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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.

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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.

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Fascinating Interviews on Self-Publishing

By John R. Aberle - Nov 22 2019
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I love the interviews James Blatch does and the chats Mark Dawson has with James. I've learned a lot of how to do self-publishing better. They are the reason I have any awareness of GDPR, so I'm very grateful to them. I also enjoy the case study interviews with Advertising for Authors course graduates. 11/20/19 I love this show and all of its podcasts that I've listened to so far, a lot. Today I listened to SPS-199: Stop Worrying and Start Writing - with Sarah Painter. Sarah has marvelous advice for those of us who tend to be our own worst critics and who worry about being good enough.

Love the bookLab

By fantasyfanz - Dec 25 2018
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Love the Book Lab show and the podcast in general. Really helpful and inspiring. Thank you!

iTunes Ratings

130 Ratings
Average Ratings
116
5
5
3
1

Fascinating Interviews on Self-Publishing

By John R. Aberle - Nov 22 2019
Read more
I love the interviews James Blatch does and the chats Mark Dawson has with James. I've learned a lot of how to do self-publishing better. They are the reason I have any awareness of GDPR, so I'm very grateful to them. I also enjoy the case study interviews with Advertising for Authors course graduates. 11/20/19 I love this show and all of its podcasts that I've listened to so far, a lot. Today I listened to SPS-199: Stop Worrying and Start Writing - with Sarah Painter. Sarah has marvelous advice for those of us who tend to be our own worst critics and who worry about being good enough.

Love the bookLab

By fantasyfanz - Dec 25 2018
Read more
Love the Book Lab show and the podcast in general. Really helpful and inspiring. Thank you!
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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.

Rank #1: SPF-004: Masterclass – Five Must Do Actions for New Authors – With Mark Dawson

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If you’re thinking of kicking off a career as an indie author, or have already started down that road, listening to Podcast number 4 might save you a lot of time, money and effort as you move forward. Mark and James focus on key elements that are worth getting right at the start of your […]

Mar 25 2016

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Rank #2: SPS-169: Six Indie Mistakes to Avoid - with Alessandra Torre

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Indie romance bestseller Alessandra Torre sheds light on some of her rookie mistakes in the hope that others will learn from them.

Apr 26 2019

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Rank #3: SPS-197: Extreme Productivity: How to Write 20-Plus Books a Year - with Amanda Lee

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Amanda Lee sheds light on her prolific output as a writer with tips and insight for all indie authors looking to boost productivity whilst maintaining professional standards for their finished books.

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #4: SPF-046: Masterclass: Building a Mailing List part 1 – With Mark Dawson

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Jan 06 2017

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Rank #5: SPF -135: The 2018 Indie Author Toolkit - with Mark Dawson

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SPF’s very own Mark Dawson provides a rundown of the key tools needed to help make your indie author career a successful one.

Aug 31 2018

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Rank #6: SPF-072: The Two Million Dollar First Time Author – with Chloé Esposito

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UK author Chloe Esposito's debut novel, Mad, was recently released to much acclaim and has already had its movie rights snapped up by Hollywood. Today James talks to her about the Faber Academy's writing program, leaving behind her management consulting career and ensuring the tone of the film being made from Mad stays true to the book.

Jul 07 2017

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Rank #7: SPF-134: A Successful Author Mindset - with Adam Croft

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Indie author Adam Croft returns to the podcast to share his thoughts on the importance of mindset for authors, and how the right approach in this department can have a hugely positive effect on a writer’s career and business.

Aug 24 2018

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Rank #8: SPF-010: From Indie Publishing to 7 Figure Book Deal, with Bella Andre

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Today’s guest is one of the most prolific and hardworking Indie authors out there. All it takes is a glance at Bella Andre’s catalogue to realize that this woman knows how to do what it takes to get books written! Success has come with over 50 bestsellers to her credit, and, during this chat, you’re […]

May 05 2016

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Rank #9: SPF-078: One Million Sales and Counting: Success in Cross Genre Writing – with bestseller Mel Sherratt

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If you're an author that wants to write across genres but worry about the impact that approach might have on financial returns, you'll want to listen to this week's guest, bestselling author Mel Sherratt, who's achieved in excess of one million sales with a cross-genre back catalogue.

Aug 18 2017

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Rank #10: SPF-083:Breathing Life into your Backlist with Chris Fox

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How do you go about ensuring that ALL of your books are out there earning for you? Cue, self publishing wiz, Chris Fox, on how to get the most out of your previously released books. This week’s key highlights: Chris’s beginnings as a writer and his background in Silicon Valley About Chris’s books and videos […]

Sep 18 2017

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Rank #11: SPS-192: How to Build an Audience on Instagram - with Stuart Grant

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This week, Stuart Grant, Instagram expert and co-author of one of SPF's most popular indie author marketing guides, explains how to build your readership with the social media platform.

