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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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Oct 22, 2018

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s first book was published when she was still in college, since then she has had more than 80 novels on the New York Times list, and more than 70 million books in print. We talk to Sherrilyn about her rise from childhood poverty to eBook pioneer and a bestselling phenomenon. 

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Oct 21, 2018

An essential guide to bloggers and blog tours with Gollancz’s Publicity Manager Stevie Finegan. You will discover how to find bloggers, how to work with them, how to create a campaign, top tips for blogger content, and we discuss the dos and don’ts of a blog tour.

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Oct 14, 2018

Mr. Stay overcomes his suspicion of writing retreats and joins award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick on his retreat in the Alps and, in a podcast first, interviews him in a hot tub!

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Oct 14, 2018

A special episode where we talk to Clare Christian from RedDoor Publishing about their hybrid model of publishing where  the authors underwrite the production costs, but also have great control over every aspect of the process and take the lion’s share of commercial returns. So yes, the author pays up front! But it’s not vanity publishing and has resulted in brilliant books.

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Oct 7, 2018

We speak to bestselling author Rowan Coleman about why she heckled Mr. Stay at the RNA conference, how to make readers cry, how copy editors can save your life, how a chance encounter at a supermarket checkout led to a hit novel, we play backlist bingo and Rowan’s teenage daughter makes a cameo, and more!

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Oct 3, 2018

Mr. Stay reports from YALC, the Young Adult Literature Convention in London and speaks to author Dhonielle Clayton about her book The Belles and how it all started with a conversation overheard in a shopping mall, and how every kid can be the hero of their own story.

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Sep 26, 2018

Mark Desvaux rejoins the show and discusses his absence.

 

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Sep 24, 2018

In these highlights from our YouTube Live show with Gollancz’s Marcus Gipps and Stevie Finnegan we look into the world of conventions, comic cons and other bookish events. AND we have some exclusive news about GollanczFest!

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Sep 16, 2018

Lisa Cutts works for Kent Police as a full-time detective constable, but when she’s not solving murders and other serious crimes she writes bestselling crime fiction. We caught up with Lisa on the hottest day of the year after an event at Harbour Books in Whitstable and discovered how Lisa’s experience gives her crime fiction added authenticity...

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Sep 7, 2018

Miranda Dickinson is a Sunday Times bestselling author, shortlisted twice for the RNA Novel of the Year, and has sold over half a million books. Her story is one of determination, rejection, grief and triumph.

In this episode you will discover…

Why Doctor Who fans can make for brilliant beta readers (and a great publication community)

How a cool opening line can lead to a fully-fledged bestseller

And why you should never listen to advice from a 17-year-old guy you fancy...

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Sep 7, 2018

In this Deep Dive we explore newsletters with digital marketing consultant Julia Pidduck who brings years of experience working with indie authors and bestselling giants like Ian Rankin.

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Sep 2, 2018

John McGhie has been an investigative journalist for the BBC and Channel 4 News and was the Observer’s political correspondent, and his debut novel White Highlands looks at the Mau Mau and a dark period in history.

In this episode you will discover…
- The pros and cons of adapting recent history into fiction

- The challenges writing a story set in two time periods

- The essential resources for writing historical fiction

- The challenges of cultural appropriation

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Aug 27, 2018

Love is in the air at the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference! I was invited to talk about the podcast and was introduced by Julie Cohen, heckled by Rowan Coleman, and I got to speak to Rhoda Baxter, Nicola Cornick and Sheila Crighton about all kinds of love...

Aug 26, 2018

Mark Stay and Julian Barr, author of The Way Home, discuss Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey in the second of a three-part epic Deep Dive trilogy! Using examples from Star Wars, Jaws, The Godfather, The Notebook and more they look at The Road Back, Resurrection, Return with the Elixir, and they discuss how you can apply the lessons learned to your writing.

 

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Aug 19, 2018

Pernille Hughes brings the funny with her debut novel Sweatpants at Tiffanie’s. To add to the joy, Pernille is one of our listeners and we trace her journey from sharing a photocopier with a Teletubbie to a deal with Harper Impulse.

