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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

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    • 4.8 • 169 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.

    BookBub: More Than Just Featured Deals - with Carlyn Robertson

    BookBub: More Than Just Featured Deals - with Carlyn Robertson

    Carlyn from BookBub explains how authors can utilise their ads platform, plus tips on how to snag one of their powerful and elusive promotions.

    • 39 min
    Happy Ever After: The Rise to Romance Stardom - with Lucy Score

    Happy Ever After: The Rise to Romance Stardom - with Lucy Score

    Lucy explains how taking Mark's courses has led to her becoming one of the biggest romance writers in the business.

    • 56 min
    Indie Author Mastermind: One Short Story a Week - with J. Thorn

    Indie Author Mastermind: One Short Story a Week - with J. Thorn

    He co-presents the Writers, Ink podcast and is the man behind the Mastermind author group. J. Thorn’s new challenge: writing one short story every week for a year.

    • 52 min
    When Two Editors are Better Than One - with Andrew Lowe & Jennie Nash

    When Two Editors are Better Than One - with Andrew Lowe & Jennie Nash

    Two editors, one book. James interviews those responsible for helping his book finally cross the finish line.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Authors on a Train: Collaborative Writing - with Zach Bohannon

    Authors on a Train: Collaborative Writing - with Zach Bohannon

    When two (or four, or eighteen) minds are better than one – how to collaborate as an author.

    • 59 min
    Ingram Spark vs KDP Print: The Great Debate - with Sara Rosett

    Ingram Spark vs KDP Print: The Great Debate - with Sara Rosett

    How to maximise the effectiveness of both POD book services.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

Alexstrath1 ,

Everything you need to know

Mark and his team don’t work in the shadows. They are honest and provide you a real view into what’s working and what’s not

Sarahplaysgames22221 ,

This one episode

I’m in the middle of my own memoir manuscript and the episode about 2 editors has been so helpful. It truly helped unlock my brain and I’m going back through it the second time with a pen and notebook. Thank you!

Shana Gorian ,

A must

Every indie author, regardless of genre, should be listening to this podcast. So much information here, as well as a peek into the global indie author community. Love the interviews and the banter. James is ‘the man’ and Mark is the king!

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