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 I went from PR0 to PR3 in one month, on a new site with no content: get a high pagerank quickly

Update! After posting this, I got distracted and added a “maintenance mode” plugin in for several months, which resulted in PR going back down to zero. Lesson learned. Sometime today or yesterday Google updated its PR database. “Pagerank” is a somewhat nebulous term that seems to refer to how “popular” your site is – how many people are linking to …

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A you a Dali or a Van Gogh? Selling yourself as an author or artist

There are two types of people in the world, and only one of them are successful. The Dalis are brazen self-promoters and headline grabbers. They are invincible in their self-confidence, creative and crazy in their media-friendliness, daring in their publicity stunts. The Van Goghs are quietly reflective, they ask people for favors, they are patient and sensitive, they trust other …

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First time? Start here!

Welcome to Creativindie, a home for indie writers, artists, and any one else committed to achieving financial freedom through creative production. I’m glad you’re here. Creativindie (pronounced like “creativity”) was designed to share the decade of knowledge I’ve gained in marketing, promotion, productivity and life improvement tips as a professional (independent) writer and artist. It’s also a place where I …

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How to promote a book when you’re not Tim Ferriss: book marketing for regular people.

I just got an email from Tim Ferriss with his latest stunt: “Opening the Kimono to 200 People and Baring It All”. After proving that he knows how to make a bestselling book marketing campaign, with two books as long term New York Bestsellers, everybody wants to know Tim’s promotion secrets. And for the first time, he’s revealing it all at …

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