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The Bestseller Experiment

By Mark Stay & Mark Desvaux

Join author and screenwriter Mark Stay with coach and entrepreneur Mark Desvaux, as they discover the secrets to writing a bestseller and challenge themselves and you to write, market and self-published a bestselling book in just one year. Each week, they are guided by and interview million-selling, chart-topping authors, publishers on the inside, editors, agents, social media specialists, and many more big names who play a part in the bestseller process. From the writing to marketing, plotting to publishing, learn the secrets to help you write your way to the top of the charts.

  1. 1.
    EP155: Catherine Ryan Howard - Get Your Arse In The Chair12/10/2018
    1:19:40
  2. 2.
    EP154: Mark Billingham - From a shoutline to five million books sold12/03/2018
    1:18:43
  3. 3.
    EP153: From a Pitch to a Deal, with Alison Belsham11/26/2018
    41:18
  4. 4.
    EP152: Editing Masterclass with Emad Akhtar and Caroline Hulse11/18/2018
    54:34
  5. 5.
    EP151: Matthew Reilly - How To Sell 8 Million Books Out of the Back of Your Car11/12/2018
    1:03:07
  6. 6.
    EP150: Joanna Nadin - The Queen of Bloody Everything11/04/2018
    1:05:50
  7. 7.
    EP149: Halloween Special with Ramsey Campbell10/29/2018
    38:31
  8. 8.
    EP148: RJ Barker and Explosions of Joy10/29/2018
    1:11:03
  1. 9.
    EP147: Defying the Odds with Sherrilyn Kenyon10/22/2018
    59:13
  2. 10.
    EP146: Deep Dive: Essential Guide to Bloggers and Blog Tours10/21/2018
    2:29
  3. 11.
    EP145: Mr. Stay’s Hot Tub Alpine Retreat with Marcus Sedgwick and Dawn Kurtagich10/14/2018
    1:17:08
  4. 12.
    EP144: Deep Dive with Clare Christian10/14/2018
    2:28
  5. 13.
    EP143: Rowan Coleman’s Impossible Summer10/07/2018
    59:51
  6. 14.
    EP142: YALC special with Dhonielle Clayton10/03/2018
    25:50
  7. 15.
    EP141: The Two Marks - Mark Desvaux Returns09/26/2018
    42:34
  8. 16.
    EP140: The Conventions & Comic Cons Survival Guide09/24/2018
    53:22
  9. 17.
    EP139: Lisa Cutts - Cop, writer, bestseller09/16/2018
    32:40
  10. 18.
    EP138: Miranda Dickinson - The Longest Apprenticeship09/07/2018
    1:04:05
  11. 19.
    EP137: Newsletters Deep Dive with Julia Pidduck09/07/2018
    2:27
  12. 20.
    EP136: John McGhie - Writing Living History09/02/2018
    35:04
  13. 21.
    EP135: The Romantic Novelists’ Association conference with Rhoda Baxter, Nicola Cornick and Sheila Crighton08/27/2018
    41:58
  14. 22.
    EP134: The Hero's Journey Pt308/26/2018
    2:27
  15. 23.
    EP133: Pernille Hughes - A Star In Sweatpants Is Born08/19/2018
    39:09
  16. 24.
    EP132: The Hero's Journey Pt208/19/2018
    2:27
  17. 25.
    EP131: Sam Missingham - A massive boot up the arse for publishing08/12/2018
    44:22
  18. 26.
    EP130: The Hero's Journey Pt108/11/2018
    2:29
  19. 27.
    EP129: Romcoms08/07/2018
    2:29
  20. 28.
    EP128: Youtube LIVE show with Ed Wilson (Mr. Stay’s agent spills the beans on money and more)08/05/2018
    1:00:04
  21. 29.
    Ep127: Cally Taylor aka CL Taylor aka six time Sunday Times Bestseller07/29/2018
    52:05
  22. 30.
    EP126: Veronica Henry - A Recipe For A Bestseller07/23/2018
    33:45
  23. 31.
    EP125: Steve Cavanagh - Author on the verge of a massive breakthrough07/16/2018
    35:17
  24. 32.
    EP124: Beta Readers07/13/2018
    2:29
  25. 33.
