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.

Monday, April 3, 2006

04/03/06 MON:
---Here today from Tartarus:
Coppard, A.E. FATHER RAVEN and Other Tales, Tartarus ‘06, one of 300 copies, (selects the best of author’s fantastical fiction; Mark Valentine intro), new in dj 55.00
---Word from Pyr/Prometheus:
I wanted to share this latest review of RIVER OF GODS, by Ian McDonald:

“River of Gods…is…perhaps [Ian McDonald’s] most accomplished novel to date. It's a dense and sometimes difficult read, reminiscent of William Gibson in full-throttle cultural-immersion mode, packed with technical jargon, religious and sociological observation and allusions to art both high and low. But River of Gods amply rewards careful consideration and more than delivers its share of straight-ahead entertainment. Already a multiple-award nominee following its British publication, McDonald's latest ranks as one of the best science fiction novels published in the United States this year.”

-San Francisco Chronicle (Circ. 578,541) Sunday, April 2, 2006

ISBN 1-59102-436-6
HARDCOVER $25 list price
---I also received a catalog in the mail from Pyr. They do have quite a list of titles. Prometheus publishes secular humanist books. The SF looks like it comes from that point of view as well--rational thought instead of supernatural belief. These days you can’t preach to the converted, though, I guess--anything they aren’t already convinced of, anyway.

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