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Read Mark's regularly updated blog for news on new releases, competitions, offers and appearances. You might also find some thoughts on craft and the business of publishing.

A million reasons for gratitude

Fifteen years ago, my first book – The Art of Falling Apart – was published by a major UK imprint. It, and my second book, Subpoena Colada, sank without trace.

Hardly any sales. No reviews. The only contact I had with readers was when a friend handed me a copy of Subpoena Colada that she had bought in a charity shop, and a note slipped out on which the reader had noted all the legal points that I had got wrong. Not quite what I had in mind. I’d always had the dream that one day I would see a commuter with one of my books open on his or her lap while I took the train into work (this would be just before I quite working to write full time, of course). That didn’t happen, either.

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Reader Survey 2015 - Part 4

I have been discussing my recent survey where I sent out twelve questions to all 10,000 people on my mailing list. At the time of writing, I have 1,650 people answering the questions that I posed, producing a not insubstantial sample from which we can draw some interesting conclusions.

Before I get into the nitty gritty, one of my recent posts on the survey was picked up by the Sell More Books Show. One of the hosts, Jim Kukral, said he would be interested to know how successfully I deploy my mailing list when I have something to sell.

The answer is that is a crucial - THE crucial - part of my business. It's my most valable asset.

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Reader Survey 2015 - Part 5

This is the fourth part of a series looking at the results from a mail-out to 10,000 people on my mailing list where I asked them to answer a series of very simple questions.

At the time of writing, I have 1,650 people answering the questions. This is a decent sample size from which other authors could profitably can draw their own conclusions.

The tenth question that I asked my readers was a simple one:

How do you read your books?

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Byte the Book

Byte the Book is an organisation based in London that aims to bring writers and publishing people together in an environment where they can network and discuss the fundamental changes that are reshaping the book industry.

Amazon UK were approached to speak at the latest event on Tuesday, and they asked me if I would go along to discuss the things that I've achieved over the course of the last eighteen months. I was interviewed by the head of KDP UK, and, after a very pleasant meal and a couple of beers, we launched right into it.

It was a well attended event. The room at London's (splendidly louche) Groucho Club was full and people were being turned away. 

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Latest Releases from Mark Dawson

The Sword of God

On the run from his own demons, John Milton treks through the Michigan wilderness into the town of Truth.

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