Sep 20 2019

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Rank #12: SPF-116: Publishing 3.0 - with Jasper Joffe

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Independent author and publisher Jasper Joffe talks about the success his publishing house has had using a model very different to the traditional one.

Apr 27 2018

41mins

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Rank #13: SPF-038: How iAuthor Can Give Your Books Greater Visibility – with Adam Kolczynski

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One of the best things about self-publishing is that anyone can publish a book. One of the worst things about self-publishing is that anyone can publish a book. The marketplace is getting more and more crowded with new authors appearing on Amazon and other online book outlets every day. How do you stand out from […]

Nov 11 2016

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Rank #14: SPF-059: Top Book Launch Tips – with Tim Grahl

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Book launch expert Tim Grahl talks to James about the importance of an email list, successful book launches and his own experience of writing a novel for public consumption.

Apr 07 2017

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Rank #15: SPF-123: BONUS EPISODE! Self Publishing Marketing Q & A - with Mark Dawson

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In this special edition of the podcast, tune in to a Marketing Q & A with Mark on all things self publishing. Find out how to deal with ad platform changes, find new readers and gen up on fresh marketing tactics with one of the world's most successful indie authors.

Jun 13 2018

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Rank #16: SPF-143: #BOOKSTAGRAMMERS: How To Reach Readers Through Instagram - with Bex Gorsuch

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Instagram is the hottest multi-generational social media platform out there. Bex Gorsuch explains how writers can exploit it to boost their author business.

Oct 26 2018

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Rank #17: SPS-161: How to Strike Gold with a Niche Audience: Writing Reverse Harem - with Steff Green

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Indie author Steff Green explains what inspired her to write in the new romantic sub-genre of 'reverse harem' and how her readers have responded to the change.

Mar 01 2019

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Rank #18: SPF-037: Writing Against the Odds – with Author, T.J.Garrett

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What you’ll hear on this episode of the Self Publishing Formula is nothing short of empowering. Tony Garrett is a new and very successful author, (writing as ‘T.J.Garrett’), pulling in over $30K per month in book sales. But in order to get to that point he’s had to overcome a degenerative disease that makes it […]

Nov 04 2016

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Rank #19: SPS-182: How to Run an Indie Author Business - with Joe Solari & Barry Kernon

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Setting yourself up as a self-published author requires you to be business-minded. In this episode, expert accountants from both sides of the pond provide practical advice on how to go about getting it right from the off.

Jul 12 2019

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Rank #20: SPF-006: Best selling Indie Author Interview – With Russell Blake

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Russell Blake is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of some 30 – count ‘em! – much loved books and has been featured in the likes of the Wall Street Journal and The Chicago Tribune. He’s become a hugely respected figure in indie publishing circles and together with Mark and James, happily discusses, amongst other things, why marketing a […]

Apr 08 2016

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SPS-210: The $50,000 Mistake - with James Rosone

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The author of several successful military thrillers, James Rosone, explains how other self-published writers can learn from his mistakes as they progress their indie author careers.

Jan 24 2020

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SPS-209: The Fiction Formula - with Johnny Truant

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How can you be sure you're writing books that are going to sell? You need a formula! Cue, Sterling & Stone's Johnny Truant, co-author of a new book on that very topic.

Jan 17 2020

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SPS-208: Strengths for Writers: How to Align Yourself for Success - with Becca Syme

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Bestselling multi-genre author and leadership coach, Becca Syme, explains how indies can streamline and smarten their writing process.

Jan 10 2020

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SPS-207: Medieval Romance & the Future of Indie Publishers - with Kathryn Le Veque

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Medieval romance writer, Kathryn Le Veque, has not only self-published 30 of her own books but publishes books for some 30 other authors. We talk to her about the practicality of running an imprint, what she personally works on in regard to editing and branding, and how she identifies which trends to write in.

Jan 03 2020

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SPS-206: Keywords and Categories: Why You Need to Know Them - with Dave Chesson

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What Kindlepreneur's creator, Dave Chesson, doesn't know about book data and Amazon is probably not worth knowing. Categories, keywords and tags are his world - and he's here to help indie authors everywhere get to grips with them!

Dec 27 2019

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SPS-205: Cops on the Story Beat: How to Write About Law Enforcement - with Patrick O'Donnell

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Patrick O'Donnell's life experience as a cop has allowed him to help crime writers looking to add an authentic edge to their writing. It's started a whole new career for him.

Dec 20 2019

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SPS-204: Sci-Fi Romance: Writing Characters to Fall in Love With - with Lindsay Buroker

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US-based author Lindsay Buroker explains how she started her self-publishing career way back in 2010, keeps her fans happy and manages to write ten books a year for them.

