Apr 6, 2017
Derek Murphy's book portfolio is bringing in $5k a month. He's is a world traveler, book cover design extraordinaire, and the author of a dozen different books, mainly in the young adult fantasy genre.
A lot of the self-publishing content and interviews on the Side Hustle Show has been related to non-fiction books, and to me, it's a more straightforward process: help someone solve a problem.
Fiction is a bit of a different animal, and something Derek covers in detail over on his site at CreativIndie.com.
Derek started out editing books and designing book covers while completing his Masters and PhD in literature. Having an interest in reading fiction and wanting to get away from client work, Derek started writing fiction books.
He explained there's a lot more demand for fiction than non-fiction, and because of that it can be easier to make more money.
It’s not as competitive as you may think either. Although there are literally millions of fiction books available, when you cut through to the books that are being marketed and targeted to the right audience, Derek says it’s not that difficult.
Tune in to hear how Derek starts by finding keywords and researching what the readers want based on what's already selling, then testing the market for demand before committing to a series of books.
He also shares the methods he used to grow an email list of more than 32,000 as well as advice on how to launch a book with an email list of zero.