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

Bestselling book launch tactics for fiction authors (Q/A chat)

Today I chatted with Michelle Madow and Leia Stone about their recent book launches – since we all launched a book on 1/26th, it’s been fun to see how our different marketing choices, platform and audience has impact the success of our books.   Here’s a list of topics we cover: Pricing – free, 99cents, 2.99? Summary description (keywords, categories) ... Read More »

Why using Kickstarter to crowdsource your book (fundraising for authors) is a bad idea

I used Kickstarter on my first non-fiction book. I very barely succeeded raising less than $1000. Here is how it works: you basically promise a copy of the book and any extras. You give bigger/more fun prizes depending on donation amount (these aren’t really “donations” – people expect to get something in return). You can include personal stuff like “10 ... Read More »

Why preorders killed my book launch (and other lessons I learned marketing my first fiction)

Free book launch cheatsheet: This was my first ever book launch, and I’ve learned SO much since then… click here to download my companion workbook for the Guerrilla Publishing book… it has all my best book marketing strategies and some step by step book launch timelines you can use.   Firstly – this isn’t actually my first book or book launch, ... Read More »

Facebook marketing for authors (why getting more “likes” is a waste of time)…

One of the things I see a lot of authors doing, is asking people to “like” their Facebook page. That’s an immense waste of effort. First – you’re asking for a favor, something you should never do. Even if it’s “I’ll like your page if you like mine.” Second – getting other random authors or friends to like your page ... Read More »

Are you making this huge mistake with your author website? (Choosing a tagline that attracts your readers)

I made a big mistake with my author website, which I rectify in this video: I chose a “clever” tagline for my website that wasn’t clear, didn’t have any keywords, and didn’t offer my ideal readers the benefits they’re looking for. In this video I talk about branding, keywords, search visibility, getting and keeping traffic, and making sure you’re offering ... Read More »

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