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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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Jul 3, 2018

This week's Deep Dive is a discussion with Sam Missingham.

 

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Jul 2, 2018

The highlights from our live show with Children’s Literary Agent Amber Caravéo! Amber was formerly a commissioning editor at Random House Children’s Books and Editorial Director at Orion Children’s Books and is co-founder of Skylark Literary - an agency specialising in children’s authors. Amber has worked some incredible children’s authors including Liz Kessler, Caroline Lawrence, Holly Black and the Rainbow Magic series.
We were delighted to welcome her to the Youtube Live show that we host exclusively for our Patreon Chart Topper supporters.

 

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

Jun 22, 2018

Mr. Stay spoke to a pair of his TV writing heroes at the MCM Comic Con in London recently. Rob Grant is the co-creator of the classic science fiction comedy Red Dwarf, and Andrew Marshall is best-known for the BBC comedy Two Point Four Children. Together they have created a fantastic BBC radio comedy series and accompanying novel The Quanderhorn Xperimentations. They talked about its creation, how they work together and with the cast, and we also get a mini-comedy writing masterclass and an exclusive excerpt from the audiobook (with thanks to Orion Audio).

In this episode you will discover…

  • Tips on writing with a partner and why visualisation is so important
  • Why it can be important to have your concept clear before you write
  • How situation, character and comedy come together for the perfect sitcom
  • And why writing is like looking for a perfect table


The Quanderhorn Xperimentaitons will start on BBC Radio Show 4 on Monday 25th June at 11:30 am, or you can listen via the BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b8cx2z

Jun 16, 2018

Crowdfunding is an increasingly common and way for authors to make their project come to life. But how to do this if you’re queasy about asking for money? Jimmy is the Head of Crowdfunding at Unbound Books and he talked us through to dos and don’ts of raising money for creative projects.

In this episode you will discover…

  • Effective strategies for making your crowdfunding campaign work
  • What motivates people to pledge and why the personal touch works so well
  • Why you shouldn’t rely on social media alone, and how to use it more effectively
  • And how to build your crowd, realise your value, and what do when people say no...

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

Jun 16, 2018

In one of our Industry Insider Deep Dives we talk to Jessica Purdue from the Orion Publishing Group's Rights department about TV/Film rights, royalties, licences, renewals, translations, co-editions and all sorts of other fascinating ways for authors to make money from their work.

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Jun 10, 2018
  • Gareth L Powell is one of the most generous authors on social media and a font of writing wisdom. He’s also the award-winning author of the Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy, his short stories have appeared in Interzone, Clarkesworld, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and he has written for The Guardian, The Irish Times, 2000AD and SFX. With his new book Embers of War he has returned to his love of space opera. We discussed apes, outlining, and answered a few listener questions...
    In this episode you will discover…
    An outlining method that will help you work through the muddy middle
  • What you can offer to your Patreon and Kofi supporters to create a community and generate revenue
  • How to deal with characters who insist on hanging around in your story
  • And how a short story about a monkey became an award-winning trilogy...

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

Jun 10, 2018

This week's topic of adaptation came from one of our Patreon supporters and listeners Julian Barr, who joined me to discuss the various methods for adapting from one medium to another, including radio, epic poems, novels, TV and feature films. 

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Jun 4, 2018

In this Deep Dive we take a look at one of the hardest parts of being a writer: coping with criticism. It can come in many forms: from writing groups, reviews, social media and more. We look at strategies on how to deal with criticism and how you can make it work for you.

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Jun 3, 2018

Julie Wassmer is an EastEnder who has written for EastEnders and she’s now bumping off the locals in her wonderful series of novels The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries. I met Julie by the seaside on a beautiful summer’s day at Whitstable and we chatted about the town, its strong sense of community, and how it has influenced her writing. Julie’s new book, Disappearence at Oare, is out now!

In this episode you will discover…
- Why location is so important to a novel

- How to keep a series character fresh

- And why you should live in fear of a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich

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

May 25, 2018

Sharon Bolton (aka SJ Bolton) is the bestselling and award-winning thriller author of the Lacey Flint series and her writing continues the tradition of gothic mystery, mixed with the pace of page-turning modern crime thrillers. It was great fun to discuss her new novel, The Craftsman, we played backlist bingo, and we answered listener questions.
In this episode you will discover…
- Tips for historical research and how you can turn local history into thrilling fiction

- How you can keep readers on the hook with delayed gratification

- How your short stories can interlock with your novels and create a greater universe

- And why you have to write the books you love to read

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

May 20, 2018

This week we go to the movies with writer/director Deborah Haywood whose debut feature film Pin Cushion will be released in cinemas in July…

Deborah is BIFA-nominated and was one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow and she’s an incredible writer who deftly combines the deeply personal with the magical.

