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The Bestseller Experiment

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Could you write and publish a bestseller in one year?

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EP248: Comedy Women in Print with Helen Lederer, Kirsty Eyre & Martha Ashby

December 4th, 2019

34:55

Another one of our listeners is an award winner! Kirsty Eyre won the inaugural Comedy Women in Print “Unpublished” award for her novel Cow Girl this year. We speak to Kirsty, Harper Fiction editor Martha Ashby and …

EP247: Pitch Power with Kate Harrison

December 2nd, 2019

46:49

We welcome Kate back to the podcast to celebrate the release of her new book for writers Pitch Power- discover what makes your book irresistible & how to sell it. Most authors hate writing pitches and queries but …

EP246: A ProWritingAid Masterclass with Chris Banks

November 28th, 2019

2:32

We took a chapter from Mr Stay’s new work-in-progress and ran it through ProWritingAid. PWA founder Chris Banks was on hand to give us greater insight into how to use PWA’s reports on readibility, style, dialogue, …

EP245: Swearing Is Good For You with Dr Emma Byrne

November 25th, 2019

52:08

“Bad language” is a divisive issue for writers. Some revel in it, others work hard to keep it clean. Dr Emma Byrne is the author of Swearing Is Good For You, which takes a look a scientific at the benefits of cussing. …

EP244: Join the BXP2020 Challenge

November 18th, 2019

1:01:50

The highlights from our latest live show in which we swap productivity tips and launch our biggest ever challenge yet – the BXP2020 challenge. If you want to make 2020 your best writing year, you’ll want to hear this. …

EP243: Networking for Writers - With Dana Kaye

November 13th, 2019

2:28

Dana Kaye is the author of Your Book, Your Brand and is the founder of Kaye Publicity, specialising in publishing and entertainment. She gives us great insight into how you can network while overcoming anxieties, and …

EP242: ProWritingAid with Chris Banks

November 11th, 2019

43:53

Chris Banks, founder of ProWritingAid, tells us how a skiing accident led to him developing ProWritingAid, which has become the leading analytical …

EP241: A Blurbs Masterclass with Kate Harrison

November 6th, 2019

2:30

Kate Harrison returns to the podcast with a Deep Dive special where she takes a look at blurbs from our listeners’ books and gives tips on how to make them stand out and convert browsers to readers. Kate’s forthcoming …

EP240: Garth Nix - The Next Book Can Change Everything

November 4th, 2019

1:12:03

Garth Nix is a global bestselling author with over 5 million copies sold. He takes us through his extraordinary career from working in publishing, to …

EP239: From the Faber Academy to Publication with Awais Khan

October 31st, 2019

2:29

Awais Khan is the author In The Company of Strangers. After studying at the University of Western Ontario and Durham University he returned to Lahore …

EP238: Ian W Sainsbury - Kindle Storyteller Award Winner

October 28th, 2019

1:11:37

A special episode where we catch up with the winner of this year’s Kindle Storyteller Award, Ian W Sainsbury. Ian reveals how he took on a completely new genre to become an award-winner. We also have special interviews …

EP237: How Book Deals Work with Phoebe Morgan`

October 24th, 2019

33:44

In the fourth of a series of Deep Dives into the business side of dealing with publishers and agents we speak to Phoebe Morgan, author and publisher. Phoebe takes us through the essentials of how a publisher chooses the …

EP236: RJ Barker Returns

October 21st, 2019

1:11:48

We welcome RJ Barker back to the podcast who triumphantly returns with his new book The Bone Ships. Starting a new series is never easy and RJ talks honestly about the self-doubt that all writers experience and he gives …

EP235: A Deep Dive with Contracts Director Paul Bulos

October 16th, 2019

2:29

In the third of a series of Deep Dives into the business side of dealing with publishers and agents we speak to Paul Bulos, Contracts Director at the …

EP234: LIVE SHOW Highlights - Writers and Mental Health pt2

October 14th, 2019

1:04:16

We celebrate three years of the podcast with a packed live episode in which we continue our conversation with our listeners about writers and mental health. This is a very special episode where our listeners share some …

