Mark Stay & Mark Desvaux

The Bestseller Experiment

Discover the secrets to becoming a bestselling author and write your way to the top of the charts.
The Bestseller Experiment

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Could you write and publish a bestseller in one year?

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EP192: One Page Punch-Ups With Juliet Ewers

May 12, 2019 37:37

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In the latest of our One Page Punch-Up specials we asked our Patreon Chart Toppers supporters to send us one page from their work-in-progress and we gave them Orion Publishing’s Group Associate Publisher Juliet Ewers, returning to the podcast (she was on episode two!). Juliet has worked with the likes of Ian Rankin, Maeve Binchy, […]

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EP191 Teaser: Writing Romantic Comedy with Rhoda Baxter and Jane Lovering

May 12, 2019 2:29

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We welcome back romantic fiction novelist Rhoda Baxter and this time she’s joined by Jane Lovering, winner of Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year. They are about to launch their book “How To Write Romantic Comedy” and so we invited them to give us some top tips on writing romcoms and instantly regret it as […]

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EP190: Simon Beckett - One Moment That Changed Everything

May 6, 2019 45:20

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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. Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST In This Episode You Will Discover How to identify opportunity and be […]

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EP189 Teaser: A Masterclass on Writing Comics with David Bishop

May 5, 2019 2:30

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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 […]

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EP188: Taylor Jenkins-Reid - Breaking The Rules = Bestseller

Apr 28, 2019 51:17

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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. Our novel Back To […]

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EP187 Teaser: Author Website Q&A with Simon Appleby

Apr 28, 2019 2:29

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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! Hear more at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST Find out more at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section […]

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EP186: Claire Handscombe - Myers-Briggs, Enneagrams and The West Wing

Apr 22, 2019 55:19

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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. Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST In This Episode You Will […]

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EP185 Teaser: Self Publishing Paperbacks with Craig Anderson

Apr 22, 2019 2:29

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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 takes us through his top tips for navigating the murky waters of paperback publishing. Hear more […]

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EP184: David Gaughran - How Amazon Works

Apr 14, 2019 1:14:10

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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 […]

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EP183 Teaser: Deep Dive - A Facebook Ads Masterclass with Craig Anderson

Apr 11, 2019 2:29

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We speak to two authors about how they use dictation software for write their books and they answer our listeners’ questions.

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EP182: Angela Marsons - 3 million sold in 3 years

Apr 7, 2019 1:17:45

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

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EP181 Teaser: Dictation Software - A Deep Dive

Apr 2, 2019 2:28

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We speak to two authors about how they use dictation software for write their books and they answer our listeners’ questions.

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EP180: The London Book Fair 2019

Mar 31, 2019 42:25

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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 […]

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EP179: Chris Humphries - From The Stage To Page

Mar 25, 2019 1:20:31

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Chris Humphries 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.

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EP178: The Crafty Craft of Writing Live Show

Mar 18, 2019 1:06:15

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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.

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EP177: One Page Punch-Ups with Jon Wood

Mar 10, 2019 35:09

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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.

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EP176 Teaser: Deep Dive - An Amazon Ads Masterclass with Craig Anderson

Mar 9, 2019 2:28

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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. Hear more […]

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EP175: Anna Stephens - From 36 rejections to a 6-figure deal

Mar 4, 2019 1:08:07

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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. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST […]

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EP174 Teaser: Deep Dive - Dos and Don’ts of a Book Launch

Mar 3, 2019 2:27

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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. Hear more at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST Find out more at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to […]

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EP173: Gavin G Smith - Rock N Roll Book Promotion

Feb 25, 2019 1:15:45

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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… To support […]

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EP172 Teaser: A Deep Dive Q&A with Dave Chesson The Kindlepreneur

Feb 24, 2019 2:30

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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! Hear more at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST Find out more at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in […]

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EP171: James Oswald - From Self-Published To Six Figure Deals

Feb 18, 2019 1:06:12

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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. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality […]

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EP170 Teaser: Deep Dive - Start Your Own Publisher with Michael R Miller

Feb 16, 2019 2:29

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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. In this Deep Dive […]

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EP169: Breaking The Rules - Live Show Highlights

Feb 11, 2019 1:15:48

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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! To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST Here are the “rules” we discussed… Should you […]

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EP168 Teaser: A Digital First & Metadata Deep Dive

Feb 8, 2019 2:28

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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. In this Deep Dive you will learn: Why Digital First is a strategy that’s being adopted by so many publishers What BIC […]

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EP167: One Page Punch-Ups with Emad Akhtar

Feb 4, 2019 44:15

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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. The standard of writing was really high and you can read along by downloading the PDFs here… […]

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EP166 Teaser: The Edit Process step-by-step, a Deep Dive with Melissa Caruso

Feb 2, 2019 2:28

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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. Hear more at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support […]

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EP165: Peter May - Story In His Blood

Jan 28, 2019 58:04

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Peter May is the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of the Lewis series and he takes us through his incredible career, including his years in television and how that influenced his novel writing. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST In This Episode You Will Discover […]

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EP164 Teaser: Deep Dive: Girl Friday Part 3 - Being Authentic in Sales - Plus Bonus David Barnett

Jan 28, 2019 2:28

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In the third and final of our three exclusive episodes for our Patreon supporters we speak to Ingrid Emerick, one of the founders of Girl Friday Productions about why you don’t need to be a sell-out when it comes to marketing and selling yourself and how working with a company like Girl Friday can help […]

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EP163: Working With Editors - David M Barnett

Jan 21, 2019 1:13:25

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David M Barnett is the bestselling author of Calling Major Tom, a book that came at a crossroads in his life and came out of a conversation with an editor. How much control do editors have over what an author writes? David takes us through an extraordinary change in his career and how it led […]

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EP162 Teaser: A Deep Dive: Our Marketing Masterclass with Sam Missingham continues...

Jan 16, 2019 2:28

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We continue our masterclass with Sam Missingham, founder of Lounge Marketing, on how exactly we plan to sell ten thousand copies of our book by Glastonbury. We go into even deeper detail on how you can market and publicise your book effectively by putting together a budget, using FB ads, Amazon ads and newsletters like […]

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EP161: A Marketing Masterclass with Sam Missingham

Jan 14, 2019 53:14

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Sam Missingham, founder of Lounge Marketing, hijacks the show and grills us on how exactly we plan to sell ten thousand copies of our book by Glastonbury. We go into some serious detail on how you can market and publicise your book effectively. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality […]

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EP160 Teaser: Deep Dive: Girl Friday Part 2 - Building Your Brand

Jan 9, 2019 2:28

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In the second of three exclusive episodes for our Patreon supporters we speak to Ingrid Emerick, one of the founders of Girl Friday Productions about how they help authors build brands, how it’s a long game and how they’ve used the same strategies to build their own brand. Hear more at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST Find out […]

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EP158: Jump Into 2019 With The Crash Test Dummies

