Author Archives: Derek Murphy

I help authors and artists turn their passions into full-time businesses, make a bigger impact, and blaze a luminous trail of creative independence. Right now I'm in Taiwan finishing a PHD in Literature, writing several books, and managing a handful of online businesses. Find me

A simple 10-step book launch plan you can easily use to outrank bestselling authors.

I tend to go overboard with my courses and tutorials, and am trying to simplify.  Today I’m at the San Francisco writer’s conference and I keep finding myself repeating my book launch formula to authors. I told one writer, “Authors don’t like book marketing because they think it means telling strangers about your book.” She said, “But that’s what book ... Read More »

The #1 mistake self-publishing authors make with their book marketing

This isn’t actually a huge deal, but my recent book on book marketing isn’t doing so well (ranking at around 5ok). But that’s embarrassing because books about book marketing should do well, right? I mean, if it’s a good book and they guy knows about book marketing, it should be smoking! But that’s not true, because, as I point out ... Read More »

How to disable page flip in Kindle ebooks (without Vellum)

  Last year I reported on how Kindle’s new page-flip feature might be screwing up earnings for authors in KU. Since then, things have improved somewhat for some authors, while others are still seeing fishy things happen with their page reads. So how do you disable page reads for your book altogether so you can stop worrying about it? Many authors have ... Read More »

Not all marketing is spam (and not all spam is marketing)

This week a few issues have brought up an issue that needs mentioning. I think there’s a reluctance in high-brow literary circles towards money, or marketing, or sales. Many indie authors talk about craft or quality but hate the idea of marketing their books. “Profit” is not the intended result of writing and publishing, for many authors, even traditionally published ... Read More »

Writing for market is not selling out (how to write books that sell)

For the past year, authors have been skeptical of the way I’m writing and marketing my books. They are skeptical of giving away my books for free, which I’ve done, and also trying to write and publish books quickly that satisfy a particular market. There are reasons for their skepticism, but they are mostly based on the romantic ideology that ... Read More »

Digital nomad hotspots of 2017 (the best places to live cheap while you’re building your business)

I’m trying to find the best places to hang out, write novels and rub shoulders with digital nomads. We’ll probably head down to Medellin soon, back to Portland for the summer, and Portugal this fall (then Asia early next year). In the meantime I want to write 10 novels.   European Hubs Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Barcelona   Asian Hubs Chiang ... Read More »

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