EP233: Contract Negotiations with Literary Agent Ed Wilson

October 8th, 2019

2:30

In the second of a series of Deep Dives into the business side of dealing with publishers and agents we welcome Ed Wilson back to the podcast and we talk about contracts, negotiations, rights and how the industry is …

EP232: Keith A Pearson - Do The Opposite & Sell 100k

October 6th, 2019

1:13:13

Keith published his first book as part of a drunken bet. There was no big plan and, by his own admission, he knew nothing of publishing and broke all …

EP231: One Page Punch-Ups with Juliet Ewers

September 30th, 2019

35:55

We are delighted to welcome back Orion Publishing’s Associate Editor Juliet Ewers to critique our latest round of One Page Punch-Ups. These are pages …

EP230: The Business of Being An Author with Rhoda Baxter

September 30th, 2019

2:30

In the first of a series of Deep Dives into the business side of dealing with publishers and agents we welcome Rhoda Baxter back to the podcast and we talk about how to deal with publishers, agents, intellectual …

EP229: David Koepp - Everything You Write Moves You Forward

September 23rd, 2019

1:15:02

David Koepp is one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood history. With a collective box office somewhere in the region of $250b he’s …

EP228: Hera Books - Everyone is A-List

September 23rd, 2019

2:30

Just over a year ago Keshini Naidoo and Lindsey Mooney left their jobs and took a huge risk to create Hera Books. A year on they tell us the biggest lessons they’ve learned, how some of their first authors were our …

EP227: Phoebe Locke – Using Therapy To Create Characters

September 15th, 2019

1:08:21

Phoebe Locke is the pseudonym of Nicci Cloke. Phoebe’s book The July Girls takes the life of a character from age ten to twenty-five, and in a …

EP226: An Audiobooks Masterclass with Kim Bretton

September 9th, 2019

2:30

Kim is the narrator and producer of the Back to Reality audiobook and we go into detail about the process of preparing, recording and producing an audiobook with countless tips for writers on how to work with producers …

EP225: Kim Bretton - Working with ACX Audiobooks Producers

September 8th, 2019

41:17

Kim Bretton is an actor and has worked in theatre, TV and film, but these days she’s found great success producing and narrating audiobooks in Nashville. We talk to Kim about her career shift into audiobooks and the …

EP224: Edward Cox - Amazing Worlds Built From Notebooks

September 1st, 2019

59:45

Edward Cox is the Gemmell Award-nominated author of the Relic Guild trilogy, and with his new book Song of the Sycamore he builds an incredible world, both magical and believable, and it all starts with scribblings in …

EP223: StoryOrigin promotions with Evan Gow

August 29th, 2019

2:28

Evan Gow started StoryOrigin as a community of writers who promote one another through group promotions and newsletters. Evan takes us through the basics, tells us how it all works, what genres benefit the most from …

EP221: Youtube Flash Fiction with Kit Cox

August 26th, 2019

2:29

Kit Cox is an author, illustrator and actor and has just launched a Flash Fiction Youtube page where he tells stories in drabbles (a hundred words) and dribbles (fifty words or fewer). He also takes us through his …

EP222: Sarah Hilary - Crime and Emotional Truth

August 25th, 2019

59:44

Sarah’s writing has been described as “downright dangerous” by Mick Herron, and with her new novel Never Be Broken she tackles some very difficult …

EP220: Writers & Mental Health - Live Show Highlights

August 18th, 2019

45:50

We discuss one of the most important topics we’ve ever covered: writers and their mental health. With questions from our live studio audience we share our experiences of loneliness, anxiety, self-doubt and support. …

EP219: Getting an Agent with Juliet Mushens

August 14th, 2019

2:28

In a companion episode to this week’s interview with Gray Williams, we speak to his agent Juliet Mushens about the role of an agent and the best way …

EP218: Gray Williams - Getting Published With An Amazing Agent

August 11th, 2019

1:27:56

Gray Williams had a dream to be published, but he wasn’t about to desperately rush in and accept the first offer. He took a patient and methodical approach to finding an agent and publisher that paid off in spades and …

EP217: Literary Festivals with Victoria Falconer

August 8th, 2019

2:30

Victoria Falconer has been running the highly successful WhitLit Festival since 2014 and she takes us through what’s involved in organising a …