Jan 7, 2019 1:08:22

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  On this month’s live show for our Patreon Chart Topper supporters we talked about the kind of strategies you can use to sell more books, set achievable goals and work more effectively. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/supportOur novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST In This Episode You Will Discover […]

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EP158: Jump Into 2019 With The Crash Test Dummies

Dec 31, 2018 39:50

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We talk about our personal goals for 2019 and reveal our new insane challenge for 2019… and once again we’re inviting our listeners to beat us to it. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST Here are some of the links we talked about in […]

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EP157: A Christmas Special with Ian Rankin

Dec 24, 2018 1:15:46

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A Christmas treat as we speak to bestselling author Ian Rankin who takes us through his incredible career, including tips on plotting, research, and his worst habit when writing, his favourite mistake (which he kept in the book) and he tells us his Sean Connery story… To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel […]

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EP156: Julian Barr - A Small Press, Epic Stories and a Bestseller

Dec 17, 2018 1:12:04

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Julian Barr’s thrilling debut YA novel The Way Home was published by Odyssey Books, a small press. Julian has taken an indie attitude to publishing and marketing the book, and his attention to detail has led to the book becoming a Kindle bestseller. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality […]

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EP155: Catherine Ryan Howard - Get Your Arse In The Chair

Dec 10, 2018 1:19:41

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Catherine started by self-publishing her travel adventures and has gone on to write USA Today and Irish Times bestselling thrillers. She’s now a founding member of The Inspiration Project, which is a writing retreat with a difference and she has some very practical advice for writers and their bottoms… To support the show, check out […]

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EP154: Mark Billingham - From a shoutline to five million books sold

Dec 3, 2018 1:18:44

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Mark Billingham is renowned for his bestselling crime thrillers, not least the Jack Thorne series. Having now sold over 5 millions copies of his books, Mark takes us through his incredible career which takes in acting, stand-up comedy, writing for TV, and a little bit of kidnapping. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our […]

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EP153: From a Pitch to a Deal, with Alison Belsham

Nov 26, 2018 41:18

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Alison Belsham tells us how her debut novel The Tattoo Thief started with a pitch at a crime festival and caught the attention of a major publisher, leading to a book deal, epic international rights sales, and a TV option… And she has some controversial thoughts on first drafts! To support the show, check out […]

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EP152: Editing Masterclass with Emad Akhtar and Caroline Hulse

Nov 19, 2018 54:34

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The highlights from our YouTube Live Show for our Patreon supporters. We talk through the editorial process with author Caroline Hulse and her editor Emad Akhtar, looking at specific pages and extracts from her book, The Adults. You can read along with the edit notes by downloading the PDFs in the show notes. To support […]

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EP151: Matthew Reilly - How To Sell 8 Million Books Out of the Back of Your Car

Nov 12, 2018 1:03:08

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Matthew Reilly self-published his first novel when he was 19, selling copies from the back of his car. Now with 8 million books sold he tops the bestseller charts worldwide and continues to thrill readers with his epic adventures. We spoke to him about his amazing career and we got answers for your listener questions. […]

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EP150: Joanna Nadin - The Queen of Bloody Everything

Nov 5, 2018 1:05:50

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Joanna Nadin has written over 70 award-winning books for children and adults and recently inspired Mr. Stay to completely re-write his middle-grade children’s book. She shares a flood of amazing writing tips with us and tells us why she loves to make readers cry. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To […]

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EP149: Halloween Special with Ramsey Campbell

Oct 30, 2018 38:32

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Ramsey Campbell is a legend of horror fiction who has been terrifying readers for over six decades, so who better to headline our Halloween special? He reveals the book that was too grim to publish, how working in a bookstore inspired a story, and the changes he has seen in the genre through his incredible […]

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EP148: RJ Barker and Explosions of Joy

Oct 29, 2018 1:11:03

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RJ Barker combines the page-turning thrills of a whodunnit crime thriller and the world-building of fantasy in his Wounded Kingdom series, the first of which was written in just six weeks! RJ tells us why he gets explosions of joy while writing, and this is the only episode of the podcast to cover the important […]

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EP147: Defying the Odds with Sherrilyn Kenyon

Oct 22, 2018 59:13

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Sherrilyn Kenyon’s first book was published when she was still in college, since then she has had more than 80 novels on the New York Times list, and more than 70 million books in print. We talk to Sherrilyn about her rise from childhood poverty to eBook pioneer and a bestselling phenomenon. To support the […]

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EP146 Teaser: Deep Dive: Essential Guide to Bloggers and Blog Tours

Oct 21, 2018 2:30

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An essential guide to bloggers and blog tours with Gollancz’s Publicity Manager Stevie Finegan. You will discover how to find bloggers, how to work with them, how to create a campaign, top tips for blogger content, and we discuss the dos and don’ts of a blog tour. Hear more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST Find out more […]

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145: Mr. Stay’s Hot Tub Alpine Retreat with Marcus Sedgwick and Dawn Kurtagich

Oct 15, 2018 1:17:09

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Mr. Stay overcomes his suspicion of writing retreats and joins award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick on his retreat in the Alps and, in a podcast first, interviews him in a hot tub! We listen back to his audio diaries and his interview with amazing YA author Dawn Kurtagich (not in a hot tub). To support the […]

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EP144 Teaser: Deep Dive with Clare Christian

Oct 14, 2018 2:29

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A special episode where we talk to Clare Christian from RedDoor Publishing about their hybrid model of publishing where the authors underwrite the production costs, but also have great control over every aspect of the process and take the lion’s share of commercial returns. So yes, the author pays up front! But it’s not vanity […]

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143: Rowan Coleman’s Impossible Summer

Oct 8, 2018 59:51

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We speak to bestselling author Rowan Coleman about why she heckled Mr. Stay at the RNA conference, how to make readers cry, how copy editors can save your life, how a chance encounter at a supermarket checkout led to a hit novel, we play backlist bingo and Rowan’s teenage daughter makes a cameo, and more! […]

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142: YALC special with Dhonielle Clayton

Oct 3, 2018 25:50

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Mr. Stay reports from YALC, the Young Adult Literature Convention in London and speaks to author Dhonielle Clayton about her book The Belles and how it all started with a conversation overheard in a shopping mall, and how every kid can be the hero of their own story. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support […]

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141: The Two Marks - Mark Desvaux (Mr D) Returns - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 1, 2018 42:35

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In this special episode we welcome back Mark Desvaux (Mr. D) to the show. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment   BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening […]

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140: The Conventions & Comic Cons Survival Guide - The Bestseller Experiment

Sep 24, 2018 53:22

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  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!   To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST […]

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139: Lisa Cutts - Cop, writer, bestseller - The Bestseller Experiment

