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EP126: Veronica Henry – A Recipe For A Bestseller
Veronica Henry is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist who started out as a writer on BBC radio’s The Archers after[...]
EP125: Steve Cavanagh – Author on the verge of a massive breakthrough
Steve Cavanagh is the author of the Eddie Flynn legal thrillers The Defence, The Plea, The Liar and now, with[...]
EP124 Teaser: Beta Readers
Feedback from Beta Readers can transform your writing, but how do you find them? How should you work with them?[...]
EP123: Warren Adler – The Master of Dysfunction
Warren Adler is best known for his classic bestseller The War of the Roses and has had the most incredible[...]
EP121 Teaser: State of the (publishing nation) with Sam Missingham
Hey Patreon supporters, we have over a month’s backlog of recordings on the podcast at the moment, but we wanted[...]
EP122: The kids are all right! Live Show with Amber Caravéo
The highlights from our live show with Children’s Literary Agent Amber Caravéo! Amber was formerly a commissioning editor at Random[...]
EP120: The Quanderhorn Xperimentations with Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall
Mr. Stay spoke to a pair of his TV writing heroes at the MCM Comic Con in London recently. Rob[...]
EP119: Crowdfunding tips with Jimmy Leach
Crowdfunding is an increasingly common and way for authors to make their project come to life. But how to do[...]
EP118 Teaser: Rights
In one of our Industry Insider Deep Dives we talk to Jessica Purdue from the Orion Publishing Group's Rights department[...]
EP117: Gareth L Powell – How to sing a space opera
Gareth L Powell is one of the most generous authors on social media and a font of writing wisdom. He’s[...]
EP116 Teaser: Adaptation
This week's topic of adaptation came from one of our Patreon supporters and listeners Julian Barr, who joined me to[...]
EP115: Julie Wassmer – The Pearl of Whitstable
Julie Wassmer is an EastEnder who has written for EastEnders and she’s now bumping off the locals in her wonderful[...]
EP114 Teaser: Criticism
In this Deep Dive we take a look at one of the hardest parts of being a writer: coping with[...]
EP113: Sharon Bolton and the Mysteries of Mystery Fiction
Sharon Bolton (aka SJ Bolton) is the bestselling and award-winning thriller author of the Lacey Flint series and her writing[...]
EP112: Deborah Haywood – Pin Cushion
This week we go to the movies with writer/director Deborah Haywood whose debut feature film Pin Cushion will be released[...]
EP111: Live Show with Ben Willis
Another special YouTube Live episode featuring Orion editor Ben Willis with contributions from our wonderful Patreon supporters! Ben worked in[...]
EP110 Teaser: Introducing Your Characters
This week's Deep Dive focuses on introducing your characters. We've already had a Deep Dive on writing compelling characters, but[...]
EP109: Win Kelly Charles – The Curiosity Killed The Cat Kid
Win Kelly Charles is a bestselling indie author who has publicly declared that she’s stepping away from Facebook after the[...]
EP108 Teaser: Short Stories
Writing short stories is hard! Cramming great character and story into just a few thousand words is a skill few[...]
EP107: Isabel Ashdown’s Secrets and Lies
Isabel Ashdown is the author of bestselling thrillers Little Sister and Beautiful Liars. She walked away from a successful career[...]
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EP107: Isabel Ashdown’s Secrets and Lies
Isabel Ashdown is the author of bestselling thrillers Little Sister and Beautiful Liars. She walked away from a successful career[...]
EP106 Teaser: Cliches and Tropes
CLICHES AND TROPES - how to identify cliches in your writing and tropes in your storytelling, and strategies for making[...]
EP105: Ed McDonald, Dear Debut Authors
Ed McDonald broke onto the fantasy scene with his incredible debut Blackwing in 2017 and has had an amazing year.[...]
EP104 Teaser: Production Part 2 with Paul Hussey
In this week’s Deep Dive Mark Stay is joined by Paul Hussey and they take a deep dive into the[...]
EP103: Michael J Ward – Choose Your Own Adventure
Michael J Ward is a writer and gamer who has taken choose-your-own-adventure books to the next level. With compelling characters[...]
EP102 Teaser: Production Part 1 with Andy Bowden
In this week’s Deep Dive Mark Stay is joined by Andy Bowden and they take a deep dive into the[...]
EP101: Live Show with Emad Akhtar
Editor Emad Akhtar has worked with authors like Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin and Justin Cronin and was kind enough to[...]
EP100 Teaser: Elements of a Chapter
This week’s Deep Dive is short n sweet and crammed with tips on making your chapters work as hard as[...]
EP99: Cavan Scott
We speak to Cavan Scott, an extraordinary writer who writes on licence, meaning that he is hired to write for[...]
EP98 Teaser: Audiobooks
Here's a Teaser for Episode 98 - Options Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality[...]
EP97: Roz Morris
We speak to Roz Morris, a writer whose books have sold over 4 million copies, but until recently you won’t[...]
EP96 Teaser: Deep Dive – Options Part 3
Here's a Teaser for Episode 96 - Options Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality[...]
EP95: Richard Morgan
We speak to Richard Morgan about his novel Altered Carbon and its long journey through development hell before it went[...]
EP94 Teaser: Deep Dive – Options Part 2
Here's a Teaser for Episode 94 - Options Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality[...]
EP93: Alex T. Smith
In the latest of an occasional series of reports from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference, we[...]
EP92: The Gingerbread Shortlist
  A special episode where Mr. Stay catches up with Sam Eades on the Gingerbread writing competition launched in episode[...]
EP91 Teaser: Deep Dive – Options Part 1
Here's a Teaser for Episode 91 - Options Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality[...]
EP90: Ask the Two Marks
Braving snowmageddon, our monthly live show was recorded in London and Vancouver, with our audience of Patreon supporters. Featured listener[...]
EP89 Teaser: Deep Dive – Five Principles on 2nd Drafts
Here's a Teaser for Episode 89 - Five Principles on 2nd Drafts Deep Dive which is available only at http://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST[...]
EP88: Unbound and The End of Magic
Mr. Stay has a new book coming! And it’s being published by Unbound Books who use a crowdfunding model. We[...]

