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Subject: What's the longest you've gone without mailing a book?
Date Posted: 10/6/2009 6:52 PM ET
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I feel as though I'm in one of those slumps right now.  I used to have to mail two books a week - which I thought was pretty neat - and I haven't had any in a while.  I did have one WL book, but in general, my shelf has been pretty slow.  i take it's because there are quite a few other copies in the system ahead of me in the FIFO line.

The break is nice, but I truly do like mailing out books to people.  :)  I take it everyone has to sit a spell for a while, unless you have lots and lots and lots of books on your shelf.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 6:59 PM ET
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A week at the most. But then I post a lot of wishlist books so they don't all come from my shelf per se. Plus I add a lot of books to my shelf  frequently. That helps keep things going.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 7:24 PM ET
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Usually not more than a week or two.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 7:40 PM ET
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I have over 200 on my shelf and there are times I hit a slump.  Feels strange, but my pocketbook enjoys the break not so much me :)  I also post WL books so that helps as well.

I haven't necessarily read all the books on my self,  I go to FOL sales and there are a few ongoing in my area. I look for genre's I might not have tried, for 50 cents why not, then if I don't like it I can post it on PBS.  If I do like the book,  I still can post the book,  but then I just found a new author to read.  For example I never read regency or historical romance and picked a book from L. Sands (Devil of the Highlands) and I liked it- then I started reading H. Howell, I read a book by Linda Lael Miller and then I was reading historical romance.  To find a sale near you go to booksalefinder.com there is a map, click on your state.  It will list FOL sales and ongoing FOL sales in your area, the list is good, but doesn't catch all of the sales and some of the info is not accurate.  Libraries submit the information to post and for some reason they do not get all the info correct.  Good Luck

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 8:54 PM ET
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Thank you for that link, jubead!

I found a sale near my hometown this Friday/weekend!  I'll be going home, too, so it works out.  :)

That's a great site!  How'd you find it?!  Haha.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 9:13 PM ET
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I usually mail out 3-5 books a week... my P.O. workers have started asking about my kids... I guess I'm there quite a bit :)

I think the longest stretch in between mailings is about 2-3 days...

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 9:29 PM ET
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I was on an extended trip, so my shelf was on hold and I didn't mail books out for about 2 months.

But while I've been available, about 3 weeks.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 9:34 PM ET
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Sometimes I go weeks without a shelf order. If I need credits than I read some WL books from the TBR pile or go hit the thrift stores to see if I can find cheap WL books to post.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 9:40 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/6/2009 10:28 PM ET
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If I leave my bookshelf open Im mailing out 4-6 books a week.  Generally though I have to put it on hold at least  once a month cause I run out of postage money. :/

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 11:17 PM ET
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Rosina - visit the genre - forums - look at the books the members are discussing, visit the "Is this On Your Bookshelf" or "Is this On Your WL" threads to find out what members are looking for or posting.  Stay away from the popular authors such as James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Dan Brown,  John Grisham, Jodi Picoult - the system is flooded with their books and you find that many FOL, flea markets, tag sales and good wills will have these books.  Paranormal is a hot genre at the moment, but Maggie Shayne and Linda Howard are flooded in the system.  SciFi - look for L.E. Modesitt the Corean Chronicles (books 4,5,6) are WL,  Saga of Recluce series (later books are WL) , Alice Kimberly (also writes under Cleo Coyle) and her Haunted Book Shop series is popular (Mystery); Victoria Laurie Ghoul books are popular as is her psychic eye series (Mystery - little paranormal).  Hope that helps. 

ETA:  the reason I know about L.E. Modesitt is because they are on my WL, the WL are not heavy, but the books are not posted often.  Same with Alice Kimberly, but I have posted the Victoria Laurie books.  

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Date Posted: 10/7/2009 7:15 AM ET
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You can also search the Club Wish List.  I usually search it using a genre/subgenre that I read.  I sometimes find books on the WL that are just sitting on my shelf, or I take a list to the FOL sale or thrift store/UBS.

If I can get 10 or so WLs on my shelf, usually a few of the non-WL books go, too--through the "order more from member" feature.

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 8:06 AM ET
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Another good way to see what's being wishlisted is to subscribe to the Daily Wish List e-mail, which provides a link showing what books have been wishlisted in each genre every day. You can subscribe to as many different genre links as you want.

I'm usually mailing out at least a couple books a week, but like others, I often post wishlist books so probably less than half my orders come right from my shelf. It usually goes in streaks--I might go a week without mailing a book and then the next week I'll have orders for six.


Date Posted: 10/7/2009 2:34 PM ET
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Erotica, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Celebrity Chef type cookbooks.  I find audio CD books go pretty quickly if you can find them cheap enough.  At our big FOL sale they sell them for .50. I bought 12 and they were all WL. On the normal sale rack at the library they sell them $.50-$3. But I listen to them first so I don't mind paying a little more.

I've also had good luck with cozy mysteries. Even when I post one that's fairly heavily posted it goes pretty quick. Except for the Diane Mott Davidsons-the system is flooded with those.