Sep 17, 2018 32:41

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Lisa Cutts works for Kent Police as a full-time detective constable, but when she’s not solving murders and other serious crimes she writes bestselling crime fiction. We caught up with Lisa on the hottest day of the year after an event at Harbour Books in Whitstable and discovered how Lisa’s experience gives her crime fiction […]

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138: Miranda Dickinson - The Longest Apprenticeship - The Bestseller Experiment

Sep 10, 2018 1:04:05

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Miranda Dickinson is a Sunday Times bestselling author, shortlisted twice for the RNA Novel of the Year, and has sold over half a million books. Her story is one of determination, rejection, grief and triumph.   To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST In this […]

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EP137 Teaser: Newsletters Deep Dive with Julia Pidduck - The Bestseller Experiment

Sep 7, 2018 2:28

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In this Deep Dive we explore newsletters with digital marketing consultant Julia Pidduck who brings years of experience working with indie authors and bestselling giants like Ian Rankin. We answer listener questions and cover the following: • The benefit of a newsletter • Providers such as Mailchimp and Tiny Letter • Format and content • […]

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EP136: John McGhie - Writing Living History - The Bestseller Experiment

Sep 3, 2018 35:05

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John McGhie has been an investigative journalist for the BBC and Channel 4 News and was the Observer’s political correspondent, and his debut novel White Highlands looks at the Mau Mau and a dark period in history.   To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST […]

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EP135: The Romantic Novelists’ Association conference with Rhoda Baxter, Nicola Cornick and Sheila Crighton - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 27, 2018 41:59

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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… To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our […]

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EP132 Teaser: The Hero's Journey Part 2 - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 27, 2018 2:28

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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 […]

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EP133: Pernille Hughes - A Star In Sweatpants Is Born - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 20, 2018 39:09

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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, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is […]

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EP132 Teaser: The Hero's Journey Part 2 - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 19, 2018 2:28

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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, […]

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EP131: Sam Missingham - A massive boot up the arse for publishing - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 13, 2018 44:22

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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 […]

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EP130 Teaser: The Hero's Journey Part 1 - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 11, 2018 2:30

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Mark Stay and Julian Barr, author of The Way Home, discuss Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey in the first of a three-part epic Deep Dive trilogy! Using examples from Star Wars, Jaws, The Godfather, The Notebook and more they look at the Ordinary World, the Call to Adventure, Refusal of the Call, Meeting the Mentor, Crossing […]

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EP129 Teaser: Romcoms - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 7, 2018 2:30

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Mr. Stay discusses Romcoms with literary agent and romcom devotee Federica Leonardis in this special Deep Dive. We look at the tropes, the characters, the readers’ expectations and we dig deep into one of the greatest movie romcoms, When Harry Met Sally. Hear more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening […]

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EP128: Youtube LIVE show with Ed Wilson (Mr. Stay’s agent spills the beans on money and more) - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 6, 2018 1:00:04

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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)…   To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back […]

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EP127: Cally Taylor aka CL Taylor aka six time Sunday Times Bestseller - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 30, 2018 52:06

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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 […]

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EP126: Veronica Henry - A Recipe For A Bestseller - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 23, 2018 33:44

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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 […]

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EP125: Steve Cavanagh - Author on the verge of a massive breakthrough - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 16, 2018 35:17

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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 […]

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EP124 Teaser: Beta Readers - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 14, 2018 2:30

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Feedback from Beta Readers can transform your writing, but how do you find them? How should you work with them? And should you become one yourself? Discover more in this week’s Deep Dive as Mark Stay is joined by Julian Barr. Hear more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and […]

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EP123: Warren Adler - The Master of Dysfunction - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 9, 2018 50:22

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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 […]

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EP121 Teaser: State of the (publishing nation) with Sam Missingham - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 3, 2018 2:30

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Hey Patreon supporters, we have over a month’s backlog of recordings on the podcast at the moment, but we wanted you to have this one hot off the press before it goes live to the general public in the middle of August (yes, really!). Sam Missingham has become one of the most influential voices in […]

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EP122: The kids are all right! Live Show with Amber Caravéo - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 2, 2018 58:50

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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, […]

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EP120: The Quanderhorn Xperimentations with Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 25, 2018 45:19

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Mr. Stay spoke to a pair of his TV writing heroes at the MCM Comic Con in London recently. Rob Grant is the co-creator of the classic science fiction comedy Red Dwarf, and Andrew Marshall is best-known for the BBC comedy Two Point Four Children. Together they have created a fantastic BBC radio comedy series […]

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EP119: Crowdfunding tips with Jimmy Leach - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 18, 2018 45:19

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Crowdfunding is an increasingly common and way for authors to make their project come to life. But how to do this if you’re queasy about asking for money? Jimmy is the Head of Crowdfunding at Unbound Books and he talked us through to dos and don’ts of raising money for creative projects.   To support […]

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EP118 Teaser: Rights - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 16, 2018 2:30

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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. Hear more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for […]

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EP117: Gareth L Powell - How to sing a space opera - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 11, 2018 38:30

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Gareth L Powell is one of the most generous authors on social media and a font of writing wisdom. He’s also the award-winning author of the Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy, his short stories have appeared in Interzone, Clarkesworld, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and he has written for The Guardian, The Irish Times, 2000AD and […]

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EP116 Teaser: Adaptation - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 11, 2018 2:30

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This week’s topic of adaptation came from one of our Patreon supporters and listeners Julian Barr, who joined me to discuss the various methods for adapting from one medium to another, including radio, epic poems, novels, TV and feature films. Hear more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast […]

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EP115: Julie Wassmer - The Pearl of Whitstable - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 4, 2018 37:12

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Julie Wassmer is an EastEnder who has written for EastEnders and she’s now bumping off the locals in her wonderful series of novels The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries. I met Julie by the seaside on a beautiful summer’s day at Whitstable and we chatted about the town, its strong sense of community, and how it has […]

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EP114 Teaser: Criticism - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 4, 2018 2:30

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In this Deep Dive we take a look at one of the hardest parts of being a writer: coping with criticism. It can come in many forms: from writing groups, reviews, social media and more. We look at strategies on how to deal with criticism and how you can make it work for you. Hear […]

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EP113: Sharon Bolton and the Mysteries of Mystery Fiction - The Bestseller Experiment

May 28, 2018 30:20

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Sharon Bolton (aka SJ Bolton) is the bestselling and award-winning thriller author of the Lacey Flint series and her writing continues the tradition of gothic mystery, mixed with the pace of page-turning modern crime thrillers. It was great fun to discuss her new novel, The Craftsman, we played backlist bingo, and we answered listener questions. […]

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EP112: Deborah Haywood - Pin Cushion - The Bestseller Experiment

May 21, 2018 40:04

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This week we go to the movies with writer/director Deborah Haywood whose debut feature film Pin Cushion will be released in cinemas July 13th 2018. Deborah is BIFA-nominated and was one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow and she’s an incredible writer who deftly combines the deeply personal with the magical. To support the show, […]

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EP111: Live Show with Ben Willis - The Bestseller Experiment

