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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: March, 2018
Mar 26, 2018

Audiobooks with Paul Stark

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Mar 25, 2018

We speak to Roz Morris, a writer whose books have sold over 4 million copies, but until recently you won’t have seen her name on the covers because she is a ghost writer. Roz has written for members of the SAS, rockstar bodyguards, children’s fantasy authors and more.

In this episode you will discover…

- How ghostwriters work with their authors

- Why the story is in the struggle

- How you can apply story structure to memoir and biography

- A method of turning notes into a story with scraps of paper and a box!

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Mar 18, 2018

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Mar 15, 2018

We speak to Richard Morgan about his novel Altered Carbon and its long journey through development hell before it went on the become the biggest show on Netflix. And we look back on his incredible career, which includes fantasy fiction and comic books, and we look forward to his long-awaited forthcoming novel Thin Air.

In this episode you will discover…

  • The perils of selling the TV and film rights to your writing

  • Tips on completing trilogies and writing satisfying endings

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    How adversity should strengthen your characters and not weaken them

  • The key differences between TV and film storytelling

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Mar 11, 2018

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Mar 8, 2018

In the latest of an occasional series of reports from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference, we speak to bestselling children’s author and illustrator Alex T Smith… and Mr. D makes a big declaration!

In this episode you will discover…

  • How themes help with story ideas for series characters
  • How your personality will make your book unique
  • How the most unexpected influences can enhance your writing
  • Why it might pay dividends to dig out your old sketches and writing

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Mar 8, 2018

A special episode where Mr. Stay catches up with Sam Eades on the Gingerbread writing competition launched in episode 50, and speaks to the shortlisted authors, and we discover what it was about their writing that got them shortlisted...

 

In this episode you will discover…

  • How targets and deadlines are essential for any writer
  • How writing for competitions with a theme can help you dig deeper
  • How to find the courage to tell your own story
  • And editor Sam Eades introduces us to the mysterious story triangle!

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Mar 3, 2018

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Mar 3, 2018

Braving snowmageddon, our monthly live show was recorded in London and Vancouver, with our audience of Patreon supporters. Featured listener questions include the secrets of metadata, author blogging, outlining, and crowdfunding. And there’s an update on Mark Stay’s book The End of Magic, which you can support here: bestsellerexperiment.com/endofmagic. To join us as an audience member at our next live recording, become a supporter today at: bestsellerexperiment.com/support

In this episode you will discover…

  • The dark secrets of metadata and how you can make it work for your books
  • How you can make a blog work harder
  • Tips for when you’re stuck on your outline
  • Why you should celebrate weaknesses
  • The pros and cons of present tense versus past tense
  • We discover what “brain tabs” are, and we discuss top tips for avoiding distractions while writing

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