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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: August, 2017
Aug 31, 2017

A very special episode with an amazing opportunity for writers. Find out more here: https://gingerbread.org.uk/content/2454/One-in-four-new-writer-competition
 
In this episode you will discover:
 
- How sharing your story can change social stigma
- Tips on finding time to write
- How to find the courage to tell your own story
- And tips from editor Sam Eades on writing second drafts

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

Aug 27, 2017

As the two Marks gear-up for publication, it’s suddenly dawned on them that they will have to market and sell their novel! Who better to turn to for advice than the folk at Bookbub, whose newsletter can boost a book up the bestseller charts? And we also bust a few myths and misconceptions about this game-changing mailing list…
 
In this episode you will discover:
 
- How a book’s metadata will affect its visibility online
- Tips on how to master the dark art of online marketing 
- And where to find help if you’re daunted by all this!
- And why you should build a dream team.

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

Aug 20, 2017

The two Marks have met with their editor. Sit in on one of their story sessions as they go through their notes, and discover the huge change that they will have to make to improve their chances of marketing a bestseller with less than two months to go!

In this episode you will discover:

- How you can make the most of an editor’s notes and feedback
- How a synopsis, blurb and shout line can help your edit
- How your opening can make or break your novel
- How an editor can help hone your style

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

Aug 14, 2017

In the second part of this conversation between the two Marks before their book goes to their editor, they wonder if it will survive the edit, or does the experiment end here?

In this episode you will discover:

- Why you should try and make scenes work harder before discarding them
- Why giving ideas time to marinade is so important
- Some tips on how to generate a title for your book
- The importance of an author’s name and should you use a pseudonym?
- And why it can be good to be forced to make decisions.

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

Aug 5, 2017

The two Marks are recording in the same room! Will universes collide? Will they reveal any more about their damn book? They talk about research, reconnoitring locations, and more in the first of a two-parter...

In this episode you will discover:

- Tips for speaking to experts for research
- The importance of a critical path and the consequences of missing deadlines
- The benefits of actually going to a place for research, over just looking on Google Earth
- The importance of keeping the tone even, resisting cheap gags and gaining the confidence to cut material
- What you should never say to an author, and why changing the name of a character can be a bad idea…

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

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