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

Why every author needs a virtual assistant (how to outsource your book marketing)

Recently I wrote a post about how it doesn’t make sense for me to market your books for you (or even hire virtual assistants to help you do it). But that doesn’t mean VA’s aren’t crazy useful, if you hire your own. Authors always complain about book marketing because they just want to focus on their writing; and it’s true, ... Read More »

107 inspirational AirBNB rentals you can use for a magical writing retreat

Starting next year, when I finish my PhD in literature, I’ll be truly location independent and writing full-time. One of the biggest productivity hacks I’ve found is to put myself in beautiful and inspiring environments (that are mostly distraction free). While some argue they can “write from anywhere” – I’m a firm believer in what Cal Newport calls the “grand gesture” ... Read More »

The $500 book launch roadmap that will help you sell your first 5000 copies

I’m finally getting ready to start building the 21 Day Author Platform, a step-by-step process of building a profitable author platform in just three weeks. So I put together this roadmap/infographic that outlines the whole process. I might be making a “prepublishing checklist” or something like that too – but a lot of people have been asking me for a ... Read More »

If you can’t write, teach (aka, writing coaches are full of shit)

Today someone involved with a prestigious writing retreat requested to join my Facebook group, then immediately spammed us with a last chance offer to join an expensive online writing course. Technically, she was offering something that could have appealed to writers, so I felt bad for deleting the post, but on the other hand… you don’t join a Facebook group ... Read More »

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