Podcast Episodes

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EP220: Writers & Mental Health – Live Show Highlights
We discuss one of the most important topics we’ve ever covered: writers and their mental health. With questions from our[...]
EP219: Getting an Agent with Juliet Mushens
In a companion episode to this week’s interview with Gray Williams, we speak to his agent Juliet Mushens about the[...]
EP218: Gray Williams – Getting Published With An Amazing Agent
Gray Williams had a dream to be published, but he wasn’t about to desperately rush in and accept the first[...]
EP217: Literary Festivals with Victoria Falconer
Victoria Falconer has been running the highly successful WhitLit Festival since 2014 and she takes us through what’s involved in[...]
EP216: REPLAY Ep 019 Joe Hill
Joe is the bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key and most recently the New York Times[...]
EP215: Tutoring and Mentoring with Alison May
Alison May is an award-winning author, an adult education tutor, a member of the Society of Authors and she has[...]
EP214: REPLAY Ep 003 Million-Selling Indie Author | Shannon Mayer
From farrier to million-selling indie author, USA Today bestseller, and writing machine, Shannon bestows wisdom, inspiration, and a quote that[...]
EP213: Children’s Marketing with Georgina Atwell
Georgina Atwell is the founder of Toppsta.com a children’s book review site that helps readers find the best book for[...]
EP212: Catherine Kirwan – Darkest Debut
Catherine Kirwan’s debut novel The Darkest Truth is one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of the year. Catherine tells[...]
EP211: An Indie Author Journey With Mike Morris
Following on from our episode with Mike Shackle, we talk about his indie pen name Mike Morris in this fascinating[...]
EP210: Mike Shackle – Never Give Up, Never Surrender
Mike Shackle was on the verge of giving up on his writing when he heard one of our early episodes[...]
EP209: Writing Alt. History with JDK Wyneken
The Alt. History genre — also known as Counter-Factual History — takes a key moment in history and use a[...]
EP208: Glastonbury Or Bust – Did We Make It?
At the end of 2018, the Two Marks set themselves a challenge: to sell ten thousand copies of their novel[...]
EP207: PR and Social Media Deep Dive with Kim Nash
Kim Nash, award-winning novelist, book blogger and PR manager at Bookouture answers our listener questions on blog tours, social media,[...]
EP206: Caimh McDonnell – Too Funny, Too Irish
That’s the feedback that Caimh got for his first novel. Over a hundred thousand book sales later, he’s writing in[...]
EP205: Live from Harbour Books
To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week we recorded our first ever LIVE episode of the podcast at Harbour Books in Whitstable![...]
EP204: One Page Punch-Ups SF&F special
In the latest of our One Page Punch-Up specials we asked our Patreon Chart Topper supporters to send in one[...]
EP203 Teaser: Everyday Bravery – Writing Diversity and Mental Health with Sasha Greene
Sasha Greene is the author of Something Like Happy, a thought-provoking novel about day-to-day struggles with mental health. Sasha tells[...]
EP202: Tim Clare – Giant Mutant Batman
Tim Clare is a poet, author and musician who has wanted to write since childhood. Despite his commitment and determination,[...]
EP201 Teaser: Fifty Billion Dollar Movie Advice with John Robert Marlow
Many of us all dream of seeing our books turned into movies or TV shows. Award-winning screenwriter John Robert Marlow[...]
EP200: The Two Marks Celebrate Two Hundred Episodes
The Two Marks celebrate two hundred episodes of the podcast by answering some of the strangest questions they have ever[...]
EP199 Teaser: A Happy Hustle with Bec Evans
Being an author is a classic side-hustle: that thing you do between your day job and family and friends. Bec[...]
EP198: Lorna Cook – A Bestseller Dream Come True
Lorna Cook is yet another listener who used what she had learned on the podcast to launch her career and[...]
EP197 Teaser: Creative Writing Courses with David Bishop
David Bishop is programme leader for Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University. He tells us about the variety of creative[...]
EP196: Kiley Dunbar – Another Listener Who Got A Deal!
These are our favourite episodes where we speak to one of our listeners who got a book deal! Kiley Dunbar[...]
EP195 Teaser: How To get Your Book Into An Indie Bookshop
Liz Hurley runs Hurley Books in Cornwall and is a writer herself. Here she gives us some frank and immensely[...]