EP86: Catriona Innes

EP85: Teaser: Deep Dive – Rocket Your Word Count

EP84: Cass Green

EP83: Teaser: Deep Dive – Creating Compelling Characters

EP82: Jen Williams – “Even Aliens Have Issues.”

EP81: Live Show Q&A with the two Marks

EP80: Deep Dive – Beat Writers Block

EP79: Liz Pichon

EP78: Teaser: Deep Dive – Brandon Sanderson

EP77: Brandon Sanderson

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

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

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

EP73: New Year’s Countdown to Your Favourite Episodes

EP72: Christmas Special

EP71: MR Carey

EP70: Listeners’ Question Time

EP69: Tad Williams – Legendary Worldbuilder

EP68: Victoria Aveyard – The Red Queen of YA

EP67: Season 2 – Publicity Secrets Revealed

EP66: Bestseller Launch Day (Part 4)

EP65: Bestseller Launch Day (Part 3)

EP64: Bestseller Launch Day (Part 2)

EP63: Bestseller Launch Day (Part 1)

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

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

EP60: Two Days to Go! Favourite Pod Moments 

EP59: Three Days to Go! Social Media 

EP58: Four Days to Go! Reviews & Launch Teams

EP57: Five days to go! Beta readers and reviews 

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

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

EP54: THE MIGHTY JOANNA PENN

EP53: GOLLANCZFEST, GIN AND A SPECIAL GUEST 

EP52: RESEARCH AND RECONNOITRION 

EP51: THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES OF SAMANTHA KING 

EP50: GINGERBREAD 

EP49: BOOKBUB MYTHBUSTING 

EP48: A KICK IN THE ED 

EP47: TITLES, COVERS & DEADLINES 

EP46: RESEARCH AND RECONNOITRION 

EP45: CREATIVE WRITING COCKTAILS | Katherine May

EP44: JENNIFER NIVEN

EP43: DANGEROUS LADY | Martina Cole

EP42: THE END | The Two Marks

EP41: FEVER | Deon Meyer

EP40: GREATEST HITS | Laura Barnett

EP39: MILLION-SELLING CHILDREN BOOKS | Karen Ball

EP38: FROM THE HEART | Erica James

EP37: GO FO LAUNCH | Susan Kaye Quinn

EP36: FOR LOVE OR MONEY | Susan Kaye Quinn

EP35: INCREDIBLE TENACITY | Mark Edwards

EP34: JOHN YORKE | Into The Woods

EP33: A Deep Dive With The Two Marks

EP32: KEITH MATHIESON AND PAUL JOSEPH | Legal Eagles

EP31: JULIE COHEN | Fear of Failure

EP30: DAVID SHELLEY | The Future Of Publishing

EP29: KATE HARRISON | Bestselling Insights

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

EP27: JO HO| From Script, To Screen, To Book

EP26: LUCY VINE & KATIE SEAMAN| Author & Editor In A Hot Mess

EP25: SHANNON MAYER| The M Word

EP24: LIZ FENWICK| Liz Fenwick & The Crows Of Doubt

EP23: The Plot Thickens

EP22: BEN AARONOVITCH| Ben Aaronovitch and the Great Bollocking…

EP21: MARK DAWSON| Obscurity to Million-Selling Indie Success

EP20: DARREN HARDY| Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing with Darren Hardy

EP19: JOE HILL

EP18: SARAH PINBOROUGH| Behind Sarah Pinborough’s Eyes!

EP17: SHANNON MAYER| Million-Selling Indie Secrets

EP16: FEDERICA LEONARDIS & SONYA LALLI | How Do I Get An Agent?

EP15: MARK HUCKERBY & NICK OSTLER | Peter Rabbit vs Werewolves

EP14: JOHN CONNOLLY - No Formulas & Finishing Books

EP13: MICHELLE PAVER - Research To The Extreme

EP12: MARIA SEMPLE - How To Find Your Voice As A Writer

EP36: FOR LOVE OR MONEY | Susan Kaye Quinn

EP35: INCREDIBLE TENACITY | Mark Edwards

A Deep Dive With The Two Marks

EP11: WRITING A BESTSELLER - The Story So Far

EP10: ROBIN STEVENS - NaNoWriMo Success Story

EP09: JOE ABERCROMBIE - Dancing Naked in the Rain

EP08: GRANT FAULKNER - NanoWrimo (Part 2)

EP07: MICHAEL CONNELLY - The World's Greatest Thriller Author

EP06: BRYAN CRANSTON - Breaking Bad

EP05: GRANT FAULKNER - NanoWrimo (Part 1)

EP04: JOANNE HARRIS - Chocolat

EP03: SHANNON MAYER - Multi-Million Selling Indie Author

EP02: SAM EADES AND JULIET EWERS- Million-Selling Editors

EP01: VICS TRANTER - Hachette

EP00: BESTSELLER EXPERIMENT PREVIEW

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EP11: Writing a Bestseller | The Story So Far
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