Dec 13 2019

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SPS-203: Powerful Women: Four Writers, One Billionaire Romance Series - with Lucy Score, Claire Kingsley, Kathryn Nolan & Pippa Grant

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Find out what happened when FOUR bestselling authors - and friends - put their heads together to create a romance series featuring female billionaires as lead characters.

Dec 06 2019

1hr 11mins

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SPS-202: The Power Couple: How to Get Rich Writing Romance - with Lucy Score & Tim Hoot

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Romance writer Lucy Score and marketer Tim Hoot describe how their partnered approach to self-publishing has seen Lucy's indie author career go from strength to strength.

Nov 29 2019

1hr 1min

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SPS-201: How to Write an Oscar-Nominated Screenplay - with Terri Tatchell

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Oscar-nominated screenwriter Terri Tatchell talks about crafting movie screenplays and books and provides her take on self-publishing.

Nov 22 2019

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SPS-200: Special 200th Episode: Four Years of the Self Publishing Show

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In this special 200th edition, Mark and James revisit the top 10 downloaded episodes of the show and discuss Mark's new landmark print deal.

Nov 15 2019

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SPS-199: Stop Worrying and Start Writing - with Sarah Painter

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Hybrid author Sarah Painter shares the importance of taking gentle care of ourselves as creative people, and also the value of taking writing and publishing step-by-step to avoid overwhelm. She also discusses how brain science can help writers to get past their blocks about writing.

Nov 08 2019

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SPS-198: The Self-Published Author, circa 1999 - with Jeff Wheeler

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Fantasy author Jeff Wheeler provides an insightful look into what it was like in the trenches of self-publishing in the pre-Kindle era.

Nov 01 2019

1hr 1min

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SPS-197: Extreme Productivity: How to Write 20-Plus Books a Year - with Amanda Lee

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Amanda Lee sheds light on her prolific output as a writer with tips and insight for all indie authors looking to boost productivity whilst maintaining professional standards for their finished books.

Oct 25 2019

55mins

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SPS-196: How to Turn a Struggle Into a Strength - with Hilary Jastram

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Author, media contributor and reluctant entrepreneur, Hilary Jastram, discusses the impact of chronic illness on her writing and business life.

Oct 18 2019

1hr 2mins

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SPS-195: From Blasters to Bones: How to Switch from Sci-Fi to Crime Fiction - with Barry Hutchinson

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Any author considering writing in different genres would do well to tune in to this week's episode featuring writer Barry Hutchinson. A popular and well-established name in sci-fi, find out what happened when he made the switch to writing crime fiction.

Oct 11 2019

1hr 4mins

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SPS-194: Live from Florida! at the NINC conference with David Gaughran and Ricardo Fayet

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Back in Florida to present at this year's NINC writers' conference, the SPF team recorded an edition of the Self Publishing Show in front of a live audience - a first - made up of indie authors and experts, including self publishing guru David Gaughran and Reedsy's Ricardo Fayet. It turned out to be a lively and informative affair!

Oct 04 2019

45mins

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SPS-193: How to Write About the FBI (and Get it Right) - with Jerri Williams

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If you’re writing books that involve the workings of the FBI, you’re going to want ensure authenticity. Cue, retired FBI Special Agent and fiction author Jerri Williams.

Sep 27 2019

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SPS-192: How to Build an Audience on Instagram - with Stuart Grant

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This week, Stuart Grant, Instagram expert and co-author of one of SPF's most popular indie author marketing guides, explains how to build your readership with the social media platform.

Sep 20 2019

1hr 9mins

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SPS-191: A Decade of Innovation - Behind the Scenes at KDP - with Darren Hardy

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Mark and James catch up with KDP's Darren Hardy at Amazon's UK HQ to discuss the impact of the company's past, present and future innovations on indie authors the world over.

Sep 13 2019

55mins

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iTunes Ratings

130 Ratings
Average Ratings
116
5
5
3
1

Fascinating Interviews on Self-Publishing

By John R. Aberle - Nov 22 2019
Read more
I love the interviews James Blatch does and the chats Mark Dawson has with James. I've learned a lot of how to do self-publishing better. They are the reason I have any awareness of GDPR, so I'm very grateful to them. I also enjoy the case study interviews with Advertising for Authors course graduates. 11/20/19 I love this show and all of its podcasts that I've listened to so far, a lot. Today I listened to SPS-199: Stop Worrying and Start Writing - with Sarah Painter. Sarah has marvelous advice for those of us who tend to be our own worst critics and who worry about being good enough.

Love the bookLab

By fantasyfanz - Dec 25 2018
Read more
Love the Book Lab show and the podcast in general. Really helpful and inspiring. Thank you!