Two seconds after my last post, WOW is live.

It was a gloomy day at the Writing Cabin. I went into my paranormal office and sat at Patty Hall’s roll top desk to begin my day. The enchanted window showed an image of giant spiders attacking New York. Why do things attack New York or Tokyo? There are some perfectly wonderful other cities on Earth they could attack.

I opened the desk, pulled on my lab coat, and went to work. I needed to upload Will O’ the Wisp to Amazon to make Patty’s story available to everyone. This is a great tale, and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. It’s even suitable for young adults.

I kept getting the red message that I forgot something. Amazon even deleted my blurb and made me write it out again. This is par for the course, and I soldiered on.

The enchanted beer horns tip toed into my office and rubbed on my leg.

They acted like apprehensive kittens until I petted them. “Let me finish uploading this, and then we’ll have something malty and frosty.”

I soldiered on through uploading the cover art, and had to do that twice. It seems I forgot something, and had to answer all the questions again. It finally became time to hit publish.

I pushed the button.

The beer horns honked in unison, and Lisa Burton* filled them both with Old Chub Scottish Ale. They strutted around like little bantam roosters.

I released the Will O’ the Wisp from its bell jar and watched it careen around the room. The beer was frothy and cold, and I eased back in my chair and watched the wisp.

Tomorrow I’d have to do it all again to make the international version live. The only difference is two paragraphs, and I anticipate a fight with Amazon. Still, it was an accomplishment. I picked up one of the beer horns and took a large swig.

“Why don’t you take them in the other room, and I’ll clean up in here,” Lisa said.

“Alright, Wisp is an officially published book tonight. There’s more to do, but it’s out there now.”

“You can tackle the rest in the morning. You don’t take enough time to savor the moment. Maybe you can watch some Walking Dead or Twilight zone.”

Does she deserve that raise?

She was right, of course. I carried my beer into my main office. The other beer horn trotted after me. While she cleans up the paranormal office, I’m going to sip my beer and relax.”

After I made my last post, Amazon told me the book was live in the Kindle store. It was approximately two seconds after I hit publish on my blog post.

The link for the USA, Canada, and Mexico is

Tomorrow I’ll work on the international version. Then I need to get the Goodreads librarians to add it to my list, and merge both editions into one.

If everything works out well, tomorrow I’ll tell you what this story is about and update my “about me” page.

Don’t forget those early downloads are important. This includes the borrows from the library and the Kindle Unlimited program. (Of course, if you’re one of my regulars, I’ll give the darned thing to you if you ask.)

* Lisa is the main character in Wild Concept. She’s a robot and helps me around the Writing Cabin these days. She’s also the spokes model for Entertaining Stories.


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29 responses to “Two seconds after my last post, WOW is live.

  1. YAY! Woo Hoo! and Yippie Skippy to you! I ust visited you in Amazon, and you look great! I absolutely LOVE the blurb! If I could write LOVE in 48 font here, that’s what you’d get. (Did you send the link to the fisherman who took the photo? Do you think he’d even recognize that as his photo anymore?) Congratulations, Craig! I’m SO happy for you! ❤ *HUG*


  2. Congratulations! This is great.

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  3. Yay! Yes, she does deserve that raise and she’s looking pretty cool today. Congrats! How exciting 🙂 ❤


  4. Reblogged this on S.K. Nicholls and commented:
    Will O’ the Wisp is LIVE!


  5. The Storyteller

    Hey, I’ve nominated you for the Daydreamer award! You can check out my blog for the rules and your challenge, should you choose to accept it… 🙂


  6. I just read the comment above. The Daydreamer Award– no one deserves it more, Craig. Great story, especially now that I know what a Will O’ the Wisp is. 🙂


  7. E.x.c.i.t.i.n.g. Congratulations. Woo hoo.


  8. Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere and commented:
    Big debut here.


  9. Woohoo!!! I hopped over to Amazon, grabbed my Kindle copy and posted my review for you. See you on Thursday on my blog. In the meantime, congrats, and thanks for another entertaining post. I need to get a paranormal office!


  10. Sounds like a great day, even if you had to do almost everything twice.


    • Computers, what are you going to do. I ran out the international version this morning. I anticipate a problem with Amazon, but hope to be pleasantly surprised. I’ll know it about 10.6 hours.


  11. Congratulations! Woo hoo!


  12. Reblogged this on sarahlouiseclark's Blog and commented:
    Great writer


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