My journey in self-publishing began in the Spring of 2014. Today, after a year and a half as a published author, I am reflecting on my progress in 2015.
My major accomplishment was completing the Grand Master’s Trilogy. This series is the longest and most complex I have written so far.
The best description comes from a 5 star review:
“Exciting and vivid sci fi/fantasy/adventure, grounded in real emotions and fully realized characters, Aurora Springer's GRAND MASTER'S PAWN (Book One of the Grand Master's Trilogy) is a wonderful read, even for those who might not usually read novels in this genre. (I'm one of those, and I truly enjoyed it!) Give yourself a treat and join courageous, psychically bonded lovers Violet and Athanor on their amazing adventures!“
Grand Master’s Pawn: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TP1N5PM Only 99c
Grand Master’s Game: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0104OFJJ8
Grand Master’s Mate: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018EHAA7S
You can sample my style and the world of the Grand Masters in the FREE short story Gifts of Jangalore: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R0AIG36
Also, for Valentine’s Day, I published a short story set on Mars in the near future.
Lonely Hearts on Mars: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T0TOZYO
Promotions and Marketing
I run promotions regularly of FREE and 99c eBooks. A couple of promotions of my Free eBooks reached the top ranks in subcategories on Amazon.
Best to date:
A Tale of Two Colonies: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MFY8A5Q
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134 Free in Kindle Store
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Exploration
Read my summary here - http://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2015/10/can-free-promotions-help-indie-authors.html
Grand Master’s Pawn: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TP1N5PM
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Science Fiction
Social Media and Events
After resolving to increase the number of followers on my twitter account @AuroraSpringer, I now have over 3000 followers, starting from about 100 last January. My tweets and RTs are partly automated thanks to valuable advice from Effrosyni Moschoudi at http://effrosyniwrites.com/2015/10/22/twitter-lists-and-roundteam-explained/
Facebook Author Page
Thanks to several cooperative groups, my Facebook Author Page has acquired over 400 likes.
Science Fiction Romance Brigade: This year I continued to participate in the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, where I have made several friends and learned about the genre. We showcase our work every month in a Blog Hop.
I was accepted as a member of the supportive eNovelAuthorsatWork group for Indie Authors and learned a variety of techniques for promoting my books. Members of this group help by tweeting and sharing each other’s book promotions. Much of their advice is presented in http://enovelauthorsatwork.com/
I participate regularly in two groups where writers exchange snippets of their work each weekend.
Weekend Writing Warriors - www.wewriwa.com
Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday - http://scififansat.blogspot.com/
My blog lists my novels, connections and some free resources for Indie Authors. You can read samples of my writing at my blog. I host guest posts from other authors and some posts have achieved over 1000 hits in a week.
Year End Bargains - 99c for First in Series and two Novellas - See details in:
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