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

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

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

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