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
Hot tips on how to launch a children's book on a budget from bestselling indie author Matthew Ralph.
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.
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.
How to Get Organic Traffic on Instagram - with Hanna Sandvig
How one author uses Instagram to great effect to help build her brand.
From Rock Star to Writer: Kickstarting a Comic Book - with Vinnie Fiorello
Self-publishing can work for comic books too.
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
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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.
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.
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.