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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

word from Stark House

Hello Mystery Enthusiasts:
The new Stark House Press book just arrived. Postponed from Spring of this year, it is UNDERGROUND / COLLECTED STORIES by RUSSELL JAMES (1933586176, $14.95).
Called by Ian Rankin "the Godfather of British noir," James has been turning out pitch-dark stories since the late 1980's. In fact, UNDERGROUND is his very first novel, never before published in the U.S., and something of a cult classic.
The five stories that fill out the book have also never been published before in the U.S. They made their first appearance in various British anthologies, or in the case of "How Could It Last?", have never been published anywhere before.
Also included is a new introduction by Mr. James, as well as a complete bibliography of his novels for those readers who may have missed any of his various noir gems.
The Face calls James "an unholy cross between Len Deighton and David Goodis." Booklist calls him "one of the UK's finest genre writers." And Gary Lovisi of Hardboiled asks the question, "Who says Brits can't write true hardboiled? This guy is good!"
High praise indeed!
Greg Shepard, publisher
Stark House Press
---Don't know for sure if I will get this in my standing order but I wouldn't be surprised.

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