538 episodes

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.

The Bestseller Experiment Bestseller Experiment

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    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

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.

    EP505: Heather Morris — “Shut up and Listen!”

    EP505: Heather Morris — “Shut up and Listen!”

    We celebrate seven years of the podcast with the amazing Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, which has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. She returns with a new novel, Sisters Under The Rising Sun, which transports the reader to the women in Japanese POW camps in WWII and is another incredibly powerful story. Heather talks about the role of listening in her work, creating fiction from reality, and what she learned from screenwriting.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    EP504: Mark Desvaux - “The Hallmark Habits of Highly Successful Authors (Part 2)”

    EP504: Mark Desvaux - “The Hallmark Habits of Highly Successful Authors (Part 2)”

    In Part 2 of this series, Mark Desvaux takes you on a deep dive into five more hallmark habits of bestseller authors, distilled from seven and a half years of deep interviews and analysis. Drawn from over 500 conversations with top writers, this series offers possibly the most comprehensive exploration of what it takes to reach the bestseller lists. Join Mark as he unveils the critical practices and routines that have propelled these authors to the peak of literary success. Mark also invites you to join the all-new LIVE 5-Day 200 Word Challenge.
     

    • 41 min
    EP503: Mark Desvaux - “How to Create a Writing Habit for Life”

    EP503: Mark Desvaux - “How to Create a Writing Habit for Life”

    We're celebrating nearly five years since the launch of the 200 Word Challenge—a project that has helped countless writers finish their books with over 40 million words banked so far. The project grew out of research that showed many aspiring authors struggle with finding time to write (83% according to our survey), as well as self-confidence issues, and challenges around perfectionism, procrastination and finishing. Mark announces the launch of the LIVE 5-Day 200 Word Challenge - a free event starting May 13th providing coaching on writing habits and how to successfully integrate daily writing into your life.

    • 21 min
    Ep502 - Mark Desvaux - “The Hallmark Habits of Highly Successful Authors (Part 1)”

    Ep502 - Mark Desvaux - “The Hallmark Habits of Highly Successful Authors (Part 1)”

    In Part 1 of this new series, Mark Desvaux takes you on a deep dive into the habits of bestseller authors, distilled from seven and a half years of deep interviews and analysis. Drawn from over 500 conversations with top writers, this series offers possibly the most comprehensive exploration of what it takes to reach the bestseller lists. Join Mark as he unveils the critical practices and routines that have propelled these authors to the peak of literary success. Mark also announces the all-new LIVE 5-Day 200 Word Challenge.

    • 40 min
    EP501: Brandon Sanderson

    EP501: Brandon Sanderson

    We caught up with fantasy bestselling author and super nice dude Brandon Sanderson and in a jam-packed episode he answered our listeners’ questions and let us in on some of his inspirational top tips for productive writing…

    • 29 min
    EP500: Mark Desvaux - “The Six Life-Changing Reasons You Write”

    EP500: Mark Desvaux - “The Six Life-Changing Reasons You Write”

    We've reached a monumental episode – the 500th – on the Bestseller Experiment podcast! To celebrate, Mark Desvaux goes deeper than ever to uncover and countdown the most important, life-changing reasons why we write, drawn from seven and a half years and over 600 hours of interviews with bestselling authors.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

CatrinBlair ,

Super helpful

Among my top five writing and publishing podcast plus I like the way the two Marks giggle!

Athena intheDAKS ,

Inspirational

I have been going through the episodes from the beginning and find this an essential resource. It’s also great fun.

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Mark & Mark are your gurus

Mark and Mark treat the publishing journey as it should be - an experiment to try everything you can and learn from those who have made it work. Thank you!

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