkside:
Jacobs, Harvey MY ROSE & MY GLOVE: Stories (real and surreal), Darkside '05, one of 510 numbered copies, (stories since 1969’s The Egg of the Glak; far more than a volume of fantasy and SF tales; Pelan intro), new in dj 45.00

Smith, Clark Ashton STAR CHANGES: The Science Fiction of..., Darkside '05, one of 525 numbered copies, (texts based on author’s original manuscripts; Scott Connors & Ron Hilger [ed & intro]), new in dj 45.00
---Next title from publisher is a Midnight House title: G.G. Pendarves’ Thing of Darkness.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

09/28/05 WED:
---Here today from Golden Gryphon:
Dann, Jack THE FICTION FACTORY, Golden Gryphon '05, 1st edn, (collaborative stories; includes introductions by the co-authors), new in dj 24.95

Reed, Robert THE CUCKOO'S BOYS, Golden Gryphon '05, 1st edn, (stories; exemplifies assertion that author’s stories evoke visionary futures and scientific speculation; two stories in Marrow universe; nearly 6,000-word Afterword detailing the genesis of each story), new in dj 24.95

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

09/27/05 TUE:
---Here today from Arkham House:
Bond, Nelson OTHER WORLDS THAN OURS, Arkham House '05, 1st edn, (previously uncollected SF tales from the 1940s, including a complete novel: Gods of the Jungle; 580 pages), new in dj 35.95

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

09/20/05 TUE:
---Here today from Tachyon:
Aldiss, Brian CULTURAL BREAKS: A Collection of Short Fictions, Tachyon '05, 1st edn, (special anniversary collection to coincide with aurthor's 80th birthday; mostly recent, three originals), new in dj 24.95

Bisson, Terry GREETINGS & Other Stories, Tachyon '05, 1st edn, (ten blazingly satiric short stories; radically irreverent; 384 pages), new in dj 24.95

Powers, Tim STRANGE ITINERARIES, Tachyon '05, 1st edn, (the complete short fiction by celebrated and bestselling novelist), new 15.95
---And back in stock:
Tiptree, James, Jr. HER SMOKE ROSE UP FOREVER, Tachyon '04, 1st edn thus, (stories; updated edn contains revisions from author’s notes), new 15.95
---Looks like the Bisson title from Tachyon that is actually out now is not the same as the “Special Preview Edition” listed earlier--that one is “forthcoming”. If I had checked more carefully I’m sure I could have figured out the answer.

---From Golden Gryphon:
Bowes, Richard FROM THE FILES OF THE TIME RANGERS, Golden Gryphon '05, 1st edn, (mosaic novel; Kage Baker intro), new in dj 24.95
---Discount on the above: 30%. (Special Preview Editions from Tachyon are 20%).

Monday, September 19, 2005

09/19/05 MON:
---Word that dreaded kitchen remodeling project will commence next week has arrived. My regular book packing station will be usurped for three weeks, with I’m sure a lot of noise and messiness. Don’t know how I will survive, but if it goes like the other unwelcome-before-the-fact work Amy has assayed, when it is finally all done things will be much improved. But in the meantime...

Saturday, September 17, 2005

09/17/05 SAT:
---Here today from John Benson:
NOT ONE OF US #34, 9/05, (numinous issue; Sonya Taaffe, others), new 4.50
---And from TTA:
INTERZONE #200, 10/05, (Celebrating 200 Issues! More Pages! More Colour!; Rucker, Calder, PKD, Stoddard, Will McIntosh, etc.), new 7.00

Thursday, September 15, 2005

09/15/05 THU:
---Fifty-six years old today, sharing birthday with the likes of Norman Spinrad, Oliver Stone, Tommy Lee Jones--and I caught on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Robert Benchley and Agatha Christie too.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

09/14/05 WED:
---Here today from Small Beer:
LADY CHURCHILL'S ROSEBUD WRISTLET #16, 7/05, Small Beer, (quintessential pomo SF journal; Kessel, Le Guin, etc.), new 5.00

Mitchison, Naomi TRAVEL LIGHT, Peapod Classics/Small Beer ('05), 1st thus, (rediscovered classic originally published in 1952; captivating fairy tale for young adults; new intro), new 12.00
---Here today from Tachyon:
Bisson, Terry NUMBERS DON'T LIE, Tachyon '05, Special Preview Edition, one of 26 SIGNED & lettered copies, (three tales of Wilson Wu and his “Watson,” Irving, originally published in Asimov’s; collected previously in e-Book format by ElectricStory), new 25.00
---I am still waiting for copies of the regular Tachyon books to arrive, but this one doesn’t even look to be the same title as the one actually published. This title is probably incorporated into the larger finished product. If so, this edition would probably be of interest only to collectors. But as a 26-copy edition of a book that was never published I’m sure it is collectible.

