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.

Nanowrimo Castle – help me choose!

Last year I rented a chateau in France for Nanowrimo. We got some great press coverage and had an amazing time. All in all, I think we did pretty well. I love the idea of running writing retreats in castles, so I’m doing it again this year. Last year I built a big sales page and offered a ton of …

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How to be untrustworthy

Over the past seven years, I’ve built a few platforms that get a decent amount of traffic. For the past three years, I’ve been trying to convert some of that traffic into revenue through digital products and courses, so I can focus more time on my writing. Although I have had some success, I’m also sure things aren’t going as …

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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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