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The Bestseller Experiment

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.
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Sep 15, 2019

Phoebe Locke is the pseudonym of Nicci Cloke. Phoebe’s book The July Girls takes the life of a character from age ten to twenty-five, and in a fascinating interview Phoebe tells us how she had therapy sessions as one of her characters.

Sep 9, 2019

Kim is the narrator and producer of the Back to Reality audiobook and we go into detail about the process of preparing, recording and producing an audiobook with countless tips for writers on how to work with producers to get the best audiobook possible. Audiobooks are the fastest growing medium for writers and this is essential listening!

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Sep 9, 2019

Kim Bretton is an actor and has worked in theatre, TV and film, but these days she’s found great success producing and narrating audiobooks in Nashville. We talk to Kim about her career shift into audiobooks and the spooky connection she had with Back to Reality.

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Sep 2, 2019

Edward Cox is the Gemmell Award-nominated author of the Relic Guild trilogy, and with his new book Song of the Sycamore he builds an incredible world, both magical and believable, and it all starts with scribblings in notebooks.

 

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Sep 2, 2019

Edward Cox is the Gemmell Award-nominated author of the Relic Guild trilogy, and with his new book Song of the Sycamore he builds an incredible world, both magical and believable, and it all starts with scribblings in notebooks.

 

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Aug 29, 2019

Evan Gow started StoryOrigin as a community of writers who promote one another through group promotions and newsletters. Evan takes us through the basics, tells us how it all works, what genres benefit the most from these promotions, and how it differs from other group promotion sites such as Bookfunnel.

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Aug 26, 2019

Kit Cox is an author, illustrator and actor and has just launched a Flash Fiction Youtube page where he tells stories in drabbles (a hundred words) and dribbles (fifty words or fewer). He also takes us through his unconventional route to publication working with small presses and self-publishing to great success.

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Aug 26, 2019

Sarah’s writing has been described as “downright dangerous” by Mick Herron, and with her new novel Never Be Broken she tackles some very difficult and dangerous issues indeed. She tells us how she approaches polarising subjects and the kind of research and due diligence she takes before her first draft.

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Aug 19, 2019

We discuss one of the most important topics we’ve ever covered: writers and their mental health. With questions from our live studio audience we share our experiences of loneliness, anxiety, self-doubt and support.

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Aug 14, 2019

In a companion episode to this week’s interview with Gray Williams, we speak to his agent Juliet Mushens about the role of an agent and the best way to select and approach them and what they can do for your career as a writer.

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Aug 12, 2019

Gray Williams had a dream to be published, but he wasn’t about to desperately rush in and accept the first offer. He took a patient and methodical approach to finding an agent and publisher that paid off in spades and now his debut novel, The End of the Line, is a stunning magical thriller. Grab a pen and get ready to take notes. This episode is choc full of the most amazing advice, and it has a special companion Deep Dive episode featuring Gray’s agent Juliet Mushens.

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Aug 8, 2019

Victoria Falconer has been running the highly successful WhitLit Festival since 2014 and she takes us through what’s involved in organising a festival and how authors can get involved.

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Aug 4, 2019

REPLAY: Joe is the bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key and the most recently the New York Times #1 bestseller epic blockbuster The Fireman. Joe is a powerhouse storyteller, and an endless well of writing advice.

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Aug 1, 2019

Alison May is an award-winning author, an adult education tutor, a member of the Society of Authors and she has worked with authors that have gone on to be published by Harpercollins, Bookouture and Head of Zeus. She gives us advice on picking the right creative writing courses, what to look for in a tutor, and how the process works for writers of all levels.

 

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Jul 29, 2019

REPLAY: From farrier to multi-million copy bestselling indie author, USA Today bestseller, and writing machine, Shannon bestows wisdom, inspiration, and a quote that we want on t-shirts and bumper stickers.

Jul 29, 2019

Georgina May is the founder of Toppsta.com a children’s book review site that helps readers find the best book for children. She has also worked for Apple Books and Penguin and is here to answer out listeners’ questions on children’s marketing.

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Jul 22, 2019

Catherine Kirwan’s debut novel The Darkest Truth is one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of the year. Catherine tells us how she went from feeling foolish about even trying to write, to being snapped up by one of the biggest agents in the business.

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Jul 19, 2019

Listener of the show, Mike Shackle was on the verge of giving up on his writing when he heard one of our early episodes with Joe Abercrombie. Inspired by Joe’s wise words, Mike has not only created a successful career as an indie author, but he’s about to launch We Are The Dead, the first book in a new trilogy to be published by Gollancz. Mike takes us through the ups and downs of his career and we have a special message from a top secret guest.

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Jul 15, 2019

Following on from our episode with Mike Shackle, we talk about his indie pen name Mike Morris in this fascinating and entertaining Deep Dive into how to start out as an indie author and the key differences between the traditional world and self-publishing.

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Jul 14, 2019

The Alt. History genre — also known as Counter-Factual History — takes a key moment in history and use a “What if?” question to create enthralling stories. JDK Wyneken’s forthcoming novel Krelle’s Inferno asks what would have happened if the D-Day landings had failed. We met at Duxford Airbase during the preparations for the D-Day anniversary events to discuss how to write in this extraordinary genre.

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Jul 8, 2019

At the end of 2018, the Two Marks set themselves a challenge: to sell ten thousand copies of their novel Back To Reality by Glastonbury weekend. They went wide, they published in paperback, and dabbled in advertising. But did they make it? Join us in the highlights of a live show where they reveal all...

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Jul 5, 2019

Kim Nash, award-winning novelist, book blogger and PR manager at Bookouture answers our listener questions on blog tours, social media, newsletters, cover reveals, publicity, attending festivals, writing groups, book clubs, tips for blogging, blurbs, working with schools, and what authors can do to promote their books.

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Jul 1, 2019

That’s the feedback that Caimh got for his first novel. Over a hundred thousand book sales later, he’s writing in a tone and genre that defies all conventional publishing wisdom. Caimh talks to us about his career, from stand-up comedy to studying writing and moving from rejection to self-publishing success.

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Jun 26, 2019

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week we recorded our first ever LIVE episode of the podcast at Harbour Books in Whitstable! We were joined by authors Julie Wassmer, Katherine May, John McGhie and bookseller Olivia Rosenthall to discuss our love of books

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Jun 24, 2019

In the latest of our One Page Punch-Up specials we asked our Patreon Chart Topper supporters to send in one page from their work-in-progress and we gave them Gollancz’s Gillian Redfearn and Marcus Gipps to review and critique. Between them Gillian and Marcus have worked with some legendary authors, including Joe Hill, Joanne Harris, Joe Abercrombie, and other authors NOT called Jo/Joe, including Neil Gaiman, Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson and some chancer called Mark Stay.

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