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.

The #1 self-promotion RULE for the indie authors and artists (Finding your market)

Are you a creative person trying to get people to pay more attention to your work? Do you hate promoting yourself, and arent’ sure how to begin marketing? The #1 rule here on Creativindie is: make something people want. The reason this rule is so important, is that most authors and artists blithely ignore it. “Isn’t making what people want …

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9 amazing things I learned from the 2013 World Domination Summit (and some life-changing resources I can’t believe I didn’t know about).

This weekend I attended my first ever WDS (World Domination Summit), put on by Chris Guillebeau of the Art of Non-Conformity. A lot of the lifestyle values and career goals of the group (total freedom from office hours, self-employment, personal fulfillment, making a meaningful contribution, adventure and travel, deep and meaningful relationship, self-exploration) have guided my life since I was …

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How to make your own FREE ebook cover in MS Word that will blow people away

A common piece of advice for indie authors that I hear repeated strenuously is this: “DON’T make your own book cover in Microsoft Word!” Why? Because it’s almost certain to be ugly. But the reason that authors even attempt it, is because Word is probably a program they already know how to use and have installed. A serious graphics software …

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How to use your book cover and subtitle to hook the right readers and sell more books.

Sometimes the cover design process focuses too much on what looks good and feels right – this is especially true for indie authors who want to represent their story with accuracy. But try not to forget, the cover has ONE job – to sell the book. It’s the packaging. It’s the glossy picture of a Big Mac that doesn’t really …

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BEWARE: The Sandos Mexican Timeshare Scam (Should you trust strangers when you travel?)

Recently I spent a few months in Mexico, culminating in a week-long stay at the all-inclusive resort, Sandos Cancun. Part of our package deal was a mandatory time-share presentation for Royal Elite, which filled me with dread. I went in convinced I wouldn’t be sucked in, but left having spent $6000 on lots of timeshare weeks. Initially I was optimistic. …

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Createspace vs. Lightning Source: Which is better for Self-Publishing Authors?

I’ve seen versions of this debate raging around the internet for several years. The short version goes like this: 1) Lightning source produces better quality books 2) Lightning source offers more professionalism and the right kind of discounts therefore 3) Even though it’s more expensive and a pain in the ass, you should go with LS instead of Createspace because …

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Living Everywhere: Notes from Cyprus on the Life of a Digital Nomad

I’m in Paphos, Cyprus, sitting in the bar downstairs of my hotel drinking a Mojito and listening to a trance remix of “Ain’t no mountain high enough.” I had a Greek Gyro for dinner, a welcome change after nearly 3 weeks of Turkish food. Yesterday we traveled from Sanliurfa to Northern Cyprus, spent the night on the Turkish side before …

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