EP216: REPLAY EP019: Joe Hill

August 4th, 2019

1:07:27

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 …

EP215: Tutoring and Mentoring with Alison May

August 1st, 2019

2:30

Alison May is an award-winning author, an adult education tutor, a member of the Society of Authors and she has worked with authors that have gone on …

EP214: REPLAY EP003: Million-Selling Indie Author | Shannon Mayer

July 29th, 2019

1:00:24

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: …

EP213: Children’s Marketing with Georgina Atwell

July 29th, 2019

2:30

Georgina Atwell is the founder of Toppsta.com a children’s book review site that helps readers find the best book for children. She has also worked for Apple Books and Penguin and is here to answer our listeners’ …

EP212: Catherine Kirwan - Darkest Debut

July 22nd, 2019

1:11:29

Catherine Kirwan’s debut novel The Darkest Truth is one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of the year. Catherine tells us how she went from …

EP211: An Indie Author Journey With Mike Morris

July 15th, 2019

4:59

Following on from our episode with Mike Shackle, we talk about his indie pen name Mike Morris in this fascinating and entertaining Deep Dive into how …

EP210: Mike Shackle - Never Give Up, Never Surrender

July 14th, 2019

34:08

Mike Shackle was on the verge of giving up on his writing when he heard one of our early episodes with Joe Abercrombie. Inspired by Joe’s wise words, …

EP209: Writing Alt. History with JDK Wyneken

July 14th, 2019

2:28

The Alt. History genre — also known as Counter-Factual History — takes a key moment in history and use a “What if?” question to create enthralling stories. JDK Wyneken’s forthcoming novel Krelle’s Inferno asks what …

EP208: Glastonbury Or Bust - Did We Make It?

July 7th, 2019

59:21

At the end of 2018, the Two Marks set themselves a challenge: to sell ten thousand copies of their novel Back To Reality by Glastonbury weekend. They went wide, they published in paperback, and dabbled in advertising. …

EP207: PR and Social Media Deep Dive with Kim Nash

July 5th, 2019

2:30

Kim Nash, award-winning novelist, book blogger and PR manager at Bookouture answers our listener questions on blog tours, social media, newsletters, cover reveals, publicity, attending festivals, writing groups, book …

EP206: Caimh McDonnell - Too Funny, Too Irish

July 1st, 2019

1:04:58

That’s the feedback that Caimh got for his first novel. Over a hundred thousand book sales later, he’s writing in a tone and genre that defies all conventional publishing wisdom. Caimh talks to us about his career, from …

EP205: Live from Harbour Books

June 25th, 2019

56:08

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week we recorded our first ever LIVE episode of the podcast at Harbour Books in Whitstable! We were joined by …

EP204: One Page Punch-Ups SF&F special

June 23rd, 2019

51:03

In the latest of our One Page Punch-Up specials we asked our Patreon Chart Topper supporters to send in one page from their work-in-progress and we …

EP203 Teaser: Everyday Bravery - Writing Diversity and Mental Health with Sasha Greene

June 20th, 2019

2:30

Sasha Greene is the author of Something Like Happy, a thought-provoking novel about day-to-day struggles with mental health. Sasha tells us what inspired the book and the importance of inclusion and diversity in your …

EP202: Tim Clare - Giant Mutant Batman

June 16th, 2019

1:06:40

Tim Clare is a poet, author and musician who has wanted to write since childhood. Despite his commitment and determination, his route to publication has been a rocky one. Tim talks about his career with honesty, wit and …

EP201 Teaser: Fifty Billion Dollar Movie Advice with John Robert Marlowe

June 14th, 2019

2:29

Many of us all dream of seeing our books turned into movies or TV shows. Award-winning screenwriter John Robert Marlow has spoken to the Hollywood …

EP200: The Two Marks Celebrate Two Hundred Episodes

June 9th, 2019

1:00:27

The Two Marks celebrate two hundred episodes of the podcast by answering some of the strangest questions they have ever been asked. https://www.patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment Our novel Back To Reality is out now …

