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.

Monday, June 18, 2007

06/18/07 MON:
---In line at 4 am at passport office. The first in line got there at midnight. Amy was 18th or so--not bad. By the time the line moved indoors at 6:30 there were hundreds, going around the block. A week ago there were thousands, before the passport requirement on trips to Canada and Mexico was lifted. I waited in hotel room, hoping Amy would come back with her passport and we could leave for Polk City before the rush hour in Chicago. She did get back to hotel around 10:00 but not yet with passport. She had to return at 3:30 to finally pick it up. Piddled around the streets of downtown Chicago another few hours, having had to check out of hotel at 11am. Turns out they wouldn’t give her a passport because they had somehow finally come up with a tracking number for the original passport. It was sitting in the post office at Polk City. Of course. But how could we have known it would finally arrive the day before she had to leave? The Belgians had bought her a non-refundable ticket, booked her in a hotel, scheduled her as first presenter at conference, set up around her schedule in the first place. She couldn’t not go.
---I-290 out of Chicago was expectedly clogged but at least mostly moving. Eventually we got on the incredibly smooth Ronald Reagan toll-road and made it back to Polk City a little after 10 pm, in time for Amy to get a good night’s sleep.

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