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.

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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How to draw camels (aka – how to do something fun and creative that gets shared and helps promote your REAL projects)

Stumbled across this fun site tonight: it’s basically a book about how to draw camels: http://howtodrawcamels.com/   Except, that’s not all. The author does a bunch of interesting stuff, and some important social work, in Western Africa. But rather than starting a personal blog about himself or his projects, he chose to do something funny and remarkable. Something that is …

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Book cover clichés: why using them will actually help you sell more books

cover cliches marketing strategy

  Recently I’ve seen some articles circulating about “Book Cover Clichés” which put a handful of book cover designs from the same genre together to point out the similarities. The point of such articles, I infer, is to shame those cover designers who went for the easy, the obvious, the “cliché” designs instead of trying to make something more unique …

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