 

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Aug 19, 2018

Mark Stay and Julian Barr, author of The Way Home, discuss Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey in the second of a three-part epic Deep Dive trilogy! Using examples from Star Wars, Jaws, The Godfather, The Notebook and more they look at Tests, Allies, Enemies, Approaching the Inmost Cave, Ordeal, Death & Rebirth, Reward, Seizing the Sword, and they discuss how you can apply the lessons learned to your writing.

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Aug 12, 2018

Sam Missingham fell in love with the quirks of the publishing industry when she started working at The Bookseller over a decade ago. Since then she has worked at HarperCollins as head of audience development, and now runs The Lounge, a marketing resource for writers. With an outsider’s perspective, she has been a pioneer of change in how publishers view digital sales and marketing...

In this episode you will discover…
- Changes in the publishing industry and what lays ahead in the future

- How to reach 26 million people with a budget of £150

- How organisations like The Alliance of Independent Authors can help you

- How you can use The Lounge to market your books

- And what it takes to be an "empowered author”.

 

Aug 11, 2018

This week's Deep Dive is a discussion with Julian Barr about the Hero's Journey.

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Aug 7, 2018

In this week's Deep Dive is a discussion, Mr. Stay discusses Romcoms with literary agent and romcom devotee Federica Leonardis in this special Deep Dive.

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Aug 5, 2018

This is not the usual ‘How do you get an agent?’ show, instead we talk about money, author’s earnings, shrinking advances, publishers’ profits, and that letter from the Society of Authors to the Publishing Association (and we get sidetracked into a conversation about socks)…

In this episode you will discover…
- How the income from a typical book sale breaks down between retailer, publisher, agent and author

- Should you check an agent’s credentials before signing up with them?

- How else can you make money as an author?

- And why you should never send an oven glove in with your submission...

- Here are some of the links we talked about in the show…

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Jul 29, 2018

You may know CL Taylor as the Sunday Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers The Lie, The Accident, The Fear and more… but it wasn’t always that way. As Cally Taylor she wrote romcoms, and has a career with more than her fair share of ups and downs that might have made a lesser mortal give up. But not Cally! Get inspired with a fun trip through an incredible career...

In this episode you will discover…
- How marking-up the best bits of a bestseller can help you

- Why you’re never too young to get a rejection or indeed have a rivalry with another author...

- How a baptism of fire in a short story bootcamp changed her writing style

- How CL Taylor came from a voice in Cally’s head (when she was heavily pregnant)

- Why a big advance doesn’t necessarily equal a successful book

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Jul 23, 2018

Veronica Henry is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist who started out as a writer on BBC radio’s The Archers after being kicked out of university, and then went on to win the RNA novel of the year award for her book A Night on the Orient Express. When we caught up with her, she had been indulging in cake and champagne… and we find out why...
In this episode you will discover…
- How a recipe book inspired a bestseller

- Why Veronica is sort-of both a plotter and a pantser

- Tips for working with editors and why they’re not as savage as TV script editors

- And why we should all worship Jilly Cooper

Jul 16, 2018
  • Steve Cavanagh is the author of the Eddie Flynn legal thrillers The Defence, The Plea, The Liar and now, with his new book Thirteen, he is on the verge of a bestselling breakthrough. Steve brings his legal expertise to his writing and creates compelling characters and nail-biting thrillers, and co-presents the Two Crime Writers And A Microphone podcast… Which we’re not going to plug on the show. No way.
    In this episode you will discover…
  • Why a screenwriting rejection from Frances Ford Coppola shouldn’t get you down
  • Why holding your nerve when told to scrap your book can pay dividends
  • Top tips on keeping your series character fresh and making your antagonists compelling
  • Why it’s so important to be a fan of your genre and to become a member of the genre’s community
  • And how to announce to an editor that what you’ve written is something different...
Jul 13, 2018

This week's Deep Dive is a discussion with Julian Barr about Beta Readers.

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Jul 8, 2018

Warren Adler is best known for his classic bestseller The War of the Roses and has had the most incredible career as a writer of novels, stage plays, poems, essays and short stories. He was also an eBook pioneer and paved the way for countless indie authors. Warren’s first novel was published when he was 46, and his story is one of dreams and determination.

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