The Self Publishing Show

Mark Dawson

Two writers. One just starting out. The other a best-selling indie author. Join James Blatch and Mark Dawson and their amazing guests as they discuss how you can make a living telling stories. There’s never been a better time to be a writer. read less

Our Editor's Take

The internet has opened up many opportunities for authors with the advent of self-publishing. The Self-Publishing Show is a podcast with a particular goal in mind. It hopes to help authors of all experience levels learn more about self-publishing. It can be a daunting arena at first, but this podcast sets out to remove some of the mystique surrounding it.

The hosts and creators of The Self-Publishing Show are Mark Dawson and James Blatch. Dawson is a best-selling author with over 20 novels to his credit. He is best known for his John Milton series of thrillers.

Blatch is the author of three thriller novels set during the Cold War. He previously spent many years as a BBC reporter. His primary area of focus was reporting on the British military. His father was an aviator for the RAF, so much of his fiction involves military aviation.

One of the most compelling aspects of this podcast is its design. Dawson is the more senior of the two authors here. By his admission, Blatch is still learning much about being a full-time writer.

This means that Blatch manages to function as a surrogate for the listener. Most educational podcasts do not feature one of the hosts as a student. That dynamic means the listener effectively learns with one of the hosts in real-time. It helps to make the podcast a more relatable and compelling listen. That is especially true for listeners just beginning to write for the first time.

Each episode sees the hosts interviewing a guest who works in the publishing world. These include authors and publishers and those who offer literary services for authors. One episode features an interview with comedian Dave Cohen about how to add comedy to a script. Another features a conversation with Rosa Lee, a prominent TikTok personality. She specializes in writing in a genre known as Dark Romance. These episodes help illustrate what it's like to be successful in self-publishing.

New episodes of The Self-Publishing Show air weekly on Fridays.

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