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.
EP363: Lori Ann Stephens — Ignore the Fear
Have you ever wanted to tell a story, but been too scared to write it? Lori Ann Stephens’ near-future thriller Blue Running covers a whole range of contentious topics, but Lori tells us how she overcame such a fear to tell her story, how she had dealt with the reactions of readers and her own family, and why she thinks the best writing comes from fear.
EP362: Simon Beckett — All Change
International bestselling author Simon Beckett returns to the podcast to tell us about his new novel The Lost, in which he starts a whole new series. He offers tips on character, tension, and how to develop a great thriller. And the two Marks discuss how theme and endings can help you when you’re stuck, and the importance of a great opening.
EP361: Daniel Rigby — Just Start Doing It
BAFTA-award winning actor Daniel Rigby tells us about his Audible original debut Isaac Steele and the Forever Man and how his background in comedy and improvisation helped create his protagonist and his extraordinary world.
EP360: A Christmas Special with the Two Marks
Join the Two Marks in a Christmas special where they invited their listeners to share their favourite Christmas books and gifts. They dive into the most-loved books, annuals, games, bikes, cuddly toys, dolls and discover how these gifts have shaped us all.
EP359: Mia Kuzniar — Make Something Happen
Sunday Times bestselling author Mia Kuzniar brings some light to the bleak midwinter with her wonderful new novel Midnight in Everwood. She discusses how ballet and the Nutcracker Suite influenced her new book and how she moves between adventure stories for children and fairy tales for adults. She also tells us how an 18-month break between jobs allowed her to write and sell her debut novel.
EP358: Deep Dive — Surviving NanoWriMo with GB Ralph
GB Ralph, author of the Rise and Shine series, talks about his last-minute decision to try NanoWriMo this year. He takes us from the first idea for his new series — The Milverton Mysteries — to the various options he had, including: writing every day, writing “hermit style”, and waiting for the muse. And he tells us how he coped when he started missing his daily word count targets. This is as entertaining as it is educational for anyone thinking of taking on the NanoWriMo challenge.
My favourite writing podcast
Great tips and tools of the trade, delivered by knowledgeable and humorous hosts.
Had stop listening…
Just listened to an awkward episode where one of hosts asks the writer they are interviewing to reveal a “top tip” and then refuses to explain what it is (or allow the writer to) because he decides he can make some money off of it by explaining it in a “Deep Dive” episode with a pay wall. It was an incredibly cringe-worthy moment! There are ways to encourage your listeners to pay for content that are far more appealing. Doing it like that came off as mercenary and so disrespectful of your listeners, fellow host and guest.
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.