535 episodes

Join author and screenwriter Mark Stay with coach and entrepreneur 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 Bestseller Experiment

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    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Join author and screenwriter Mark Stay with coach and entrepreneur 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.

    Ep502 - Mark Desvaux - “The Hallmark Habits of Highly Successful Authors (Part 1)”

    Ep502 - Mark Desvaux - “The Hallmark Habits of Highly Successful Authors (Part 1)”

    In Part 1 of this new series, Mark Desvaux takes you on a deep dive into the habits of bestseller authors, distilled from seven and a half years of deep interviews and analysis. Drawn from over 500 conversations with top writers, this series offers possibly the most comprehensive exploration of what it takes to reach the bestseller lists. Join Mark as he unveils the critical practices and routines that have propelled these authors to the peak of literary success. Mark also announces the all-new LIVE 5-Day 200 Word Challenge.

    • 40 min
    EP501: Brandon Sanderson

    EP501: Brandon Sanderson

    We caught up with fantasy bestselling author and super nice dude Brandon Sanderson and in a jam-packed episode he answered our listeners’ questions and let us in on some of his inspirational top tips for productive writing…

    • 29 min
    EP500: Mark Desvaux - “The Six Life-Changing Reasons You Write”

    EP500: Mark Desvaux - “The Six Life-Changing Reasons You Write”

    We've reached a monumental episode – the 500th – on the Bestseller Experiment podcast! To celebrate, Mark Desvaux goes deeper than ever to uncover and countdown the most important, life-changing reasons why we write, drawn from seven and a half years and over 600 hours of interviews with bestselling authors.

    • 41 min
    EP499: Michael Connelly | 60 Million Thriller Books

    EP499: Michael Connelly | 60 Million Thriller Books

    Michael Connelly is one of the most successful crime authors in the world with over 60m book sales. Having just released his new Harry Bosch thriller, he shares secrets about developing characters & writing book series – in the back of a London cab!

    • 58 min
    EP498: Karen Storey - “How to Become a Short Story Superstar”

    EP498: Karen Storey - “How to Become a Short Story Superstar”

    Karen Storey's name has become synonymous with success in short story writing. With an impressive one-in-three win rate out of over 40 competitions last year, Karen exemplifies what it means to blend passion with strategy in writing. In this episode, Karen shares the secrets of her success, including the importance of great endings. In a final twist, we surprise Karen with the Bestseller Academy All-Star Award for her outstanding achievements.

    • 52 min
    EP497: Ben Aaronovitch and the Great Bollocking…

    EP497: Ben Aaronovitch and the Great Bollocking…

    Ben Aaronovitch started writing for Doctor Who and became the author of the bestselling Peter Grant series that started with Rivers Of London in 2011 and has been hugely successful, regularly hitting the Sunday Times bestsellers top ten. We were delighted to get Ben for a conversation full of fireworks.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

aaronboolander ,

The Two Marks deliver inspiration and information!

Deveaux’s audacious optimism is infectious. Stays interviews are insightful and funny. If you’re a writer, at any stage, you NEED to be listening. They’ll change your life.

They changed mine.

Many thanks to the Two Marks

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.

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