EP194: Tade Thompson – Master Storyteller And Worldbuilder
Tade Thompson’s Rosewater has been nominated for pretty much every award going this year, and Tade’s skill in combining complex[...]
EP193 Teaser: Audiobooks Masterclass with Tina Dietz
Tina Dietz is an award-winning audiobook publisher and marketing expert and she was kind enough to answer our listeners’ questions[...]
EP192: One Page Punch-Ups With Juliet Ewers
In the latest of our One Page Punch-Up specials we asked our Patreon Chart Toppers supporters to send us one[...]
EP191 Teaser: Writing Romantic Comedy with Rhoda Baxter and Jane Lovering
We welcome back romantic fiction novelist Rhoda Baxter and this time she’s joined by Jane Lovering, winner of Romantic Comedy[...]
EP190: Simon Beckett – One Moment That Changed Everything
Simon Beckett has sold over ten million copies of his books worldwide, but he came close to giving up fiction[...]
EP189 Teaser: A Masterclass on Writing Comics with David Bishop
In the 1990s David Bishop ran Judge Dredd magazine and 2000 AD comic and since then has become a prolific[...]
EP188: Taylor Jenkins-Reid – Breaking The Rules = Bestseller
Taylor Jenkins-Reid’s latest novel Daisy Jones and the Six has been a global smash, but what makes it all the[...]
EP187 Teaser: Author Website Q&A with Simon Appleby
Simon Appleby is the founder of Bookswarm, a specialist service dedicated to developing websites for authors. We had so many[...]
EP186: Claire Handscombe – Myers-Briggs, Enneagrams and The West Wing
Claire Handscombe is a British writer whose obsession with The West Wing took her to Washington DC. Her debut novel,[...]
EP185 Teaser: Self Publishing Paperbacks with Craig Anderson
Author Craig Anderson recently sold over ten thousand copies of his books on Amazon and much of this was down[...]
EP184: David Gaughran – How Amazon Works
David Gaughran is bestselling novelist and the author of a series of amazing guides on how to market books online.[...]
EP183 Teaser: Deep Dive – A Facebook Ads Masterclass with Craig Anderson
Author Craig Anderson recently sold over ten thousand copies of his books on Amazon and much of this was down[...]
EP182: Angela Marsons – 3 million sold in 3 years
Angela Marsons’ first novel Silent Scream was rejected by every major UK publisher, but she never gave up and now[...]
EP181 Teaser: Dictation Software – A Deep Dive
We speak to two authors about how they use dictation software for write their books and they answer our listeners’[...]
EP180: The London Book Fair 2019
A special episode from the 2019 London Book Fair. We spoke to Nicola May about her novel The Corner Shop in[...]
EP179: Chris Humphreys – From The Stage To Page
Chris Humphreys started as an actor but his writing career took off when he took one of his key roles[...]
EP178: The Crafty Craft of Writing Live Show
We asked our Patreon supporters for their questions on the crafty craft of writing and with our live audience we[...]
EP177: One Page Punch-Ups with Jon Wood
In the second of our One Page Punch-Up specials we asked our Patreon Chart Topper supporters to send us one[...]
EP176 Teaser: Deep Dive – An Amazon Ads Masterclass with Craig Anderson
Author Craig Anderson recently sold over ten thousand copies of his books on Amazon and much of this was down[...]
EP175: Anna Stephens – From 36 rejections to a 6-figure deal
Anna Stephens’ fantasy novel Godblind was one of the most-anticipated debuts of 2017, but it had a very long road[...]
EP174 Teaser: Deep Dive – Dos and Don’ts of a Book Launch
We run through the essential elements of a successful book launch, including top tips on venues, public speaking, food and[...]
EP173: Gavin G Smith – Rock n Roll Book Promotion
Gavin G Smith is the author of The Veteran and The Bastard Legion science fiction series. When it came to[...]
EP172 Teaser: A Deep Dive Q&A with Dave Chesson The Kindlepreneur
We speak to Dave Chesson, the Kindlepreneuer, and ask him listener questions about Kindle pricing, marketing niche titles, marketing YA[...]
EP171: James Oswald – From Self-Published To Six Figure Deals
We haven’t had many authors who have Sheep Shit Sampler on their resumé, but James Oswald is a farmer who[...]
EP170 Teaser: Deep Dive – Start Your Own Publisher with Michael R Miller
Michael R Miller is author of the Dragon Blade trilogy and, with Taran Matharu, is co-founder of Portal Books, a[...]
