A Hearty Twin Cedars Ranch Welcome to new subscribers that signed up at Con Nooga!
Spring is on its way! We made it through February! I'm ready for some porch-sitting days!
Con Nooga Recap
Con Nooga 2022 was a blast! We met a lot of great people (including new authors and vendors) and saw a lot of awesome costumes. Attendees had a great time being out and about. We reunited with a lot of our local con folks and made new friends. We introduced our new role-playing products (see photo below) and took some custom orders for our dice trays. We sold quite a few books as well. It was a great debut for us at Con Nooga, and we hope to be back next year!
The Times They Are A-Changin'
For those areas that observe it, Daylight Savings Time begins in the USA at 2 AM on March 13! More info at TimeAndDate web site, which is a useful site for researching time zones, calendars, astronomical events, and more!
Both authors & readers of ebooks will enjoy this news. EBook publishing services SmashWords & Draft2Digital closed a merger on March 1. We received the news about the merger right after the last newsletter went out. We were surprised by the announcement (and I'm usually wary of mergers), but I think this will mean good things for everyone involved.
SmashWords authors (including Twin Cedars Ranch) will have access to D2D's great self-publishing tools. D2D authors will have access to SmashWords store, which should see a facelift as part of the merger.
Twin Cedars authors have sold books on SmashWords since our founding, so we will definitely stay in the shop and continue to use its distribution system to sell on other platforms (like Kobo, Scribd, Barnes & Noble, etc.). We look forward to the new D2D tools as well, including their UBL (Universal Book Link), which should make it easier to lead people to our books. These changes will take place over time, but we're ready to take advantage of them!
If you're an indie author looking for new platforms, check them out. You can find more information on the merger on D2D's blog here.
Speaking of SmashWords... it's time for their annual Read an EBook Sale! From March 6 - 12, 2002, check out hundreds of free and deeply discounted ebooks in their store. We'll have some titles on sale there as well. Direct links to our books on that site are in the sales links later in the newsletter. If you're looking for some good reads for Spring Break, check it out and tank up!
Dice Trays were our most popular leather item at Con Nooga. We even had several custom orders for special laser-engraved images!
They are now available on our site!
Just $40 for trays without engraving. There's a $5 charge for engraving from our list of images or a $10 charge for custom images. Order yours today at Twin Cedars Ranch!
Dice Chests start at $60 for small untooled ones. There's a small upcharge for larger ones and for tooling (like dragonscale). Pictured here are our purple (large) and green (small) dragonscale chests.
The other day I needed to do something in Excel that I hadn't had to do in a very long time (create a drop down list). I'm well-versed in Excel, but I was having a brain-cramp over this particular chore. When I "asked the Internet", How-To Geek answered!
How-To Geek is an online technology magazine that covers a wide range of topics, from step-by-step guides to solving a specific problem (like my Excel issue) to the features of the latest Windows upgrade. It's a popular site, linked to by other major news sites. In fact, it is considered one of the top 500 web sites in the US. Articles are written in a clear and easy to comprehend style for the average reader. They state on their "About Us" page that they are wholly owned and are never paid to endorse particular products.
Check out the titles of some recent articles:
What's New in Chrome 99
Why Is a Mac Called a Mac?
How to Stream Every Batman Movie in 2022
How to Find Your Lost Android Phone
Apple March 2022 Event: How to Watch & What to Expect
How to Send Automatic Replies in GMail
I've bookmarked the site. They're right handy to have around!
All titles available for purchase as signed paperbacks from our website. Paperbacks are also available on Amazon. EBooks are available at major retailers including Amazon, SmashWords, and Barnes & Noble.
K. T. Hunter's Books
The Nemo Paradox
Book 1: 20 Million Leagues Over the Sea
Go on a steampunk adventure! A combined sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas and The War of the Worlds. Join the crew of the Thunder Child's Fury as they take the fight back to Mars.
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