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Join host, Daniel Adorno, as he extrapolates on topics concerning independent publishing, speculative fiction, and the art of writing. Come take a lark on all things literary!

Join host, Daniel Adorno, as he extrapolates on topics concerning independent publishing, speculative fiction, and the art of writing. Come take a lark on all things literary!
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Join host, Daniel Adorno, as he extrapolates on topics concerning independent publishing, speculative fiction, and the art of writing. Come take a lark on all things literary!






Ep. 10 – 3 Tools to Help You During NaNoWriMo

In this episode, I dive into three writing tools that will help you achieve success for NaNoWriMo. We’re just over a week out from the end of the writing month, so I’m a little late to the party. But if writing productivity is your aim these tools will always come in handy! Here are the tools and relevant links: Scrivener – the Swiss army knife of word processor programs. This is seriously essential to all writers. Ditch Word and start using Scrivener to write, organize, and compile your...


Ep. 09 – Book Blurbs, Formatting Templates, and Stock Images

——— In this episode, I discuss three aspects of publishing books that indie authors must consider. First, writing book blurbs is a huge pain so I lay down some simple tips to optimize your book descriptions online for better sales. Additionally, I highly recommend authors check out Bryan Cohen’s book description service. He’s also got a giveaway going on right now with $1,000+ in copywriting services, so check that out! Second, I go into detail about templates for formatting both your...


Ep. 08 – Launching a Bestseller on Kindle

In this episode, I cover everything I did to make sure my recent book launch on Amazon was a success. Hitting the top of the charts in two categories in less than a week was a surprise, but any author can have similar results by following the tips I share in the podcast. Here is some of the relevant info with links I cover in the show: Emory Skwara’s newest release, Of Song and Singularity, is available now! Headtalkeris an excellent social media crowdsourcing site that can make your...


Ep 07: What can Wattpad do for you?

On this episode of Literary Lark, we have two big developments for the podcast. We’ve got video and our first guest on the show! Emory Skwara joins me to discuss the benefits of Wattpad for indie authors as well as how to get your book featured on the site for maximum exposure. Among the things Emory and I discuss are Wattpad’s newest features, the future of the platform with advertising, and competitors like Amazon’s WriteOn Kindle site. Emory is a fellow fantasy and sci-fi author who has...


Ep 06: Guest Blogging and Book Conventions

This week on Literary Lark, I discuss two separate avenues that authors can increase their exposure and grow their platform. If you spend any time on popular bloggers’ sites, you may already be familiar with the strategy of guest blogging (which I also touched on in this post). The value of being a guest on someone else’s blog is two-fold: traffic and exposure. By posting valuable content on a blog or news site that has a much largeraudience, you expand the reach of your message, your...


Episode 5: How to Market Your Book On A Shoestring Budget

Marketing is tough work and perhaps one of the big reasons many indie authors never really take off in sales or in growing their audience. On this week’s episode, I discuss how this aspect of building a sustainable author platform is one of the hardest things to do (I’m still grappling with this one!). Nevertheless, all authors should dispel the image of the starving writer who refuses to become a marketer lest she sell herself to “the man.” There is a balance between the artist/writer and...


Ep 04: Editing Your Book and The Appeal of Novellas

On this week’s episode of Literary Lark, I bring up the subject of editing and how important it is for your book to be polished and professional. There are numerous editing options available for independent authors including traditional editors or proofreaders who charge per word. This can get expensive if you have a long manuscript or a small budget starting out. My editor, Holly Bohl, charges a flat fee based on word count and she might be a better option for new authors. Another option...


Episode 03 – First Steps to Publishing your Book, part 2

On this week’s episode, we continue to the next step after finishing your manuscript, which is choosing a publishing path. I outline three paths that are open to you once your book is ready to be set loose in the world: the traditional publishing, independent publishing, and do-nothing paths. Many authors will gravitate to one or more of these options, but in my case it was all three! My experience with publishing placed me on each of the paths at different times in my writing career and...


Episode 02 – First Steps to Publishing Your Book, part 1

On this episode of Literary Lark, we discuss the first things aspiring authors need to do on their journey to publishing a book. The first part is obvious: writing a book! I’ll sharesome tips I’ve learned on my path to completing a manuscript including: setting a schedule for writing, becoming disciplined, and dealing withdiscouragement or disillusionment as you take on such a monumental task as writing a book. Below are some of the links I shared on the podcast for some resources that...


Episode 01 – The Importance of Book Cover Art

Welcome to the first episode of my new podcast, Literary Lark! I created this podcast as a means to discuss trends in indie publishing, speculative fiction, processes for writing, and basically anything related to writing. In this first episode I introduce the scope of the podcast and cover that topic of book cover art creation for independent authors. In the future, I’m aiming to have some indie authors on the podcast to discuss relevant topics on writing and publishing. Here is the show...