EP199 Teaser: A Happy Hustle with Bec Evans

June 7th, 2019

2:28

Being an author is a classic side-hustle: that thing you do between your day job and family and friends. Bec Evans is a writer, speaker, innovation coach and startup founder and her new book How To Have A Happy Hustle …

EP198: Lorna Cook - A Bestseller Dream Come True

June 2nd, 2019

1:11:47

Lorna Cook is yet another listener who used what she had learned on the podcast to launch her career and in special episode we speak to her before her novel The Forgotten Village was published, and we discover how she …

EP197 Teaser: Creative Writing Courses with David Bishop

June 2nd, 2019

2:28

David Bishop is programme leader for Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University. He tells us about the variety of creative writing courses available worldwide, answers our listeners’ questions, and gives us all …

EP196: Kiley Dunbar - Another Listener Who Got A Deal!

May 26th, 2019

54:20

These are our favourite episodes where we speak to one of our listeners who got a book deal! Kiley Dunbar is the author of One Summer’s Night, the …

EP195 Teaser: How To get Your Book Into An Indie Bookshop

May 25th, 2019

2:28

Liz Hurley runs Hurley Books in Cornwall and is a writer herself. Here she gives us some frank and immensely useful dos and don’ts on how to get your …

EP194: Tade Thompson - Master Storyteller And Worldbuilder

May 20th, 2019

1:08:38

Tade Thompson’s Rosewater has been nominated for pretty much every award going this year, and Tade’s skill in combining complex worldbuidling and compelling storytelling is second-to-none. He takes us through his …

EP193 Teaser: Audiobooks Masterclass with Tina Dietz

May 18th, 2019

2:28

Tina Dietz is an award-winning audiobook publisher and marketing expert and she was kind enough to answer our listeners’ questions on producing audiobooks, casting narrators and more. Audiobooks are the fastest-growing …

EP192: One Page Punch-Ups With Juliet Ewers

May 12th, 2019

37:37

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 …

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

May 12th, 2019

2:29

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 …

EP190: Simon Beckett - One Moment That Changed Everything

May 6th, 2019

45:20

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 …

EP189 Teaser: A Masterclass on Writing Comics with David Bishop

May 5th, 2019

2:30

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 …

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

April 28th, 2019

51:17

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 …

EP187 Teaser: Author Website Q&A with Simon Appleby

April 28th, 2019

2:29

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

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

April 22nd, 2019

55:19

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 …

EP185 Teaser: Self Publishing Paperbacks with Craig Anderson

April 22nd, 2019

2:29

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 …

EP184: David Gaughran - How Amazon Works

April 14th, 2019

1:14:10

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 …

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

April 11th, 2019

2:29

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

The post EP183 Teaser: Deep Dive – A Facebook Ads Masterclass with Craig Anderson appeared …

EP182: Angela Marsons - 3 million sold in 3 years

April 7th, 2019

1:17:45

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 …

EP181 Teaser: Dictation Software - A Deep Dive

April 2nd, 2019

2:28

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

The post EP181 Teaser: Dictation Software – A Deep Dive appeared first on The Bestseller …

EP180: The London Book Fair 2019

March 31st, 2019

42:25

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 …

EP179: Chris Humphries - From The Stage To Page

March 25th, 2019

1:20:31

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.

The …

EP178: The Crafty Craft of Writing Live Show

March 18th, 2019

1:06:15

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.

EP177: One Page Punch-Ups with Jon Wood

March 10th, 2019

35:09

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.

The post EP177: One …

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

March 9th, 2019

2:28

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 …

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

March 4th, 2019

1:08:07

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 …

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

March 3rd, 2019

2:27

We run through the essential elements of a successful book launch, including top tips on venues, public speaking, food and drink, social media, …

