Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bits and Pieces

Just a reminder that the contest for a new paperback of GUN SHY lasts until next Monday.  Thanks to everyone who has entered so far.  Enter as many times as you want, but don't enter anonymously, or I won't know who the winner is.  You can post a comment without creating an account.  Once you get to the comment window, just click on "Name/URL."  You won't really be required to enter a URL.  If you don't know how to enter a comment, email me through my website.  If you don't know how to email me through my website, turn off your computer and never touch it again. 

Last night, my wife and I got to talking about Journey.  I hadn't listened to that group in years, so I logged on to iTunes and downloaded a bunch of songs.  Ah, the memories.  The best thing is, if you try real hard, you can almost convince yourself that they were good musicians.  

Went to the UT baseball game on Sunday.  At one point, we were winning 8-2.  Looked like smooth sailing.  Then the bottom dropped.  We managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  Kyle Russell has been back for several games now, but where has the rest of the team gone?  Do you care?  

A friend told me I need to sign up for Facebook.  I tried, Rob, I really did.  But it kept taking me in a circular path as I attempted to create my profile and find "friends."  I have no patience, so I bailed.  Anyone here on Facebook?  Is it more fun than you can stand?  Tell me if I'm missing out.  

Going to a writer's conference in northeast Texas this weekend.  Will post photos later.  My topic is perception vs. reality as it pertains to being a published author.  I'll probably crush a few dreams and relish every moment of it.  Just the sadist in me.  

I'm going to try to post an interesting bit of news from Publishers Lunch, but until I learn how to use all the bells and whistles on this site, who knows what will happen.  Anyway, here's the news (or maybe not)....

Half Price Keeps Business Full
The Dallas News reports on Half Price Books, "the nation's biggest used book chain," which opened 12 stores last year, now with 100 locations. EVP Kathy Doyle Thomas says "We think we can open 40 more stores in the next five years." The company reports sales this year are up 8 percent.

"But the Internet's transparency has forced Half Price Books to be sharper with its pricing in buying and selling everything from popular paperbacks to rare collectible books, said David Heath, a district manager over its newest store in Garland. That store will be the chain's first with a searchable database.... It is testing a new system, and no rollout is planned yet. Eventually, the company could be like Powell's Books, based in Portland, Ore., that sells both online and in its stores."

I find it interesting that some of the big chains are struggling, but the used-book market seems to be thriving. Maybe I should only write used books.

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