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.
Sunday, October 1, 2006
---Now that I’ve been ordering so seldomly from the larger publishing consortiums, and on-line places like Amazon have been doing so much better a job of satisfying most book needs, I have lately found myself recommending Amazon over myself for quite a few books. Indeed, I have been buying books for myself from Amazon. Their free-shipping deals and discounts--and specially priced books sometimes--have been great. Plus their speedy service! So, since if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, I have become an “Amazon Associate”. Now if I send someone to Amazon for their book, I get a bit back, if you follow my link. I’m not sure how it will all end up working out, but we’ll see what I can do.
---One book that someone wanted me to get, a new Meisha Merlin book, To Ride A Rathorn by P.C. Hodgell, I can’t get at discount without buying $250-worth of mainly comic books/graphic novels from their current distributor. So I sent him to Amazon as the better way to get the book than from me. If I’d sent a link instead, all the trouble I took looking up the book on Amazon to see if they had it--yeah, lots!--might have paid off. They did have it, and at discount too.
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