Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 - A Writer's Journey - #Authors #ScienceFiction & #Romance

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:   Only 99c
Grand Master’s Game:
Grand Master’s Mate:

You can sample my style and the world of the Grand Masters in the FREE short story Gifts of Jangalore:

Also, for Valentine’s Day, I published a short story set on Mars in the near future.
Lonely Hearts on Mars:


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:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134 Free in Kindle Store

A Tale of Two Colonies

Second Best:
Grand Master’s Pawn:   
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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

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

I participate regularly in two groups where writers exchange snippets of their work each weekend.
Weekend Writing Warriors -
Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday -

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.

Media links:

Year End Bargains - 99c for First in Series and two Novellas - See details in:

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