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

Not all marketing is spam (and not all spam is marketing)

This week a few issues have brought up an issue that needs mentioning. I think there’s a reluctance in high-brow literary circles towards money, or marketing, or sales. Many indie authors talk about craft or quality but hate the idea of marketing their books. “Profit” is not the intended result of writing and publishing, for many authors, even traditionally published ... Read More »

Writing for market is not selling out (how to write books that sell)

For the past year, authors have been skeptical of the way I’m writing and marketing my books. They are skeptical of giving away my books for free, which I’ve done, and also trying to write and publish books quickly that satisfy a particular market. There are reasons for their skepticism, but they are mostly based on the romantic ideology that ... Read More »

Digital nomad hotspots of 2017 (the best places to live cheap while you’re building your business)

I’m trying to find the best places to hang out, write novels and rub shoulders with digital nomads. We’ll probably head down to Medellin soon, back to Portland for the summer, and Portugal this fall (then Asia early next year). In the meantime I want to write 10 novels.   European Hubs Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Barcelona   Asian Hubs Chiang ... Read More »

I missed my Kindle preorder window… so Guerrilla Publishing is free!

I really thought I was going to make it this time. I put my book Guerrilla Publishing up for preorder a few months ago but haven’t had time to work on it. But I pulled things together in the last few days, was *mostly* finished editing it, and tried to upload it with 4 minutes left to go. Unfortunately, it ... Read More »

How to do a newsletter swap to reach more readers (and sell more books)

This is my first year of publishing fiction – so I concentrated on building a big list and was very careful with what I shared. However, now that I’m focused on my books generating income, I’m prepared to promote other (talented) authors in my genre to my list, in exchange with them promoting my books to their list. This is ... Read More »

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