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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 53m. Bisher sind 460 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 14 days 4 hours 28 minutes


episode 427: EP427: Deep Dive — Unwelcome with Jon Wright and Mark Stay

Director Jon Wright joins Mark Stay to answer listener questions on the development of their new monster movie Unwelcome. They reveal what inspired them to write the script, how the story was developed (and was very early abandoned), how Jon blocks...



EP426: Lou Abercrombie — "I Write Whilst I Swim."

Lou Abercrombie worked in TV and film production and as a photographer, and a few years ago started writing children’s books combining her passion for swimming and mathematics. Her debut novel FIG SWIMS THE WORLD, was longlisted for the Bath...



EP425: MATT CAIN — "Write with Heart and Humour.”

Matt Cain endured rejections from thirty agents and fifty publishers before getting his debut novel published… and then it didn’t work out. Matt tells us how he made an extraordinary comeback, breaking crowdfunding records with The Madonna of...



episode 424: EP424: Cole Haddon — “I Stripped the Censor in my Head"

Cole Haddon is an Australian-American screenwriter and novelist whose first TV commission, Dracula, was produced by NBC and SKY and starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Psalms for the End of the World is his debut novel and Cole tells us how he was inspired...



episode 423: EP423: Christian Cameron — “You’re Always Worldbuilding."

Christian Cameron is an incredibly prolific writer and military historian who also writes as Miles Cameron. His new novel as Miles is Against All Gods, an epic set in the Bronze Age that gives a new twist to familiar myths and legends. Christian...



episode 422: EP422: Christmas 2022 Special and Setting 2023 Goals!

The Two Marks don their terrible Christmas sweaters and hats to celebrate the festive season and look forward to 2023. Mark Stay tests Mr D with a super-duper mega quiz, we discover that Americans don’t have Christmas crackers, we reveal where Santa...


 2022-12-26  51m

episode 421: EP421: Margaret Weis — “It’s All About Characters."

In 1983 Margaret Weis took on a job as a book editor at TSR, producers of the Dungeons and Dragons® role-playing game. Little did she know that the DRAGONLANCE® series she created with Tracy Hickman would go on to sell over 25 million copies and...


 2022-12-19  1h8m

episode 420: EP420: Elizabeth Noble — “Make the Reader Care."

Elizabeth Noble is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose debut novel The Reading Group sold a quarter of a million copies. She’s since sold over a million and with her tenth novel, Other People’s Husbands, she skilfully works with a large cast...


 2022-12-12  1h11m

episode 419: EP419: SJ Bennett — “A Relentlessly Positive Attitude"

SJ Bennett had a successful career writing award-winning books for teenagers, but after a change in the market and a life-changing diagnosis, she decided to completely change tack and began a brand new crime series, Her Majesty the Queen Investigates,...


 2022-12-05  1h0m

episode 418: EP418: Deep Dive — Blurbs with Louise Willder

Louise Willder has been a copywriter at Penguin Books for twenty-five years. During this time, she estimates she has produced about 5,000 blurbs. She now shares her knowledge and experience in her amazing new book, Blurb Your...


 2022-11-30  8m