May 14, 2018 56:24

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Another special YouTube Live episode featuring Orion editor Ben Willis with contributions from our wonderful Patreon supporters! Ben worked in book publicity for Transworld and Headline before joining Orion, where he now works as a commissioning editor for Orion Fiction. If you want to get involved with our live shows, become a chart topper patron […]

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EP110 Teaser: Introducing Your Characters - The Bestseller Experiment

May 14, 2018 2:30

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This week’s Deep Dive focuses on introducing your characters. 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. Hear more at […]

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EP108: Win Kelly Charles - The Curiosity Killed The Cat Kid - The Bestseller Experiment

May 7, 2018 33:23

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Win Kelly Charles is a bestselling indie author who has publicly declared that she’s stepping away from Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. We talked about Win’s decision, how it affects her reach as an author, and her inspirational writing journey as someone born with cerebral palsy. To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our […]

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EP108 Teaser: Short Stories - The Bestseller Experiment

May 5, 2018 2:30

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Writing short stories is hard! Cramming great character and story into just a few thousand words is a skill few writers master, but here are some tips to help you get started… Hear more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening […]

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EP107: Isabel Ashdown's Secrets and Lies - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 30, 2018 46:02

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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… To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now […]

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EP106 Teaser: Cliches and Tropes - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 29, 2018 2:30

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CLICHES AND TROPES – how to identify cliches in your writing and tropes in your storytelling, and strategies for making your work stronger. Hear more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a […]

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EP105: Ed McDonald, Dear Debut Authors - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 23, 2018 46:41

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Ed McDonald broke onto the fantasy scene with his incredible debut Blackwing in 2017 and has had an amazing year. He’s living the dream! Then a few weeks ago he wrote a very honest blog titled ‘Dear Debut Authors of 2018’ in which he asked the question, “What next?” To support the show, check out […]

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EP104 Teaser: Production Part 2 with Paul Hussey - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 22, 2018 2:30

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In this week’s Deep Dive Mark Stay is joined by Paul Hussey and they take a deep dive into the production of your publication. Hear more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to […]

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EP103: Michael J Ward - Choose Your Own Adventure - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 16, 2018 53:42

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Michael J Ward is a writer and gamer who has taken choose-your-own-adventure books to the next level. With compelling characters and engaging stories his DestinyQuest books are written in a unique way and he gives us an insight into his process which writers of all genres will find invaluable. To support the show, check out […]

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EP102 Teaser: Production Part 1 with Andy Bowden - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 9, 2018 2:30

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In this week’s Deep Dive Mark Stay is joined by Andy Bowden and they take a deep dive into the production of your publication. Hear more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to […]

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EP101: Live Show with Emad Akhtar - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 9, 2018 56:17

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Editor Emad Akhtar has worked with authors like Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin and Justin Cronin and was kind enough to join our live show and answer our listeners’ questions! To support the show, check out bestsellerexperiment.com/support Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… Common pacing […]

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EP100 Teaser: Elements of a Chapter - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 7, 2018 2:30

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This week’s Deep Dive is short n sweet and crammed with tips on making your chapters work as hard as possible. We’ll look at the purpose of the chapter, how it fits into the larger story, and what tools you can use when editing to ensure that your chapter earns its place in the story. […]

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EP99: Cavan Scott - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 2, 2018 42:35

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We speak to Cavan Scott, an extraordinary writer who writes on licence, meaning that he is hired to write for licenced intellectual properties such as Star Wars and Doctor Who. If you’ve ever written fan fiction and dream of writing for a big franchise then you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this week’s episode. To […]

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EP98 Teaser: Deep Dive - Audiobooks - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 26, 2018 2:29

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 98 – Options Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If you enjoyed […]

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EP97: Roz Morris - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 26, 2018 48:25

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We speak to Roz Morris, a writer whose books have sold over 4 million copies, but until recently you won’t have seen her name on the covers because she is a ghost writer. Roz has written for members of the SAS, rockstar bodyguards, children’s fantasy authors and more. To hear more and support the show, […]

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EP96 Teaser: Deep Dive - Options Part 3 - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 19, 2018 2:29

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 96 – Options Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If you enjoyed […]

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EP95: Richard Morgan - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 19, 2018 47:50

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We speak to Richard Morgan about his novel Altered Carbon and its long journey through development hell before it went on the become the biggest show on Netflix. And we look back on his incredible career, which includes fantasy fiction and comic books, and we look forward to his long-awaited forthcoming novel Thin Air. To […]

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EP94 Teaser: Deep Dive - Options Part 2 - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 12, 2018 2:29

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 94 – Options Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If you enjoyed […]

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EP93: Alex T. Smith - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 12, 2018 1:01:22

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In the latest of an occasional series of reports from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference, we speak to bestselling children’s author and illustrator Alex T Smith… and Mr. D makes a big declaration! To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality […]

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EP92: The Gingerbread Shortlist - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 8, 2018 20:54

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  A special episode where Mr. Stay catches up with Sam Eades on the Gingerbread writing competition launched in episode 50, and speaks to the shortlisted authors, and we discover what it was about their writing that got them shortlisted… To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel […]

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EP91 Teaser: Deep Dive - Options Part 1 - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 5, 2018 2:29

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 91 – Options Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If you enjoyed […]

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EP90: Ask the Two Marks - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 5, 2018 1:13:31

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Braving snowmageddon, our monthly live show was recorded in London and Vancouver, with our audience of Patreon supporters. Featured listener questions include the secrets of metadata, author blogging, outlining, and crowdfunding. And there’s an update on Mark Stay’s book The End of Magic, which you can support here: bestsellerexperiment.com/endofmagic. To join us as an audience […]

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EP89 Teaser: Deep Dive - Five Principles on 2nd Drafts - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 26, 2018 2:28

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 89 – Five Principles on 2nd Drafts Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE […]

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EP88: Unbound and The End of Magic - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 26, 2018 45:02

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Mr. Stay has a new book coming! And it’s being published by Unbound Books who use a crowdfunding model. We discuss how it all works and how you, dear listener, can get involved at https://unbound.com/books/end-of-magic/   To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality is […]

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EP87 Teaser: Deep Dive - Five Principles on 2nd Drafts - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 19, 2018 2:29

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 87 – Five Principles on 2nd Drafts Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE […]

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EP86: Catriona Innes - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 19, 2018 51:07

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We speak to the completely charming Catriona Innes, Senior Editor of Cosmopolitan, the UK’s best selling glossy magazine. Working on the features desk she writes, edits and commissions the long reads, fitness and career sections of Cosmopolitan, as well as heading up the books content. She’s currently working on Hearst’s inaugural books prize, Big Book, […]

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EP85 Teaser: Deep Dive - Rocket Your Word Count - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 13, 2018 2:29

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 85 – Rocket Your Word Count Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE […]

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EP84: Cass Green - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 12, 2018 55:13

