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.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

04/05/07 THU:
---Word from Gauntlet:
Gauntlet Press is now taking orders for Ray Bradbury's MATCH TO FLAME: THE FICTIONAL PATH TO FAHRENHEIT 451. Without a doubt this is the most important book we've published in our 17 years in business. It answers the question those will ask 50 years from now: How did Bradbury get the idea for his acclaimed novel on censorship, FAHRENHEIT 451? The answer is both simple and complex. Bradbury experimented with the theme of censorship in numerous stories. All of them (many which have never been collected) are included in MATH TO FLAME along with unpublished stories and novellas. The book ends with THE FIREMAN, published in 1951 which was to be his last word on the subject unless he decided to write a novel. Two years later FAHRENHEIT 451 was written and published. The book includes:
~Table of Contents~
Foreword by Ray Bradbury
Introduction by Richard Matheson
Historical and Critical Introduction by Bill Touponce
Texts Edited and Annotated by Jon Eller
"Pillar of Fire"
"The Library"
"Bright Phoenix"
Facsimile: "Tiger Tiger, Burning Bright" (working title for early draft of "Bright Phoenix", with handwritten corrections)
"The Mad Wizards of Mars"
"Carnival of Madness"
"The Mechanical Hound" (facsimile fragment)
"The Bonfire"
"The Bonfire" (facsimile, first draft, with handwritten corrections)
"Cricket On the Hearth"
"Cricket On the Hearth" (facsimile)
Ray Bradbury's 1st Published Article: Blue and White Daily, 1938
"The Pedestrian"
"The Garbage Collector"
"The Smile"
"When Ignorant Armies Clash" (unpublished novella)
"Long After Midnight" (unpublished novella)
"The Fireman"

The website price for the 750 numbered edition is $100.

The 52-copy wooden traycases lettered edition is signed Richard Matheson (signing only the lettered) who wrote an introduction for the book. A print of the Bradbury painting used for the cover art is also included with the lettered edition.

Bradbury has signed BOTH editions.

Lamont Ingram
Gauntlet Press Dealer Rep
---But I haven’t sent Gauntlet an order in a long time. Eventually, though, I’m sure...

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