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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

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 49 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.

    EP391: Lizzy Barber — I Carry My Work With Me

    EP391: Lizzy Barber — I Carry My Work With Me

    Lizzy Barber’s critically acclaimed debut novel My Name is Anna won the Daily Mail First Novel competition, and her latest thriller Out of Her Depth is a Richard and Judy book club selection. Lizzy's journey has taken her from winning a Disney writing competition when she was ten, to the Royal Shakespeare Company, to one of the must-read books of the summer. And Mr Stay takes delivery of his new book and gives it a sniff.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    EP390: Patricia Gibney — Start Writing Immediately

    EP390: Patricia Gibney — Start Writing Immediately

    Patricia Gibney has sold over 2 million copies of her Detective Lottie Parker books, and readers worldwide love her stories, but her career started at a very tough time in her life. Patricia left her job of thirty years and was able to work through grief and reignite her love of writing through journaling and drawing. And, post-interview, the Two Marks discuss being brave enough to ask stupid questions. Which they’re both very good at.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP389: Joanne Harris — Squeeze Your Characters

    EP389: Joanne Harris — Squeeze Your Characters

    Joanne Harris returns to the podcast with her gripping page-turning thriller A Narrow Door. Joanne answers our listener questions, tells us the importance of human interaction to her writing, why she doesn’t see a distinction between plotting and pantsing, and why ideas are like planets in a solar system. And the Two Marks discuss a chicken-writer analogy that has to be heard to be believed...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP388: Ian Skewis — Memories and Fiction

    EP388: Ian Skewis — Memories and Fiction

    Ian Skewis’s debut novel A Murder of Crows became a no.1 bestseller and was long listed for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. Ian tells us how it all began with a traumatic incident from his childhood, how he developed the story in different media for many years before writing the novel.
     
    Please note that suicide is discussed in our interview with Ian. If you don’t to hear about that, please skip the first seven minutes of our conversation.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    EP387: Angela Marsons — Every Book is a Brand New Journey

    EP387: Angela Marsons — Every Book is a Brand New Journey

    We welcome the wonderful Angela Marsons back to the podcast. Angela is the multi-million bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series. And she’s back with Six Graves, the 16th book in the series. Despite her mega sales (five million and counting) and a 12-book contract, Angela tells us why she doesn’t take a single book for granted, and why every one she starts feels like the first. She also answers our listener questions and the two Marks discuss the pros and cons of being prolific.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    EP386: Deep Dive — Editing a Draft with Ian W Sainsbury

    EP386: Deep Dive — Editing a Draft with Ian W Sainsbury

    Ian W Sainsbury is the award-winning author of the Jimmy Blue series of thrillers. Ian has just started editing the fourth book in the series and he was kind enough to let us get a sneak peek at his editing process. He fires up ProWriting Aid and shares his screen with us as he gets forensic with his edit.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Alexstrath1 ,

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!

ChelleVess ,

Genuine and Encouraging

The Bestseller Experiment is wonderful! Every episode is bursting with encouragement and writing advice, and the two Marks have a great sense of humor. They are serious about their craft but never too serious about themselves! They’re two of the most genuine and generous people I’ve come across. Even if you don’t need writing advice they have so many interviews with fantastic bestselling authors. I look forward to Mondays because of this podcast.

ZUrlocker ,

Best podcast for writers

I've listened to a lot of podcasts about writing and this is absolutely my favorite. Every podcast has practical information that you can use in your writing and it's loaded with stories about their own efforts to write a bestseller as well as interviews with many leading authors, editors, publishers. Plus these guys are fun! It feels like you're having a nice chat at the local pub.

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