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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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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.

    EP306: Linwood Barclay “Chapter Breaks Are Commercial Breaks”

    EP306: Linwood Barclay “Chapter Breaks Are Commercial Breaks”

    Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of over twenty novels, and his latest thriller Find You First is a fast-paced, high-concept, page-turner. In this jam-packed chat we discuss head-hopping, point-of-view, flashbacks, fan fiction, deadlines, writer’s block, self-doubt and more!



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    EP032: Legal Eagles | Keith Mathieson and Paul Joseph

    EP032: Legal Eagles | Keith Mathieson and Paul Joseph

    In this week’s episode from the BXP Archives…



    We get lawyered-up in this fascinating episode where we talk to a pair of top entertainment lawyers: Keith Mathieson is an expert in defamation and privacy law, and Paul Joseph specialises in intellectual property cases and we quiz them on the pitfalls authors should look out for when writing.



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    If you can include song lyrics in your book



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    If you can use product placement in your writing



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    If you can put real people in your novel



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    If you can copyright an idea





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    EP305: Deep Dive — Maria Dismondy - The Business of Inspiring Children

    EP305: Deep Dive — Maria Dismondy - The Business of Inspiring Children

    Maria Dismondy is the author of inspirational and award-winning children’s books such as Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, she is also the CEO of Cardinal Rule Press, a publisher dedicated to diversity and inclusiveness in children’s publishing. Maria tells us what inspired her to write, why she started her own publishing house, how she built her team and the first person she hired (and fired!), and the challenges she has faced during lockdown.



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    EP304: DV Bishop “History Is Really Badly Structured”

    EP304: DV Bishop “History Is Really Badly Structured”

    DV Bishop’s historical thriller debut City of Vengeance vividly takes the reader to 1530s Renaissance Florence. Writing historical fiction creates all kinds of challenges and DV Bishop tells us how it’s okay to not know everything about your chosen historical period, and why it might be a good idea to resist writing straight away...



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    EP303: Mark Stay and The Crow Folk

    EP303: Mark Stay and The Crow Folk

    Some chancer called Mark Stay hijacks the podcast to shamelessly plug his new novel The Crow Folk. He gets all evasive about listener questions, refuses to discuss his murky past and almost storms out of the show… three times. Nevertheless, Mark Desvaux manages to pin him down and gets the answers we all want, not least: how can I get a bar of that Crow Folk chocolate? We also have an exclusive clip from The Crow Folk audiobook read by Candida Gubbins. Many thanks to Simon & Schuster UK for the clip.



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    EP300: Rich Leder — Write Anyway

    EP300: Rich Leder — Write Anyway

    Bestselling indie author Caimh McDonnell makes a triumphant return to the podcast as Transworld author CK McDonnell with his new novel Stranger Times. Caimh tells us how he took everything he learned as an indie author to pitch this book to traditional publishers. We discuss launching a book during lockdown, inventive book marketing ideas, why selling humour is tricky, and being a squeaky wheel...



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79 Ratings

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My favourite writing podcast

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

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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.
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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.

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