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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

    • Arts
    • 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.

    EP429: Deep Dive — Second Sky with Jack Renninson

    EP429: Deep Dive — Second Sky with Jack Renninson

    Digital-first publisher Bookouture are now applying their publishing model to science fiction and fantasy with their new imprint Second Sky. We speak to consultant associate publisher Jack Renninson who tells us what Second Sky is looking for, and he answers our listener questions on submissions, pitching to Second Sky, and what’s to come in the near future.

    • 8 min
    EP428: Peter May — “I Felt a Weight Lift."

    EP428: Peter May — “I Felt a Weight Lift."

    Bestselling author Peter May returns to the podcast with his gripping new novel A Winter Grave, a near future thriller where climate change has changed the landscape. Peter talks about coming out of retirement to write without a contract or a deadline, but with passion and a sense of urgency. Mark Stay is joined this week by guest presenter Caimh McDonnell, bestselling author of the Bunny McGarry series and the Stranger Times books, including Love Will Tear Us Apart.

    • 56 min
    EP427: Deep Dive — Unwelcome with Jon Wright and Mark Stay

    EP427: Deep Dive — Unwelcome with Jon Wright and Mark Stay

    Director Jon Wright joins Mark Stay to answer listener questions on the development of their new monster movie Unwelcome. They reveal what inspired them to write the script, how the story was developed (and was very early abandoned), how Jon blocks and shoots sequences and works with the cast and crew, they offer tips for screenwriters, and they start by discussing, er, chocolate bars. 

    • 49 min
    EP426: Lou Abercrombie — "I Write Whilst I Swim."

    EP426: Lou Abercrombie — "I Write Whilst I Swim."

    Lou Abercrombie worked in TV and film production and as a photographer, and a few years ago started writing children’s books combining her passion for swimming and mathematics. Her debut novel FIG SWIMS THE WORLD, was longlisted for the Bath Children’s Award, and her new book AMAZING MATHS makes the subject of mathematics accessible in a way that we wish was around when we were at school. Lou reveals how water solves her story problems and how she’s helped by a waterproof notebook...

    • 51 min
    EP425: MATT CAIN — "Write with Heart and Humour.”

    EP425: MATT CAIN — "Write with Heart and Humour.”

    Matt Cain endured rejections from thirty agents and fifty publishers before getting his debut novel published… and then it didn’t work out. Matt tells us how he made an extraordinary comeback, breaking crowdfunding records with The Madonna of Bolton, having a smash with The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle, and now he’s back with Becoming Ted, his latest heartwarming novel about following your dreams.

    • 56 min
    EP424: Cole Haddon — “I Stripped the Censor in my Head"

    EP424: Cole Haddon — “I Stripped the Censor in my Head"

    Cole Haddon is an Australian-American screenwriter and novelist whose first TV commission, Dracula, was produced by NBC and SKY and starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Psalms for the End of the World is his debut novel and Cole tells us how he was inspired by looking into the eyes of one of his young children, why he’s happy to fail, how he deals with notes, and he gives us tips for writing scripts and graphic novels.

    • 1 hr 7 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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