Interview: Self-Published Author Makes $400,000 in 12 Months; Reveals Secrets to Success

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Dan Padavona may not be a household name as a mystery and thriller writer, but he’s amassed thousands of devoted fans. A self-published author, he has released nearly 50 books since 2014 and become one of the best-selling writers on Amazon. Dan’s hard work has resulted in nearly $400,000 in income from his Wolf Lake series alone over the past 12 months.

In the following video interview, Dan and I spoke at length about how he achieved this monumental success. We got into a wide array of financials, including revenue generated from paperback sales, Kindle bookstore sales, and Kindle Unlimited. We also talked about Audible, the ACX program, Dan’s creative process and former career, and a whole lot more. If you’re an aspiring author or just getting started in the industry, this is an interview you want to watch. If you’re an avid reader, my conversation with Dan provides you with a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating the books you love and the life of a self-published author. Enjoy!

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Interview: Peter Atkins Discusses Clive Barker, Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Wishmaster, & More

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter Atkins, the man who wrote Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III, Hellraiser: Bloodline, and Wishmaster. We talked about his work on the Hellraiser franchise, including the 30th anniversary of Hellraiser III, the upcoming Hulu movie, and the HBO TV series. We also talked about what it was like working with two masters of horror: Clive Barker and Wes Craven. Peter shared his thoughts with me on Doug Bradley, Nightbreed, his books, including his new release this fall, and much more. We spoke for three hours, so grab some popcorn, kick back, and enjoy our conversation. You can watch the full interview below.

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Clive Barker Grilled About His Negative Effect on People

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On December 8, 1987, Clive Barker took part in a TV interview where the studio audience grilled him about the potential negative effects his work has on people. As you’ll see, his answers are excellent. You can watch the full TV appearance below.

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Clive Barker Interview: Abarat, Art, & More

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In 2002, Clive Barker took part in an interview with Adam Weissler about the Abarat novels, his art, and much more at a gallery showing in West Hollywood. You can enjoy the full interview below.

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Clive Barker Imajica Interview: Connie Martinson Talks Books

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On February 2, 1992, Clive Barker was interviewed by Connie Martinson about his book Imagica. You can watch the full interview below.

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Lord of Illusions: The Magic of Clive Barker

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Released in 1995, Lord of Illusions is a film written, directed, and produced by Clive Barker. It is a cinematic adaptation of his short story “The Last Illusion,” published as part of his seminal Books of Blood anthology in 1985. Below is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Lord of Illusions, including thoughts from the master of horror himself: Clive Barker.

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Exclusive Video Interview: Melissa Manchester Reflects on 50 Years of Music

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Melissa Manchester is a Grammy-award-winning musician whose understanding and appreciation for her craft is second to none. She’s also a delightful human being, and I’m happy to call her a friend. Celebrating 50 years in the music industry, Melissa is an artist who continues to be an inspiring creative force. Just released, Melissa Manchester Live ’77 is a live album that’s seeing the light of day for the first time in 45 years. I had the pleasure of interviewing Melissa about this vibrant, energetic recording from the vault; and we also discussed a myriad of other topics, including Lady Gaga, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, how the pandemic affected her as an artist, and so much more. You can watch the full video interview below, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Interview: Stephen Bishop Discusses Autobiography, COVID, Documentary, & More

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Stephen Bishop is one of the most gifted and prolific musicians I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to do so again just a month out from the release of his highly anticipated autobiography, On and Off. Stephen’s memoir comes out May 2, and you can buy your copy directly from the legendary singer-songwriter and even get it autographed in the process. While you’re waiting to receive your copy of Stephen’s book, I hope you enjoy reading my interview with him.

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KISSmas Show With Gene Simmons: TalkShopLive

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Did you miss Gene Simmons yesterday on TalkShopLive talking about the new KISS Destroyer 45th anniversary album release? You can watch the entire interview below.

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A Conversation With Atari And Chuck E. Cheese Founder Nolan Bushnell

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It’s not often that I get to interview someone who was a driving force behind the formation of an industry, so I was honored to have the opportunity to do just that when I spoke with Nolan Bushnell. One of the founding fathers of video games, Nolan created the iconic and enduring company, Atari. He also founded Chuck E. Cheese, yet another revolutionary business that influenced millions of people. Today, Nolan is focused on fixing education with his newest entrepreneurial endeavor, lernip. It was an honor and pleasure to speak with such an intelligent, influential, and insightful maverick. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

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