EP173: Gavin G Smith - Rock N Roll Book Promotion

February 25th, 2019

1:15:45

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 …

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

February 24th, 2019

2:30

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

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

February 18th, 2019

1:06:12

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 …

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

February 16th, 2019

2:29

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 …

EP169: Breaking The Rules - Live Show Highlights

February 11th, 2019

1:15:48

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 …

EP168 Teaser: A Digital First & Metadata Deep Dive

February 8th, 2019

2:28

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 …

EP167: One Page Punch-Ups with Emad Akhtar

February 4th, 2019

44:15

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. …

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

February 2nd, 2019

2:28

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 …

EP165: Peter May - Story In His Blood

January 28th, 2019

58:04

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 …

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

January 28th, 2019

2:28

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 …

EP163: Working With Editors - David M Barnett

January 21st, 2019

1:13:25

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 …

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

January 16th, 2019

2:28

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 …

EP161: A Marketing Masterclass with Sam Missingham

January 14th, 2019

53:14

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 …

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

January 9th, 2019

2:28

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 …

EP159: January LIVE SHOW highlights - Strategies for selling your books

January 7th, 2019

1:08:22

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 …

EP158: Jump Into 2019 With The Crash Test Dummies

December 31st, 2018

39:50

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 …

EP157: A Christmas Special with Ian Rankin

December 24th, 2018

1:15:46

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 …

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

December 17th, 2018

1:12:04

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 …

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

December 10th, 2018

1:19:41

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 …

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

December 3rd, 2018

1:18:44

Mark Billingham is renowned for his bestselling crime thrillers, not least the Jack Thorne series. Having now sold over 5 millions copies of his …

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

November 26th, 2018

41:18

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 …

EP152: Editing Masterclass with Emad Akhtar and Caroline Hulse

November 19th, 2018

54:34

The highlights from our YouTube Live Show for our Patreon supporters. We talk through the editorial process with author Caroline Hulse and her editor …

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

November 12th, 2018

1:03:08

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 …

EP150: Joanna Nadin - The Queen of Bloody Everything

November 5th, 2018

1:05:50

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 …

EP149: Halloween Special with Ramsey Campbell

October 30th, 2018

38:32

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 …

EP148: RJ Barker and Explosions of Joy

October 29th, 2018

1:11:03

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 …

EP147: Defying the Odds with Sherrilyn Kenyon

October 22nd, 2018

59:13

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 …

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

October 21st, 2018

2:30

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 …

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

October 15th, 2018

1:17:09

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 …

EP144 Teaser: Deep Dive with Clare Christian

October 14th, 2018

2:29

A special episode where we talk to Clare Christian from RedDoor Publishing about their hybrid model of publishing where the authors underwrite the …

143: Rowan Coleman’s Impossible Summer

October 8th, 2018

59:51

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 …

142: YALC special with Dhonielle Clayton

October 3rd, 2018

25:50

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 …

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

October 1st, 2018

42:35

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 …

140: The Conventions & Comic Cons Survival Guide

September 24th, 2018

53:22

  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 …

139: Lisa Cutts - Cop, writer, bestseller

September 17th, 2018

32:41

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 …

138: Miranda Dickinson - The Longest Apprenticeship

September 10th, 2018

1:04:05

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 …

EP137 Teaser: Newsletters Deep Dive with Julia Pidduck

September 7th, 2018

2:28

In this Deep Dive we explore newsletters with digital marketing consultant Julia Pidduck who brings years of experience working with indie authors …

EP136: John McGhie - Writing Living History

September 3rd, 2018

35:05

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 …

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

August 27th, 2018

41:59

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, …

EP132 Teaser: The Hero's Journey Part 2

August 27th, 2018

2:28

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! …

EP133: Pernille Hughes - A Star In Sweatpants Is Born

August 20th, 2018

39:09

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 …

EP132 Teaser: The Hero's Journey Part 2

August 19th, 2018

2:28

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! …

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

August 13th, 2018

44:22

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 …

EP130 Teaser: The Hero's Journey Part 1

August 11th, 2018

2:30

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 …

EP129 Teaser: Romcoms

August 7th, 2018

2:30

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 …

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

August 6th, 2018

1:00:04

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 …

EP127: Cally Taylor aka CL Taylor aka six time Sunday Times Bestseller

July 30th, 2018

52:06

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 …

EP126: Veronica Henry - A Recipe For A Bestseller

July 23rd, 2018

33:44

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 …

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

July 16th, 2018

35:17

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 …

EP124 Teaser: Beta Readers

July 14th, 2018

2:30

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? …

EP123: Warren Adler - The Master of Dysfunction

July 9th, 2018

50:22

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 …

EP121 Teaser: State of the (publishing nation) with Sam Missingham

July 3rd, 2018

2:30

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 …

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

July 2nd, 2018

58:50

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 …

EP120: The Quanderhorn Xperimentations with Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall

