425 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

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    • 4.7 • 34 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.

    Format your book in style with Vellum

    Format your book in style with Vellum

    Vellum is the gold standard for editing your book ready for publication.
    Listen as James Blatch talks to Brad West about tips for preparing your book

    • 33 min
    Which Book Promo is Right For Me? with Mike Hourigan

    Which Book Promo is Right For Me? with Mike Hourigan

    Listen as James talks to Mike Hourigan who is the Vice President of Marketing at Written Word Media, where he brings more than 15 years of digital marketing expertise to the table.
     
     

    • 33 min
    What’s the big deal about Romantasy? With Alex Newton

    What’s the big deal about Romantasy? With Alex Newton

    Join James and the numbers man, Alex Newton from K-lytics who digs beneath the Romantasy data and explains current trends

    • 41 min
    Create a Killer Author Website – with Stuart Grant from Digital Authors Toolkit

    Create a Killer Author Website – with Stuart Grant from Digital Authors Toolkit

    Join James Blatch and Stuart Grant from Digital Authors Toolkit and also the highest rated web designer on Reedsy, as they discuss the future of Author websites, direct selling, and how you can make your website stand out.

    • 34 min
    The Audio Explosion with James Blatch and Victoria Gerken from Podium Audio.

    The Audio Explosion with James Blatch and Victoria Gerken from Podium Audio.

    Join James and Victoria Gerken from Podium Audio as they discuss how audio is exploding the world of publishing and providing authors with another income stream

    • 54 min
    Who’s coming to SPS LIVE 2024? With James Blatch and Chris Banks from Prowritingaid

    Who’s coming to SPS LIVE 2024? With James Blatch and Chris Banks from Prowritingaid

    Join James Blatch and Chris Banks as James reveals the speakers and sponsors attending the Self Publishing Show Live in London 2024 and Chris talks about what's new at ProWritingAid and AI, but making sure you add the human touch.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 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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