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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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Sep 26, 2018

Mark Desvaux rejoins the show and discusses his absence.

 

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Sep 24, 2018

In these highlights from our YouTube Live show with Gollancz’s Marcus Gipps and Stevie Finnegan we look into the world of conventions, comic cons and other bookish events. AND we have some exclusive news about GollanczFest!

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

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.

 

To support the show go to bestsellerexperiment.com/support
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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Jun 16, 2018

In one of our Industry Insider Deep Dives we talk to Jessica Purdue from the Orion Publishing Group's Rights department about TV/Film rights, royalties, licences, renewals, translations, co-editions and all sorts of other fascinating ways for authors to make money from their work.

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May 14, 2018

We've already had a Deep Dive on writing compelling characters, but I want to focus on that moment when you first introduce them. How can you make an impact? How can you avoid cliches? I'll discuss seven principles that will help your writing.

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Apr 30, 2018

Isabel Ashdown is the author of bestselling thrillers Little Sister and Beautiful Liars. She walked away from a successful career to focus on her writing and it all stepped up a gear when she entered a competition in a newspaper...

In this episode you will discover…
- Isabel’s working method with her editor Sam Eades (and we hear from Sam, too!)
- Some top tips for growing your social media and newsletter numbers
- The power of epilogues
- And is it better for your thriller to have a twist, have everything tied up, or have an open ending?

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

Apr 29, 2018

CLICHES AND TROPES - how to identify cliches in your writing and tropes in your storytelling, and strategies for making your work stronger.

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Mar 26, 2018

Audiobooks with Paul Stark

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Jan 15, 2018

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Dec 29, 2017

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Jan 30, 2017

Joe is the bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key and most recently the New York Times #1 epic blockbuster The Fireman. Joe, son of Stephen King, is powerhouse storyteller from an incredible family of writers. He is also an endless well of writing advice, so be ready to take notes… lots of notes…

In this episode you will discover:

- The power of two: two writers and a two-word sentence
- How the secret to the Beatles’ success can be applied to your writing
- Joe’s rule when tackling second drafts, and his first paragraph trick.
- Joe’s top tip that he got from his track coach at school
- How rewriting someone else’s work, and the game Go, can benefit your writing.

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