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.

Coming Soon

This blog has always been a place for random half-baked insights, but in 2018 I’m going to be more deliberate about what kind of content I share and post. I’ve also decided to focus on ONE long epic heavily researched article on each major topic or challenge facing creative entrepreneurs, instead of a hundred short articles. I’ve also decided to …

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Not for hire (how to be unemployable)

Personal history, research. Stories. Want to split a castle with me? At least once a year I spend a few weeks at an exclusive writing retreat in a European castle... and one lucky author gets a free spot. Sign up to win!   Want to make a living doing what you love? Join over 20,000 passionate creatives and turn your vision …

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How to be a failed artist without becoming Hitler

Depending on others, gatekeepers, wanting others to do it for you, blaming everyone else… determination to succeed, to win, triumph. Embittered, angry, cruel. ONE amazing piece of art/cover… one LONG thoughtful article about failed, angry artist who were complete assholes, even successful creatives. Want to split a castle with me? At least once a year I spend a few weeks …

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How to succeed at anything on the first try

Want to split a castle with me? At least once a year I spend a few weeks at an exclusive writing retreat in a European castle... and one lucky author gets a free spot. Sign up to win!   Want to make a living doing what you love? Join over 20,000 passionate creatives and turn your vision into a profitable business. …

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How to stop time – productivity and time management for creatives (write faster + defeat procrastination)

You’re early! These are just quick notes to myself…   Deep work Mindset. Doing the important work first. Organized intent/awareness Deep work -Saying no (thesis research, refusal, defiance.) Bartleby the Scrivener, I’d rather not. -outsourcing   Habits Triggers Rewards Sleep schedule Food Solitude   Community/competition   Supplements Tea Coffee (Bulletproof) Caffeine Water Lion’s Mane Gapapentin Kratom Marijuana Modafinil Ritalin “Men …

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