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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.

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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.

    SPS-210: The $50,000 Mistake - with James Rosone

    SPS-210: The $50,000 Mistake - with James Rosone

    The author of several successful military thrillers, James Rosone, explains how other self-published writers can learn from his mistakes as they progress their indie author careers.

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    SPS-209: The Fiction Formula - with Johnny Truant

    SPS-209: The Fiction Formula - with Johnny Truant

    How can you be sure you're writing books that are going to sell? You need a formula! Cue, Sterling & Stone's Johnny Truant, co-author of a new book on that very topic.

    • 58 min
    SPS-208: Strengths for Writers: How to Align Yourself for Success - with Becca Syme

    SPS-208: Strengths for Writers: How to Align Yourself for Success - with Becca Syme

    Bestselling multi-genre author and leadership coach, Becca Syme, explains how indies can streamline and smarten their writing process.

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    SPS-207: Medieval Romance & the Future of Indie Publishers - with Kathryn Le Veque

    SPS-207: Medieval Romance & the Future of Indie Publishers - with Kathryn Le Veque

    Medieval romance writer, Kathryn Le Veque, has not only self-published 30 of her own books but publishes books for some 30 other authors. We talk to her about the practicality of running an imprint, what she personally works on in regard to editing and branding, and how she identifies which trends to write in.

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    SPS-206: Keywords and Categories: Why You Need to Know Them - with Dave Chesson

    SPS-206: Keywords and Categories: Why You Need to Know Them - with Dave Chesson

    What Kindlepreneur's creator, Dave Chesson, doesn't know about book data and Amazon is probably not worth knowing. Categories, keywords and tags are his world - and he's here to help indie authors everywhere get to grips with them!

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    SPS-205: Cops on the Story Beat: How to Write About Law Enforcement - with Patrick O'Donnell

    SPS-205: Cops on the Story Beat: How to Write About Law Enforcement - with Patrick O'Donnell

    Patrick O'Donnell's life experience as a cop has allowed him to help crime writers looking to add an authentic edge to their writing. It's started a whole new career for him.

    • 59 min

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