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We speak to Cass Green, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Woman Next Door and In a Cottage In a Wood who told us how a quick swim led to a change in direction for her career… To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality […]

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EP83 Teaser: Deep Dive - Creating Compelling Characters - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 6, 2018 2:29

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 83 – Creating Compelling Characters Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If […]

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EP82: Jen Williams - "Even Aliens Have Issues." - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 5, 2018 46:45

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We speak to Jen Williams, writer of charismatic characters and founder of the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club. To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… Top tips for building and writing captivating characters […]

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EP81: Live Show Q&A with the two Marks - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 29, 2018 58:19

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Behold, the highlights of this month’s YouTube Live show for our Patreon supporters. To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… How long your should project be. How to tell if it’s a […]

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EP80 Teaser: Deep Dive - Beat Writers Block - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 23, 2018 2:29

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 80 – Beat Writers Block Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If […]

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EP79: Liz Pichon - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 22, 2018 52:01

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In the first of an occasional series of reports from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference, we speak to bestselling children’s author and illustrator Liz Pichon about the secrets of the success of her multi-million copy Tom Gates books… To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment […]

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EP78: Preview - Deep Dive - Brandon Sanderson - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 16, 2018 2:28

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Here’s a Teaser for Episode 78 – Branson Sanderson Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If you enjoyed […]

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EP77: Brandon Sanderson - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 15, 2018 32:51

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We caught up with fantasy bestselling author and super nice dude Brandon Sanderson and in a jam-packed episode he answered our listeners’ questions and let us in on some of his inspirational top tips for productive writing… To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality […]

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EP76: This Week on The Bestseller Experiment Deep Dive of episode 075 - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 9, 2018 2:28

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Here are some clips of what is happening over on the Deep Dive at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If you enjoyed […]

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EP75: Location, location, location and murder with Lara Dearman - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 8, 2018 44:12

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We talk to novelist Lara Dearman about her debut book The Devil’s Claw and the importance of place, location, myths and folklore in her fiction and much more. To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST In this episode […]

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EP74: This Week on The Bestseller Experiment Deep Dive of episode 073 - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 1, 2018 2:28

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Here are some clips of what is happening over on the Deep Dive at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the novel from the Podcast Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If you enjoyed […]

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EP73: New Year's Countdown to Your Favourite Episodes - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 1, 2018 38:06

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A Happy New Year to all our listeners! In today’s special episode we conclude our thrilling countdown of our top 10 best episodes as voted for by you with our favourite clips from those shows! Who will come top? Listen now… To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our […]

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EP72: Christmas Special - The Bestseller Experiment

Dec 25, 2017 39:26

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Merry Christmas to all our listeners! In today’s special episode we begin our countdown of our top 10 best episodes as voted for by you with our favourite clips from those shows! We start with, er… number 12… Course we do. To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our […]

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EP71: MR Carey - The Bestseller Experiment

Dec 18, 2017 1:16:00

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Mike Carey writes comics, novels and screenplays like Hellblazer, Lucifer, X-Men, the Felix Castor novels, and The Girl With All the Gifts. He’s also written novels with his wife Linda and daughter Louise. Linda joined Mike for this amazing chat about story writing in all its forms. To hear more of this episode in our […]

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EP70: Listeners’ Question Time - The Bestseller Experiment

Dec 11, 2017 58:24

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The Two Marks answer your questions in this recording of our first Patreon subscribers’ live show. To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… Mailing list and blog tips How Kindle Unlimited Page […]

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EP69: Tad Williams - Legendary Worldbuilder - The Bestseller Experiment

Dec 4, 2017 48:34

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Tad Williams is a master of the fantasy genre. Not only an incredible world builder, but he populates his books with memorable and beloved characters. He’s returned to the world of Memory, Sorrow & Thorn with his latest book The Witchwood Crown and we were delighted to speak to him about returning to the past […]

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EP68: Victoria Aveyard - The Red Queen of YA - The Bestseller Experiment

Nov 27, 2017 48:43

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We hitch a ride with Victoria Aveyard, the bestselling author of the Red Queen series, and we talk unreliable narrators, copy edits and building characters. To hear more of this episode in our deep dive, check out patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST BUY Back to Reality – the […]

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EP67: Season 2! Publicity Secrets Revealed - The Bestseller Experiment

Nov 20, 2017 1:02:26

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On the day the Two Marks land a big feature in Publisher’s Weekly, they talk with top publicists Elaine Egan, Lauren Woosey and Virginia Woolstencroft about interview tips, creating a buzz around your book, how to recognise the hook of a good publicity story, what makes a great pitch, and we discover the dos and […]

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EP66: Back to Reality - Bestseller Launch Day Part 4 - The Bestseller Experiment

Nov 13, 2017 55:05

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Bestselling author and friend of the show Shannon Mayer joins Mark Desvaux in the final part of the launch day event for the two Marks’ novel Back to Reality. Check out bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Now [BUY] Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback […]

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EP65: Back to Reality - Bestseller Launch Day Part 3 - The Bestseller Experiment

Nov 6, 2017 31:58

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The sky over London turns red as the two Marks recall the third part of their launch day event for their novel Back to Reality. Check out bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Now [BUY] Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a […]

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EP64: Back to Reality - Bestseller Launch Day Part 2 - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 30, 2017 42:10

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It’s High Noon as the two Marks recall the second part of their launch day event for their novel Back to Reality. Check out bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Now [BUY] Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the […]

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EP63: Back to Reality - Bestseller Launch Day Part 1 - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 24, 2017 27:24

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Relive the magic of launch day as the Two Marks attempt to hit the bestseller charts with their novel Back to Reality. Will it be a car crash or chart crash? Buy your copy at bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Now [BUY] Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have […]

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EP62: PUBLICATION DAY! Back to Reality is Out Now! - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 16, 2017 7:07

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It’s Launch Day! After a year of podcasting and writing our book, Back to Reality is finally available to buy on Kindle for a special launch day price. Buy your copy at bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Mon 16th October Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have […]

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EP61: One Day to Go! Back to Reality Book Reading - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 15, 2017 14:59

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In the seventh of our daily mini-episodes in the run-up to publication we thought you might like a little taster of an early scene from our novel Back to Reality, out Monday 16th October 2017! Check out bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Mon 16th October Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks […]

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EP60: Two Days to Go! Favourite Pod Moments - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 14, 2017 14:23

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In the sixth of our daily mini-episodes in the run-up to publication of Back to Reality, The Two Marks look back at some of their favourite moments over the last year of the podcast. Check out bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Mon 16th October Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for […]

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EP59: Three Days to Go! Social Media - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 13, 2017 10:44

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How do you harness the power of social media in your book launch? Find out in the fifth mini-episode, as we prepare for the launch of our novel Back to Reality (bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality)   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Mon 16th October Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some […]

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EP58: Four Days to Go! Reviews & Launch Teams - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 12, 2017 15:31

