Hi there... I'm Derek Murphy
I'm a book editor turned book designer turned full-time author. For the past several years I've been helping authors design and publish books; and also helping them build author platforms and market their books. Recently, I stopped taking on client work so I could focus on finishing my PhD in Literature and writing YA novels.
I also teach authors and artists how to "turn their passions into full-time businesses, make a bigger impact, and blaze a luminous trail of creative independence" on my main blog, www.creativINDIE.com.
Besides publishing books, I've been a fine artist, and now make a steady stream of passive income from my creative content. This has given me a lot of freedom, and my wife and I enjoy traveling, learning stuff and picking up new hobbies and crafty abilities.
One of my major goals right now is to use Kickstarter to buy a castle to use as a writer's retreat. We've made two extended trips already to shop for castles in Europe. You can learn more about that here.
If you need book editing, I've gathered a team of professional editors at www.BookButchers.com.
What I believe in...
I believe the purpose of our lives is to create something unique that entertains, instructs, challenges or helps others. I believe when we dedicate ourselves to what we enjoy, and refuse to compromise our time by doing things we loathe, we’ll become exceptional, and have something truly valuable to offer others.
I believe all of us are capable (and thus responsible) of utilizing our creative abilities to become masters of our own lives, generating more money than we need, and reinvesting our new-found time and resources to make a meaningful and powerful impact.
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