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 used giveaways to run the greatest book launch of all time (1000+ reviews, 100K downloads, starting from zero platform).

Full disclosure: I wrote the title of this post in 2015, before I’d actually published any fiction, so 1000 reviews and 100K downloads was my intended outcome, the biggest goal I could dream off. That said, a year and a half later, I’ve gotten far more than 100K downloads (194179, to be exact) and do have over 1000 reviews – but …

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How to write a blurb, back cover copy or sales description for your book that converts

I’m working through the material for my next course, Guerrilla Publishing, but this part is too important not to share for everyone. I keep saying, if you’re not selling books, it’s almost always because of your cover, blurbs or # of reviews. I’ve made tons of videos (and a free course) on cover design, and I recently posted a video on …

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How I got kicked out of Kindle Unlimited and (almost) lost $50,000 overnight

    Want to make a living with your writing?  Download my FREE book launch checklist and discover the step-by-step publishing roadmap I use to launch bestsellers.   Update – I’m back in! I raised enough of a fuss that they changed their ruling – read to the bottom to find out what happened. For the last year, I’ve been telling everyone …

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Writing under the influence: productivity and motivation tips to help authors write faster

Years ago I started working on a book called “The Creative Brain on Drugs.” It’s a book not just about the various mind-stimulating or sensation-altering substances that the majority of writers and artists have depended on for creative insight, but also their political views on the inherent right to self-modify, without government oversight. But after years of trying to write …

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The really weird tricks I use to write and publish bestselling books

Recently I realized my whole process for publishing bestselling books is completely backwards. At a party in Medellin recently, a guy said “wow, you’ve hacked publishing!”  I don’t like being called a hack because there’s an assumption that it means I’m putting out poor quality books to trick or fool readers.  (Steven Pressfield calls anyone who writes for an audience the …

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