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How to set up an email list and autoresponder (that actually gets people to open and click!)

Everybody will tell you that starting an email list as soon as possible is the #1 way to grow your platform and sell more of anything. But how does it really work? I’m not an expert on blogging or email marketing, but this week I’m sitting in my sister’s apartment in Vancouver BC and finally setting up my list the …

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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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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 make a lot of money in indie publishing (and how to go broke).

This past month I’ve been thinking big and buying up online platforms related to publishing and book design. My little blog gets some traffic, and my book cover design business is doing fine – I just want to be a bigger player. A couple weeks ago I found a little blog network for indie authors – it had a website …

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An advertising hack for getting your business in front of the right readers

I don’t do a lot of advertising, but this year I’m planning on attending some writing and author-related conferences to build my platform (I’m even speaking at one). Attendance usually costs a few hundred dollars (plus travel), but necessitates that you actually talk to people, otherwise those valuable face-to-face meetings are wasted. If you’ve built up relationships before hand, meeting …

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Test email campaign

From: [email protected] Subject: Win a one-week writer’s vacation and finish that book in 2014. Hi, this is Derek Murphy from Creativindie. I’m a book cover designer and publishing consultant, working behind the scenes with indie and self-publishing authors to make their books more successful. I just put out a short guide to book marketing, and to promote it I’m giving …

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What authors need to know about conversion, split testing and lead generation

Most authors don’t know enough about business. While some savvy non-fiction authors succeed through grit, willpower and constant bullhorning, the majority of authors are making a mess of their book marketing and promotion, using decade-old techniques and advice, which will move few books off shelves and even worse, can be detrimental to an author’s professional reputation. So I’d like to …

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Services

The purpose of this site is to teach artists and authors the lessons I’ve been learning from internet entrepreneurs: things like how to make a brand image, how to build a platform, and how to increase engagement with fans. Most internet entreps, however, are light on service and heavy on inspiration. The thing that they’re ultimately selling is your own …

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