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Join author and screenwriter Mark Stay with coach, entrepreneur and recording artist 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 Mark Stay & Mark Desvaux

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    • 4.8, 77 Ratings

Join author and screenwriter Mark Stay with coach, entrepreneur and recording artist 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.

    EP275: Deep Dive - Great Newsletter Content with Caimh McDonnell

    EP275: Deep Dive - Great Newsletter Content with Caimh McDonnell

    Caimh McDonnell is the bestselling author of the Dublin Trilogy and has one of the most entertaining and engaging newsletters out there with 10,000 subscribers and an astonishing open rate. Caimh answers our listener questions with tips on how to create great newsletters, even if you’re still writing your first novel, or launching the latest in a bestselling series.



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 4 min
    EP274: Adele Parks — Choose to be Positive

    EP274: Adele Parks — Choose to be Positive

    Adele Parks has published 20 novels in 20 years and every one has been a Sunday Times bestseller. With over three and a half million copies sold in the UK, she is a phenomenon, and her latest novel Just My Luck hit the top spot again, but it all began with her grandfather paying her 50p for her stories. Oh, and in a shocking reveal… Mr D reveals his real full name. You don’t want to miss this.



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 1 hr 23 min
    EP008: Archive Rerun - Michael Connelly | 60 Million Thriller Books

    EP008: Archive Rerun - Michael Connelly | 60 Million Thriller Books

    In this week's episode from the BXP Archives...

    We are delighted to welcome NaNoWriMo’s Grant Faulkner back to the podcast in mid-November, where we discuss strategies for coping with the ‘muddy middle’. Those second-act blues where a storyteller can get completely lost or overwhelmed.



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 58 min
    EP273: Liz Moore — Bestsellers Worth Waiting For

    EP273: Liz Moore — Bestsellers Worth Waiting For

    Liz Moore is the NY Times bestselling author of Long Bright River, a novel ten years in the making that started with short stories, non-fiction sketches and community work in the neighbourhood where the story is set. All that due diligence led to one of the most acclaimed books of the year. Liz tells us how she crafts each of her books, and the Two Marks debate the pros and cons of the slow novel approach.



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 1 hr
    EP007: Archive Rerun - Bryan Cranston | On Breaking Bad, Characters, Writing & Life

    EP007: Archive Rerun - Bryan Cranston | On Breaking Bad, Characters, Writing & Life

    In this week's episode from the BXP Archives...

    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!



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 58 min
    EP272: Deep Dive - An Editorial Q&A with Rachel Winterbottom

    EP272: Deep Dive - An Editorial Q&A with Rachel Winterbottom

    Rachel Winterbottom is Senior Commissioning Editor at Gollancz and she also writes fiction as Rachel Winters. Rachel answers our listener questions on the editorial process, what editors are looking for, tropes, word count, social media, deadlines, publication scheduling, conventions and much more!



    Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Finn Ambers ,

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.

iamnotafish99 ,

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Started out okay, but now it’s mostly two middle aged men talking about how “wacky” they are, and incessantly flogging their patreon page.

Thomas R. Gaskin ,

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.
Tom

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