Series: The Self Publishing Show

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-267: The Magic Formula to Going Indie – with John Gaspard

Author John Gaspard on the trick to successfully switching from trad to indie  with his magic-themed thrillers.

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SPS-266: From Fighting Fires to Writing Romance

An ex-fire fighter turned novelist provides proof that there must be something to the adage, “Write what you know”.

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SPS-265: How to Make a Living Writing Book Club Fiction – with Boo Walker

Bestselling author Boo Walker on writing upmarket fiction and being published by Amazon imprint, Lake Union Publishing.

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SPS-264: Discovery Writing & Digging for Niches – with Steff Green

Bestselling indie paranormal and fantasy author, Steff Green, explains how she hopes to inspire new readers through her style of discovery writing and the importance of appealing to market niches for self-published writers.

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SPS-263: Plotting Your Book, Made Easy – with Ryan Zee & Cameron Sutter

The founders of smart plotting app, Plottr, on the evolution of their service and how it can boost author productivity.

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SPS-262: 2020: The Year for Author Innovation

PublishDrive’s Kinga Jentetics discusses the impact of the 2020 pandemic on the worlds of writing and publishing and reveals her company’s planned innovations for the new year.  

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SPS-261: How to Turn Your Book into a Hallmark Movie – with Barbara Hinske

Ex-attorney Barbara Hinske on how she came to writing for a living and the process of seeing her book transformed into a movie.

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SPS-259: How to Print Your Book All Over the World – with Jason Miletsky

After finding that stories he was reading to his disabled daughter weren’t uplifting enough, Jason Miletsky opted to write and self-publish his own children’s books, thus triggering a career that combines writing and providing book printing and…

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SPS-258: BookLab – with Peter F. Smith

It’s the turn of science fiction author, Peter F. Smith, to get the famed BookLab treatment with expert feedback on his writing, blurb and cover.

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