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  • Derek Murphy
    Derek Murphy

Welcome! Over the past ten years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with bestselling authors like Joanna Penn and Pat Flynn, and become an expert in every aspect of publishing – from book design to launching a bestseller. In 2016 I finished my PhD in Literature, got featured by CNN for organizing a writing retreat in a French castle, and started publishing my own fiction.

These days I rarely accept new clients, but I’ve put together a whole bunch of resources to help you design, publish and market bestselling books. My online courses and design templates will help you get a cover you love on a budget and learn the marketing techniques I’ve used to build my Kindle income up to over $8K a month.

DIY Book Design

Recently I put my book formatting templates and book cover design templates altogether into one “Epic Book Design Package.” I included my $197 course on book marketing, and then cut the price to $67. If you want to have more control over your publishing, the videos and templates will help you design better books, without making critical mistakes that will kill sales.

  • Book formatting layouts in Word and InDesign
  • Huge list of best fonts for every genre
  • Book cover templates / online book cover tool
  • Cover design secrets video course
  • Amazing 3D book promotion images
  • My first course on marketing, Reach Your Readers

Custom Book Cover Design

Quality book cover designers usually charge over $500 for covers, and I don’t often recommend cheaper options. However, EbookLaunch does excellent custom covers for a very reasonable price, and I’m confident they can help you if you’re looking for something more affordable. Check out their samples and pricing.

99designs is another great option for book cover design on a budget, or for first-time authors who aren’t sure exactly what they need. If you sign up with my links, you can join the “Does My Book Cover Suck” Facebook group and ask me for feedback on your design contest to help choose the cover that will sell.

Free Resources!


This is a brief guide to the book marketing strategies I’ve used to become a full-time author in under a year. We’ll discuss paid advertising, release strategies, pricing and pre-orders, book giveaways, how to target your audience, viral exposure and press coverage, marketing hacks, and how to reach your first $1000 on Kindle.


You'll also learn...

  • How to write books that sell
  • How to cut your marketing budget in half
  • How to get long-term, organic visibility
  • How to write a book description that actually works
  • How to get 100 book reviews in a week
  • How to build a huge email list of engaged fans quickly
  • Avoid the “30-day cliff” and keep selling on autopilot
  • How to build an author website that attracts and converts


  • 3 Foolproof Layouts That Work for Any Genre
  • 8 Cover Design Secrets Publishers Use to Manipulate Readers into Buying
  • 60 Fonts You Should Never Use on your Book Cover
  • 7 Foolproof Design Strategies to Make your Cover Perfect
  • The Best Free Online Graphic Software for Your Book Covers
  • 300+ Recommended Fonts for Every Genre
  • 5 Common Book Cover Myths Most Indie Authors Believe
  • The Simple Tweak that Tripled my Book Sales.
  • How to Find the Best Art and Photography For Your covers (and check that nobody else is using them)

See what others are saying…

  • "Derek did a fantastic job of my book cover. I had a nebulous idea in my head as to what the central images would be but couldn’t articulate them properly. Derek used a process of trial and error, presenting all kinds of alternatives that helped us to work towards the finished product together. The result was far superior to what I had imagined."

    Joanna Penn The Creative Penn
  • "It is perfect. I couldn't have dreamed up anything better, nor could I be happier! It's beautiful, clever and does a great job bringing the elements of the book into visual metaphor. You really surpassed expectations, Derek. THANK YOU!"

    Rebecca Baumgartner
  • "Thank you for the perfect cover! I enrolled it in Amazon Select and as part of the program it is free today and tomorrow. It's currently #392 in the Kindle Store. That's 392 out of 4 million! Amazing. This would NEVER have happened without your beautiful eye-catching cover! I thank you and cannot wait to see what you do with my next cover."

    Laura Momot
  • "How can I express my absolute gratitude for your care and concern through every stage of this project? The subject matter of the book is of course, so personal and delicate, that it was difficult for me to trust it with anyone, yet it was beyond my scope to take it to the level it needed to be. I put my trust in you and you went above and beyond my dreams. I will not forget this."

    Jonni Gray
  • I just wanted to tell you again how much I love this cover. It strikes the perfect cord with me, plus it’s just eye catching and stunning. Much better than the first two traditionally pubbed books, IMO. And the website is perfect and exactly what I needed. Feeling incredibly blessed - thank you again for everything.

    Kerry Schafer
  • "I wanted to thank you for creating two outstanding book covers for me. Both books are under review by a major book publisher and they have commented on the quality of the cover. Thank you very much for your hard work, diligence, quick response, and creativity! You are the best of the best!"

    John Mattone

Still want to work with me? 

I’ve mostly stopped taking cover design work, but I still work with clients who need a total book design package, publishing guidance and some book marketing help. You can see my prices on this page. Get in touch if you’d like to work with me and tell me about your project.

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