Author Archives: Derek Murphy

book cover design tips

8 Ideas that Make Your Book Cover Eye-Catchy

When marketing a book, an eye-catching cover is an essential element. A book cover does more than only present a title and author to potential readers; it sets the tone for the content within and piques interest through visuals and design. Therefore, attracting the right audience with a creative, memorable book cover is key to…

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How to get a million views for your book

I promised to talk about how to get a million views, so I’ll do that quick here – even though this email is already WAY longer than expected. In brief, and this is one of the major lessons behind my Creativindie brand, it’s much easier to gain traction when you talk about other people or…

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A 5-minute hack to double Amazon sales

NOTE: this won’t automatically boost sales, which depend on visibility and conversion. This helps with the first part, but you need to test to make sure your conversion stays the same or improves (generally, it will, because you want to be specific right off the bat – people won’t read your description unless they ALREADY know…

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How I colluded with Russians to sell 4000 copies of my first book

In this email I’m going to tell you how I colluded with Russians to sell 4000 copies of my first book, and why it was a big mistake. But first, let me tell you a story…   “Can I have the WiFi?” I heard a story recently that resonated with me, and also draws attention to one…

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The Roman coin from the Jerusalem Grave Digger

Let me leave you with another story. Years ago, when I was a young philosophy student on the island of Malta, I visited Jerusalem. I loved history and archaeology, so when an old man with a shovel standing in the Jerusalem cemetery offered to sell me a silver Roman coin, I snatched it up. I…

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Top 10 Tips for Book Cover Design

In case you don’t end up reading Cover Design Secrets or watching the videos tutorials, here are my TOP TEN TIPS on book cover design that will help you create your own bestselling book covers designs while avoiding rookie design mistakes. 1. Focus on the emotion, not the details. Authors get too caught up in the exact details of…

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The Art and Science of Book Design

Albert Einstein said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” If you consider yourself a creative person, you probably HATE following rules. You might want your book design to “stand out” or “be unique.” You’re also likely to spend far too much time playing…

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Why do you write? (Day one)

Thanks so much for signing up for the book design templates! There are links down below, and I can’t wait to help you make your book beautiful, but first I need to tell you something really important: book design and formatting mistakes can sabotage your book sales. I learned that the hard way. I self-published…

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Your book is naked (welcome message)

Did you know romance writer R.L. Matthewson went from selling just 5 or 6 copies per day of her book, Playing for Keeps, to over 1,000 per day just by upping her book cover design? A great book cover makes all the difference in the world, if you watch my videos and use my free templates,…

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How to design book covers yourself at home

A lot of my friends (self-publishing experts) tell authors they should never design their own covers; the reason for this is that A) the quality of your book covers will make or break your success as an author B) 95% of self-make, homemade book covers are awful. When they aren’t awful, they are not bad. Do…

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