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

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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Audible Daily Deal — Lakeview House

Today’s Audible Daily Deal is Lakeview House by Helen Phifer, which is 85% less than the regular price. This deal ends at 11:59 p.m. PT so buy this audiobook on Amazon to get this deep discount while you can.

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Kindle Daily Deal — Spin by Patricia Cornwell

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is Spin by Patricia Cornwell, which is 80% less than the regular price. Buy this book on Amazon before this deal disappears, and read on for more information.

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Kindle Daily Deal — The Match by Harlan Coben

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is The Match by Harlan Coben. The Match is Coben’s latest novel, and it’s the second book in his Wilde series. It’s a great thriller by my favorite author filled with well-developed characters, action, and intrigue. There are unpredictable twists, and most importantly, a satisfying conclusion. If you’re looking for your next great read, look no further. Buy The Match today on Amazon before this deal is gone.

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Amazon Prime Day Deal: New York Dead by Stuart Woods

Looking for a good thriller at a great price? The Kindle edition of New York Dead by Stuart Woods is discounted for a limited time! This is a great deal on the first entry in the wildly popular Stone Barrington series, so I highly recommend snatching this one up before it’s too late. You can buy it here on Amazon. Below is a publisher’s summary, so you can learn more about this book. Happy reading!

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Treachery Times Two by Robert McCaw

Treachery Times Two by Robert McCaw is book four in the Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery series. Released earlier this year, it is a tightly woven story that takes place in an exotic locale, and it is filled with plenty of danger and drama. Read on for more details.

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Audiobook Review: The Last Town by Blake Crouch

The third book in the Wayward Pines Trilogy is The Last Town. Is this novel a satisfying conclusion to this twisted tale? Read on for my thoughts, and don’t forget to check out my review of Pines and it’s sequel, Wayward.

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Audiobook Review: Wayward by Blake Crouch

I recently reviewed Pines, the first book in the Wayward Pines Trilogy. Now, let’s take a look at the second book: Wayward. Read on for my thoughts on this thriller by Blake Crouch.

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Audiobook Review: Pines by Blake Crouch

Pines by Blake Crouch is the first book in the Wayward Pines Trilogy. This series of books launched an excellent TV show on Fox a few years back that, unfortunately, only last two seasons. Nevertheless, I encourage you to watch it, as it is highly entertaining. I listened to the audiobook version of Pines, published by Brilliance Audio. Is it any good? Read on for my thoughts.

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Book Review: Five Total Strangers

Big Library Read, facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program through your library that connects readers around the world with the same ebook at the same time without any wait lists or holds. It’s a worldwide digital book club that everyone can take part in for free. The current Big Library Read is Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards. Read on for my thoughts on this book.

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