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 29, 2006

10/29/06 SUN:
---Email rec’d (that I got a kick out of):
Dear Chris Drumm:
Prepare To Be Mortified!
The following titles are doing quite nicely along all retailor websites, including Ingram and Baker & Taylor!!

All of my novles have religious overtones, and I like to convey my unorthodox beliefs through my characters.
This writer is convinced that each of the aforementioned will terrify even the most stout-of-heart!
The target-market is well established thanks to authors such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Ann Rice. There exists a voracious fanbase in the realm of paranormal phenomenon and I wish to cater exclusively to them.
Concerning competition, the many successful works, both past and present, from Hitchcock to King, assures that my book will dovetail nicely with market demands.

I am a forty-two-year-old American novelist from Indianapolis, Indiana. My previously published works (DEAD RECKONING, BLACK GENESIS, REICH'S WOLF and VOYAGE INTO RECOVERY) are available at on-line venues around the world; my publishers (iUniverse and Publish America) are not of a "traditional" standing, but I think you'll note the quality and marketability of my work.
I am well versed in Ancient History, Egyptology, the Sun Signs, and I am a technology maven.
Although fame and fortune would be lovely, I write for the pure joy of the experience.
These works are saved on Adobe and available upon your request.
I retain the rights to all of my books.
Please visit my website for this list of published works.
Thank you for your time and consideration, Chris Drumm Books.

Very sincerely,
D.A. (David Alan) Dickens

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