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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

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9 • 68 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.

    Launching a Children's Book Without Breaking the Bank - with Matthew Ralph

    Launching a Children's Book Without Breaking the Bank - with Matthew Ralph

    Hot tips on how to launch a children's book on a budget from bestselling indie author Matthew Ralph.

    • 52 min
    The Writer’s Cookbook: Recipes for Author Success

    The Writer’s Cookbook: Recipes for Author Success

    Bestselling indie author, Kristina Adams, is on a mission to help other writers looking to navigate the murky waters of self-publishing.

    • 42 min
    How to Write an Authentic Crime Scene - with Patrick O’Donnell

    How to Write an Authentic Crime Scene - with Patrick O’Donnell

    How do you get your crime writing to come across as authentic? The devil is in the details.

    • 53 min
    How to Get Organic Traffic on Instagram - with Hanna Sandvig

    How to Get Organic Traffic on Instagram - with Hanna Sandvig

    How one author uses Instagram to great effect to help build her brand.

    • 45 min
    From Rock Star to Writer: Kickstarting a Comic Book - with Vinnie Fiorello

    From Rock Star to Writer: Kickstarting a Comic Book - with Vinnie Fiorello

    Self-publishing can work for comic books too.

    • 59 min
    Book Ad Tips to Boost Your Author Business - with Nicholas Erik

    Book Ad Tips to Boost Your Author Business - with Nicholas Erik

    Sci-fi author Nicholas Erik is here to share his crack tips on book ads with indies looking to deliver some oomph to their marketing mix

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Pastures13 ,

Really useful

I have been listening to this for about 9 months. I like the banter now I have go to ‘know’ the presenters. They give lots of useful information and advice.Their interviews with guests are good too. I like the way they are willing to talk about the money openly - it is very encouraging.

TwoBadDogsPublications ,

More than advice

Have been a fan of the two Marks for some time and an avid reader of Mark Dawson’s work. What this podcast gives is priceless. Kudos to them for sharing. Whether it’s advice, inspiration or just the craic, worth its weight in gold.

graemeaustin ,

Totally fab!

If you are an independent author interested in improving sales and need help, guidance and/or motivation then this podcast is for you.

Full of great tips and ideas, Mark. James and Tom deliver on every level. Highly recommended.

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