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 set your book for presale on iBooks, Kindle and Smashwords (and why you should)

Tonight I had a chance to sit down with Mark Coker of Smashwords, and he convinced me to put the books I’m working on for sale as preorders. Although I’ve heard Mark talk about preorders before, I wasn’t planning on using preorders as part of my marketing plan. This article is about what changed my mind, why preorders might be ... Read More »

How I got 8500+ new readers on my email list in 1 week with KingSumo and Rafflecopter (giveaways for authors)

Update: I got about 20,000 new subscribers this month running giveaways. I also got about 10,000 new likes and followers on social media. They aren’t cheap, but they are soooo powerful. Now I’m using giveaways to drive book launches and get more book reviews… I’ll post more on that later. This month I’ve been playing around with contests using Rafflecopter ... Read More »

What’s the difference between book serials and a series of books, and what’s best for marketing and sales?

For about a year (or more) I’ve been blogging about all the cool things I’m going to do to market my books, but haven’t had the chance to try any of them yet because I’m still working on the writing. The main thing everybody says to do is write a series. Other people are writing serials. Some authors get confused ... Read More »

You’re not Special (And You Totally Missed the Point of The Lego Movie)

There’s a lot of things I could say about the Lego Movie (2014). It’s a perfect representation of the hero’s journey, pulled so closely from contemporary remixes (Tron, the Matrix) to seem like every movie at once. The hero, like all good heroes, is young and untested. Foolish, an outcast, alone. His motivation is merely to make friends and be ... Read More »

A Defense of #amwriting (and NaNoWriMo)

I published this last year on Medium but since it’s almost November again… I recently found out about the “War on #amwriting” while researching for a tattoo befitting someone involved in publishing, that announces to the world what I do.A Defense of #amwriting (and NaNoWriMo)  I chose this one…it’s pretentious enough to make me self-conscious until I work my ass ... Read More »

5 resources to help you crush Nanowrimo in 2015

Nanowrimo is coming! Whether or not you’ve participated before, it’s a wonderful chance to focus on your writing. It’s fun to commit yourself to writing 50,000 words in a month. It proves to you that you can do it, and that writing is just about adding more words everyday. The problem with Nanowrimo is that, after it’s over, you’ll probably ... Read More »

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