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.
EP312: Adele Geras - Be Whoever You Want
Adele Geras is one of Britain’s most acclaimed writers, and has written over 100 books for both children and adults. With her latest novel Dangerous Women she’s written her first historical thriller under the pseudonym Hope Adams. We talk about writing under a pseudonym, taking liberties with history, the challenges of writing a thriller for the first time, the benefits of editors, and why she still wants to be Judy Garland.
EP35: The Incredible Tenacity Of Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards is a bestselling author, having sold over two million psychological thrillers including The Magpies. Having been self-published and traditionally-published, Mark is now one of Amazon’s ‘Thomas & Mercer’ imprint’s most successful authors with five number one bestsellers. His extraordinary story will be an inspiration to any writer who’s ever faced rejection, bad publishing, bad agents, and financial ruin!
Ep 311: Catriona Ward — Nerve Shredder
Catriona Ward’s first two novels Rawblood and Little Eve won awards and critical acclaim, but her new novel The Last House on Needless Street got the kind of pre-publication buzz that comes along very rarely. We spoke to Catriona about the changes she made to her career and her writing that led to her writing what Stephen King called “a true nerve-shredder”.
Ep 310: Deep Dive — Blog Tour Q&A with Anne Cater
Anne Cater is the founder of Random Things Tours and has been organising book blog tours for over four years. She answers our listener questions on everything you need to know about blog tours, including when to book them, how to find a reputable organiser, how much they cost, what to expect, how to make the most of them and much more.
Ep 309: Sarah Pinborough — Behind Her Eyes Spoiler Special
We welcome Sarah Pinborough back to the podcast to celebrate the release of the Netflix adaptation of Sarah’s bestselling novel Behind Her Eyes. We first discussed the book with Sarah way back in episode 18, and Sarah spills the beans on the TV show’s production and we discuss plot spoilers throughout, so be warned!
Ep 308: Mitch Benn — Helvetica Breakdown
Mitch Benn is a comedian, songwriter, musician, actor and author of the Terra Trilogy, a science fiction adventure series that Neil Gaiman called “Wise, funny and human". Mitch takes us through the extraordinary story of how the first two books were published, how he overcame what could have been a disaster and completed, self-published and re-invented the trilogy.
My favourite writing podcast
Great tips and tools of the trade, delivered by knowledgeable and humorous hosts.
Fantastic / Entertaining / Fun / Insightful
If you’re a writer this is the podcast for you.
I’ve been listening to Mark & Mark for a couple of months now and I am motivated to write more than I have ever been.
With their insight into the writing/publishing world and the guests that they have on, really helps build a picture of the writing/publishing process, as well as helping one to develop their own writing skills.
I don’t know where I’d be without this podcast but it would be a few thousand words shorter and lacking in quality.
Can’t wait to hear more.
A valuable indie author resource!
This is a valuable resource for authors. Great interviews with successful authors. Good tips and information delivered in a good humoured, entertaining style by the two Marks.