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

How to market young adult fiction and get your book in front of teen readers

After years of helping authors design, publish and market their books, in 2016 I’m focused on publishing my own young adult fiction. Since I’m building a network of powerful young adult book blogs and review sites, I wanted to share my platform with other young adult authors who are having difficulty getting visibility or connecting with teen readers. I’ll also ... Read More »

How to publish a book in 2016 (and make it a bestseller)

It’s a new year! In 2015 I decided to focus on my writing, and this month I’m gearing up to launch my first fiction. I’ve been posting a lot of advanced Amazon hacking and guerrilla book marketing stuff on my blog, but I realized that’s too much for people who are still struggling to finish their first book, get it ... Read More »

8 lies authors tell themselves about book marketing that I’m sick of hearing

This post has a lot of vulgar swearing in it. It’s a new year, I’m purging my frustrations. Whenever I meet new people, I tend to find out pretty quickly that they want to write a book, start an online business, or sell more art. That’s great, I think, I can totally help them to do that. So I start ... Read More »

Groundbreaking new feature allows authors to use Facebook advertising much more effectively in 2016!

Just found out from K-lytics that Facebook advertising has changed and become SO much more effective for book marketing. Previously, authors could only set interests, and Facebook would advertise to anyone with any of those interests. But that means you’re shotgunning your ad out to everyone, even though they might, for example, love Romance Novels but hate Vampire Literature. You’d be hoping ... Read More »

How readers find your book (increasing your Amazon page visibility in Google Search with keywords)

Two things I’m taking very seriously right now, are Amazon search results and Google search results for my upcoming novel. There are lots of ways to add keywords into your Amazon page, to increase the chances that someone on Amazon will discover your book, but it’s also crucial to Google your keywords and see what pops up. When I search for ... Read More »

Contest results and winners!

It’s all over! I’m going to list the contest results and winners here. Incidentally, these were the most popular items, and how many people entered to win: Book lamps (1363) Book pillows (1358) Antique typewriter (1623) Tea pot (1476) So if you’re looking for good gifts for writers, those are safe bets. I added in some links below in case ... Read More »

How to get more people to your craft fair or book fair with targeted Facebook advertising

Tomorrow there are a couple of events going on. My mom has a local craft fair in Tigard. There’s also an indie author meetup in Portland, but few people have signed up to attend (at least on Facebook). Then there’s the “Crafty Wonderland” – a massive arts and crafts show in Portland. If you’re involved in an event, even if you’re ... Read More »

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