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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.

    EP011: Archive Rerun - Writing a Bestseller | The Story So Far

    EP011: Archive Rerun - Writing a Bestseller | The Story So Far

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

    The two Marks bring you up to date on the trials and tribulations their nascent bestseller, the processes that they’re going through, and how two writers can work together without driving each other bonkers.



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

    • 45 min
    EP278: James Swallow — Fuelled by Rage

    EP278: James Swallow — Fuelled by Rage

    James Swallow is the internationally bestselling author of the Marc Dane thrillers, and he takes us through his remarkable career, which takes in Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who and a BAFTA nomination. His passion for working in tie-in fiction and his own original work is infectious, and he tells why always pushing himself out of his comfort zone led to his biggest success. Oh, and we start the show with a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!





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

    • 58 min
    EP010: Archive Rerun - Robin Stevens | NaNoWriMo Success Story

    EP010: Archive Rerun - Robin Stevens | NaNoWriMo Success Story

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

    Robin is the author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries books, a middle grade series following schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong in a 1930s English boarding school, but Robin started out on her bestselling adventure with NaNoWriMo.



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

    • 41 min
    EP277: Perseverance Pays Off — Live Show Highlights

    EP277: Perseverance Pays Off — Live Show Highlights

    It’s all too easy to give up when your writing has been rejected, so how do you find the energy and the will to keep going? The Two Marks discuss strategies for perseverance, dealing with fear, rejection, and how to work on more than one more project at a time. Oh, there was a story in The Hollywood Reporter last week about a forthcoming monster movie called The Little People… written by none other than our very own Mr Stay! He talks about how perseverance helped him get the script optioned and into development.



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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    EP009: Archive Rerun - Joe Abercrombie | Dancing Naked in the Rain

    EP009: Archive Rerun - Joe Abercrombie | Dancing Naked in the Rain

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

    Joe burst onto the fantasy scene in 2003 with his debut The Blade Itself. His books have climbed high up the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, and he had some unusual advice for writers when we spoke to him at GollanczFest.



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

    • 48 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

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

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.

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