How to give away ARC copies to get book reviews (instafreebie vs. bookfunnel)

In this video I talk through the differences between instafreebie and bookfunnel – which I use to give away ARC copies (advanced readers copies) to get more book reviews. I also talk about using Amazon giveaways to give out copies during launch and boost sales rank.

EDIT: Amazon giveaways don’t seem to work – they did briefly, it seems Amazon has already shut that down; I got 100 claimed copies and it moved my rank from 80K to 30K – not nearly as much as 100 actual sales.


Hey there – I’m Derek Murphy. I’m a fine artist who became a book cover designer, then started writing young adult scifi and fantasy. I’ve spent almost 20 years living abroad, have a PhD in comparative literature (revolutionary politics in Paradise Lost), and have been featured in CNN for renting castles to use as writing retreats. Although I’m not working with clients anymore, I’ve built a ton of resources to help indie authors write, design and publish bestselling books.

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