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, December 15, 2006

12/15/06 FRI:
---Word from PS Publishing:
Hi everyone!

One week to Christmas and things are not slowing down.

Nicky and I were in London last week at the British Fantasy Society's annual pre-Christmas drinks gig – we had a wonderful time, not least because Steve Jones presented me with our International Horror Guild Award, which POSTSCRIPTS received for Best Periodical. Fantastic! Thanks to Steve for picking up the Award on our behalf.

Now, on to business. Just in are: Ian MacLeod's PAST MAGIC, Chris Roberson's THE VOYAGE OF NIGHT SHINING WHITE, Robert Reed's FLAVORS OF MY GENIUS and Robert Charles Wilson's JULIAN. Expected today (Friday 15 December) is the paperback edition of POSTSCRIPTS #9 and Steven Utley's WHERE OR WHEN, while, next Wednesday, the paperback edition of Liz Hand's ILLYRIA (this year's Christmas special - free to all subscribers of POSTSCRIPTS!) should be landing. Alas, because of postal delays with the signing sheets, the hardcovers of ILLYRIA and POSTSCRIPTS will not be available until the first week in January – sorry about any disappointment.

Also coming in January – but near the end of the month and possibly even into February – are THE MERMAIDS by Robert Edric, PROMISED LAND by Jack Dann, TWELVE COLLECTIONS & THE TEASHOP by Zoran Živković, THE SCALDING ROOMS by Conrad Williams and HEREAFTER, AND AFTER by Richard Parks.

We're well on the way in putting together POSTSCRIPTS #10, too. This will be a big bumper issue -- around 120,000 words instead of the usual 60,000, with eight pieces from Mike Marshall Smith (around 30,000 words) and stories from Ramsey Campbell, Rick Hautala, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tim Lebbon, Lucius Shepard, Tom Tessier, Steven Erikson, Connie Willis and several more.

This issue will have a higher price-tag than usual - £12/$20 for the unsigned trade hardcover copy and the usual £25/$50 for the signed one (not unreasonably, I reckon) - but it'll be sent to existing subscribers for the usual price (ie. £6/$10 for the unsigned and £25/$50 for the signed). We're also planning a 100-copy slipcased hardcover edition to be signed additionally by all the artists involved – that's John Picacio, Jim Hannah, Dave Kendall, Randy Broecker and Wayne Blackhurst.

I can also now formally announce THE LEES OF LAUGHTER'S END, the third in Steve Erikson's 'Korbal Broach and Bauchelain' novella series. The book will be introduced by James Barclay and will be available in three states: an unsigned trade hardcover (1,000 copies @ £12/$20); a signed dust-jacketed hardcover (500 copies @ £25/$45); and a signed and slipcased dust-jacketed hardcover additionally featuring BLOOD FOLLOWS and THE HEALTHY DEAD (100 copies @ £75/$135). This title will go very quickly indeed – in ALL states! -- so make sure of your copy by pre-ordering immediately.

The new novella takes place immediately following the events of BLOOD FOLLOWS so the slipcased edition's running order will be BLOOD then LAUGHTER then HEALTHY. The books will be available at the World Horror Convention in Toronto.

Nick Gevers and I have been sorting through the POSTSCRIPTS inventory (around 290,000 words not counting the big World Horror issue) and allocating stories to issues. Thus we've pretty much finalised the line-ups for the summer and autumn 2007 issues. We've also placed stories against the winter 2007 and spring 2008 issues (we're aiming to do another bumper issue to tie in with that year's WorldCon, summer 2008 and, the following year, yet another one to tie in with World Fantasy Convention 2009 – keep checking the website for more details as and when).

And finally, one small piece of last-minute news: just yesterday we head back from Ian MacLeod's agent that we're going to be publishing Ian's new novel, THE SONG OF TIME – it'll be scheduled for summer 2008. Yay!

And that's about it. All that's left is to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas holiday period and a fantastic new year. May every one of you get every single thing you feel you deserve... and then some! From all of us here at PS, many thanks for your continuing and hugely valued support – you're the best in the world!

Look after each other... and happy reading!


---It’s hard to keep track of what all I have pre-ordered from PS Publishing and what I need to actually order that I haven’t already. I have ordered what people pre- and special-ordered from me, but for other titles, if you want them from me better let me know.

---Couldn’t even find ads or listings in the NY Times for the new movie The Prestige. I did see Michael Caine on Tavis Smiley touting the flick--and it sure sounds good. What I wanted to find out was if it was based on the Christopher Priest novel as I suspected. Indeed it is. If I’d read the book, as I have wanted to, I would have already known.
---Later: finally saw a listing in the Des Moines Register's Datebook. The movie is showing at "Billy Joe's Pitcher Show", the local last-run place. Sir Michael was probably pushing the DVD release. Preview I saw was probably on a DVD from Netflix--not necessarily a new release. Somehow I missed the buzz for this movie when it first came out.

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