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, August 23, 2007

---Never made it down to the office today. Foreboding weather this morning kept me upstairs, but it only rained hard for a few minutes. In the cellar all hell can break loose and I remain blissfully unaware. That's not the way to be with windows open on the front porch and sun room, however. I got started re-alphabeticizing my compact discs, so that was a way to squander a day. The past few days most of the big downpours have been to the north of here, although a hefty system passed by to the south this evening. Other places have had it worse than here, but there is that special feeling of disquiet being at the mercy of the elements.

----Word from Golden Gryphon:
Greetings from the Gryphon:


These seventeen stories showcase the author’s five decades of writing, including
his first professional sale, “The Faces Outside”—written at the ripe old age of sixteen—to
editor Frederik Pohl for the July 1963 issue of Worlds of if magazine.
In the near-future title story, a young woman offers her love—and her body—to
ensure the continuation of an animal species; and in a related story, “The Ark,” a little
girl’s life is psychically linked to the survival of two pandas, and her father does what he
must to ensure that all three will live.
Also included is McAllister’s best-known work, novelette “Dream Baby,” a finalist
for both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and the basis for his acclaimed novel of the same
name. In this dark and foreboding first-person narrative of the Vietnam War, a young
army nurse who dreams the deaths of her patients but cannot save them, finally
transcends the pain and violence of war and at last is able to save her fellow comrades
in arms who, in turn, save her.
Whether it be an elderly woman who uses her vast wealth to create genetically
her perfect son (“Angels”), or a young man who, having saved his 1950s-horror-movie
town from a horde of invading locusts, can no longer find meaning in his life until he
meets an invasion of a different kind (“Hero, The Movie”), or a young boy who learns the
rituals of an alien culture in order to obtain an assassin’s help for his unborn sister
(“Kin”), Bruce McAllister’s stories resonate with a childhood’s sense of wonder coming
face to face with the realities of the human condition in a science-fictional world.

Cover art by John Picacio
ISBN 978-1-930846-49-4 / $24.95 (Trade hardcover)
306 pages
---where I still need to get that order placed. (Bruce McAllister being a favorite back in the day.) Well, the thunder and lightning are coming closer together again now, so I better cut this session short...

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