    EP123: Warren Adler - The Master of Dysfunction07/08/2018
    50:22
  26. 34.
    EP121: State of the (publishing nation) with Sam Missingham07/03/2018
    2:29
  27. 35.
    EP122: The kids are all right! Live Show with Amber Caravéo07/02/2018
    58:50
  28. 36.
    EP120: The Quanderhorn Xperimentations with Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall06/22/2018
    45:19
  29. 37.
    EP119: Crowdfunding tips with Jimmy Leach06/16/2018
    45:18
  30. 38.
    EP118: Rights06/16/2018
    2:29
  31. 39.
    EP117: Gareth L Powell - How to sing a space opera06/10/2018
    38:30
  32. 40.
    EP116: Adaptation06/10/2018
    2:29
  33. 41.
    EP114: Criticism06/04/2018
    2:29
  34. 42.
    EP115: Julie Wassmer - The Pearl of Whitstable06/03/2018
    37:12
  35. 43.
    EP113: Sharon Bolton and the Mysteries of Mystery Fiction05/25/2018
    30:20
  36. 44.
    EP112: Deborah Haywood - Pin Cushion05/20/2018
    40:03
  37. 45.
    EP111: Live Show with Ben Willis05/14/2018
    56:23
  38. 46.
    EP110: Introducing Your Characters05/14/2018
    2:29
  39. 47.
    EP109: Win Kelly Charles - The Curiosity Killed The Cat Kid05/05/2018
    33:22
  40. 48.
    EP108: Short Stories05/05/2018
    2:29
  41. 49.
    EP107: Isabel Ashdown's Secrets and Lies04/30/2018
    46:01
  42. 50.
    EP106: Cliches and Tropes04/29/2018
    2:29
  43. 51.
    EP105: Ed McDonald, Dear Debut Authors04/23/2018
    46:41
  44. 52.
    EP104: Production Part 2 with Paul Hussey04/21/2018
    2:29
  45. 53.
    EP103: Michael J Ward - Choose Your Own Adventure04/15/2018
    53:41
  46. 54.
    EP102: Production Part 1 with Andy Bowden04/09/2018
    2:29
  47. 55.
    EP101: Live Show with Emad Akhtar04/09/2018
    56:16
  48. 56.
    EP100: Elements of a Chapter04/07/2018
    2:30
  49. 57.
    EP99: Cavan Scott04/01/2018
    42:35
  50. 58.
    EP98: Audiobooks03/26/2018
    2:28
  51. 59.
    EP97: Roz Morris03/25/2018
    48:25
  52. 60.
    EP96: Options Part 303/18/2018
    2:28
  53. 61.
    EP95: Richard Morgan03/15/2018
    47:49
  54. 62.
    EP94: Options Part 203/11/2018
    2:28
  55. 63.
    EP93: Alex T. Smith03/08/2018
    1:01:22
  56. 64.
    EP92: The Gingerbread Shortlist03/08/2018
    20:54
  57. 65.
    EP91: Options Part 103/03/2018
    2:28
  58. 66.
    EP90: Ask The Two Marks03/03/2018
    1:13:31
  59. 67.
    EP89: Five Principles on 2nd Drafts Part 202/26/2018
    2:28
  60. 68.
    EP88: Unbound and The End of Magic02/26/2018
    45:02
  61. 69.
    EP87: Five Principles on 2nd Drafts Part 102/19/2018
    2:29
  62. 70.
    EP86: Catriona Innes02/18/2018
    51:07
  63. 71.
    EP85: Preview - Deep Dive - Five Principles to Rocket Your Word Count02/12/2018
    2:28
  64. 72.
    EP84: Cass Green02/12/2018
    55:13
  65. 73.
    EP83: Preview - Deep Dive - Creating Compelling Characters02/04/2018
    2:29
  66. 74.
    EP82: Jen Williams - "Even Aliens Have Issues."02/04/2018
    46:45
  67. 75.
    EP81: Live Show Q&A with the two Marks01/27/2018
    58:19
  68. 76.
    EP80: Preview - Deep Dive - Beat Writers Block01/21/2018
    2:28
  69. 77.
    EP79: Liz Pichon01/20/2018
    52:00
  70. 78.
