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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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Now displaying: June, 2017
Jun 26, 2017

Laura Barnett’s 2015 debut The Versions Of Us was a smash hit, a number one bestseller, and translated into 23 languages. Now she faces that difficult second album syndrome, but Laura has come up with an ingenious solution and a unique piece of fiction.

In this episode you will discover:

- How music can inspire your writing
- The balance between respecting the reader and writing for yourself
- How the first fifteen minutes of your day can be the most creative
- How collaboration with an artist in another medium can unlock untapped talents

Get your free ebook with advice and tips from million-selling authors at: http://www.bestsellerexperiment.com

Jun 17, 2017

 

A children’s fiction special. We talk with Karen Ball who has published some of the bestselling children’s series of the last twenty years, including the Beast Quest which has sold over 11m copies. Recently featured as a 2017 Rising Star in the Bookseller, Karen is the former Little, Brown for Young Readers publisher. She is now a consultant at Speckled Pen  (working with OUP, Hachette Children's and Parragon) as well as an expert in intellectual property.

In this episode you will discover:

- How children’s series are commissioned
- The importance of plot in children’s books
- How to start planning your career as a writer
- The importance of respecting your readers

Get your free ebook with advice and tips from million-selling authors at: http://www.bestsellerexperiment.com

Jun 9, 2017

How do you touch the heart of your readers? We get emotional over tea and cake with bestselling author Erica James. Erica has sold over 5 million copies of over twenty books, is winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and she never fails to break her readers’ hearts. We discover how she does it…

In this episode you will discover:

- Why it’s so important to write from the heart
- How talking to strangers can make you characters more interesting
- The importance of trusting your instincts
- How to know when your book isn’t working and how to fix it

Get your free ebook with advice and tips from million-selling authors at: http://www.bestsellerexperiment.com

 

 

 

Jun 2, 2017

In the second part of our interview with Susan Kaye Quinn, we talk about how to launch your book, pre-orders, fan-service, promoting your books, the dark art of blurbs, the power of tropes and mythology.

In this episode you will discover:

-The ideal model for debut pre-orders.
- How long you should promote your book for.
- How to make your blurbs work harder.
- And how to use tropes to satisfy your readers.

Get your free ebook with advice and tips from million-selling authors at: http://www.bestsellerexperiment.com

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