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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

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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.

    EP406: Scott Turow — “Plot is a Species of Character."

    EP406: Scott Turow — “Plot is a Species of Character."

    Scott Turow is a master of suspense fiction. He returns with his new thriller, Suspect, and tells us about the challenges of taking a minor character from a previous novel and putting them front and centre of their own story. He also describes how he uses plot to test and reveal his characters. Scott also takes us through his extraordinary career, from writing Presumed Innocent on his commute, to fighting for the rights of authors as President of the Authors Guild.
     
    And in the extended version for Patreons and Academates, the two Marks discuss plot as a species of character, political writing, social media, being different to our parents, working with editors, and why authors need to value themselves more than they do, and much more!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    EP405: Deep Dive — TikTok with Suzie Edge

    EP405: Deep Dive — TikTok with Suzie Edge

    Suzie Edge has nearly 250,000 followers on TikTok with nearly 5.5m likes. Suzie tells us what she’s discovered in using the app over three years and how it’s been driving pre-orders for her new book Mortal Monarchs. We discuss what kinds of content attracts followers, and why authors are perfect for TikTok because we tell stories...
     
    Please note that this episode was recorded before the death of Queen Elizabeth II, so do please bear that in mind when you hear myself and Suzie discussing her new book Mortal Monarchs, which dives into the deaths of British royals over the centuries.

    • 10 min
    EP404: Aggie Blum Thompson — “I Had No Plan B"

    EP404: Aggie Blum Thompson — “I Had No Plan B"

    Aggie Blum Thompson sent us an email in 2019 detailing her dream to see her book on a table in a bookstore. Aggie’s second novel, ALL THE DIRTY SECRETS, is out now and she tells us how she made that dream a reality. This is a hugely entertaining interview and Aggie reveals how she bounced back when things didn’t turn out as planned.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    EP403: Luan Goldie — “There’s Always Time"

    EP403: Luan Goldie — “There’s Always Time"

    Luan Goldie won the Costa Short Story Prize in 2017, and her debut novel Nightingale Point was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, These Streets, touches on issues of homelessness, mental health, and single parent families, and is full of warmth, wit and life. Luan tells us how she's balanced working as a teacher and a writer and how she’s developed a discipline to write, no matter what real life throws at her.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP402: Lesley Thomson — “Stay Inside Your Story"

    EP402: Lesley Thomson — “Stay Inside Your Story"

    Lesley Thomson's latest book The Companion continues a bestselling streak that’s been inspired by some remarkable places and people, and she shares with us her writing routines and tells us why writers should stay within their own story. And the Two Marks give listeners a peek behind the scenes of their recent live show and how it all nearly went horribly wrong.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP401: Live Show Highlights — Is Being an Author a Job For Life?

    EP401: Live Show Highlights — Is Being an Author a Job For Life?

    We celebrate over 400 episodes of the podcast with a special live show from Waterstones in Canterbury with guest authors Rowan Coleman, Pernille Hughes, Nadine Matheson and Julie Wassmer. We discuss how authors can sustain their careers beyond the advance and publication date. This was a fun and lively conversation that demystifies a lot of the myths around the life of an author.
     
    Please note: the sound has been expertly remixed by our editor JD, so if the Youtube version made your ears hurt, this version is much more pleasing on the ears.

    • 1 hr 18 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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