Derek Murphy

Hey there! I'm a philosophy dropout and book cover designer with a PhD in Literature. After spending a decade as a starving artist, I vowed to create the life of freedom my restless spirit demands. I covet a cabin full of cats, where I can write young adult fantasy novels and do a few editorial critiques to pay for my cake addiction. Sometimes I live in castles. FREE GUIDE: Book Marketing is Dead.

My fiction writing

If you like mermaids, vampires, angels, zombies, revolution, Faustian motifs (the dangers of technology) and post-apocalyptic settings and scenarios, you may enjoy my fiction writing… and I want to give you some books for free. I use my fiction to experiment with guerrilla marketing tactics, but I hope they will entertain and captivate you. Here are the ones I’m working on …

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How to use your “about the author” section on Kindle to increase keyword ranking (also: how to write an author bio)

The title of this post basically gives away the whole thing, but I hadn’t considered it before, and you probably haven’t either. I’ve written about how to use keywords in your description, title field, etc… but I just noticed one author on Amazon doing really well (a free campaign that’s up to #10 free on all of kindle). My Kindlespy says …

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Why most authors are doomed to fail in 2016 (current problems with the publishing industry)

I’ve thinking about this post already, but then saw someone in the Nanowrimo group share this article: Alan Moore Advises New Writers to Self-Publish Because Big Publishers Suck Alan Moore says: “Publishing today is a complete mess. I know brilliant authors who can’t get their books published. Publish yourself. Don’t rely upon other people.” People who have already adopted self-publishing …

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7 ways to hack Amazon’s “also bought” section and triple your book sales

An author friend of mine used a phrase this week I hadn’t heard before: he said I need to make sure “my also-boughts were clean.” If you just drive your friends and family to your book during launch, your book will start showing up next to whatever else they bought on Amazon recently. Also-boughts are huge drivers of Amazon. After …

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How to set your book for presale on iBooks, Kindle and Smashwords (and why you should)

Tonight I had a chance to sit down with Mark Coker of Smashwords, and he convinced me to put the books I’m working on for sale as preorders. Although I’ve heard Mark talk about preorders before, I wasn’t planning on using preorders as part of my marketing plan. This article is about what changed my mind, why preorders might be …

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