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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, 2018
Aug 27, 2018

Love is in the air at the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference! I was invited to talk about the podcast and was introduced by Julie Cohen, heckled by Rowan Coleman, and I got to speak to Rhoda Baxter, Nicola Cornick and Sheila Crighton about all kinds of love...

Aug 26, 2018

Mark Stay and Julian Barr, author of The Way Home, discuss Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey in the second of a three-part epic Deep Dive trilogy! Using examples from Star Wars, Jaws, The Godfather, The Notebook and more they look at The Road Back, Resurrection, Return with the Elixir, and they discuss how you can apply the lessons learned to your writing.

 

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Aug 19, 2018

Pernille Hughes brings the funny with her debut novel Sweatpants at Tiffanie’s. To add to the joy, Pernille is one of our listeners and we trace her journey from sharing a photocopier with a Teletubbie to a deal with Harper Impulse.

 

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

Aug 19, 2018

Mark Stay and Julian Barr, author of The Way Home, discuss Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey in the second of a three-part epic Deep Dive trilogy! Using examples from Star Wars, Jaws, The Godfather, The Notebook and more they look at Tests, Allies, Enemies, Approaching the Inmost Cave, Ordeal, Death & Rebirth, Reward, Seizing the Sword, and they discuss how you can apply the lessons learned to your writing.

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Aug 12, 2018

Sam Missingham fell in love with the quirks of the publishing industry when she started working at The Bookseller over a decade ago. Since then she has worked at HarperCollins as head of audience development, and now runs The Lounge, a marketing resource for writers. With an outsider’s perspective, she has been a pioneer of change in how publishers view digital sales and marketing...

In this episode you will discover…
- Changes in the publishing industry and what lays ahead in the future

- How to reach 26 million people with a budget of £150

- How organisations like The Alliance of Independent Authors can help you

- How you can use The Lounge to market your books

- And what it takes to be an "empowered author”.

 

Aug 11, 2018

This week's Deep Dive is a discussion with Julian Barr about the Hero's Journey.

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Aug 7, 2018

In this week's Deep Dive is a discussion, Mr. Stay discusses Romcoms with literary agent and romcom devotee Federica Leonardis in this special Deep Dive.

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Aug 5, 2018

This is not the usual ‘How do you get an agent?’ show, instead we talk about money, author’s earnings, shrinking advances, publishers’ profits, and that letter from the Society of Authors to the Publishing Association (and we get sidetracked into a conversation about socks)…

In this episode you will discover…
- How the income from a typical book sale breaks down between retailer, publisher, agent and author

- Should you check an agent’s credentials before signing up with them?

- How else can you make money as an author?

- And why you should never send an oven glove in with your submission...

- Here are some of the links we talked about in the show…

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