EP169: Breaking The Rules – Live Show Highlights
In our latest live show - exclusive to our Patreon Chart Topper supporters - we asked which writing rules they[...]
EP168 Teaser: A Digital First & Metadata Deep Dive
We spoke to Orion Fiction’s Victoria Oundjian about their strategy for digital first publishing and she gives us some amazing[...]
EP167: One Page Punch-Ups with Emad Akhtar
In the very first of our One Page Punch-Up specials we asked our Patreon Chart Topper supporters to send us[...]
EP166 Teaser: The Edit Process step-by-step, a Deep Dive with Melissa Caruso
Melissa Caruso is the author of the amazing Swords & Fire trilogy and her recent Twitter thread on the editorial[...]
EP165: Peter May – Story In His Blood
Peter May is the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of the Lewis series and he takes us through his incredible career,[...]
EP164 Teaser: Deep Dive: Girl Friday Part 3 – Being Authentic in Sales – Plus Bonus David Barnett
In the third and final of our three exclusive episodes for our Patreon supporters we speak to Ingrid Emerick, one[...]
EP163: Working With Editors – David M Barnett
David M Barnett is the bestselling author of Calling Major Tom, a book that came at a crossroads in his[...]
EP162 Teaser: Deep Dive: Our Marketing Masterclass with Sam Missingham continues…
We continue our masterclass with Sam Missingham, founder of Lounge Marketing, on how exactly we plan to sell ten thousand[...]
EP161: A Marketing Masterclass with Sam Missingham
Sam Missingham, founder of Lounge Marketing, hijacks the show and grills us on how exactly we plan to sell ten[...]
EP160 Teaser: Deep Dive: Girl Friday Part 2 – Building Your Brand
In the second of three exclusive episodes for our Patreon supporters we speak to Ingrid Emerick, one of the founders[...]
EP159: January LIVE SHOW highlights – Strategies for selling your books
On this month's live show for our Patreon Chart Topper supporters we talked about the kind of strategies you can[...]
EP158: Jump Into 2019 With The Crash Test Dummies
We talk about our personal goals for 2019 and reveal our new insane challenge for 2019… and once again we’re[...]
EP157: A Christmas Special with Ian Rankin
A Christmas treat as we speak to bestselling author Ian Rankin who takes us through his incredible career, including tips[...]
EP156: Julian Barr – A Small Press, Epic Stories and a Bestseller
Julian Barr's thrilling debut YA novel The Way Home was published by Odyssey Books, a small press. Julian has taken[...]
EP155: Catherine Ryan Howard – Get Your Arse In The Chair
Catherine started by self-publishing her travel adventures and has gone on to write USA Today and Irish Times bestselling thrillers.[...]
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[...]
EP153: From a Pitch to a Deal, with Alison Belsham
Alison Belsham tells us how her debut novel The Tattoo Thief started with a pitch at a crime festival and[...]
EP152: Editing Masterclass with Emad Akhtar and Caroline Hulse
The highlights from our YouTube Live Show for our Patreon supporters. We talk through the editorial process with author Caroline[...]
EP151: Matthew Reilly – How To Sell 8 Million Books Out of the Back of Your Car
Matthew Reilly self-published his first novel when he was 19, selling copies from the back of his car. Now with[...]
EP150: Joanna Nadin – The Queen of Bloody Everything
Joanna Nadin has written over 70 award-winning books for children and adults and recently inspired Mr. Stay to completely re-write[...]
EP149: Halloween Special with Ramsey Campbell
Ramsey Campbell is a legend of horror fiction who has been terrifying readers for over six decades, so who better[...]
EP148: RJ Barker and Explosions of Joy
RJ Barker combines the page-turning thrills of a whodunnit crime thriller and the world-building of fantasy in his Wounded Kingdom[...]
EP147: Defying the Odds with Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sherrilyn Kenyon’s first book was published when she was still in college, since then she has had more than 80[...]
EP146 Teaser: Deep Dive: Essential Guide to Bloggers and Blog Tours
An essential guide to bloggers and blog tours with Gollancz’s Publicity Manager Stevie Finegan. You will discover how to find[...]
145: Mr. Stay’s Hot Tub Alpine Retreat with Marcus Sedgwick and Dawn Kurtagich
Mr. Stay overcomes his suspicion of writing retreats and joins award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick on his retreat in the Alps[...]
