The Self Publishing Formula Podcast

The Self Publishing Formula Podcast

United Kingdom

Starting out as an indie writer? Or a seasoned pro with a string of bestsellers behind you? The Self Publishing Podcast is here to give you insights into what’s working and what isn’t in the fast changing indie world. Mark Dawson has generated a million dollars of gross revenue with his books in the past five years. James Blatch is getting his first novel written and ready for market. Together Mark and James talk to some of the biggest names in the industry bringing you actionable tips and ideas from across the spectrum.


SPF-074: Pursuing an Indie Career with Extreme Prejudice – with author Brett Battles  

Thriller author Brett Battles has seen the inside of both traditional and independent publishing. Today he chats with James about making the transition from trad to indie, the tough times and his eventual triumph as a hybrid author.

SPF-073: Getting Ahead of the Curve with an Author App – with Stuart Grant, App Developer  

Developer Stuart Grant talks to James about the marketing power of apps for authors and how they can help deepen the connection between author and readers - and help attract new fans.

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

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.

SPF-071: Riding the Collaboration Express – with author J.Thorn  

What happens when you combine one train, four authors and a 19 hour trip from Chicago to New Orleans? Writer J. Thorn talks about the highs, the lows and results of his own experiences of effective author collaboration.

SPF-070: Life After Trad – with indie author Suzy K.Quinn  

Author Suzy K. Quinn has travelled a similar road to Mark Dawson's - going from being a traditionally published writer to becoming an independent author with more control over her books and marketing. Not to mention a larger slice of the financial pie.

SPF-069: From Legal Eagle to Bestselling Author – with Steve Cavanagh  

Lawyer and traditionally published author, Steve Cavanagh, talks to SPF about the joy of creating US-based legal thrillers and his own route to getting published and achieving bestseller status.

SPF-068: How to get started in Self Publishing – with Mark Dawson  

What happens after an indie author types THE END? Mark and James talk to several self-published authors about the journey from finished manuscript to published book, covering topics such as the importance of a durable author platform, solid launch strategies and the self publishing community.

SPF-067: Self Publishing – How Much Does it Cost?  

How much money should you reasonably expect to invest when self-publishing a book? Mark Dawson and James Blatch share the all-important financial details that indie authors need to know about.

SPF-066: The One Thing I Wish I’d Known When Starting My Indie Author Career – with Mark Dawson  

Best-selling indie author Mark Dawson discusses 'The One Thing' he wished he'd known when starting out on his indie author career.

SPF-065: Know What Sells Before You Write – with Brian Spangler, Genre Report  

Software engineer, Brian Spangler, talks to SPF about his data gathering app that helps authors understand the Amazon marketplace and reveal which categories offer the highest profit potential.

SPF-064: From Comic Book Hero to Indie Author – with 2000 AD’s Pat Mills  

Legendary comic book author, Pat Mills, creator of 2000 AD, featuring Judge Dredd, talks to SPF about the state of the nation in the comic book industry, his move to writing text novels, and what he's learned from his experiences dealing with Hollywood.

SPF-063: How to start an Indie Publishing Empire – with Michael Anderle  

Science fiction author Michael Anderle talks to James about writing fast, finding voracious readers and building a publishing empire, one book at a time.

SPF 0062 – The Short Story Miracle Man with author T.S. Paul  

Sci-fi and paranormal author TS Paul shares with James how he's flouted every indie author 'rule' for writing, publishing and platform building, and has subsequently had huge success selling his short fiction.

SPF-061: How to Validate your Book Idea – with Dave Chesson, Kindlepreneur  

In this week's episode, Kindlepreneur's Dave Chesson explains how to validate your book idea before you start the long-term and time-consuming process of writing your novel.

SPF-060: Talking the Talk – with Dragon Dictation expert Scott Baker  

Dictating your first draft, as opposed to typing it, can exponentially increase a writer's daily word count. James talks to Dragon Trainer Scott Baker about tips, tricks, and equipment to get you dictating like a pro.

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

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.

SPF-058: From Flying Jets to Flying High – with indie author, Susan Grant  

Fighter pilot and commercial airline captain, Susan Grant, talks to James about making the leap from traditionally published writer to successful indie author.

SPF-057: Spiderman: Exploring Amazon with Data Guy  

If you're looking to make sense of all the stats and figures out there relating to the world of digital book publishing, who you gonna call? Thankfully, the pseudonymous Data Guy has got it covered.

SPF-056: Masterclass: Amazon Ads  

In this week's podcast episode Mark Dawson hosts a masterclass on Amazon Ads, explaining how indie authors can use them to sell books and boost their visibility and platform.

SPF-055: Thirteen Million Reasons why Self Publishing Rocks – with author HM Ward  

This week’s interview is with romance author HM Ward, one of the great success stories of self publishing. Tune in to hear her story and how it could, with the right approach, be emulated by other indie authors.

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