About The Bestseller Experiment
Co-hosts Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux
Welcome to The Bestseller Experiment
Could you write and publish a Bestseller in one year? Join our two crash-test authors as they attempt to learn about, write and publish a bestseller in 52 weeks. Join the two Marks in their weekly podcast as they talk with leading lights from the publishing industry, million-selling, chart-topping authors such as Michael Connelly, Joanne Harris, Bryan Cranston, Ian Rankin, John Connolly, Scott Lynch, Michelle Paver, Maria Semple, million-selling indie sensations Shannon Mayer, agents, editors, social media experts and more.
The Two Marks
About Mark Stay
London-based bestselling author and screenwriter. Mark Stay has a five-book deal with Simon & Schuster (The Woodville series), and written another four novels includeing Back to Reality (with Mark Desvaux) and End of Magic. He co-wrote the screenplay Robot Overlords” (a $21m movie with Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson) and “Unwelcome” (Warner) released in Oct 2022. Having worked in publishing for over twenty years, Mark is an “author-on-the-inside” and has seen the beauties and harsh realities of the publishing industry. Star Wars ruined his life when he was five years old. Little did he know it, but the moment he saw the Star Destroyer come rumbling over the screen, he knew he wanted to be that… whatever that is!
As an actor, Mark Stay went on to run his own theatre company where he wrote his first play Unusually Tall Boy.
About Mark Desvaux
On the other side of the pond in Vancouver, fellow-Brit and Mark Desvaux is a life adventurer who loves big, crazy projects, a few of which have actually happened. Now a bestselling author, he writes fiction as Mark Oliver and Personal Development non-fiction. He is co-author of Back to Reality and founder of The Bestseller Academy.
Music is his other love as a bestselling recording artist (Urban Myth Club) signed to Warner. Mark lived out his music dream playing Glastonbury. As an entrepreneur he also built an Internet company and launched Foodshare, a UK-wide charity which teaches school children to “Grow to Give” in school gardens, sharing their produce with those in need locally.
As an eternal optimist, teacher and entrepreneur, Mark is fascinated by what is possible when you believe a dream can actually happen. He has developed courses including “Ignite Your Dreams” with over 10,000 students worldwide and is founder of Music Life Coach. Mark is fascinated by the ever-changing parallels between the music and publishing worlds. Mark’s new dream is to become an established author in both fiction and non-fiction (personal transformation / self-help).