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 use BuzzFeed (or any other site) to grow your platform and sell more of anything

A minute ago I was searching for images for a book cover. That led to a cat gif, which led to a Buzzfeed article called “16 things only spontaneous people can relate to as told by cats.” I spent a few minutes watching short cat gifs. What’s not to like? They appeal to everybody (even if you’re not really “spontaneous”). …

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Save a lot of money on book marketing

I’m speaking at a book marketing event in Cleveland on Sept. 8th, along with Johnny B. Truant (of “Write, Publish, Repeat.”) Jim Kukral, the organizer and founder of Author Marketing Club, is letting me offer friends a discount code for $49 off the conference – plus lifetime membership to Author Marketing Club (a $295 value, which has a bunch of …

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What to do when you completely lose your mind (an honest review of the World Domination Summit 2014)

I spent the last four days in Portland attending the World Domination Summit (a congregation of people living remarkable lives in a conventional world). It’s my second time – immediately after the first one I attended (2013) I bought tickets for myself and my mother to return this year. Since I wrote a little about my experiences last year, I …

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Why I shared a rap (despite being terrified of video).

I scouted out Tattoo parlors today, determined to get a tattoo and catch up in the Unconventional Race (a scavenger hunt activity) but ran out of time before the Portland Spirit Cruise. I was going to post a long, brilliant, witty and insightful post about taking big risks, always choosing to participate, and why getting a tattoo just to win …

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10 catastrophic blogging mistakes that I’m still making (and brilliant advice from the experts on how to fix them)

Recently this blog wandered into uncharted territory. I thought I knew something about blogging from a handful of earlier blogging failures. I had a plan and knew a lot about how to do things the right way, some of which I’ve implemented into Creativindie. But because it’s not my main business or a source of revenue, I’ve also been kind …

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Building your hot air balloon – a metaphor for creative success

Most of the people I know who are working online are selling hot air. In other words, they fill people with hope, motivation and inspiration. They get them charged up and excited. They tell them “You can do anything you want, if you just BELIEVE in it!” They say, “Just follow your passion and the money will take care of …

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What to do when your email list is worthless (bridging the gap between your hobby and your business).

I’m up to almost 10,000 signups on my email list – that’s a hefty amount, worthy of celebration. Except that, using MailChimp, I’m paying $80 a month, or $960 a year. I only send emails once a month or so, when I’ve finished some big project worthy of sharing or have a new book out. Also, so far I’ve been …

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