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​In the fourth of our daily mini-episodes in the run-up to publication we look at the importance of reviews and how you get readers to spread the word. Check out bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Mon 16th October Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback […]

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EP57: Five days to go! Beta readers and reviews - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 11, 2017 10:41

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​In the third of our daily mini-episodes in the run-up to publication we look at Beta readers and reviews and how to cope with feedback. Check out bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Mon 16th October Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to […]

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EP56: Six Days to Go! Getting Quotes for Your Book - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 10, 2017 13:27

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​How do you get pull quotes from other authors for your book? Find out in the second of our daily mini-episodes in the run-up to the release of Back to Reality – bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Mon 16th October Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   Thanks for listening and joining us. Have […]

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EP55: One Week to Go! Back to Reality & Blurbs - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 9, 2017 11:21

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​Holy cow! Only seven days until we publish our novel, Back to Reality. This is the first of eight special daily mini-episodes looking at the essential aspects of launching a book. Today: we talk blurbs and preview our book.   PODCAST   Back to Reality – Out Mon 16th October Find out more at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality   […]

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EP54: The Mighty Joanna Penn - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 2, 2017 1:02:39

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Only two weeks to go till the publication of our book Back To Reality, and we seek the advice of the amazing Joanna Penn, NY Times bestselling author, public speaker and podcaster…   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… The value of content marketing and how to make it work for you When is […]

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EP53: GollanczFest, Gin and a Special Guest - The Bestseller Experiment

Sep 25, 2017 42:58

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Only three weeks to go till publication, but we somehow found time to talk to the wonderful folk from Gollancz about GollanczFest and we find our show gatecrashed by an old friend.   PODCAST WIN 2 TICKETS TO GOLLANCZ FEST! CLICK HERE In this episode you will discover… Why you should be going to writers’ […]

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EP52: Four Weeks To Go! - The Bestseller Experiment

Sep 18, 2017 58:23

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Holy cow! Only four weeks till publication? Already?? What do we do? How did it come round so soon? Yes, the two Marks discuss their impending deadline and their pre-publication marketing strategy with their usual calm, professional manner… and they finally reveal the title of their novel!   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… […]

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EP51: The Impossible Choices Of Samantha King - The Bestseller Experiment

Sep 11, 2017 1:04:23

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Samantha King is a bestselling debut novelist, and her book The Choice taps into parental fears. Sam has also worked in publishing and has a unique perspective on the process of writing, editing, publishing and promoting a bestseller…   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… How you can discover your story’s true intent through […]

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EP50: Gingerbread - The Bestseller Experiment

Sep 1, 2017 32:46

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A very special episode with an amazing opportunity for writers.   PODCAST Competition Link: https://gingerbread.org.uk/content/2454/One-in-four-new-writer-competition   In this episode you will discover… How sharing your story can change social stigma Tips on finding time to write How to find the courage to tell your own story And tips from editor Sam Eades on writing second drafts […]

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EP49: Bookbub Mythbusting - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 28, 2017 1:00:51

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As the two Marks gear-up for publication, it’s suddenly dawned on them that they will have to market and sell their novel! Who better to turn to for advice than the folk at Bookbub, whose newsletter can boost a book up the bestseller charts? And we also bust a few myths and misconceptions about this […]

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EP48: A Kick In The Ed - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 21, 2017 58:52

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The two Marks have met with their editor. Sit in on one of their story sessions as they go through their notes, and discover the huge change that they will have to make to improve their chances of marketing a bestseller with less than two months to go!   PODCAST In this episode you will […]

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EP47: Titles, Covers & Deadlines - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 14, 2017 46:34

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In the second part of this conversation between the two Marks before their book goes to their editor, they wonder if it will survive the edit, or does the experiment end here?   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… Why you should try and make scenes work harder before discarding them Why giving ideas […]

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EP46: Research and Reconnoitring - The Bestseller Experiment

Aug 7, 2017 47:03

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The two Marks are recording in the same room! Will universes collide? Will they reveal any more about their damn book? They talk about research, reconnoitring locations, and more in the first of a two-parter…     PODCAST In this episode you will discover… Tips for speaking to experts for research The importance of a […]

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EP45: Katherine May - Creative Writing Cocktails - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 31, 2017 50:05

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Katherine May is an award-winning writer, blogger and the programme director of creative writing at Canterbury, Christ Church University. She is an extraordinary talent, makes a mean gin cocktail, and has an incredible series of books coming in the next year…         PODCAST In this episode you will discover… The pros and […]

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EP44: Jennifer Niven - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 24, 2017 54:26

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Jennifer Niven is a phenomenally successful YA novelist. All The Bright Places was a Goodreads Choice Award winner and is now being adapted for film starring Elle Fanning. We spoke to Jennifer not long after her tour of Australia and New Zealand…     PODCAST In this episode you will discover… How bravery and honesty […]

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EP43: Martina Cole - Dangerous Lady - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 17, 2017 53:50

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Martina Cole is the undisputed queen of British crime fiction. She’s sold over 14 million books and her novels regularly top the Sunday Times bestsellers. She’s come a long way from being told ‘Women don’t write these kinds of books.’ We were delighted to speak on the eve of publication of her new paperback Betrayal. […]

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EP42: The End - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 10, 2017 52:53

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We’ve done it, we’ve finished our first draft! After months of writing — and that outline — we discuss what it means to reach this milestone, and what we can expect from the next draft, and we reveal more about our novel… including its working title!     PODCAST In this episode you will discover… […]

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EP41: Deon Meyer Fever - The Bestseller Experiment

Jul 3, 2017 46:24

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Deon is a bestselling thriller writer from South Africa whose books have been translated into 20 languages, but with his latest book Fever, he has written a post-apocalyptic epic with a big heart, with Stephen King comparing it favourably to The Stand.     PODCAST In this episode you will discover… Why struggle is a […]

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EP40: Laura Barnett’s Greatest Hits - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 26, 2017 53:39

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Laura Barnett’s 2015 debut The Versions Of Us was a smash hit, a number one bestseller, and translated into 23 languages. Now she faces that difficult second album syndrome, but Laura has come up with an ingenious solution and a unique piece of fiction.     PODCAST In this episode you will discover… How music […]

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EP39: Million-Selling Children Books | Karen Ball - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 19, 2017 1:04:16

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A children’s fiction special. We talk with Karen Ball who has published some of the bestselling children’s series of the last twenty years, including the Beast Quest which has sold over 11m copies. Recently featured as a 2017 Rising Star in the Bookseller, Karen is the former Little, Brown for Young Readers publisher. She is now […]

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EP38: From The Heart | Erica James - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 12, 2017 49:52

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How do you touch the heart of your readers? We get emotional over tea and cake with bestselling author Erica James. Erica has sold over 5 million copies of her twenty books, is winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and she never fails to break her readers’ hearts. We discover how she […]

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EP37: Go For Launch | Susan Kaye Quinn - The Bestseller Experiment