    EP78: Deep Dive of Ep 077 with Brandon Sanderson01/15/2018
    2:27
  71. 79.
    EP077: The Epic Brandon Sanderson01/12/2018
    32:51
  72. 80.
    EP076: This Week on The Bestseller Experiment Deep Dive of episode 07501/04/2018
    2:27
  73. 81.
    EP75: Location, location, location and murder with Lara Dearman01/04/2018
    44:11
  74. 82.
    EP74: This Week on The Bestseller Experiment Deep Dive of episode 07301/01/2018
    2:27
  75. 83.
    This Week on The Bestseller Experiment Deep Dive 07312/29/2017
    2:27
  76. 84.
    EP73: New Year's Countdown to Your Favourite Episodes12/29/2017
    38:05
  77. 85.
    EP72: Christmas Special12/22/2017
    39:26
  78. 86.
    EP71: MR Carey12/15/2017
    39:45
  79. 87.
    EP70: Listeners’ Question Time12/11/2017
    58:23
  80. 88.
    EP69: Tad Williams - Legendary Worldbuilder12/03/2017
    48:55
  81. 89.
    EP68: Victoria Aveyard - The Red Queen of YA11/26/2017
    48:43
  82. 90.
    EP67: Publicity Secrets Revealed11/19/2017
    1:02:25
  83. 91.
    EP66: Bestseller Launch Day (part 4)11/10/2017
    54:39
  84. 92.
    EP65: Bestseller Launch Day (part 3)11/01/2017
    31:57
  85. 93.
    EP64: Bestseller Launch Day (part 2)10/27/2017
    42:10
  86. 94.
    EP63: Bestseller Launch Day (Part 1)10/23/2017
    27:23
  87. 95.
    EP62: PUBLICATION DAY! Back to Reality is Out Now!10/16/2017
    7:06
  88. 96.
    EP61: One Day to Go! Back to Reality Book Reading10/15/2017
    14:52
  89. 97.
    EP60: Two Days to Go! Favourite Pod Moments10/13/2017
    14:44
  90. 98.
    EP59: Three Days to Go! Social Media10/13/2017
    10:51
  91. 99.
    EP58: Four Days to Go! Reviews and Launch Teams10/11/2017
    15:52
  92. 100.
    EP57: Five days to go! Beta readers and reviews10/10/2017
    10:50
  93. 101.
    EP56: Six days to go! Getting quotes for your book10/10/2017
    13:48
  94. 102.
    EP55: One week to go! Blurbs and Back to Reality10/08/2017
    11:42
  95. 103.
    EP54: The Mighty Joanna Penn10/01/2017
    1:02:14
  96. 104.
    EP53: GollanczFest, Gin and a Special Guest09/22/2017
    43:19
  97. 105.
    EP52: Four Weeks To Go!09/17/2017
    58:44
  98. 106.
    EP51: The Impossible Choices Of Samantha King09/08/2017
    1:04:44
  99. 107.
    EP50: Gingerbread08/31/2017
    33:07
  100. 108.
    EP49: Bookbub Mythbusting08/27/2017
    1:01:12
  101. 109.
    EP48: A Kick In The Ed08/20/2017
    59:13
  102. 110.
    EP47: Titles, Covers & Deadlines08/14/2017
    46:55
  103. 111.
    EP46: Research and Reconnoitring08/05/2017
    47:25
  104. 112.
    EP45: Katherine May - Creative Writing Cocktails07/28/2017
    50:26
  105. 113.
    EP43: Martina Cole - Dangerous Lady07/15/2017
    54:11
  106. 114.
    EP44: Jennifer Niven07/13/2017
    54:20
  107. 115.
    EP42: The End07/06/2017
    53:14
  108. 116.
    EP41: Deon Meyer Fever07/03/2017
    46:45
  109. 117.
    EP40: Laura Barnett’s Greatest Hits06/26/2017
    54:00
  110. 118.
    EP39: Million-Selling Children Books | Karen Ball06/17/2017
    1:04:37
  111. 119.
    EP38: From The Heart | Erica James06/09/2017
    50:13
  112. 120.
    EP37: Go For Launch | Susan Kaye Quinn06/02/2017
    42:08
  113. 121.
