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Derek Murphy

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in Portland, The United States



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I wrote my MA thesis on Harry Potter and my PhD thesis on Paradise Lost. Now I write YA fantasy novels and design book covers. I blog about self-publishing, book design and book marketing on and am renting a castle for Nanowrimo 2016. I hope you like my writing!

Like hundreds of other posts, I started this article in 2012 and only finished it in 2018. Why the gap? It took me six years to figure out how to make my blog profitable enough to start using it. I want to help you do it faster than I did. So here’s a massive list of tips and resources on how to make money online FAST.

(More coming soon!)


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That Moment When

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I wasn’t expecting this book to layout an exact strategy I can use to significantly boost sales... it’s a whole business model. The perfect webinar helped me rewrite my email funnels and finally get them profitable.
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I thought this book did a great job of explaining the premise; I learned a lot about human psychology and a little about sales and marketing.
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Orpheum by D.S. Murphy
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This was a very interesting read. I liked the lore of the story and would like to read more. The author is good at describing the environment and characters, however there were times in which these descriptions slowed down the paci..." Read more of this review »
Orpheum by D.S. Murphy
"Great read

I love his character development. They never feel flat and I like the ending, it leaves room for more but also is complete if this is it."
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"Must not be distracted when reading this

Very interesting read. You have to really pay attention when reading this story or you will be very confused. I had to reread certain chapters over again. I'm really giving this book 3.5 stars because it too..." Read more of this review »
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7 Steps to Creating, Promoting & Profiting from Online Courses by David Siteman Garland
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Fine, fun, but short

Great example of how to use a book to sell a course. I learned from it. Light on any specifics though.
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“Who would you like to become, and how will you know when”
Derek Murphy, Book Marketing is Dead: book promotion secrets you MUST know BEFORE you publish your book

“Better to be a cliché than to be a failure. Incidentally, I’ve played this scenario out a dozen times with clients. They want something simple, suggestive, symbolic. I tell them to choose something obvious. A powerful, beautiful picture that hits all the right genre buttons. They insist, we finish the cover, six months later they decide they are frustrated with their low sales and they give me permission to redo the cover and make the design that will sell the best. Are my book covers clichés? Probably. They also sell a lot of copies.”
Derek Murphy, Book Cover Design Secrets You Can Use to Sell More Books

“But the first book has very little in common with the other two; and the other two are from the same author so OF COURSE they should be identical. That’s not cliché at all, it’s branding!”
Derek Murphy, Book Cover Design Secrets You Can Use to Sell More Books

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“I watched the colored lights and sparkles coming off of Sebastian in the dark water, as the ocean began the process of rebuilding his tail. I longed to join him in the water, to wrap my arms around him and let him carry me under the sea; but I wasn't ready. For him, the ocean was a home; for me it was death. Without being able to transform, the ocean depths would suffocate me, the pressure collapse my bones and flesh.”
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“Part of me felt like I was throwing my life away, for a guy I barely knew. But I wasn’t just doing it for him. Since my parents died, I’d had absolutely no control over my life. If I really thought about it, maybe I’d given up control long before—that day in Oregon when I almost drowned. Since then, I’d always relied on others to take care of me. Maybe it was time to take my life back into my own hands… even if it meant growing fins.”
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“Reject the tyranny of picked. Pick yourself.”
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“I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.”
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“Here's a haiku/palindrome I wrote called, "Obsession."

Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob,
Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob,
Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob”
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Jessica Thank you for including me in your 'Best Book Blog' awards! :D

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