The Self Publishing Show

Hosted ByMark Dawson & James Blatch

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.


All Episodes

SPS-305: How to Build a Believable World – with Angeline Trevena

It’s important to craft a world readers can lose themselves in. Here’s how!

SPS-304: Introducing the Findaway Voices Marketplace – with Will Dages

Tune in to discover how to sell audiobooks through every major distributor worldwide.

SPS-303: How Stories Help Us Process Trauma – with David Chrisinger

Stories are what the human mind uses to understand the world – both the good and the bad. David Chrissinger explains.

SPS-302: How to Train Your Editor Brain – with Tiffany Yates Martin

Every manuscript needs to go through editing. The question is, what kind does yours need?

SPS-301: Literary Fiction: What Is It? – with Roz Morris

Literary Fiction often stands apart from genre fiction… but what actually defines it?

SPS-300: 6 Years of The Self Publishing Show

For a special 300th episode of the Self Publishing Show, Mark and James take a look back at some of the highlights and industry changes of the past six years.

SPS-299: Reedsy – From Freelancers to Foundations – with Ricardo Fayet

Ricardo Fayet co-founded Reedsy, an online marketplace offering every service an indie author could ever need. But did you know they also support the SPF Foundation?

SPS-298: Atticus: the All-Purpose Tool for Indie Authors – with Dave Chesson

Fed up of using half a dozen different tools to produce a book? Atticus might be the answer.

SPS-297: Give Your Readers What They Want – with Melanie Harlow

What authors want and what readers want aren’t always the same – the importance of balancing art with commerce.

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