    EP36: For Love Or Money | Susan Kaye Quinn05/29/2017
    49:36
  114. 122.
    EP35: The Incredible Tenacity Of Mark Edwards05/22/2017
    1:04:58
  115. 123.
    EP34: Into The Woods With John Yorke05/15/2017
    54:36
  116. 124.
    EP33: A Deep Dive With The Two Marks05/08/2017
    47:36
  117. 125.
    EP32: Legal Eagles | Keith Mathieson & Paul Joseph04/30/2017
    1:12:32
  118. 126.
    EP31: Fear of Failure | Julie Cohen04/22/2017
    1:17:07
  119. 127.
    EP30: The Future Of Publishing | David Shelley04/17/2017
    50:36
  120. 128.
    EP29: Kate Harrison | Bestselling Insights04/08/2017
    56:34
  121. 129.
    EP28: What Exactly Is A Bestseller? Number Crunching with Nielsen04/02/2017
    1:12:59
  122. 130.
    EP27 | From Script, To Screen, To Book | Jo Ho03/27/2017
    1:01:01
  123. 131.
    EP26: Author & Editor In A Hot Mess | Lucy Vine & Katie Seaman03/20/2017
    51:45
  124. 132.
    EP25: The M Word | Shannon Mayer03/13/2017
    1:04:15
  125. 133.
    EP24: Liz Fenwick & The Crows Of Doubt03/06/2017
    48:49
  126. 134.
    EP23: The Plot Thickens02/26/2017
    1:00:34
  127. 135.
    EP22: Ben Aaronovitch and the Great Bollocking…02/18/2017
    54:19
  128. 136.
    EP21: Obscurity to Million-Selling Indie Success | Mark Dawson02/12/2017
    1:03:16
  129. 137.
    EP20: Amazon | Kindle Direct Publishing with Darren Hardy02/06/2017
    1:08:25
  130. 138.
    EP19: Joe HIll01/30/2017
    1:06:42
  131. 139.
    EP18: Behind Sarah Pinborough’s Eyes!01/23/2017
    54:53
  132. 140.
    EP17: Million-Selling Indie Secrets | Shannon Mayer Returns01/16/2017
    1:07:33
  133. 141.
    EP16: How Do I Get An Agent? | Federica Leonardis & Sonya Lalli01/08/2017
    55:24
  134. 142.
    EP15: Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler12/24/2016
    1:06:56
  135. 143.
    EP14: John Connolly | No Formulas & Finishing Books12/23/2016
    1:18:18
  136. 144.
    EP13: Michelle Paver | Research To The Extreme12/19/2016
    58:25
  137. 145.
    EP12: Maria Semple | How To Find Your Voice As A Writer12/12/2016
    49:43
  138. 146.
    EP11: Writing a Bestseller | The Story So Far12/05/2016
    44:06
  139. 147.
    EP10: Robin Stevens | NaNoWriMo Success Story11/28/2016
    31:49
  140. 148.
    EP09: Joe Abercrombie | Dancing Naked in the Rain11/21/2016
    47:18
  141. 149.
    EP08: NaNoWriMo & The Muddy Middle | Grant Faulkner11/14/2016
    21:18
  142. 150.
    EP07: Michael Connelly | 60 Million Thriller Books11/07/2016
    57:33
  143. 151.
    EP06: Bryan Cranston | On Breaking Bad, Characters, Writing & Life10/31/2016
    1:00:16
  144. 152.
    EP05: NaNoWriMo Special | How to Write 50,000 Words in Month | Grant Faulkner10/26/2016
    55:19
  145. 153.
    EP04: Bestseller Joanne Harris | Chocolat & Sheds10/23/2016
    55:25
  146. 154.
    EP03: Million-Selling Indie Author Megastar | Shannon Mayer10/16/2016
    59:47
  147. 155.
    EP02: Bestselling Editors | Sam Eades & Juliet Ewers - Orion Books10/16/2016
    56:38
  148. 156.
    EP01: Who Buys Bestsellers? | Vics Tranter - Hachette Books10/14/2016
    44:26
  149. 157.
    EP00: The Bestseller Experiment Preview10/13/2016
    5:17

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