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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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May 6, 2019

Simon Beckett has sold over ten million copies of his books worldwide, but he came close to giving up fiction for good until a trip to a body farm changed his career forever.

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May 5, 2019

In the 1990s David Bishop ran Judge Dredd magazine and 2000 AD comic and since then has become a prolific author and screenwriter. David is also a lecturer in creative writing at Edinburgh Napier University, one of the few courses in the UK that covers writing for graphic novels and comic books. David shares his considerable experience in writing for comics and audio drama in an episode crammed with tips to inspire every author.

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Apr 29, 2019

Taylor Jenkins-Reid’s latest novel Daisy Jones and the Six has been a global smash, but what makes it all the more extraordinary is that she has written fiction in a non-fiction format. Taylor describes the challenges in writing a novel that is up against real life, stranger-than-fiction rock and roll history.

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Apr 28, 2019

Simon Appleby is the founder of Bookswarm, a specialist service dedicated to developing websites for authors. We had so many listener questions and Simon gave us all the answers!

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Apr 22, 2019

Claire Handscombe is a British writer whose obsession with The West Wing took her to Washington DC. Her debut novel, Unscripted, is out now and she tells us about how she used some remarkable psychological tools to develop her characters.

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Apr 22, 2019

Author Craig Anderson recently sold over ten thousand copies of his books on Amazon and much of this was down to his painstaking work with Amazon and Facebook ads.  In the third of three special Deep Dive episodes, Craig Anderson takes us through his top tips for navigating the murky waters of paperback publishing.

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Apr 15, 2019

David Gaughran is bestselling novelist and the author of a series of amazing guides on how to market books online. He has helped thousands of authors self-publish their books and we were delighted to welcome him to our live show for Patreon supporters to discuss the ins and outs of the mighty Amazon and he answers our Patreon listener questions. This episode is crammed full of great tips to sell more copies of your books. Here are the highlights!

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Apr 11, 2019

In the second of three special Deep Dive episodes, Craig takes us through his top tips for navigating the murky waters of Facebook advertising.

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Apr 8, 2019

Angela Marsons’ first novel Silent Scream was rejected by every major UK publisher, but she never gave up and now she’s sold an incredible three million copies and counting. Her story is incredible and inspirational and she may just be the loveliest author we’ve ever interviewed...

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Apr 2, 2019

We speak to two authors about how they use dictation software for write their books and they answer our listeners’ questions. Win Kelly Charlies returns to the podcast and she has written all of her books using dictation software, from an iPhone to Dragon Naturally Speaking. And we welcome Richard Bat Brewster, who has been using speech recognition software since 1999 and recently wrote an excellent blog dispelling many of the myths surrounding speech dictation.

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Mar 31, 2019

A special episode from the 2019 London Book Fair. We spoke to Nicola May about her novel The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay,  which was number one on the UK Kindle store for over two months, we had a catch up with Orion’s Emad Akhtar between meetings with agents and TV and film scouts. Mr. Stay found his agent Ed Wilson on the rights floor, and finally we spoke to Natalie Fergie, whose book The Sewing Machine has sold over 120k copies.

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Mar 25, 2019

Chris Humphreys started as an actor but his writing career took off when he took one of his key roles and created an acclaimed series of novels. Chris’s writing spans history, fantasy and mythology and is enhanced by great research, and he tells how he’s planning to go hybrid with his publishing.

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Mar 17, 2019

We asked our Patreon supporters for their questions on the crafty craft of writing and with our live audience we discuss comedy, genre, tropes, unique expression, and how to make your supporting characters stand out. We have a great competition, and we reveal some good news about our paperback!

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Mar 10, 2019

In the second of our One Page Punch-Up specials we asked our Patreon Chart Topper supporters to send us one page from their work-in-progress and we gave them to agent and editor Jon Wood to critique. Jon is an agent at Rogers, Coleridge and White and has worked in publishing for over 20 years. He was a commissioning editor at Hodder before moving to Orion where he ran the Orion Fiction imprint. He has worked with Harlan Coben, Kate Mosse, Anthony Horowitz, Andy McNab, Michelle Paver, Denise Mina, RJ Ellory, Joanne Harris and many more! He moved to RCW in 2018 and is building a list of commercial fiction and non-fiction projects.

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Mar 9, 2019

Author Craig Anderson recently sold over ten thousand copies of his books on Amazon and much of this was down to his painstaking work with Amazon and Facebook ads. In the first of three special Deep Dive episodes, Craig takes us through his top tips for navigating the murky waters of Amazon advertising.

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Mar 3, 2019

Anna Stephens’ fantasy novel Godblind was one of the most-anticipated debuts of 2017, but it had a very long road to publication. Anna talks honestly about coping with thirteen years of rejection and why she never gave up.

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Mar 3, 2019

We run through the essential elements of a successful book launch, including top tips on venues, public speaking, food and drink, social media, ticketing, publicity, sales and how to keep people talking about your book.

 

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Feb 24, 2019

Gavin G Smith is the author of The Veteran and The Bastard Legion science fiction series. When it came to promoting his latest book, he decided that a few Tweets simply wasn’t enough. Instead he chose to get the band together and produce a music video and song that ties-in to the series...

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Feb 24, 2019

We speak to Dave Chesson, the Kindlepreneuer, and ask him listener questions about Kindle pricing, marketing niche titles, marketing YA and middle grade eBooks, KDP Rocket, selling a series and much more!

 

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Feb 18, 2019

We haven’t had many authors who have Sheep Shit Sampler on their resumé, but James Oswald is a farmer who has gone from self-publishing fantasy fiction to six-figure deals with Penguin and Wildfire. His story is inspirational and extraordinary.

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Feb 16, 2019

Michael R Miller is author of the Dragon Blade trilogy and, with Taran Matharu, is co-founder of Portal Books, a publisher dedicated to LitRPG (Literary Role Playing Games). Michael tells us how they took their passion for the genre, experience from selling their own books, and created their own publishing company.

 

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Feb 11, 2019

In our latest live show - exclusive to our Patreon Chart Topper supporters - we asked which writing rules they liked to break and it led to some heated discussions!

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Feb 8, 2019

We spoke to Orion Fiction’s Victoria Oundjian about their strategy for digital first publishing and she gives us some amazing tips on how to use metadata to make your books more visible online.

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Feb 2, 2019

In the very first of our One Page Punch-Up specials we asked our Patreon Chart Topper supporters to send us one page from their work-in-progress and we gave them to Orion Editorial Director Emad Akhtar to critique them. 

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Feb 2, 2019

Melissa Caruso is the author of the amazing Swords & Fire trilogy and her recent Twitter thread on the editorial process inspired us to speak to her. She takes us through every stage, and shows how to work effectively with agents, editors and critique partners to create the best book possible.

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