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How to make 3D book cover mockups for book marketing, and for 99cent or KDP free promotions.

My graphic design skills give me a huge advantage for book marketing. It’s almost unfair. That’s why for years I’ve wanted some free online tools you can use to catch up. I don’t think Photoshop prowess should be a publishing requirement. You can always get cheap work done on Fiverr, but wouldn’t it be cool if you could just make ... Read More »

Book Cover Secrets that help authors Sell More Books (Video!)

Earlier this year I spoke at the Author Marketing Live conference in Cleveland about book cover design and book marketing. Today Jim at AMC sent me the video – which is not publicly listed and not supposed to be given away for free – but he’s letting me share it with you. I’m an awkward, self-conscious speaker, but there’s 45 ... Read More »

This My Little Pony episode perfectly defines the client-designer relationship

My friend Amy (@ALSVossler) emailed recently to tell me about a My Little Pony episode she’d been watching. I’ll let her give you the details: “I found myself thinking, “Oh my goodness! This is Derek Murphy’s life in My Little Pony format!” “The premise is that a dress designer generously agrees to make fancy formal dresses for her five friends (for ... Read More »

Why I hate Cover Wars and Book Cover Contests

Cover design contests and “cover wars” are becoming a staple of indie book promotion and marketing. For awhile I’ve been quietly voicing concern but I thought it about time to take a stronger position. Here’s why: 1. The underlying assumption behind book cover contests and cover wars is that the best designed cover will win. This is rarely true. Instead, it’s a popularity ... Read More »

DIY Book Covers

I understand that not everybody wants to spend a lot of money on book cover design. So I design resources to help people make their own professional book cover designs easily, without spending a lot of money. I put a lot of those tools (including free guides, free templates, a list of best fonts per genre) up at www.diybookcovers.com. There’s even ... Read More »

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