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-412: Time Management for Authors – with Mark Dawson

SPS-411: The Importance of Researching Settings – with Tony Park

As an Australian living in South Africa, Tony Park explains what he does to make sure he reflects African places, people and practices correctly.

SPS-410: Selling Serials with The Pigeonhole – with Mark Blayney

Getting reviews and reader feedback can be difficult. The Pigeonhole is a new way to transform your relationship with your readers.

SPS-409: Catering for the Christian Market – with Thomas Umstattd

Veteran podcaster and SEO expert Thomas Umstattd explains what the Christian market is and what authors need to consider when writing for it.

SPS-408: Essential Tips for New Authors – with Mark Dawson

As Launchpad prepares to welcome new students, Mark Dawson breaks down his top ten tips for aspiring authors.

SPS-407: How to Choose Your Amazon Categories – with Dave Chesson

With a quarter of Amazon categories not having their own bestseller rankings, it’s important to choose ones that’ll help promote your book.

SPS-406: Turn Your Inner Darkness into Words – with Joanna Penn

Self-publishing veteran Joanna Penn talks about her new non-fiction book “Writing the Shadow” and where her writing career will go from here.

SPS-405: Is A.I. a Help or a Hindrance? – with Mark Dawson

SPS-404: Making Self-Publishing More Affordable – with Dan Wood

Book covers, translations, audiobooks – these can all cost a lot of money and put off promising writers. Draft2Digital wants to make self-publishing accessible for all.

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