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Join author and screenwriter Mark Stay with coach, entrepreneur and recording artist Mark Desvaux, as they discover the secrets to writing a bestseller and challenge themselves and you to write, market and self-published a bestselling book in just one year. Each week, they are guided by and interview million-selling, chart-topping authors, publishers on the inside, editors, agents, social media specialists, and many more big names who play a part in the bestseller process. From the writing to marketing, plotting to publishing, learn the secrets to help you write your way to the top of the charts.

The Bestseller Experiment Mark Stay & Mark Desvaux

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Join author and screenwriter Mark Stay with coach, entrepreneur and recording artist Mark Desvaux, as they discover the secrets to writing a bestseller and challenge themselves and you to write, market and self-published a bestselling book in just one year. Each week, they are guided by and interview million-selling, chart-topping authors, publishers on the inside, editors, agents, social media specialists, and many more big names who play a part in the bestseller process. From the writing to marketing, plotting to publishing, learn the secrets to help you write your way to the top of the charts.

    EP257: Making a Star Wars Documentary with David Whiteley

    EP257: Making a Star Wars Documentary with David Whiteley

    In this special episode, we speak to writer and producer David Whiteley about his Star Wars documentary The Galaxy Britain Built. David takes us through the journey of building a documentary idea into a fetaure-length documentary and an accompanying book.



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 34 min
    EP257: Caroline Mitchell and the Law of Attraction

    EP257: Caroline Mitchell and the Law of Attraction

    Number one bestselling author Caroline Mitchell recently Tweeted that she had sold a million copies of her books since first getting published in 2013. Writing on her commute, Caroline started out by setting herself daily goals and moved from never having written before, to self-publishing, to awards and deals with Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer. It’s an inspiring story and it all started… with an exorcism.



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 50 min
    EP255: The Itty Bitty Indie Experiment - A Deep Dive

    EP255: The Itty Bitty Indie Experiment - A Deep Dive

    When Robyn Sarty set up her own publisher, Bellwood Publishing, she approached Sage Gordon-Davis about writing a series of sweet romance novels. In the first of a series we’ll be following Robyn and Sage through the year as they develop the books and prepare them for publication. They tell us how the idea came about, the nitty gritty of contracts, agreements, budgets and royalties. This is essential listening for any writer thinking of self-publishing.



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now https://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

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    EP254: The BXP2020 Challenge Has Lift-Off

    EP254: The BXP2020 Challenge Has Lift-Off

    It’s 2020 and the BXP2020 challenge is off to an amazing start with over 118.5 million words pledged already! We've been overwhelmed by messages from listeners telling us it’s transformed the way they write. In this special live show, we share listener tips for making the most of the challenge and how you can get involved. The podcast also get crashed by author and Youtuber Claire Burgess who is taking on the challenge!



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    Get 20% off the How To Get Published event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-get-published-2020-tickets-61243864046?discount=H2GP20



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP253: Kickstarter Tips with A.Y. Chao

    EP253: Kickstarter Tips with A.Y. Chao

    Author A.Y. Chao tells us how she funded her debut novel Soul Affinity on Kickstarter in just 4 days! If you’ve never tried Kickstarter before, but always wanted to give it a try, this is a great episode to see just how it works and what strategies you could use to make your novel a reality.



    Links



    Soul Affinity on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aychao/soul-affinity

    Crowdfinding tips with Unbound’s Jimmy Leach: https://bestsellerexperiment.com/ep119-crowdfunding-tips-with-jimmy-leach/



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 2 min
    EP252: Scott Pack - Tips from a Publisher

    EP252: Scott Pack - Tips from a Publisher

    Scott Pack celebrates 20 years in publishing in 2020, having worked as head of buying for Waterstones, and as a publisher at HarperCollins, Unbound, Eye and Lightning Books and more. His new book Tips from a Publisher is crammed with advice for writers at all levels and is essential reading. Scott will inspire you with his tips on writing, editing, submission and publishing.



    Get 30% off Scott’s book here using the code bestsellerxp: http://eye-books.com/books/tips-from-a-publisher



    Get 20% off the How To Get Published event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-get-published-2020-tickets-61243864046?discount=H2GP20



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

Birdnerd in training ,

Love learning alongside the 2 Marks

I've been listening and following the Bestseller Experiment since day 1. I whole-heartedly agree that these interviews and the vault of gold and the show notes could very well compete as a university level program in the craft of writing as well as navigating the mind-boggling word of publishing! I've found the solutions to many hurdles I've encountered on my writing journey in the content provided by the two Marks.

Belle Denne ,

Completely Motivating

The Two Marks present the podcast in a way that encourages listeners to join them on the journey. Full of great advice and inspiring guests. I am constantly recommending this podcast to writer friends.

bLaCaRdRaGoN ,

Hilarity with great advice!

I finished a first draft of a book before finding this podcast. Five episodes in and I'm hooked! Absolutely hilarious and great interviews so far. Definitely a fan and I'm excited to hear the rest of the show! Super inspired to keep writing and to do it with a whole new set of advice!

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