Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy - Marketer

Portland, OR, USA

Guerrilla publishing activist & creativity alchemist, with PhD in Literature. Famous for castle glamping and sleaze-free marketing.

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Overview

I spent 5 years as a book editor, then 10 as a professional book designer. After helping thousands of authors publish, I now focus on creating tools and resources to support indie authors and make publishing easier, while writing my own fiction and nonfiction.

I bring top-level promotion & visibility strategies to help authors sell books comfortably, by focusing on value and relationships - not sleazy marketing hacks. I excel at course creation and profit generating strategies for nonfiction authors, and writing fiction that readers love (and actually earns money).

Get my books for free:
★ Guerrilla Publishing
★ Book Marketing is Dead

Services
Metadata & Blurb Optimization
Non-Fiction
Art
Business & Management
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Dystopian
Literature
Paranormal Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • PhD in Literature

Work experience

Book Designer

Self-employed
May, 2012 – Present (over 6 years)

I'm (mostly) no longer doing book cover design myself - instead I've focused on building online tools, templates and tutorials to help authors design and format their own books on a budget.

Chief Editor

Self-employed
January, 2010 – January, 2015 (about 5 years)

Founder and chief copy editor at - we tear apart your writing, to help you tell better stories. Copy editor, proofreading and manuscript review/evaluation services.

CEO

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (almost 11 years)

I talk about book design, marketing and publishing on my main site, I also have sites for book design templates that get hundreds of downloads a day. You can download my free book, "Book Marketing is Dead" - to learn why MOST book marketing tactics don't work anymore, and what to do instead.

Projects

#1 fiction and nonfiction

I write my own books and help other authors with theirs. I think $1K a month per book is a reasonable goal, even for first time authors - but it's not just about book marketing. It's about crafting a total package that appeals to your audience, with obvious and intrinsic value. Get the packaging, hook and pitch right, and you won't have to "sell" them or ask them to buy.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

The Scarlet Thread (Fated Destruction Book 1)

D.S. Murphy

"Percy Jackson meets Mortal Kombat. This book seems quite close to the Percy Jackson series, if it had gore, death and totalitarian dictatorship." ★★★★★ "Love, betrayal, mythology, mystery, you name it this has it! Hold onto your horses and Minotaurs people as this ride is definitely going to get bumpy." ★★★★★ "Weaves Greek mythology into real life in a way that makes it excruciatingly hard to... read more

"Percy Jackson meets Mortal Kombat. This book seems quite close to the Percy Jackson series, if it had gore, death and totalitarian dictatorship." ★★★★★ "Love, betrayal, mythology, mystery, you name it this has it! Hold onto your horses and Minotaurs people as this ride is definitely going to get bumpy." ★★★★★ "Weaves Greek mythology into real life in a way that makes it excruciatingly hard to... read more

Guerrilla Publishing: Dangerously Effective Writing and Book Marketing Strategies

Derek Murphy

An exact, step-by-step book marketing strategy, so you know exactly what to do to launch your own #1 bestselling book... without spinning your wheels on book promotion strategies that don't work.☕✍☕✍☕Most authors make common - and easily avoidable - mistakes that cripple their book sales. Even worse, the publishing industry is full of predatory promotion services that don't work, or use old-sc... read more

An exact, step-by-step book marketing strategy, so you know exactly what to do to launch your own #1 bestselling book... without spinning your wheels on book promotion strategies that don't work.☕✍☕✍☕Most authors make common - and easily avoidable - mistakes that cripple their book sales. Even worse, the publishing industry is full of predatory promotion services that don't work, or use old-sc... read more

Book Marketing is Dead: Book Promotion Secrets You MUST Know BEFORE You Publish Your Book.

Derek Murphy

How to sell a ton of books (even if you're starting with no platform).If you've found this book I'm assuming you have or will soon have a bookout on the market, and are exploring ways to turn it into a best-selling powerhouse that will slaughter the competition and pay for yourretirement. The indie publishing world is thrilling because of thepossible returns, and I hope you and your book do we... read more

How to sell a ton of books (even if you're starting with no platform).If you've found this book I'm assuming you have or will soon have a bookout on the market, and are exploring ways to turn it into a best-selling powerhouse that will slaughter the competition and pay for yourretirement. The indie publishing world is thrilling because of thepossible returns, and I hope you and your book do we... read more

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