EP144 Teaser: Deep Dive with Clare Christian
A special episode where we talk to Clare Christian from RedDoor Publishing about their hybrid model of publishing where the[...]
143: Rowan Coleman’s Impossible Summer
We speak to bestselling author Rowan Coleman about why she heckled Mr. Stay at the RNA conference, how to make[...]
142: YALC special with Dhonielle Clayton
Mr. Stay reports from YALC, the Young Adult Literature Convention in London and speaks to author Dhonielle Clayton about her[...]
141: The Two Marks – Mark Desvaux (Mr D) Returns
In this special episode we welcome back Mark Desvaux (Mr. D) to the show. To support the show, check out[...]
140: The Conventions & Comic Cons Survival Guide
  In these highlights from our YouTube Live show with Gollancz’s Marcus Gipps and Stevie Finnegan we look into the[...]
139: Lisa Cutts – Cop, writer, bestseller
Lisa Cutts works for Kent Police as a full-time detective constable, but when she’s not solving murders and other serious[...]
138: Miranda Dickinson – The Longest Apprenticeship
Miranda Dickinson is a Sunday Times bestselling author, shortlisted twice for the RNA Novel of the Year, and has sold[...]
EP137 Teaser: Newsletters Deep Dive with Julia Pidduck
In this Deep Dive we explore newsletters with digital marketing consultant Julia Pidduck who brings years of experience working with[...]
EP136: John McGhie – Writing Living History
John McGhie has been an investigative journalist for the BBC and Channel 4 News and was the Observer’s political correspondent,[...]
EP135: The Romantic Novelists’ Association conference with Rhoda Baxter, Nicola Cornick and Sheila Crighton
Love is in the air at the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference! I was invited to talk about the podcast and[...]
EP134 Teaser: The Hero’s Journey Part 3
Mark Stay and Julian Barr, author of The Way Home, discuss Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey in the second of a[...]
EP133: Pernille Hughes – A Star In Sweatpants Is Born
Pernille Hughes brings the funny with her debut novel Sweatpants at Tiffanie’s. To add to the joy, Pernille is one[...]
EP132 Teaser: The Hero’s Journey Part 2
Mark Stay and Julian Barr, author of The Way Home, discuss Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey in the second of a[...]
EP131: Sam Missingham – A massive boot up the arse for publishing
Sam Missingham fell in love with the quirks of the publishing industry when she started working at The Bookseller over[...]
EP130 Teaser: The Hero’s Journey Part 1
Mark Stay and Julian Barr, author of The Way Home, discuss Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey in the first of a[...]
EP129 Teaser: Romcoms
Mr. Stay discusses Romcoms with literary agent and romcom devotee Federica Leonardis in this special Deep Dive. We look at[...]
EP128: Youtube LIVE show with Ed Wilson (Mr. Stay’s agent spills the beans on money and more)
This is not the usual ‘How do you get an agent?’ show, instead we talk about money, author’s earnings, shrinking[...]
EP127: Cally Taylor aka CL Taylor aka six time Sunday Times Bestseller
You may know CL Taylor as the Sunday Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers The Lie, The Accident, The Fear[...]
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[...]
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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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[...]
EP87 Teaser: Deep Dive – Five Principles on 2nd Drafts
Here's a Teaser for Episode 87 - Five Principles on 2nd Drafts Deep Dive which is available only at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST[...]
EP86: Catriona Innes
We speak to the completely charming Catriona Innes, Senior Editor of Cosmopolitan, the UK’s best selling glossy magazine. Working on[...]
EP85 Teaser: Deep Dive – Rocket Your Word Count
Here's a Teaser for Episode 85 - Rocket Your Word Count Deep Dive which is available only at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY[...]
EP84: Cass Green
We speak to Cass Green, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Woman Next Door and In a Cottage In a[...]
EP83 Teaser: Deep Dive – Creating Compelling Characters
Here's a Teaser for Episode 83 - Creating Compelling Characters Deep Dive which is available only at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back[...]
EP82: Jen Williams – “Even Aliens Have Issues.”
We speak to Jen Williams, writer of charismatic characters and founder of the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club. To hear more[...]
EP81: Live Show Q&A with the two Marks
Behold, the highlights of this month's YouTube Live show for our Patreon supporters. To hear more of this episode in[...]
