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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[...]
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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[...]

EP148: RJ Barker and Explosions of Joy

EP147: Defying the Odds with Sherrilyn Kenyon

EP146 Teaser: Deep Dive: Essential Guide to Bloggers and Blog Tours

EP145: Mr. Stay’s Hot Tub Alpine Retreat with Marcus Sedgwick and Dawn Kurtagich

EP144 Teaser: Deep Dive with Clare Christian

EP143: Rowan Coleman’s Impossible Summer

EP142: YALC special with Dhonielle Clayton

EP141: The Two Marks – Mark Desvaux (Mr D) Returns

EP140: The Conventions & Comic Cons Survival Guide

EP139: Lisa Cutts – Cop, writer, bestseller

EP138: Miranda Dickinson – The Longest Apprenticeship

EP137 Teaser: Newsletters Deep Dive with Julia Pidduck

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: Four Weeks To Go!

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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