Author Archives: Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors build profitable publishing platforms. Find me

Kindle Direct Publishing paperback option is (nearly) unusable, stick with Createspace for print on demand

Recently I decided to change titles of my book; doing so with the Kindle version was easy, but you can’t change titles on Createspace (because it’s linked with an ISBN number) so I thought I’d try moving the print version to KDP instead. I’ve tried KDP’s paperback option several times but have always given up in frustration… nevertheless I tried ... Read More »

Createspace vs. Lightning Source Print Quality BATTLE (comparison)

I asked illustrator Jessica Warrick to help me out testing print quality between Lightning Source and Createspace for her new book, 50 Happy Things. Previously, I’ve always heard that LS has slightly better print quality, but I haven’t recommended it because it’s a pain to work with and the assumed benefits aren’t really worth it.   HOWEVER, in this side-by-side ... Read More »

How to write a blurb that hooks readers and converts to book sales

I’ve been doing more research for one of my books that isn’t selling well. I used K-lytics to get the data for the teen and young adult category. http://k-lytics.com/teen-young-adult/ They list all the bestsellers of the genre, keywords, categories, etc – you could do the research yourself but I like the easy format they provide. I read through the 100 ... Read More »

Best writing retreats for 2017 & 2018

  2017 The Creative Writers’ Workshop Memoir Workshop Who is it for? The workshop is for those who wish to tap into their life experiences and memories, turning their life incidents into a creative memoir. Participants will receive feedback and excellent help from Book Writing Coach & Author Irene Graham. When and where? October 13-14, 2017. Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, ... Read More »

How to organize and run a writing retreat (that actually makes money) + 4 things you didn’t know about me

Last year I shared a castle with some writer friends for Nanowrimo and got featured in CNN. We’ve decided we like living in castles and want to do more of it. Specifically, I love how effective I can be with someone when I’m actually in the same room, and can really dig deep and focus on helping them improve their ... Read More »

15 author website examples and critique

It’s really hard to describe how to make a great author website, so I made a video critiquing 15 real-life examples. These aren’t *perfect* author websites, but they are representative of the type of websites most authors have. If you watch the whole video, you’ll learn a lot about setting up a website for authors. However: None of it really matters ... Read More »

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