June 25th, 2018

45:19

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 …

EP119: Crowdfunding tips with Jimmy Leach

June 18th, 2018

45:19

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 …

EP118 Teaser: Rights

June 16th, 2018

2:30

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 …

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

June 11th, 2018

38:30

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, …

EP116 Teaser: Adaptation

June 11th, 2018

2:30

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 …

EP115: Julie Wassmer - The Pearl of Whitstable

June 4th, 2018

37:12

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 …

EP114 Teaser: Criticism

June 4th, 2018

2:30

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 …

EP113: Sharon Bolton and the Mysteries of Mystery Fiction

May 28th, 2018

30:20

Sharon Bolton (aka SJ Bolton) is the bestselling and award-winning thriller author of the Lacey Flint series and her writing continues the tradition …

EP112: Deborah Haywood - Pin Cushion

May 21st, 2018

40:04

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. …

EP111: Live Show with Ben Willis

May 14th, 2018

56:24

Another special YouTube Live episode featuring Orion editor Ben Willis with contributions from our wonderful Patreon supporters! Ben worked in book …

EP110 Teaser: Introducing Your Characters

May 14th, 2018

2:30

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? …

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

May 7th, 2018

33:23

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 …

EP108 Teaser: Short Stories

May 5th, 2018

2:30

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

EP107: Isabel Ashdown's Secrets and Lies

April 30th, 2018

46:02

Isabel Ashdown is the author of bestselling thrillers Little Sister and Beautiful Liars. She walked away from a successful career to focus on her …

EP106 Teaser: Cliches and Tropes

April 29th, 2018

2:30

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 …

EP105: Ed McDonald, Dear Debut Authors

April 23rd, 2018

46:41

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 …

EP104 Teaser: Production Part 2 with Paul Hussey

April 22nd, 2018

2:30

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

EP103: Michael J Ward - Choose Your Own Adventure

April 16th, 2018

53:42

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 …

EP102 Teaser: Production Part 1 with Andy Bowden

April 9th, 2018

2:30

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 …

EP101: Live Show with Emad Akhtar

April 9th, 2018

56:17

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 …

EP100 Teaser: Elements of a Chapter

April 7th, 2018

2:30

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 …

EP99: Cavan Scott

April 2nd, 2018

42:35

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 …

EP98 Teaser: Deep Dive - Audiobooks

March 26th, 2018

2:29

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 

EP97: Roz Morris

March 26th, 2018

48:25

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 …

EP96 Teaser: Deep Dive - Options Part 3

March 19th, 2018

2:29

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 

EP95: Richard Morgan

March 19th, 2018

47:50

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 …

EP94 Teaser: Deep Dive - Options Part 2

March 12th, 2018

2:29

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 

EP93: Alex T. Smith

March 12th, 2018

1:01:22

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 …

EP92: The Gingerbread Shortlist

March 8th, 2018

20:54

  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 …

EP91 Teaser: Deep Dive - Options Part 1

March 5th, 2018

2:29

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 

EP90: Ask the Two Marks

March 5th, 2018

1:13:31

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 …

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

February 26th, 2018

2:28

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 

EP88: Unbound and The End of Magic

February 26th, 2018

45:02

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 …

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

February 19th, 2018

2:29

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 

EP86: Catriona Innes

February 19th, 2018

51:07

We speak to the completely charming Catriona Innes, Senior Editor of Cosmopolitan, the UK’s best selling glossy magazine. Working on the features …

EP85 Teaser: Deep Dive - Rocket Your Word Count

February 13th, 2018

2:29

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 

EP84: Cass Green

February 12th, 2018

55:13

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 …

EP83 Teaser: Deep Dive - Creating Compelling Characters

February 6th, 2018

2:29

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 

EP82: Jen Williams - "Even Aliens Have Issues."

