Free books and some other useful things…

Thanks for joining my email list! If you don’t know who I am, please browse around my site a bit: I mainly help people publish and market their books, or start creative online businesses quickly that make money right away.

I’ll send a few emails soon that will set you down the right path to creative independence (creating stuff that people buy so that you don’t ever have to work again).

But I won’t annoy you every few days; I only write if I have something big going on. Sometimes I give away free vacations, free book design packages or other valuable stuff. I’ll also let you know when I develop new tools or resources to help you publish better or faster, but those take months to develop.

I’m working on a couple major book projects that I think you’ll like, but I’ve also been cranking out shorter, practical guides. For now, here are some of the books I’ve written (free for you – they’re also for sale at Amazon).

Book Marketing is Dead

Book Marketing is Dead


I recently redid Book Marketing is Dead (2016) but only put the new version on Amazon HERE. You can download it for free with these links, but it’s the older version (2014).

Download the book: PDF VERSION | KINDLE

It’s mostly the same though, so you’re not missing much – I’ll be putting out a couple new books/courses on marketing soon. If you like it, please review.


How to Write, Format, Publish, Promote…


This is a basic crash course on self-publishing…I cover a lot of ground, and it’s free – but you should also check out thisGuide to Surviving the Self-Publishing Gauntlet.

Download the book: PDF VERSION | KINDLE

Book cover design secrets that sell more books


This is a collection of the presentations I’ve given on book design at various writing conferences – however you should also check out the free video series I’ve added to

Download the book: Kindle | Epub

100 Publishing Questions Answered


I asked my audience for their biggest frustrations and problems, then answered all their questions. This is kind of an encyclopedia of publishing. Hope it helps!

Download the book: Kindle | Epub


I want to give you as much valuable stuff as I can, so I’ll be updating this page whenever I have new resources to offer.

Here’s a WP plugin I developed for this site. It’s pretty cool. (Highlight the text on this page to see it). But the Facebook part isn’t working right anymore because Facebook updated their code so that we can’t share only a selection of text. It’s still pretty great for Twitter.

Highlight and Share WP Plugin



You can download it for free.

(Just download the zip file, then upload the zip file into your WordPress dashboard under “add new plugins”).

If you want to know more about it or how to use it, visit the main plugin website.

Setting up WordPress to build your author platform and sell your book is something I know a lot about, so I may write a book or guide about that (or else develop some free themes or plugins…)


DIY Covers (make your own book cover in MS Word)

One of my major projects, DIY Covers, is focused on helping authors make professional, high quality book covers without needing a designer. Here’s a link to the page with free resources:

Right now I’m designing the world’s best online book cover creator – it’s a work in progress but when it’s up it should be an easy way to make amazing book covers.


More Resources


If you need help formatting your book for print and ebook, check out

For book editing or proofreading, visit

What else do you need help with?

Please don’t hesitate to send me an email if you’re stuck on something – setting up your WordPress site, growing your platform, publishing or marketing your book, whatever. Your questions often inspire a blog post that will help other people dealing with the same problem.

  • S. Marshall Wilson

    Thank you, Sir, for the excellent books.

  • Jennifer-Crystal Johnson

    Hi Derek,

    Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge! As an indie publisher/author/poet/editor/formatter myself (I know, the titles get to be too many to list when you wear so many hats… lol), I am ALWAYS on the lookout for more information and better ways of doing things. I’ve enjoyed your website so far and am looking forward to reading your books (although I have to finish a book cover first and it’s 10:30 at night… lol) and learning more!

    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend and thanks again for sharing your knowledge! I hope to do the same myself soon on a more one-to-many basis =).


  • Luke Morris

    Awesome, Derek! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve published nine books so far, and am working on a tenth (for NaNoWriMo), but I’ve had difficulty getting any traction or building sales. I hope you won’t be offended if I model some of my marketing strategies after yours.

  • Angela Reuss

    Thanks Derek for sharing this wealth of info! Peace, Love & Blessings!

  • TariAkpodiete

    I already bought some of these, but I’m stoked to get the rest for free. Thanks!

  • Chelsie Charbonneau

    Thank you Derek! This is very beneficial and most definitely push my abilities of writing. I have been writing so much lately, but I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere with it. All of your books would be a great start to improve and make more action into my writing. Which book do you recommend first?

  • That is so awesome! I liked your book about Cover Design Secrets that Sell Books. I will read the others too.

  • Hi Derek, thanks so much for providing valuable content. 🙂

  • Derek, you are without doubt, a force of nature, awakened at exactly the right time to serve our species at this most exciting moment in our evolution. More energy to you my helpful partner 🙂

    • Thanks! Can I share your quote? Or put it on my wall to keep me inspired? 🙂

      • Absolutely! You’ve inspired me so let the energy flow..

  • Julie Morgan

    I just downloaded your books, Derek! Thank you SO MUCH! I love being an indie, but it is not without its struggles. Thank you for what you do and keep inspiring all those around you!

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  • PhysUnknown

    “Cover Design Secrets” and “Write, Format, Publish, Promote” Kindle links seem to be bad. Files will not open after download. The Cover Design epub also will not open, and there seems to be an issue with the WFPP pdf.

  • tony archstar

    Thanks Derek! Can you share the book format details associated with your book

    How to Write, Format, Publish, Promote… You have given me the encouragement to start!

  • Pretty incredible resources. Thank you

  • Karen Otazo

    Your energy and generosity are inspiring. If I were not in the midst of creating the plot with forays into writing, I would eagerly buy your marketing approach which I love. Just not quite ready for it.
    What do you recommend for plot development? A program or book?
    What do you think of a pen name?

    Thanks, Karen

    • For plot development, Plot Perfect, Story Grid and Story Fix all helped me a lot.

  • Karen Otazo

    Thanks Derek; bought your book and those you recommended. Can’t wait to work with you when I’m ready!

  • I’m totally bowled over by the sheer quality and amount of sound advice you provide both in your books and your blog. I’ve only just finished 100 Publishing Questions Answered and am about to work my way through the rest. Thanks tons, Derek!

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