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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

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 78 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.

    Romance: Understanding Your Sub-Genre - with Victorine Lieske

    Romance: Understanding Your Sub-Genre - with Victorine Lieske

    There are countless sub-genres in Romance – you need to understand the reader expectations for each

    • 54 min
    The Indie Author Magazine - with Chelle Honiker & Alice Briggs

    The Indie Author Magazine - with Chelle Honiker & Alice Briggs

    Self-publishing isn’t just for books. Introducing the future of digital magazines.

    • 40 min
    From Opera to Audiobooks - with Kelly Rinnes

    From Opera to Audiobooks - with Kelly Rinnes

    Kelly Rinnes discusses how Spectrum helps authors publish audiobooks worldwide.

    • 53 min
    The Kindle Storyteller Winner, 2021 - with Rachel McLean

    The Kindle Storyteller Winner, 2021 - with Rachel McLean

    Rachel McLean won this year’s Kindle Storyteller award. How did she go from selling a few books a day to a few thousand?

    • 56 min
    Joffe Books: The Gold Standard of Indie Publishers - with Jasper Joffe

    Joffe Books: The Gold Standard of Indie Publishers - with Jasper Joffe

    The Self Publishing Formula Podcast: How to Succeed as an Indie Author with Tips, Tools, Stories and Interviews from a Best-Seller.

    • 55 min
    Foreign Market Opportunities for Authors - with Alex Newton

    Foreign Market Opportunities for Authors - with Alex Newton

    The pandemic shook up readers’ buying habits. But how did it change the way we publish books around the world?

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Ralphmat ,

Great advice for self-publishing

Really good content with lots of fascinating and useful content. A must-have for self-publishers!

jojodjo79 ,

Mark overtalks & manplains which is irritating.

For me, I find the interviewers ego too obvious unfortunately especially in Vickys interview, he’s almost too keen to counter with his own story, anecdote or knowledge.
I wish he would just step back a bit and let the interviewers talk more. He often steers conversations to his preferred agenda rather than let the person flow. He has a habit of telling, rather than questioning.

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.

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