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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.

    EP259: Science Fiction - A Deep Dive with Hannu Rajaniemi

    EP259: Science Fiction - A Deep Dive with Hannu Rajaniemi

    In the first of an occasional series where we dive into specific genres, we look at science fiction with Hannu Rajaniemi, award-winning author of The Quantum Thief, The Fractal Prince, The Causal Angel, Summerland and more. We answer listener questions on defining the genre, keeping up on scientific developments, world building, how to generate story ideas, and why we would love to read an Ian M Banks Star Wars novel.



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

    • 2 min
    EP003: Archive Rerun - Million-Selling Indie Author | Shannon Mayer

    EP003: Archive Rerun - Million-Selling Indie Author | Shannon Mayer

    In this week's episode from the BXP Archives...

    In this episode you will discover… 



    What does a commission editor do? It’s not just correcting your spelling!

    What’s changed in publishing? And how you can make the most of these opportunities.

    The most common mistakes by writers: And how you can avoid them.

    Don’t cheat your reader: And how to have a longer career as a writer.



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

    • 1 hr
    EP261: Productivity Tips for Writers with Bec Evans

    EP261: Productivity Tips for Writers with Bec Evans

    Bec Evans was previously a guest on a Deep Dive (ep199, discussing her book How to Have a Happy Hustle), but since then she has surveyed over 3,500 authors about their writing habits and discovered some incredibly useful data on how writing little and often can improve your productivity and creativity as a writer. In this special live show, she reveals great tips for writers on toggling, tiny habits, micro-challenges and being spontaneous.



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

    • 57 min
    EP260: Barbara Poelle – The Hook, The Book & The Cook

    EP260: Barbara Poelle – The Hook, The Book & The Cook

    In the first of an occasional series where we dive into specific genres, we look at science fiction with Hannu Rajaniemi, award-winning author of The Quantum Thief, The Fractal Prince, The Causal Angel, Summerland and more. We answer listener questions on defining the genre, keeping up on scientific developments, world building, how to generate story ideas, and why we would love to read an Ian M Banks Star Wars novel.



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

    • 2 min
    EP002: Archive Rerun - Bestselling Editors | Sam Eades & Juliet Ewers - Orion Books

    EP002: Archive Rerun - Bestselling Editors | Sam Eades & Juliet Ewers - Orion Books

    In this week's episode from the BXP Archives...

    In this episode you will discover… 



    What does a commission editor do? It’s not just correcting your spelling!

    What’s changed in publishing? And how you can make the most of these opportunities.

    The most common mistakes by writers: And how you can avoid them.

    Don’t cheat your reader: And how to have a longer career as a writer.



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

    • 57 min
    EP259: Science Fiction - A Deep Dive with Hannu Rajaniemi

    EP259: Science Fiction - A Deep Dive with Hannu Rajaniemi

    In the first of an occasional series where we dive into specific genres, we look at science fiction with Hannu Rajaniemi, award-winning author of The Quantum Thief, The Fractal Prince, The Causal Angel, Summerland and more. We answer listener questions on defining the genre, keeping up on scientific developments, world building, how to generate story ideas, and why we would love to read an Ian M Banks Star Wars novel.



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

    • 3 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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