EP80 Teaser: Deep Dive – Beat Writers Block
Here's a Teaser for Episode 80 - Beat Writers Block Deep Dive which is available only at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back[...]
EP79: Liz Pichon
In the first of an occasional series of reports from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference, we[...]
EP78 Teaser: Deep Dive – Brandon Sanderson
Here's a Teaser for Episode 78 - Branson Sanderson Deep Dive which is available only at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality[...]
EP77: Brandon Sanderson
We caught up with fantasy bestselling author and super nice dude Brandon Sanderson and in a jam-packed episode he answered[...]
EP76: This Week on The Bestseller Experiment Deep Dive of episode 075
Here are some clips of what is happening over on the Deep Dive at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality[...]
EP75: Location, location, location and murder with Lara Dearman
We talk to novelist Lara Dearman about her debut book The Devil’s Claw and the importance of place, location, myths[...]
EP74: This Week on The Bestseller Experiment Deep Dive of episode 073
Here are some clips of what is happening over on the Deep Dive at https://bestsellerexperiment.com/support PODCAST BUY Back to Reality[...]
EP73: New Year’s Countdown to Your Favourite Episodes
A Happy New Year to all our listeners! In today’s special episode we conclude our thrilling countdown of our top[...]
EP72: Christmas Special
Merry Christmas to all our listeners! In today’s special episode we begin our countdown of our top 10 best episodes[...]
EP71: MR Carey
Mike Carey writes comics, novels and screenplays like Hellblazer, Lucifer, X-Men, the Felix Castor novels, and The Girl With All[...]
EP70: Listeners’ Question Time
The Two Marks answer your questions in this recording of our first Patreon subscribers’ live show. To hear more of[...]
EP69: Tad Williams – Legendary Worldbuilder
Tad Williams is a master of the fantasy genre. Not only an incredible world builder, but he populates his books[...]
EP68: Victoria Aveyard – The Red Queen of YA
We hitch a ride with Victoria Aveyard, the bestselling author of the Red Queen series, and we talk unreliable narrators,[...]
EP67: Season 2 – Publicity Secrets Revealed
On the day the Two Marks land a big feature in Publisher's Weekly, they talk with top publicists Elaine Egan,[...]
EP66: Bestseller Launch Day (Part 4)
Bestselling author and friend of the show Shannon Mayer joins Mark Desvaux in the final part of the launch day[...]
EP65: Bestseller Launch Day (Part 3)
The sky over London turns red as the two Marks recall the third part of their launch day event for[...]
EP64: Bestseller Launch Day (Part 2)
It’s High Noon as the two Marks recall the second part of their launch day event for their novel Back[...]
EP63: Bestseller Launch Day (Part 1)
Relive the magic of launch day as the Two Marks attempt to hit the bestseller charts with their novel Back to[...]
Launch Day – Livestream Replay
Did you miss the launch day livestream? Fear not! You can relive every minute of the magic here!Also, if you[...]
EP62: PUBLICATION DAY! Back to Reality is Out Now!
It's Launch Day! After a year of podcasting and writing our book, Back to Reality is finally available to buy[...]
EP61: One Day to Go! Back to Reality Book Reading
In the seventh of our daily mini-episodes in the run-up to publication we thought you might like a little taster[...]
EP60: Two Days to Go! Favourite Pod Moments
In the sixth of our daily mini-episodes in the run-up to publication of Back to Reality, The Two Marks look[...]
EP59: Three Days to Go! Social Media
How do you harness the power of social media in your book launch? Find out in the fifth mini-episode, as[...]
EP58: Four Days to Go! Reviews & Launch Teams
​In the fourth of our daily mini-episodes in the run-up to publication we look at the importance of reviews and[...]
EP57: Five days to go! Beta readers and reviews
​In the third of our daily mini-episodes in the run-up to publication we look at Beta readers and reviews and[...]
EP56: Six Days to Go! Getting Quotes for Your Book
​How do you get pull quotes from other authors for your book? Find out in the second of our daily[...]
EP55: One Week to Go! Back to Reality & Blurbs
​Holy cow! Only seven days until we publish our novel, Back to Reality. This is the first of eight special[...]
EP54: The Mighty Joanna Penn
Only two weeks to go till the publication of our book Back To Reality, and we seek the advice of[...]
EP53: GollanczFest, Gin and a Special Guest
Only three weeks to go till publication, but we somehow found time to talk to the wonderful folk from Gollancz[...]