February 5th, 2018

46:45

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 …

EP81: Live Show Q&A with the two Marks

January 29th, 2018

58:19

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 …

EP80 Teaser: Deep Dive - Beat Writers Block

January 23rd, 2018

2:29

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 

EP79: Liz Pichon

January 22nd, 2018

52:01

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 …

EP78: Preview - Deep Dive - Brandon Sanderson

January 16th, 2018

2:28

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 

EP77: Brandon Sanderson

January 15th, 2018

32:51

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 …

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

January 9th, 2018

2:28

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 

EP75: Location, location, location and murder with Lara Dearman

January 8th, 2018

44:12

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 …

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

January 1st, 2018

2:28

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 

EP73: New Year's Countdown to Your Favourite Episodes

January 1st, 2018

38:06

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 …

EP72: Christmas Special

December 25th, 2017

39:26

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 …

EP71: MR Carey

December 18th, 2017

1:16:00

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 …

EP70: Listeners’ Question Time

December 11th, 2017

58:24

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 …

EP69: Tad Williams - Legendary Worldbuilder

December 4th, 2017

48:34

Tad Williams is a master of the fantasy genre. Not only an incredible world builder, but he populates his books with memorable and beloved …

EP68: Victoria Aveyard - The Red Queen of YA

November 27th, 2017

48:43

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 …

EP67: Season 2! Publicity Secrets Revealed

November 20th, 2017

1:02:26

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 …

EP66: Back to Reality - Bestseller Launch Day Part 4

November 13th, 2017

55:05

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   …

EP65: Back to Reality - Bestseller Launch Day Part 3

November 6th, 2017

31:58

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 …

EP64: Back to Reality - Bestseller Launch Day Part 2

October 30th, 2017

42:10

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 …

EP63: Back to Reality - Bestseller Launch Day Part 1

October 23rd, 2017

27:24

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   …

EP62: PUBLICATION DAY! Back to Reality is Out Now!

October 16th, 2017

7:07

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   …

EP61: One Day to Go! Back to Reality Book Reading

October 15th, 2017

14:59

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 …

EP60: Two Days to Go! Favourite Pod Moments

October 14th, 2017

14:23

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 …

EP59: Three Days to Go! Social Media

October 13th, 2017

10:44

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 …

EP58: Four Days to Go! Reviews & Launch Teams

October 12th, 2017

15:31

​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 …

EP57: Five days to go! Beta readers and reviews

October 11th, 2017

10:41

​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 …

EP56: Six Days to Go! Getting Quotes for Your Book

October 10th, 2017

13:27

​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 …

EP55: One Week to Go! Back to Reality & Blurbs

October 9th, 2017

11:21

​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 …

EP54: The Mighty Joanna Penn

October 2nd, 2017

1:02:39

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 …

EP53: GollanczFest, Gin and a Special Guest

September 25th, 2017

42:58

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 …

EP52: Four Weeks To Go!

September 18th, 2017

58:23

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 …

EP51: The Impossible Choices Of Samantha King

September 11th, 2017

1:04:23

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 …

EP50: Gingerbread

September 1st, 2017

32:46

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 …

EP49: Bookbub Mythbusting

August 28th, 2017

1:00:51

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 …

EP48: A Kick In The Ed

August 21st, 2017

58:52

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 …

EP47: Titles, Covers & Deadlines

August 14th, 2017

46:34

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 …

EP46: Research and Reconnoitring

August 7th, 2017

47:03

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, …

EP45: Katherine May - Creative Writing Cocktails

July 31st, 2017

50:05

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 …

EP44: Jennifer Niven

July 24th, 2017

54:26

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 …

EP43: Martina Cole - Dangerous Lady

July 17th, 2017

53:50

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 …

EP42: The End

July 10th, 2017

52:53

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 …

EP41: Deon Meyer Fever

July 3rd, 2017

46:24

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 …

EP40: Laura Barnett’s Greatest Hits

June 26th, 2017

53:39

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 …

EP39: Million-Selling Children Books | Karen Ball

June 19th, 2017

1:04:16

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 …

EP38: From The Heart | Erica James

June 12th, 2017

49:52

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 …

EP37: Go For Launch | Susan Kaye Quinn

June 5th, 2017

41:47

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 …

EP36: For Love Or Money | Susan Kaye Quinn

May 29th, 2017

49:15

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 …

EP35: The Incredible Tenacity Of Mark Edwards

May 22nd, 2017

1:04:37

Mark Edwards is a bestselling author, having sold over two million psychological thrillers including The Magpies. Having been self-published …