Jun 5, 2017 41:47

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In the second part of our interview with Susan Kaye Quinn, we talk about how to launch your book, pre-orders, fan-service, promoting your books, the dark art of blurbs, the power of tropes and mythology. PODCAST In this episode you will discover… The ideal model for debut pre-orders. How long you should promote your book […]

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EP36: For Love Or Money | Susan Kaye Quinn - The Bestseller Experiment

May 29, 2017 49:15

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Susan Kaye Quinn is not only a genuine rocket scientist, but she’s also a bestselling indie author in fiction and non-fiction. She runs the incredible For Love Or Money Facebook group, a resource for indie authors to get help with all those questions you might otherwise be afraid to ask. This is Part One of […]

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EP35: The Incredible Tenacity Of Mark Edwards - The Bestseller Experiment

May 22, 2017 1:04:37

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Mark Edwards is a bestselling author, having sold over two million psychological thrillers including The Magpies. Having been self-published and traditionally-published, Mark is now one of Amazon’s ‘Thomas & Mercer’ imprint’s most successful authors with five number one bestsellers. His extraordinary story will be an inspiration to any writer who’s ever faced rejection, bad publishing, bad […]

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EP34: Into The Woods With John Yorke - The Bestseller Experiment

May 15, 2017 54:07

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John Yorke is one of the world’s leading lights in the art of storytelling. As former head of Channel Four Drama, Controller of BBC Drama Production and head of Company Pictures, he has worked on shows like Shameless, Life On Mars, and the UK’s most popular soap opera EastEnders. He is also the author of […]

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EP33: A Deep Dive With The Two Marks - The Bestseller Experiment

May 8, 2017 47:15

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The two Marks discuss the progress of their novel so far as the deadline rapidly approaches, and Mr. Stay recalls a piece of advice he received from Julie Cohen after he finished recording his interview with her…       PODCAST In this episode you will discover… The best strategy for when you get stuck […]

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EP32: Legal Eagles | Keith Mathieson and Paul Joseph - The Bestseller Experiment

May 1, 2017 1:12:11

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We get lawyered-up in this fascinating episode where we talk to a pair of top entertainment lawyers: Keith Mathieson is an expert in defamation and privacy law, and Paul Joseph specialises in intellectual property cases and we quiz them on the pitfalls authors should look out for when writing. PODCAST In this episode you will […]

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EP31: Fear of Failure | Julie Cohen - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 24, 2017 1:16:46

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Julie Cohen is the author of over twenty novels, including the Richard & Judy bestseller Dear Thing. She also teaches creative writing workshops and is a goldmine of writing wisdom. Julie shares some insights that are game-changers when it comes to writing, from dealing with failure to planning and storytelling. Her latest novel Together is featured on […]

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EP30: The Future Of Publishing | David Shelley - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 17, 2017 50:08

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David Shelley is the CEO of Orion Publishing and the Little, Brown Publishing Group, he started as an editor, working with some major talents including Iain Banks, Val McDermid and JK Rowling, and he talked to us about the future of the publishing industry.   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… The personality traits […]

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EP29: Bestselling Insights | Kate Harrison - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 10, 2017 56:13

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Kate Harrison is a rare breed. A fiction and non-fiction award-winning author who used her insight experience with the BBC to produce a huge bestselling series of non-fiction diet and lifestyle books. We discuss with Kate about her phenomenally successful 5:2 Diet series, how she straddles the life as both a fiction and non-fiction author, and how […]

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EP28: What Exactly Is A Bestseller? Number Crunching with Nielsen - The Bestseller Experiment

Apr 3, 2017 1:12:38

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We answer one of the most common questions we get on our quest: What is a bestseller? We spoke to Sara Mulryan of Nielsen Bookscan, the people who gather the data for the UK charts and made some fascinating discoveries.   PODCAST In this episode you will discover… The best time of year, week and […]

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EP27: From Script, To Screen, To Book | Jo Ho - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 27, 2017 1:00:39

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Jo Ho is an award-winning screenwriter and director, best known for creating the BBC TV series Spirit Warriors, but she has recently turned her hand to self-publishing with great success.       PODCAST In this episode you will discover… How Facebook groups can help guide you through your writing and self-publishing How to cold-call editors […]

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EP26: Author & Editor In A Hot Mess | Lucy Vine & Katie Seaman - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 20, 2017 51:17

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Lucy Vine is a freelance journalist who has written for pretty much every magazine going. Inspired by one of Lucy’s articles, editor Katie Seaman commissioned Lucy to write Hot Mess, a full-length novel, in an incredibly short space of time and, between them, have discovered a brilliantly efficient way of working together. PODCAST In this […]

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EP25: The M Word | Shannon Mayer - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 13, 2017 1:03:54

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We welcome back Shannon Mayer for the third and final part of our epic interview with her and we finally tackle something that can put the fear of death into many authors… Marketing. PODCAST Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. WIN! EXCLUSIVE AUDIO […]

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EP24: Liz Fenwick & The Crows Of Doubt - The Bestseller Experiment

Mar 6, 2017 48:28

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Is there such a thing as a positive rejection? This week we chat with award-winning author, Liz Fenwick about the importance of persistency on the journey to being published, why your book’s location matters, the world of literary consultancies and how to silence your inner critic.   PODCAST EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS In this episode you will […]

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EP23: The Plot Thickens - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 27, 2017 1:00:13

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Licking the wounds from their encounter with Ben Aaronovitch last week about the progress of their novel, the two Marks regroup, look at where they’ve gone wrong, and wonder if they can go on…   PODCAST EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS In this episode you will discover… Why taking a break from your main project might be a […]

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EP22: Ben Aaronovitch and the Great Bollocking… - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 20, 2017 53:58

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Ben Aaronovitch started writing for Doctor Who and became the author of the bestselling Peter Grant series that started with Rivers Of London in 2011 and has been hugely successful, regularly hitting the Sunday Times bestsellers top ten. We were delighted to get Ben for a conversation full of fireworks.       PODCAST WIN […]

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EP21: Obscurity to Million-Selling Indie Success | Mark Dawson - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 13, 2017 1:02:55

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Mark Dawson had been published by a mainstream publisher, but to little success. A friend introduced him to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and now, over two million downloads later, he is one of the UK’s most successful indie authors.     PODCAST Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a […]

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EP20: Amazon | Kindle Direct Publishing with Darren Hardy - The Bestseller Experiment

Feb 6, 2017 1:08:04

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Self-publishing an eBook? You’re almost certainly going to be publishing on Kindle. We were delighted to speak to Kindle’s head of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Darren Hardy, at Amazon’s recent Amazon Academy Conference in London to get the low-down. PODCAST Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the […]

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EP19: Joe Hill - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 30, 2017 1:06:21

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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 […]

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EP18: Behind Sarah Pinborough’s Eyes! - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 23, 2017 54:32

