Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SHOULD YOU LIST WITH AN ONLINE BOOKSTORE?

There are several to choose from, the most well known being Amazon, Alibris, Barnes & Noble, Abebooks, Borders, Books-A-Million, Biblio, etc. Several years ago when I was selling a large book collection I listed with one of these online stores. My experience was not thrilling. After deducting fees and paying for shipment of the books, I was left with a smaller percentage of the sale than I felt fair. Furthermore, book sales were exceedingly slow. There are so many people selling so many books nowadays that only by drastically reducing prices can one be assured of a sale. And the internet changed everything. When once a certain title might have been considered so scarce that it commanded a premium price, once the internet came along similar titles came flying from closets and bookshelves all around the world!

The preceding paragraph was aimed more at selling book collections than a book or books you have written and published yourself. So, how about the latter? Online booksellers are generally not in the business of promoting your book. They are mainly interested in sales, and their websites are mostly mechanized to the point that a real person is not even aware that you have listed a book with them. You must promote it yourself. More on this later.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SHOULD YOU CONSIDER EBAY FOR BOOK SALES?

You're missing an opportunity if not. From what I've heard, people who sell on eBay generally hate the company. Fees are too high, and if there's a problem, communication is difficult. But eBay is really the only game in town; there is no other onsite business that comes close. Your listings have the potential to reach millions of people not only in the USA, but around the world. With that in mind, I decided to list one of my books on eBay, "How I Found a Remedy for Innocence." As I composed the listing, one thing became apparent immediately: there is plenty of room to add excerpts, reviews, photos, and any other information you think might sell your book. This is a huge advantage over online booksellers, who closely control and limit what appears on their websites. Take a look at my entry. Is eBay worth investing a few minutes?


Thursday, November 8, 2012

DEATH OF OUR NATION

This blog is meant to be about the joys found in writing and treasure hunting. But after the election of November 2012 one must look to the future not with eager anticipation (joy), but with dread. With the election of anti-Americans Barack Obama and the Democrat members of the Senate and House, the social and financial collapse of the USA is now certain. With a breakdown in society will come unrest - see Greece. Unfortunately, there is now no way to prevent the death of our nation (though it is doubtful that Romney could have fully prevented it had he been elected).

The following was translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung of 28 April 2011. It perfectly describes our conundrum:

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president."


The educated and the survivalists among our populace must make the preparations necessary to weather the coming storm, and to rebuild a just Constitutional society afterwards (see Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged). With such an epic struggle before us, there can be little joy found in "writing and treasure hunting."



Friday, November 2, 2012

GOLD & SILVER FROM A DUMPSTER?

"Treasurenet"is one of the online sites where many treasure hunters share their finds. I was scanning the site when I saw an article about a fellow discovering treasure while dumpster diving. Frankly, I've never heard of anyone treasure hunting in a dumpster. If this fellow's luck is any indication, though, I may give it a try. Take a look here.