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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 • 181 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.

    Kobo Writing Life: Reach New Readers - with Tara Cremin

    Kobo Writing Life: Reach New Readers - with Tara Cremin

    Kobo’s Tara Cremin explains why you’re leaving millions of readers on the table.

    • 40 min
    SPS-335: Publishing the New Poirot - with Sophie Hannah

    SPS-335: Publishing the New Poirot - with Sophie Hannah

    Currently teaching a writing course at Cambridge University, Sophie Hannah discusses the publishing routes available to new authors.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Flying into Fiction: Video Games & NFTs - with Nicholas Narbutovskih

    Flying into Fiction: Video Games & NFTs - with Nicholas Narbutovskih

    • 1 hr
    Building Better Worlds: Special Effects & Writing - with Chrissy Metge

    Building Better Worlds: Special Effects & Writing - with Chrissy Metge

    Chrissy Metge isn’t just an author of children’s books – she also works on the special effects for some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

    • 43 min
    MiblArt: Cover Design During the War - with Julia Rozdobudko

    MiblArt: Cover Design During the War - with Julia Rozdobudko

    Julia had to flee Ukraine due to the war, yet MiblArt’s work as a book cover design company continues.

    • 46 min
    Websites for Writers - with Stuart Grant

    Websites for Writers - with Stuart Grant

    Ace author website designer, Stuart Grant, explains why every author needs a site and how to go about securing one that's going to help you sell more books.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

kjreusser ,

Informative show worth a listen

I’ve been listening for a year and have learned much about self-pubbing. I’ve got several books done and am using their bits of wisdom to promote. Thanks!

mdandy1968 ,

Banter is boring

Once the episodes get rolling they are fine. Sadly, the first 10 minutes is just back and forth chit about mind numbing nothingness. Circular talk about what the episode will be about. I get it. Sometimes I also have nothing to say…but why not skip that part?

Jodi Burnett ,

Educational and Entertaining!

I’ve listened to the Self Publishing Show podcast for years and Mark, James and their guests continue to provide hugely valuable content. I listen while I drive, and frequently have to leave myself audio messages of great tips to return to later. The SPF podcast has informed my fiction writing almost from the beginning. I am a student in both the Self Publishing 101 and the Ads for Authors courses, as well. I know I’m gushing, but I can’t recommend these courses and podcast high enough! Thanks to all involved! 😁

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