EP154: Mark Billingham – From a shoutline to five million books sold
Mark Billingham is renowned for his bestselling crime thrillers, not least the Jack Thorne series. Having now sold over 5 millions copies of his books, Mark takes us through his incredible career which takes in acting, stand-up comedy, writing for TV, and a little bit of kidnapping.
In this episode you will discover…
- How a shoutline got Mark a book deal
- Why he writes for an invisible reader looking over his shoulder
- How breaking away from a series character can refresh you as a writer
- The secret to clean first drafts
- And why he’s going back to rewrite his first book…
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- Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bestsellerexperiment
- Support Jenni Desvaux’s book The Very Last Monster Book: http://lastmonsters.com
- Pre-order The End of Magic: https://unbound.com/books/end-of-magic/
- Back to Reality: https://bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality/
- Scrivener: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/
- The Damonza Cover Competition: https://bestsellerexperiment.com/cover/
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- Mark Billingham’s website: https://markbillingham.com
- Mark Billingham’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkBillingham
- Mark Billingham’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkBillinghamAuthor/
- Mark Billingham’s Showing Off page, with clips from Maid Marian and her Merry Men and more: https://uk.markbillingham.com/showing-off
- The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers: https://funlovincrimewriters.com/about/
- Mark Stay’s blog on getting quotes for your novel: https://markstaywrites.com/2018/11/26/getting-pre-pub-quotes-for-your-novel/
- Aunt Marion’s books! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marion-Dante/e/B001JP2L5C/
- The Steve Cavanagh episodes: https://bestsellerexperiment.com/125-steve-cavanagh/
- Monty Python’s sketch about writing live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPZ5CY9KoM
- The TED talk about dancing… https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_how_to_start_a_movement
- How Chelle celebrates finishing a draft: https://goo.gl/4RvMnf
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