341 episodes

Mark Dawson is a best selling self-published author on multiple platforms including Amazon and Kobo. He is the author of the John Milton thriller series and its spin-off Beatrix Rose. In addition, he’s written several ‘Soho Noir' novels. Mark’s breakthrough came when he developed a marketing strategy for promoting and selling his books. His swift success enabled him to quit his 9 to 5 job and he has generated gross revenues of more than a million dollars in less than five years.



Mark has become a leading voice in the self publishing industry and he advocates and teaches a strategy based around offering books for free, mailing list development and social media advertising. In 2015, he published the first version of what is now his acclaimed online course ‘Advertising for Authors’. He has also developed a course for writers at the start of their careers – Self Publishing 101.



James Blatch co-hosts the podcast and he represents the first time, wannabe author. James is a former BBC News journalist who is currently writing his first novel.



Between them James and Mark explore the world of self publishing with a focus on actionable tips for new and experienced indie authors.

The Self Publishing Show Mark Dawson

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 31 Ratings

Mark Dawson is a best selling self-published author on multiple platforms including Amazon and Kobo. He is the author of the John Milton thriller series and its spin-off Beatrix Rose. In addition, he’s written several ‘Soho Noir' novels. Mark’s breakthrough came when he developed a marketing strategy for promoting and selling his books. His swift success enabled him to quit his 9 to 5 job and he has generated gross revenues of more than a million dollars in less than five years.



Mark has become a leading voice in the self publishing industry and he advocates and teaches a strategy based around offering books for free, mailing list development and social media advertising. In 2015, he published the first version of what is now his acclaimed online course ‘Advertising for Authors’. He has also developed a course for writers at the start of their careers – Self Publishing 101.



James Blatch co-hosts the podcast and he represents the first time, wannabe author. James is a former BBC News journalist who is currently writing his first novel.



Between them James and Mark explore the world of self publishing with a focus on actionable tips for new and experienced indie authors.

    Empowering Indie Authors - with Cara Alwill

    Empowering Indie Authors - with Cara Alwill

    Cara Alwill always wished she had a mentor, so now she writes self-help books to encourage other women to pursue their dreams.

    • 43 min
    Writing Into Retirement - with M. Lee Prescott

    Writing Into Retirement - with M. Lee Prescott

    Mary Lee Prescott is happily busy working on her second career. Writing used to be a hobby but now that she’d ‘retired’ she’s working full steam ahead in both the mystery and romance genres.

    • 31 min
    The Self Publishing Show Live! 2022 (Show Recap) - Mark Dawson & James Blatch

    The Self Publishing Show Live! 2022 (Show Recap) - Mark Dawson & James Blatch

    After a 2-year enforced hiatus, the Self Publishing Show Live! returned to London in 2022 - this time for a two-day run. This episode recaps the wide variety of speakers and presentations on offer ahead of the launch of the show's recorded sessions.

    • 59 min
    Back to School: Selling Children’s Books - with Daniel Jude Miller

    Back to School: Selling Children’s Books - with Daniel Jude Miller

    How writer and illustrator Daniel Jude Miller makes a living entirely through school visits.

    • 45 min
    Writing Authentic Characters - with Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

    Writing Authentic Characters - with Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

    As a member of the Choctaw tribe, Sarah explains the importance of writing characters sensitively and authentically.

    • 40 min
    PR Services for Authors - with Lilian Sue

    PR Services for Authors - with Lilian Sue

    Lilian Sue is a PR coach and publicist helping authors develop healthy mindsets and strategies.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

JTL on her journey ,

Like a degree in indie-publishing.

Every Thursday, I set out on my daily walk with the latest Mark and James’ podcast. The podcasts and the SPF courses I’ve done, combined with the very helpful and supportive Facebook SPF community, have been like a degree in indie-publishing for me. I found my people!

www.songsandstories.me ,

Love it

Just found your podcast... so thankful. So many great ideas and conversations... feel that you are genuinely out to help... not just get me in your funnel to sell something:)

Gsauve ,

Great advice from a true expert.

Mark has proven he knows how to succeed as an author. Getting advice from him and his awesome co-host (and the endless string of amazing authors they interview) is truly inspirational. The only downside is that as time passes, the pre- and post-interview chats are getting longer. While entertaining, they make the episodes a beast to get through. Hopefully they will manage to keep things shorter in the future.

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