  • In this episode you will discover…
    How an obsession with being a writer can get you on a movie set
  • How writing without compromise and self-censorship can pay off
  • How the screenplay development process works for independent filmmakers
  • And strategies for dealing with notes (involving a hot bath, long walks and chocolate)

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

May 14, 2018

Another special YouTube Live episode featuring Orion editor Ben Willis with contributions from our wonderful Patreon supporters! Ben worked in book publicity for Transworld and Headline before joining Orion, where he now works as a commissioning editor for Orion Fiction. If you want to get involved with our live shows, become a chart topper patron here: https://www.patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment

In this episode you will discover…

- Some top tips for your book’s metadata to make it more visible online

- We talk style, language, character perspectives, voices and tenses that you can use to make your work stand out

- What publishers look for in indie authors

- And is there such a thing as too much editing…?

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

May 14, 2018

We've already had a Deep Dive on writing compelling characters, but I want to focus on that moment when you first introduce them. How can you make an impact? How can you avoid cliches? I'll discuss seven principles that will help your writing.

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May 5, 2018

Win Kelly Charles is a bestselling indie author who has publicly declared that she’s stepping away from Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. We talked about Win’s decision, how it affects her reach as an author, and her inspirational writing journey as someone born with cerebral palsy.

In this episode you will discover…

- How you can write a bestseller with an iPhone

- Why you’re not alone in struggling to reach readers on Facebook

- And should you delete Facebook?

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

May 5, 2018

Writing short stories is hard! Cramming great character and story into just a few thousand words is a skill few writers master, but here are some tips to help you get started...

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Apr 30, 2018

Isabel Ashdown is the author of bestselling thrillers Little Sister and Beautiful Liars. She walked away from a successful career to focus on her writing and it all stepped up a gear when she entered a competition in a newspaper...

In this episode you will discover…
- Isabel’s working method with her editor Sam Eades (and we hear from Sam, too!)
- Some top tips for growing your social media and newsletter numbers
- The power of epilogues
- And is it better for your thriller to have a twist, have everything tied up, or have an open ending?

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Apr 29, 2018

CLICHES AND TROPES - how to identify cliches in your writing and tropes in your storytelling, and strategies for making your work stronger.

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Apr 23, 2018

Ed McDonald broke onto the fantasy scene with his incredible debut Blackwing in 2017 and has had an amazing year. He’s living the dream! Then a few weeks ago he wrote a very honest blog titled ‘Dear Debut Authors of 2018’ in which he asked the question, “What next?"

In this episode you will discover…

  • How to prepare for and navigate the first year of the publication of your book
  • Sales anxiety and why you need to treat your writing as a business and a career
  • How much should you act on reader feedback for your second book?
  • Top tips from Ed for writing fight scenes (he’s handy with a sword in real life, too!)
  • And here’s Ed’s original blog: https://edmcdonaldwriting.com/2018/03/10/dear-debut-authors-of-2018/

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Apr 21, 2018

In this week’s Deep Dive Mark Stay is joined by Paul Hussey and they take a deep dive into the production of your publication.

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Apr 15, 2018

Michael J Ward is a writer and gamer who has taken choose-your-own-adventure books to the next level. With compelling characters and engaging stories his DestinyQuest books are written in a unique way and he gives us an insight into his process which writers of all genres will find invaluable.

In this episode you will discover…

  • How the techniques of games writing can be applied to your writing
  • The importance of identifying the turning points for your story
  • Why your characters’ choices really need to matter
  • And how publishing through crowdfunding can enable you to write without compromise

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

Apr 9, 2018

In this week’s Deep Dive Mark Stay is joined by Andy Bowden and they take a deep dive into the production of your publication.

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Apr 9, 2018

Editor Emad Akhtar has worked with authors like Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin and Justin Cronin and was kind enough to join our live show and answer our listeners' questions!

In this episode you will discover…

  • Common pacing issues with first drafts
  • Why your most difficult scenes might be a reward for readers
  • Why editors can be like movie producers, and what questions you should be asking editors
  • Why you shouldn't just slavishly follow an editor’s notes
  • And why you should consider supply and demand with exposition

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

Apr 7, 2018

This week’s Deep Dive is short n sweet and crammed with tips on making your chapters work as hard as possible. We’ll look at the purpose of the chapter, how it fits into the larger story, and what tools you can use when editing to ensure that your chapter earns its place in the story.


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Apr 1, 2018

We speak to Cavan Scott, an extraordinary writer who writes on licence, meaning that he is hired to write for licenced intellectual properties such as Star Wars and Doctor Who. If you’ve ever written fan fiction and dream of writing for a big franchise then you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this week’s episode.

In this episode you will discover…

  • How the world of tie-in and licensed fiction works
  • How to work to a brief or with a series bible
  • How copyright and public domain works
  • How good old-fashioned determination and persistence pays off with an extraordinary career

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Mar 26, 2018

Audiobooks with Paul Stark

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