Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned 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 write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.

How to earn a lot of money giving your books away for free (Kindle Unlimited Pricing Strategies)

EDIT: This article is based on the assumption that you get paid (via KU pagereads) for the free downloads you get on free promotion days with KDP select. In the comments, someone mentioned that you don’t get paid for free days. I checked KDP’s contract and they say “You will not receive any Royalties on your Digital Book during a free …

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Why I don’t retweet other authors

I’m a big fan of helping indie authors – I don’t think anyone can call me selfish with my time or resources (I give away a lot of both, freely). But I also don’t retweet other authors very often. In fact, I actively purge my feed of book promotions or spam. And I unfollow authors who share them. Twitter is …

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When should you give up on your creative dream?

Persistence is not noble. This is the issue where I divide from most other leaders in the field – most creative people tell you to just keep creating. Keep doing the work. Don’t worry if the market isn’t responding. Don’t worry if nobody gets it. If you feel inspired to create, just make what you want to. As long as …

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Bestselling book launch tactics for fiction authors (Q/A chat)

Today I chatted with Michelle Madow and Leia Stone about their recent book launches – since we all launched a book on 1/26th, it’s been fun to see how our different marketing choices, platform and audience has impact the success of our books.   Here’s a list of topics we cover: Pricing – free, 99cents, 2.99? Summary description (keywords, categories) …

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Why using Kickstarter to crowdsource your book (fundraising for authors) is a bad idea

I used Kickstarter on my first non-fiction book. I very barely succeeded raising less than $1000. Here is how it works: you basically promise a copy of the book and any extras. You give bigger/more fun prizes depending on donation amount (these aren’t really “donations” – people expect to get something in return). You can include personal stuff like “10 …

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