If you’ve been following my blog for a while you have a pretty good idea about how much work releasing a self-published book is. The writing, endless revisions, layout, cover design, marketing, etc. In addition to all those steps, you run the risk of mistakes happening at every step in the process.
First, the good news.
I got the proof copy of Ephemera in the mail today!
Now for the not-so-good news.
The publisher somehow erased the first part of the Bitcoin private key that was embedded in the manuscript. The text was there in the preview before uploading the manuscript to Amazon but got erased/deleted somehow before it went to print. After breaking out in a cold sweat and channeling my late father with a few of his favorite expletives (sonnuva #$%&!).
I p-a-u-s-e-d, took a deep breath, and regrouped my thoughts.
Luckily, the rest of the key is there and I’m thrilled to say the book looks even better in person than it did online (thanks Lubosh!).
I’ve decided to do this…
Those who sign up for my Author Newsletter prior to June 18th will have the missing clue, that isn’t in the book, delivered directly to their email inbox on the day of the launch. This will give you a head start over the the rest of my readership. Everything else you need to find the remainder of the private key will be in the book itself.
Here is the link to order the book ahead of the official launch date. I’m only posting this link to purchase the book on Hive and on none of my other social media outlets prior to Monday, June 14th.
I’ve lived long enough to realize there are such things as “happy accidents” in life and this is one of those instances. This mistake will be an insurance policy against someone ordering the book before the official launch date and claiming the prize of 0.00840000 Bitcoin.
Recap (TLDR version)
- The official launch date of Ephemera will be Friday, June 18th (which happens to be my 50th birthday);
- The manuscript contains the private key to a wallet containing 0.00840000 Bitcoin;
- The 1st clue is “52”;
- Sign up for my Author Newsletter for the clue missing from the manuscript to be sent to your inbox on the official launch date. Don't forget to click the confirmation link in the email you receive afterwards.;
- Order A Copy of Ephemera for the remainder of the clues; and
- Reminder: Once the private key is found immediately transfer the Bitcoin to another wallet as anyone else who finds the key can access the coins;
- Only one (1) prize is available;
- Wallet address is HERE; and
- Contest Sponsor is not responsible for lost coins or for helping contestants transfer the coins once they find the private key (see below for general instructions).
Redeeming bitcoins and withdrawing funds
The best way to redeem the bitcoins from a private key is to use the "sweep" feature of certain wallet software. This sends the entire balance of the paper wallet to a deterministic wallet. Alternatively the private key could be imported and the entire balance sent to an address in the wallet.
There are various wallets for doing this:
- Electrum and Mycelium support sweeping private keys.
- Bitcoin Core supports the RPC call "importprivkey" for this purpose. See How to import private keys in Bitcoin Core 0.7+
- BlockChain.info and Armory can also import them directly into wallets.
I believe humans learn best by doing. I also believe that Bitcoin and some other cryptocurrencies are a path to true personal freedom, quite possibly some of the last ones left. It's my hope that this little gift of Bitcoin will not only introduce new people to cryptocurrency but help them to understand it on a deeper level. 0.00840000 Bitcoin is only worth around $300 USD at today's price but, chances are, it could be worth much more in the future. I've enjoyed putting this contest together nearly as much as I enjoyed writing the book. I wish you all good luck and thanks so much for your continued support!
All for now.
Eric Vance Walton
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