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

How I made $18,000 in 48 hours with my first course launch (with no webinar and no affiliates)

Even though I don’t consider myself an expert at doing online courses, I did pretty well with my first one. So this is an (epic) case study explaining everything I did to make 5-figures with my first course launch – without any affiliates promoting it for me, and without doing any webinars. I hope it will be useful for anyone else thinking ... Read More »

How to build and grow an email list (my recommended email subscription service + free course on email marketing)

Whether you’re an author, artist or entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard “the money is in the list.” Building your email list gives you direct access to your clients, customers and fanbase. For the past several years I’ve used Mailchimp, and I continue to do so despite it’s problems (which I’ll discuss down below). I usually recommend it to authors because I ... Read More »

How to win Nanowrimo – 8 tips for smashing success!

It’s almost November, which means Nanowrimo (national novel writing month) is coming. The rules are simple – start and finish 50,000 words of a new project in 30 days. Although it’s supposed to be fiction, many people use the momentum for non-fiction or to edit previous projects. As I mentioned in this article I wrote for the Nanowrimo blog, “Why ... Read More »

How to discover your personal strengths and apply them to your brand and business

Since I started Creativindie I’ve been running it as a personal blog. Sure I try to get some traffic, and want people to sign up on my list, and maybe eventually hire me or buy something… but it’s been sloppy and haphazard. However, since I’ve decided I want to be writing fiction full-time, that means I need to stop working ... Read More »

If your Kindle Unlimited page reads suddenly tanked, it’s probably because of this…

In several groups this week, a lot of my author friends started reporting worst-ever months and a drastic drop in income due to a sudden drop in page reads. For authors in Kindle Unlimited, page reads could often be as much as half the income generated from Amazon Kindle. Today, I saw a *hypothetical* explanation that seems on-point. Amy Hopkins ... Read More »

Why Amazon is deleting book reviews: understanding Amazon’s new review policy and how to get back deleted reviews

Amazon has been deleting reviews for a long time. Making sure reviews are honest and trustworthy is important for their business; so they delete reviews from friends, family members and anyone they think has a personal relationship with you. However a few days ago they made a big announcement: people will no longer be able to give a free or ... Read More »

The creative war between writers and editors (and how to call a ceasefire)

I recently watched the movie “Genius” – which is about Thomas Wolfe and the editor who got him into print. The topic is a fascinating one, something I’ve discussed in previous posts, but fleshed out in more romantic detail in the movie. In short: “genius” is the pure, uncivilized, manic, raw, passionate energy that produces the work. The book belongs ... Read More »

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