---Back in stock:
Powers, Tim STRANGE ITINERARIES, Tachyon '05, 1st edn, one of 100 SIGNED Special Preview Edition copies, (comprehensive short fiction collection), new 25.00

Monday, September 12, 2005

09/12/05 MON:
---I (among others) am a bit disappointed in myself for not having (yet) sent out orders to some of the publishers I was planning to--even mentioning it here in the blog--like NESFA and VHPS (Tor, St. Martin’s, etc.) but I can unequivocally state that an order to IPG (Golden Gryphon, Tachyon, etc.) was indeed actually sent today. So now I should be receiving Tachyon’s Powers, Bisson and Aldiss books as well as Golden Gryphon’s Bowes book as well as the next ones from Dann, Robert Reed, and Jeffrey Ford as soon as they come out.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

09/11/05 SUN:
---Phonecall from Jacob at Tachyon selling me on some copies of a special limited edition of his new Terry Bisson book. He also caused me to remember (again) that my pre-order from his fulfiller (IPG) for Strange Itineraries (Tim Powers) has not showed up. He urged me to get that order in posthaste because the book is selling quickly and is even slated for a second printing. With the excess of used books that have been surging up from the cellar I am still in a holding-pattern mode when it comes to ordering new books--mainly just standing orders have been showing up of late. But there are a few things I ought to get before it is too late. So I resolve to at least get my Tachyon order sent out (the Bisson ltds. and a re-supply of the last couple or so available of the special edition of the Powers book should be on the way directly from Tachyon).

Saturday, September 10, 2005

09/10/05 SAT:
---Here today from PS Publishing:
Esslemont, Ian Cameron NIGHT OF KNIVES: A Novel of Malaz, PS, 4/05, 1st edn, one of 800 SIGNED copies, (shared world; introduction by Steven Erikson; 285 pages), new in dj 50.00
---And thanks to a duplication of orders I actually do have extra copies of the boxed/ltd edns of TWOC (Graham Joyce), SANITY AND THE LADY (Aldiss) and THE PERIODIC TABLE OF SCIENCE FICTION (Swanwick) @ $90 (20% discount: $72 each) in hand now for anyone interested. And of course I still have copies of the regular signed hardcover editions as well.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

09/06/05 TUE:
---Here today from Stark House:
Keene, Day FRAMED IN GUILT / MY FLESH IS SWEET, Stark House Mystery Classics, 8/05, 1st thus, (two complete thrillers; 1949 and 1951 paperback originals; Gorman intro), new 19.95

Randisi, Robert J. THE HAM REPORTER / THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PENNY, Stark House Mystery Classics, 9/05, 1st thus, (two complete mysteries; of author’s 421 published books), new 19.95

Monday, September 5, 2005

09/05/05 MON:
---Labor day holiday. Me laboring much of day to clear out space for yet another shelf unit, entailing moving many boxes in cellar. Some of them, of course, I was curious to check out what was in them (and subject them to the ‘covershot’ routine). So now there are over 6,000 in the latest iteration of my DVD-R and the Covershots 4 CD is about a box shy of being full up. Now there are only four or five more boxes yet to move (for now). Unfortunately they are all full of old magazines (New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper’s, etc.), which are extremely heavy and only becoming heavier as my strength is sapped. So I sit around a lot waiting for the energy to be summoned to get to work. Meanwhile, more pressing matters get put off.

Friday, September 2, 2005

09/02/05 FRI:
---Here today from Hippocampus:
Dunsany, Lord THE PLEASURES OF A FUTUROSCOPE, Hippocampus ('05), (author's last, prevously unpublished, work; edited by S.T. Joshi), {hc in dj still available @ 32.95}, new 15.00

Price, Robert M. (ed) TALES OUT OF DUNWICH, Hippocampus ('05), 1st edn, (not just modern retellings of the classic Lovecraft tale), new 20.00

Thursday, September 1, 2005

09/01/05 THU:
---New month, new edition of Catalog Data. Mostly all the same but every day a little something different, so it all adds up. I’m sure.

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