Indie Rambles #11 – Tips for Virgins

Getting back into studying Indie publishing, I picked up one of my favorite books, The Naked Truth about Self Publishing by 10 NYT Bestselling authors (Jana DeLeon,Tina Folsom,Colleen Gleason, Jane Graves, Denise Grover Swank, Liliana Hart, Debra Holland, Dorien Kelly, Theresa Ragan and Jasinda Wilder.)

naked truth

Yes, the cover is hot.

All books on “going Indie” cover the basics in their own way, but this one makes me giggle all the way through.

Leave it to Romance writers. Ten NY times bestselling authors to be exact (who btw include a PhD in Counseling Psychology, a Marketing MBA and an attorney). They conceived the idea for this book in a hot tub at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun Mexico.

Check out the first nine (of 39) chapter titles:

Tips for Virgins

by Teresa Ragan – a concise introduction to getting started


by Dorien Kelly – for traditionally published writers who are considering self-publishing

Breaking Up is Hard to Do 

by Jane Graves – examines issues related to leaving traditional publishing

Conquering the Bottom Before You Can Be On the Top

by Denise Grover Swank – writing a business plan

Pimping Yourself Out

by Colleen Gibson – marketing and publicity

The Art of Seduction

by Lillian Hart – Social Media and Marketing

Street Walkers

by Lillian Hart – organizing a street team

Taking it in the Back Door

by Lillian Hart – navigating algorithms, categories and keywords

Author Threesomes and More

by Jana Deleon- author support groups

Clearly, this book deserves more than one post. More next week.

What about you? Do you have a favorite Indie book?


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Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest stories are in the Gambling Ghosts Series: A Highland Ghost for Christmas, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day, Confessions of a Pirate Ghost and The Biker Ghost Meets his Match. An anthology of the novellas will be coming out this summer. Currently she is working on Midnight Magic, A Ghost & Abby Mystery, the first book in a spin-off series from her Viking ghost story. Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, playing Mah Jong and drinking good coffee. You can chat with her on social media: You can find all her links on her website -

3 thoughts on “Indie Rambles #11 – Tips for Virgins”

  1. I just bought the book. That alone speaks to the importance of titles and branding. The titles were funny and writers such as Jana Deleone are like brands. I trust them to give me a good read,

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