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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[...]
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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[...]

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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