EP34: Into The Woods With John Yorke

May 15th, 2017

54:07

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 …

EP33: A Deep Dive With The Two Marks

May 7th, 2017

47:15

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 …

EP32: Legal Eagles | Keith Mathieson and Paul Joseph

May 1st, 2017

1:12:11

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 …

EP31: Fear of Failure | Julie Cohen

April 24th, 2017

1:16:46

Julie Cohen is the author of over twenty novels, including the Richard & Judy bestseller Dear Thing. She also teaches creative writing workshops …

EP30: The Future Of Publishing | David Shelley

April 17th, 2017

50:08

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 …

EP29: Bestselling Insights | Kate Harrison

April 10th, 2017

56:13

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 …

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

April 3rd, 2017

1:12:38

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 …

EP27: From Script, To Screen, To Book | Jo Ho

March 27th, 2017

1:00:39

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 …

EP26: Author & Editor In A Hot Mess | Lucy Vine & Katie Seaman

March 20th, 2017

51:17

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 …

EP25: The M Word | Shannon Mayer

March 13th, 2017

1:03:54

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 …

EP24: Liz Fenwick & The Crows Of Doubt

March 6th, 2017

48:28

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 …

EP23: The Plot Thickens

February 27th, 2017

1:00:13

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 …

EP22: Ben Aaronovitch and the Great Bollocking…

February 20th, 2017

53:58

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 …

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

February 13th, 2017

1:02:55

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 …

EP20: Amazon | Kindle Direct Publishing with Darren Hardy

February 6th, 2017

1:08:04

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 …

EP19: Joe Hill

January 30th, 2017

1:06:21

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 …

EP18: Behind Sarah Pinborough’s Eyes!

January 23rd, 2017

54:32

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 …

EP17: Million-Selling Indie Secrets | Shannon Mayer Returns

January 16th, 2017

1:07:12

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’ …

EP16: How Do I Get An Agent? | Federica Leonardis & Sonya Lalli

January 8th, 2017

55:03

‘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 …

EP15: Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler | Peter Rabbit vs Werewolves

January 1st, 2017

1:06:34

Emmy winners and BAFTA-nominated, Huckerby & Ostler are one of the most successful TV writing partnerships around, and with their new novel, …

EP14: John Connolly | No Formulas & Finishing Books

December 25th, 2016

1:17:57

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 …

EP13: Michelle Paver | Research To The Extreme

December 19th, 2016

58:03

How do you research your books? Michelle Paver has written eighteen novels, including the bestselling Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness. She’s …

EP12: Maria Semple | How To Find Your Voice As A Writer

December 12th, 2016

49:22

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 …

EP11: Writing a Bestseller | The Story So Far

December 5th, 2016

43:45

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 …

EP10: Robin Stevens | NaNoWriMo Success Story

November 28th, 2016

31:26

Robin is the author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries books, a middle grade series following schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong …

EP09: Joe Abercrombie | Dancing Naked in the Rain

November 21st, 2016

46:57

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 …

EP08: NaNoWriMo & The Muddy Middle | Grant Faulkner

November 14th, 2016

20:57

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 …

EP07: Michael Connelly | 60 Million Thriller Books

November 7th, 2016

57:12

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 …

EP06: Bryan Cranston | On Breaking Bad, Characters, Writing & Life

October 30th, 2016

59:55

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 …

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

October 26th, 2016

54:58

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 …

EP04: Bestseller Joanne Harris | Chocolat & Sheds

October 23rd, 2016

55:04

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 …

EP03: Million-Selling Indie Author | Shannon Mayer

October 17th, 2016

59:34

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: …

EP02: Bestselling Editors | Juliet Ewers and Sam Eades (Orion Books)

October 17th, 2016

56:17

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 …

EP01: Who Buys Bestsellers? | Vics Tranter – Hachette Books

October 14th, 2016

44:05

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 …

EP00: The Bestseller Experiment Preview

October 12th, 2016

4:55

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, …

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