EP52: Four Weeks To Go!
Holy cow! Only four weeks till publication? Already?? What do we do? How did it come round so soon? Yes,[...]
EP51: The Impossible Choices Of Samantha King
Samantha King is a bestselling debut novelist, and her book The Choice taps into parental fears. Sam has also worked[...]
EP50: Gingerbread
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[...]
EP49: Bookbub Mythbusting
As the two Marks gear-up for publication, it’s suddenly dawned on them that they will have to market and sell[...]
EP48: A Kick In The Ed
The two Marks have met with their editor. Sit in on one of their story sessions as they go through[...]
EP47: Titles, Covers & Deadlines
In the second part of this conversation between the two Marks before their book goes to their editor, they wonder[...]
EP46: Research and Reconnoitring
The two Marks are recording in the same room! Will universes collide? Will they reveal any more about their damn[...]
EP45: Katherine May – Creative Writing Cocktails
Katherine May is an award-winning writer, blogger and the programme director of creative writing at Canterbury, Christ Church University. She[...]
EP44: Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven is a phenomenally successful YA novelist. All The Bright Places was a Goodreads Choice Award winner and is[...]
EP43: Martina Cole – Dangerous Lady
Martina Cole is the undisputed queen of British crime fiction. She’s sold over 14 million books and her novels regularly[...]
EP42: The End
We’ve done it, we’ve finished our first draft! After months of writing — and that outline — we discuss what[...]
EP41: Deon Meyer Fever!
Deon is a bestselling thriller writer from South Africa whose books have been translated into 20 languages, but with his[...]
EP40: Laura Barnett’s Greatest Hits
Laura Barnett’s 2015 debut The Versions Of Us was a smash hit, a number one bestseller, and translated into 23[...]
EP39: Million-Selling Children Books | Karen Ball
A children’s fiction special. We talk with Karen Ball who has published some of the bestselling children’s series of the[...]
EP38: From The Heart | Erica James
How do you touch the heart of your readers? We get emotional over tea and cake with bestselling author Erica[...]
EP37: Go For Launch | Susan Kaye Quinn
In the second part of our interview with Susan Kaye Quinn, we talk about how to launch your book, pre-orders,[...]
EP36: For Love Or Money | Susan Kaye Quinn
Susan Kaye Quinn is not only a genuine rocket scientist, but she’s also a bestselling indie author in fiction and[...]
EP35: The Incredible Tenacity Of Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards is a bestselling author, having sold over two million psychological thrillers including The Magpies. Having been self-published and traditionally-published,[...]
EP34: Into The Woods With John Yorke
John Yorke is one of the world's leading lights in the art of storytelling. As former head of Channel Four[...]
EP33: A Deep Dive With The Two Marks
The two Marks discuss the progress of their novel so far as the deadline rapidly approaches, and Mr. Stay recalls[...]
EP32: Legal Eagles | Keith Mathieson and Paul Joseph
We get lawyered-up in this fascinating episode where we talk to a pair of top entertainment lawyers: Keith Mathieson is[...]
EP31: Fear of Failure | Julie Cohen
Julie Cohen is the author of over twenty novels, including the Richard & Judy bestseller Dear Thing. She also teaches[...]
EP30: The Future Of Publishing | David Shelley
David Shelley is the CEO of Orion Publishing and the Little, Brown Publishing Group, he started as an editor, working[...]
EP29: Kate Harrison | Bestselling Insights
Kate Harrison is a rare breed. A fiction and non-fiction award-winning author who used her insight experience with the BBC[...]
EP28: What Exactly Is A Bestseller? Number Crunching with Nielsen
We answer one of the most common questions we get on our quest: What is a bestseller? We spoke to[...]
EP27: From Script, To Screen, To Book | Jo Ho
Jo Ho is an award-winning screenwriter and director, best known for creating the BBC TV series Spirit Warriors, but she[...]
EP26: Author & Editor In A Hot Mess | Lucy Vine & Katie Seaman
Lucy Vine is a freelance journalist who has written for pretty much every magazine going. Inspired by one of Lucy’s[...]
EP25: The M Word | Shannon Mayer
We welcome back Shannon Mayer for the third and final part of our epic interview with her and we finally[...]
EP24: Liz Fenwick & The Crows Of Doubt
Is there such a thing as a positive rejection? This week we chat with award-winning author, Liz Fenwick about the[...]
