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6 reasons why everyone is totally wrong about author websites (and it’s killing your book sales!)

If you are publishing a book and thinking about getting an author website designed, you probably having something fancy in mind – something glossy and sleek and professional, fully customized to match your brand and genre and book. Something totally amazing. Because that’s what all the bestselling authors with big platforms have. And so author website making companies usually offer something ... 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 »

99 WordPress themes for indie author websites that will actually sell books

I wrote recently about why you should use WordPress for your author website. Now allow me to recommend some themes that might work for you. But first, let me make sure you’re in the right place: #1. You are not a celebrity If you are, then you can make a totally personalized expensive website with bells and whistles, because your ... Read More »

How to easily market your book, for free! (Just kidding – that doesn’t work.)

For the last couple of years I’ve been helping authors market books. But I haven’t really offered book marketing services. That’s because the best marketing is done by you. There are some things you can outsource, and you could pay for advertising or promotions, but real, long-term, successful, author platform building strategies – that sell tons of books easily – ... Read More »

Why you shouldn’t make a paperback (print) version available before you launch your book

I’ve heard the argument being passed around, quite frequently by some indie authors, that you need to put up a print version of your book before you start your marketing, for these reasons: 1. Having the print book available makes you look more professional and trustworthy – it must be good if you spent the time and money to make ... Read More »

Awesome Indie Books (A Criticism of Book Awards and Seals)

Today on Facebook I saw a post about the Awesome Indies website, which just relaunched with a new design. I support indie authors and want them to succeed, and I like the idea of indie authors grouping together and doing cool things. The intention Awesome Indies is noble: lots of people are publishing crappy books. Awesome Indies will sort out ... Read More »

The really weird thing about “book marketing” experts

Self-publishing is big business. And most self-published books don’t sell – for a variety of reasons, but mainly because: 1. There isn’t any market for them; they were written without considering the genre readership. 2. They are poorly designed. 3. The authors have no platform (blog, traffic, followers, email list, etc). And that’s why authors spend a lot of time ... Read More »

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