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

Secret Meditation for Authors and Artists: Visualization and Affirmations to Sell More Books and Paintings

Millions of people are dusting off manuscripts and cranking out self-published novels for the kindle and ipad market; and some indie authors are making hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are experiencing something of a “gold rush” of indie publishing, and everybody is desperate to sell more books. If you’re familiar with “The Secret”, positive thinking, goal setting, visualization, affirmation ... Read More »

I still don’t get it: why use thesis or genesis for your wordpress author/artist blog?

Creativindie is a good idea that I plan to explode into an enormous helpful blog for indie authors and writers; hence I’m looking for a wordpress theme that will make it user-friendly and have that “professional blogger” look that earns nearly instant credibility. If you know what I’m talking about – the clean, crisp, bold style of many pro blogger ... Read More »

What should I name my characters? How to choose names for your novel

My name is Derek, which means “leader of the people.” My sister’s name is “Terra” which means earth. Both names reflect our parents’ backgrounds, ethnicity, and popular names of the time period. When you’re choosing character names for your novel, you can pretend you’re planning out the future lives and success of your children (you are, in a sense!). Is ... Read More »

How to write a successful ending to your novel: 3 essential tips

A novel, any novel, thrives on conflict, resolution and change. You need to show readers what’s at stake, then allow it to happen. Show the characters worrying and trying to prevent things – then always let those things happen. Everything the character does makes things worse. There is conflict on every page that is believable (characters have a real motivation ... Read More »

Lightning Source Fees: Read this before you publish!

Maybe you’ve done your research and have decided that to give your book a fair shot in the competition against mainstream published books, you need to use a distributor like Lightning Source. If so, here are some tips to help you set up! 1) Make sure all your files are perfect, unimpeachable, eternal. Unfortunately, unlike Createspace where you can keep ... Read More »

Using your blog and Twitter to promote your book: tips from bestselling author John Locke

Recently I read John Locke’s kindle book, “How I sold 1 million ebooks in 5 months.” It’s well worth reading so you should check it out. Locke reveals exactly what his title promises. A few of my favorite tips are below: 1) You need to have more than one book. A complex marketing strategy to promote yourself won’t be as ... Read More »

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