Mark Dawson does not have a publishing company behind him, but he is still a hugely successful author and tonight he will be sharing the secrets of his success at the first of the series of Autumn Talks at The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury.
Mark, a former lawyer, began writing his best-selling John Milton assassin thriller series while on a 90-minute train commute. However, with publishers rejecting his novel, he decided to go down the self-publishing route and two years later this method started to really pay off.
‘My income – and my life – changed totally in 2014,’ he explains. ‘In January of that year I was making as much money from my books as I was from my day job, but by autumn I was probably making five times as much from my novels.’
Mark, who lives in Wiltshire, has never looked back and today writes full-time. An Amazon best-selling author – he has sold over one million books – as well as the John Milton series, he also writes the Beatrix Rose and Isabella Rose series.