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EP179: Chris Humphries – From The Stage To Page
Chris Humphries 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[...]
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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[...]

EP136: John McGhie - Writing Living History

EP135: The Romantic Novelists’ Association conference with Rhoda Baxter, Nicola Cornick and Sheila Crighton

EP134: Teaser: The Hero’s Journey Part 3

EP133: Pernille Hughes – A Star In Sweatpants Is Born

EP132: Teaser: The Hero's Journey Part 2 

EP131: Sam Missingham - A massive boot up the arse for publishing  

EP130: Teaser: The Hero's Journey Part 1  

EP129: Teaser: Romcoms  

EP128: Youtube LIVE show with Ed Wilson (Mr. Stay’s agent spills the beans on money and more)  

EP127: Cally Taylor aka CL Taylor aka six time Sunday Times Bestseller  

EP126: Veronica Henry - A Recipe For A Bestseller  

EP125: Steve Cavanagh - Author on the verge of a massive breakthrough  

EP124: Teaser: Beta Readers  

EP123: Warren Adler - The Master of Dysfunction  

EP122: The kids are all right! Live Show with Amber Caravéo  

EP121: Teaser: State of the (publishing nation) with Sam Missingham  

EP120: The Quanderhorn Xperimentations with Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall  

EP119: Crowdfunding tips with Jimmy Leach  

EP118: Teaser: Rights  

EP117: Gareth L Powell - How to sing a space opera  

EP116: Teaser: Adaptation  

EP115: Julie Wassmer - The Pearl of Whitstable

EP114: Teaser: Criticism

EP113: Sharon Bolton and the Mysteries of Mystery Fiction  

EP112: Deborah Haywood - Pin Cushion  

EP111: Live Show with Ben Willis  

EP110: Teaser: Introducing Your Characters  

EP109: Win Kelly Charles – The Curiosity Killed The Cat Kid

EP108: Teaser: Short Stories

EP107: Isabel Ashdown’s Secrets and Lies

EP106: Teaser: Cliches and Tropes

EP105: Ed McDonald, Dear Debut Authors

EP104: Teaser: Production Part 2 with Paul Hussey

EP103: Michael J Ward – Choose Your Own Adventure

EP102: Teaser: Production Part 1 with Andy Bowden

EP101: Live Show with Emad Akhtar

EP100: Teaser: Elements of a Chapter

EP99: Cavan Scott

EP98: Teaser: Audiobooks

EP97: Roz Morris

EP96: Teaser: Deep Dive – Options Part 3

EP95: Richard Morgan

EP94: Teaser: Deep Dive – Options Part 2

EP93: Alex T. Smith

EP92: The Gingerbread Shortlist

EP91: Teaser: Deep Dive – Options Part 1

EP90: Ask the Two Marks

EP89: Teaser: Deep Dive – Five Principles on 2nd Drafts

EP88: Unbound and The End of Magic

EP87: Teaser: Deep Dive – Five Principles on 2nd Drafts

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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