EP23: The Plot Thickens
Licking the wounds from their encounter with Ben Aaronovitch last week about the progress of their novel, the two Marks[...]
EP22: Ben Aaronovitch and the Great Bollocking…
Ben Aaronovitch started writing for Doctor Who and became the author of the bestselling Peter Grant series that started with[...]
EP21: Obscurity to Million-Selling Indie Success | Mark Dawson
Mark Dawson had been published by a mainstream publisher, but to little success. A friend introduced him to Amazon’s Kindle[...]
EP20: Amazon | Kindle Direct Publishing with Darren Hardy
Self-publishing an eBook? You’re almost certainly going to be publishing on Kindle. We were delighted to speak to Kindle’s head[...]
EP19: Joe Hill
Joe is the bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key and most recently the New York Times[...]
EP18: Behind Sarah Pinborough’s Eyes!
Sarah Pinborough has had over twenty novels published and written for TV and film. Sarah’s new thriller Behind Her Eyes[...]
EP17: Million-Selling Indie Secrets | Shannon Mayer Returns
The second part of our interview with bestselling Indie author Shannon Mayer who recently hit #2 in the main Amazon.com[...]
EP16: How Do I Get An Agent? | Federica Leonardis & Sonya Lalli
'How do I get a literary agent?' is one of the most common questions asked by new writers, so we[...]
EP15: Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler | Peter Rabbit vs Werewolves
Emmy winners and BAFTA-nominated, Huckerby & Ostler are one of the most successful TV writing partnerships around, and with their[...]
EP14: John Connolly | No Formulas & Finishing Books
John Connolly has won pretty much every crime award going, and his books are regular Sunday Times bestsellers. He doesn’t[...]
EP13: Michelle Paver | Research To The Extreme
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
Have you every wondered how important your "Voice" is as a writer? This week on The Bestseller Experiment podcast, New[...]
EP11: Writing a Bestseller | The Story So Far
The two Marks bring you up to date on the trials and tribulations their nascent bestseller, the processes that they’re[...]
EP10: Robin Stevens | NaNoWriMo Success Story
Robin is the author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries books, a middle grade series following schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells[...]
EP09: Joe Abercrombie | Dancing Naked in the Rain
Joe burst onto the fantasy scene in 2003 with his debut The Blade Itself. His books have climbed high up[...]
5 Essential Tips Writers Can Learn From Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is one of the best, if not the best TV series ever. From incredible characters, amazing plots, terrific twists...[...]
EP08: NaNoWriMo & The Muddy Middle | Grant Faulkner
We are delighted to welcome NaNoWriMo’s Grant Faulkner back to the podcast in mid-November, where we discuss strategies for coping[...]
EP07: Michael Connelly | 60 Million Thriller Books
Michael Connelly is one of the most successful crime authors in the world with over 60m book sales. Having just released his[...]
EP06: Bryan Cranston | On Breaking Bad, Characters, Writing & Life
Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston tells us about his life and new bestselling memoir, A Life In Parts. Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe,[...]
EP05: NaNoWriMo | How to Write 50,000 Words in Month | Grant Faulkner
Every November hundreds of thousands of writers start their annual challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. It's called[...]
EP04: Joanne Harris | Chocolat & Sheds
Best known for her novel Chocolat, which sold well over a million copies and was made into a movie starring[...]
We’ve hit the iTunes charts!
A big thank you to everyone supporting the Podcast. The show debuted today at #4 in the iTunes Arts & Literature[...]
EP03: Million-Selling Indie Author | Shannon Mayer
From farrier to million-selling indie author, USA Today bestseller, and writing machine, Shannon bestows wisdom, inspiration, and a quote that[...]
EP02: Bestselling Editors | Sam Eades & Juliet Ewers – Orion Books
Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman, Michael Connelly have worked with them and now they get us cornered. Juliet Ewers and Sam[...]
EP01: Who Buys Bestsellers? | Vics Tranter – Hachette Books
As we begin our epic quest to write and chart a book in one year, we need to discover what kind of person[...]
EP00: The Bestseller Experiment Preview
Welcome to the Bestseller Experiment! Join author and screenwriter Mark Stay with coach and entrepreneur Mark Desvaux, as they discover the secrets to[...]
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If you are new to Podcasts, we've put together this short guide on how enter this amazing world of brilliant[...]
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