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Dan Padavona knows the secrets to reimagining failure. Whether a book isn’t reaching the right audience or receiving negative criticism, he stresses the importance of remaining confident, persistent, and willing to pivot in the face of “the crickets” . Dan is the accomplished author of over twenty novels, including the Wolf Lake series and Thomas Shepherd series. He also co-wrote Shadow Witch with J. eight years ago. To preorder his upcoming novel, The Killer Inside, follow the link below.


When you read one of my books I hope you feel like you are sitting around a campfire with me at midnight. If you happen upon me, you’ll probably find me reading Stephen King, Rachel Caine, Dean Koontz, or one of the many authors who have so enriched my life with their ability to tell a good tale. More than anything, I love a good story. Let me tell you one. Sign up for my VIP Readers Group at and download a free screen background.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to find the overlap between self-fulfilling and marketable writing
  • When to walk away from your day job
  • Why writing can be so unmotivating
  • How individuality can hurt your prospects


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1 Comment

  1. Christopher Wills

    6 months ago  

    Great interview today.
    Takeaway – intelligent persistence. What I like about Dan is he stuck at his writing, and simultaneously, thought about his writing, then applied his findings, and it paid off when he could easily have given up.
    A successful Indie today needs to be a good writer and I think ultimately this is what propelled Dan to his success.
    Most Indies would benefit from improving their writing but it can be expensive and time consuming and it’s much easier to tweak an ad or a cover, or blurb, or bang out another book. But they are short term fixes. Good writing transcends trends because it sells itself.
    Well done Dan.

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