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.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

01/03/07 WED:
---Here today from PS Publishing:
Reed, Robert FLAVORS OF MY GENIUS, PS, 11/06, 1st edn, one of 800 SIGNED copies, (novella; James Patrick Kelly intro; 89 pp), {hc in dj avail. @ $45}, new 18.00

Roberson, Chris THE VOYAGE OF NIGHT SHINING WHITE, PS, 12/06, 1st edn (pb variant), one of 800 SIGNED copies, (John Meaney intro; 84 pages), new $18
---This has a hc edition too (comprising 300 of the total). If interested let me know.
---Back in stock:
Samuels, Mark THE FACE OF TWILIGHT, PS, 2/06, 1st edn, one of 800 SIGNED copies, (bizarre; Mark Morris intro), {trade pb still avail. @ $18}, new in dj 45.00
---Need to get back on track after holidays. It didn’t help getting an iPod for xMas, although it did bring back the old joy of gift getting lost since childhood: an excellent toy to play with. To get it to work required installation of an iTunes update, which in turn required an operating system update. With my puny dial-up connection that would have been a daunting prospect, but fortunately our son Neil was home and was able to mooch off the neighbor’s wi-fi and get the needed updates on his computer by holding it up in the air out on the sun room. Anyway, I can see how this iPod might prove to be quite a diversion.
---I know I have a whole slew of emails I haven’t answered. I hope to get to them presently. Another diversion during the holiday was caused by my AOL software apparently going bad. It couldn’t load the tool “Mail” (error = -39), so I was unable to write email, access my address book, view stored mail sent or received, etc. But I was able to get on the Internet and get to my email through Now I think I have fixed the problem by installing a whole new version of AOL, getting rid of all the old that could be found. This has caused all my saved mail and mail signatures to be lost, but I had been keeping most incoming emails in a word processing file, so that should be okay. I just won’t be able to revisit old sent and received emails in my AOL filing cabinet, as I would sometimes find need to do. Ironic that the -39 error code, which I looked up, means “End of File”. These crazy computers--drives me crazy. But it's fun when they work, with what they can do, if you can figure out how to make them do it.
---If you have sent me something and are waiting on me for a reply, it wouldn’t hurt to give me another checking in. Chances are I am already getting ready to finally get back to you, but I did notice lately that AOL had my spam filter automatically set at medium and there were a few real messages in the spam folder when I checked it. I went a long time not even knowing to check there, so that is probably what happened to messages I know of that were lost. No telling how many there might have been that I don’t know about.

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