Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned 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 write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.

Super easy book marketing that actually earns money

I want to give a shout out to a couple examples of great content marketing for authors I’ve seen recently. Check this out by YA author Jenetta Penner: Best YA books based on fairy tales. It’s just a list of bestselling books in her genre; and comes with a great image (probably made on Canva.com) which makes it more appealing. The image …

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14 ways to get more likes, comments, shares and engagements on Facebook

This is something I’m going to start working on, but don’t do well yet. Basically, Facebook controls who sees your content. Even if you have a lot of followers, they aren’t seeing your stuff. You can increase the visibility you get based on engagement – if people comment, like or share your posts, Facebook will automatically share your content with …

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134 publishing questions answered (the ULTIMATE resource guide on how to self-publish and market a bestselling book)

If you’re interested in publishing or self-publishing a book, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. There are so many tools, resources and services offering tips and information. How does it all work? How do you put a book together, get it out into the world, and get people to buy it? You might have questions like… How do I …

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My fiction writing

If you like mermaids, vampires, angels, zombies, revolution, Faustian motifs (the dangers of technology) and post-apocalyptic settings and scenarios, you may enjoy my fiction writing… and I want to give you some books for free. I use my fiction to experiment with guerrilla marketing tactics, but I hope they will entertain and captivate you. Here are the ones I’m working on …

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