Indie Rambles #12 – More About the Naked Truth

naked truthI promised to write more about 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.). Here is my post.

The book is full of insightful and useful information for Indie writer/publishers. So full, it’s hard to whittle it down to three nuggets to share.

But I did. My three favorite quotes are below.

One – re: Promotion

“Make it easy for people to one-click you.” (page 57) Think about that.

Two – re: Keywords

“…keywords are more important than categories. If you choose your keywords wisely, you’re actually opening yourself up to be included in more categories” (page 73)

“…keywords are not set in stone….If you start seeing a lag in sales then go in and readjust your keywords to whatever happens to be trending (as long as it fits your book).” (p. 74)

Three – re: Playing the Algorithms

“Amazon works on a 30 day, 60 day, 90 day release schedule…which means once you publish your three to five titles [they recommend you start with] you have to keep feeding the beast. So you have 90 days from your first uploads…before your rankings take a dive and you fall into oblivion.(page 70)


Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

2 thoughts on “Indie Rambles #12 – More About the Naked Truth”

  1. Well, don’t we just love Amazon. Well, we do really. It’s opened a whole world for authors, but the numbers stuff makes me nuts! You do the most amazing job of summarizing, Jo-Ann! Thanks for sharing this.


    1. Hi Marsha
      Yes, love is a many splendid thing. Lol. Every time I read about their algorithms I go cross eyed. Scary stuff. Had to share.
      Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing. You rock.


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