launchThe past few days have been a whirlwind of ebook formatting, and I haven’t taken the time to keep up the idea of a regular “diary” here, so I’ll just plunge in with a countdown from where I am.

3. New Cover

Since the last post, I came up with a final ebook cover that spoke “this is it” (after several trial versions)”

Oscar's Gift ebook coverI wanted the cover to capture several aspects of the story and the characters: farming and breaking ground for a new life; Oscar Micheaux’s film career; a still shot from The Great Train Robbery, which Oscar describes to Tomas. An e-cover is often different from the paperback cover, in my case for a couple of reasons: 1) The ebook image needs to be able to stand out as a thumbnail (which my paperback cover doesn’t do as well), and 2) I used CreateSpace’s cover creator tool to design the paperback cover, and the only electronic version I have access to isn’t of high enough resolution to use for other purposes. I used Paint to make the ebook cover.

2. Ebook Now Available

Oscar’s Gift is now available as an ebook on Amazon.

1. Limited-Time Free Copy!

Finally, another advantage of publishing on Smashwords is that it allows me to offer coupons for discounts as well as free copies! As a thank you to this blog’s readers, from now until the end of Thursday, August 18th, 2011 (GMT California time), you can order a FREE copy of Oscar’s Gift in the e-format of your choice from Smashwords. Just enter the code VM64S before completing checkout. And, if you enjoy the book, I would greatly appreciate your recommendations to friends or a review on Goodreads, Amazon, etc.

Blast Off!