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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.

    EP022: Archive Rerun - Ben Aaronovitch

    EP022: Archive Rerun - Ben Aaronovitch

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

    Ben Aaronovitch started writing for Doctor Who and became the author of the bestselling Peter Grant series that started with Rivers Of London in 2011 and has been hugely successful, regularly hitting the Sunday Times bestsellers top ten. We were delighted to get Ben for a conversation full of fireworks.



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

    • 55 min
    EP290: Deep Dive — Crate Digging with David Pennington

    EP290: Deep Dive — Crate Digging with David Pennington

    David Pennington is an author, writing coach and copywriter who is on a mission to improve how we tell stories. In this Deep Dive we discuss the importance of drafting, tapping into your “mental milk” and “infinite brain”, why you need to hold yourself accountable, and getting ideas via “crate digging”.



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

    • 3 min
    EP289: Four More Years! Live Show

    EP289: Four More Years! Live Show

    We celebrate four years of the podcast with a live show where our Patrons and Academy members ask us anything and everything. The Two Marks reveal how the podcast started, who they would cast in the movie of Back to Reality, how the podcast has changed them, their favourite writing tips, what they’re proudest of and what’s in store for the future.



    Join the Bestseller Academy: https://academy.bestsellerexperiment.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP019: Archive Rerun - Joe Hill

    EP019: Archive Rerun - Joe Hill

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

    Joe is the bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key and most recently the New York Times #1 epic blockbuster The Fireman. Joe, son of Stephen King, is powerhouse storyteller from an incredible family of writers.



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

    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP288: Deep Dive - YouTube for Authors with Jeremy Mason

    EP288: Deep Dive - YouTube for Authors with Jeremy Mason

    How can authors use YouTube to engage with readers and drive sales? We talk to Jeremy Mason a TV Producer, Director of Photography and Lighting Cameraman with over 20 years UK broadcast experience. He’s been steeped in the world of digital marketing over the last 3 years, exploring how the power of video can be better used for commerce.



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

    • 4 min
    EP287: Charles Stross — Don’t Wait. Write!

    EP287: Charles Stross — Don’t Wait. Write!

    Charles Stross is the multi-award winning author of bestselling series of space opera, alt-history and more. With his new novel Dead Lies Dreaming he jumps back into his Laundry Files universe, and he gives us some incredible tips on writing successful long-running series and how to grow your reader base. And the Two Marks look forward to celebrating four years of the podcast with a special live show. Find out how you can join them...



    Join the Bestseller Academy: https://academy.bestsellerexperiment.com

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

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.

Andi Cumbo-Floyd ,

Loved the Politics Discussion

So loved the discussion on the April 7 episode about whether authors should get political or not. Thought-provoking.

Just love the info but also the tone of this podcast.

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