460 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

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 90 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.

    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
    EP423: Christian Cameron — “You’re Always Worldbuilding."

    EP423: Christian Cameron — “You’re Always Worldbuilding."

    Christian Cameron is an incredibly prolific writer and military historian who also writes as Miles Cameron. His new novel as Miles is Against All Gods, an epic set in the Bronze Age that gives a new twist to familiar myths and legends. Christian tells how he learned to write without doubting himself, how historical recreation has helped with research, and why there are no minor characters.

    • 56 min
    EP422: Christmas 2022 Special and Setting 2023 Goals!

    EP422: Christmas 2022 Special and Setting 2023 Goals!

    The Two Marks don their terrible Christmas sweaters and hats to celebrate the festive season and look forward to 2023. Mark Stay tests Mr D with a super-duper mega quiz, we discover that Americans don’t have Christmas crackers, we reveal where Santa comes from, tell terrible jokes, and we discuss taking stock and setting goals for 2023… and much more!

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

JCG131 ,

Inspirational

Life had gotten in the way of my writing dreams and finally tuning into this podcast is inspiring me to pick up my pen and start writing again. Mark and Mark are easy to listen to and they share so many useful writing insights. Additionally, listening to author experiences/processes and realising that it is a journey has rekindled my belief that it is possible - I just need to write ✍🏻 Thank you. 📖

Trey Montague ,

Fave writing podcast

Great. Addictive, fun. Most of all, helpful and interesting. Wish the guys had even more time to give us more episodes! Also have deep dives and tons of extra writerly tools and help.👍👍👍👍

TomFoose ,

My favourite writing podcast

Great tips and tools of the trade, delivered by knowledgeable and humorous hosts.

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