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Sarah Pinborough has had over twenty novels published and written for TV and film. Sarah’s new thriller Behind Her Eyes is getting incredible buzz after a heated auction. Sarah is always funny, insightful and often eye-wateringly honest. Brace yourselves for one of our most entertaining author chats yet… WARNING: Contains strong adult language! PODCAST (Explicit) […]

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EP17: Million-Selling Indie Secrets | Shannon Mayer Returns - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 16, 2017 1:07:12

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The second part of our interview with bestselling Indie author Shannon Mayer who recently hit #2 in the main Amazon.com charts outselling Stephen King and other greats. We talk about her new deal with Amazon, ‘hybrid’ authors, the importance of an author’s intent, being business-like and collaboration. PODCAST Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some […]

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EP16: How Do I Get An Agent? | Federica Leonardis & Sonya Lalli - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 9, 2017 55:03

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‘How do I get a literary agent?’ is one of the most common questions asked by new writers, so we asked Federica Leonardis, founder of Martin Leonardis Literary Management, and her debut novelist Sonya Lalli. Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE […]

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EP15: Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler | Peter Rabbit vs Werewolves - The Bestseller Experiment

Jan 2, 2017 1:06:34

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Emmy winners and BAFTA-nominated, Huckerby & Ostler are one of the most successful TV writing partnerships around, and with their new novel, Defender Of The Realm, they’ve created a fantastic children’s adventure series. Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE LOVE If […]

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EP14: John Connolly | No Formulas & Finishing Books - The Bestseller Experiment

Dec 26, 2016 1:17:57

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John Connolly has won pretty much every crime award going, and his books are regular Sunday Times bestsellers. He doesn’t do workshops, doesn’t suffer fools, and tells us about the massive issue with leaving a book half-finished. John’s words are dripping in wisdom and we loved him. Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d […]

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EP13: Michelle Paver | Research To The Extreme - The Bestseller Experiment

Dec 19, 2016 58:03

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How do you research your books? Michelle Paver has written eighteen novels, including the bestselling Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness. She’s encountered killer whales, wolves, polar bears and a runaway Yak, all in the name of research. Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. WIN […]

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EP12: Maria Semple | How To Find Your Voice As A Writer - The Bestseller Experiment

Dec 12, 2016 49:22

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Have you every wondered how important your “Voice” is as a writer? This week on The Bestseller Experiment podcast, New York Times success Maria Semple tells us just how essential your voice is. Maria was recently named a “Power Author” by the Hollywood Reporter, putting her alongside such giants as JK Rowling and George RR […]

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EP11: Writing a Bestseller | The Story So Far - The Bestseller Experiment

Dec 5, 2016 43:45

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The two Marks bring you up to date on the trials and tribulations their nascent bestseller, the processes that they’re going through, and how two writers can work together without driving each other bonkers. PODCAST Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. SPREAD THE […]

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EP10: Robin Stevens | NaNoWriMo Success Story - The Bestseller Experiment

Nov 28, 2016 31:26

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Robin is the author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries books, a middle grade series following schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong in a 1930s English boarding school, but Robin started out on her bestselling adventure with NaNoWriMo. PODCAST Click to Tweet: “Write the book you would most like to read,” Robin Stevens @bestsellerxp […]

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EP09: Joe Abercrombie | Dancing Naked in the Rain - The Bestseller Experiment

Nov 21, 2016 46:57

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Joe Abercrombie – dancing naked in the rain: Joe burst onto the fantasy scene in 2003 with his debut The Blade Itself. His books have climbed high up the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, and he had some unusual advice for writers when we spoke to him at GollanczFest. ABOUT JOE: Joe Abercrombie is […]

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EP08: NaNoWriMo & The Muddy Middle | Grant Faulkner - The Bestseller Experiment

Nov 14, 2016 20:57

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We are delighted to welcome NaNoWriMo’s Grant Faulkner back to the podcast in mid-November, where we discuss strategies for coping with the ‘muddy middle’. Those second-act blues where a storyteller can get completely lost or overwhelmed. ABOUT GRANT: Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month – aka NaNoWriMo, co-founder of the […]

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EP07: Michael Connelly | 60 Million Thriller Books - The Bestseller Experiment

Nov 7, 2016 57:12

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Michael Connelly is one of the most successful crime authors in the world with over 60m book sales. Having just released his new Harry Bosch thriller, he shares secrets about developing characters & writing book series – in the back of a London cab! LISTEN TO THE PODCAST   Click to Tweet: “Be relentless. Write every day.”  @bestsellerxp […]

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EP06: Bryan Cranston | On Breaking Bad, Characters, Writing & Life - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 31, 2016 59:55

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Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston tells us about his life and new bestselling memoir, A Life In Parts. Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe, Tony and Emmy award-winner, he’s best known for roles in Malcolm in the Middle, Seinfeld and most famously, Walter White. Few people know that he is also an accomplished writer having written a number of […]

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EP05: NaNoWriMo Special | How to Write 50,000 Words in Month | Grant Faulkner - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 26, 2016 54:58

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Every November hundreds of thousands of writers start their annual challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. It’s called NaNoWriMomo (National Novel Writing Month). We get to speak with executive Director Grant Faulkner in the hectic run-up to NaNoWriMo, who shares his tips for both first-timers and veterans who make up the world’s most incredible writing community and […]

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EP04: Bestseller Joanne Harris | Chocolat & Sheds - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 24, 2016 55:04

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Best known for her novel Chocolat, which sold well over a million copies and was made into a movie starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, Joanne has written over twenty books, including Runemarks and Gospel of Loki, which were based on Norse legend. We spoke with her about writing, aspiration and sheds. The Podcast Click […]

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EP03: Million-Selling Indie Author | Shannon Mayer - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 17, 2016 59:34

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From farrier to million-selling indie author, USA Today bestseller, and writing machine, Shannon bestows wisdom, inspiration, and a quote that we want on t-shirts and bumper stickers. PODCAST Click to Tweet: @TheShannonMayer Your muse is your bitch! You have to make it work for you #amwriting @bestsellerxp Thanks for listening and joining us. Have some feedback […]

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EP02: Bestselling Editors | Juliet Ewers and Sam Eades (Orion Books) - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 17, 2016 56:17

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Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman, Michael Connelly have worked with them and now they get us cornered. Juliet Ewers and Sam Eades are commissioning editors at the Orion Publishing Group. They explain just what an editor does, the common mistakes that writers make, and give us a big slap of a reality-check. PODCAST Click to Tweet: […]

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EP01: Who Buys Bestsellers? | Vics Tranter – Hachette Books - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 15, 2016 44:05

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As we begin our epic quest to write and chart a book in one year, we need to discover what kind of person buys bestselling books. We turn to Hachette Book Group consumer insight expert Vics Tranter, who shares her experience and wisdom with us and we discover just who will be reading our book… and it’s a […]

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EP00: The Bestseller Experiment Preview - The Bestseller Experiment

Oct 13, 2016 4:55

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Welcome to 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, […]

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