My book immediately became available on the CreateSpace's eStore, which I found from comments by other writers turns out to be impossible to find using a Google search. Really what good is an eStore if you can't get a bite from Google? Not much.
There's a reason for this. Why would CreateSpace compete with its mother ship, Amazon? That's why in five to seven business days — as early as Nov. 8 — "Counting Crows" will pop up on Amazon's website for sale. It will also show up in Europe. Yes, I can see the French hitting the buy button.
I ordered 230 books (CreateSpace is sending me 20 free copies). My order will be in hand by Nov. 20 and we will be off to the races. Well, sort of. Next week I will start to line up book signings at Inklings bookstore in Yakima and at two of my favorites wineries, Kana and Naches Heights. Starbucks even wants to hold a book-signing event. Vino and espresso — now that's an attractive combination.
Now the next task for me is to come up with a catchy phrase to inscribe inside the book's jacket. "With Warm Regards" doesn't work for me. "Keep Smiling" rings hollow. "Your Friend" has its limits.
Maybe I will just go with "Spencer" inked in sweeping letters. The problem is I think I've used up all my good phrases in the book. I wonder if John Updike ever faced this dilemma? I doubt it.