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 turn your book into a Powerpoint, Image Quotes and YouTube video for book marketing glory (for under $100)

I’ve known I needed to be using SlideShare for some time, but haven’t mustered the motivation to complete the labor intensive task of making Powerpoint presentations. If you’ve never heard of SlideShare, it’s like YouTube for Powerpoints. It’s automatically connected with LinkedIn, so you can publish your presentation to your LinkedIn profile. And you can multiply the powerful book marketing ... Read More »

Book Cover Secrets that help authors Sell More Books (Video!)

Earlier this year I spoke at the Author Marketing Live conference in Cleveland about book cover design and book marketing. Today Jim at AMC sent me the video – which is not publicly listed and not supposed to be given away for free – but he’s letting me share it with you. I’m an awkward, self-conscious speaker, but there’s 45 ... Read More »

Do we live in a post-plagiarism word?

Today I read two articles. The first is the plagiarism case indie author Rachel Ann Nunes raised against Tiffanie Rushton, an elementary school teacher. Tiffanie allegedly took Rachel’s self-published book, added some sex scenes and republished it as her own. Rachel has already spent $20,000 in court fees and is using PRweb.com to get the word out so she can raise $100,000 ... Read More »

What do you think about Medium’s writing contest for Nanowrimo authors

Just saw this on Twitter: Medium is appealing to Nanowrimo authors to boost traffic. That in itself isn’t a big deal. Around 400,000 writers participated in Nanowrimo this year. That’s an easy, clear target. I appealed to some of the same target with my 30 covers in one day stunt. And we put out a free book on self-editing over ... Read More »

How to hack your way to the top of any Amazon bestseller category with free and cheap books

I keep telling people to make their books free, followed by 99cents, and they keep ignoring me. So here’s a short case study to show how freaking effective pricing hacks can be for dominating Amazon.   Take a look at #2 up there, the “Feel Good Myth.” Prime real estate you couldn’t even buy – top of the bestseller lists, ... Read More »

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