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Could you write and publish a bestseller in one year?

Could you write and publish a bestseller in one year?

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United States

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Could you write and publish a bestseller in one year?

Language:

English


Episodes

EP405: Deep Dive — TikTok with Suzie Edge

9/28/2022
Suzie Edge has nearly 250,000 followers on TikTok with nearly 5.5m likes. Suzie tells us what she’s discovered in using the app over three years and how it’s been driving pre-orders for her new book Mortal Monarchs. We discuss what kinds of content attracts followers, and why authors are perfect for TikTok because we tell […] The post EP405: Deep Dive — TikTok with Suzie Edge appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:10:55

EP404: EP404: Aggie Blum Thompson — “I Had No Plan B"

9/25/2022
Aggie Blum Thompson sent us an email in 2019 detailing her dream to see her book on a table in a bookstore. Aggie’s second novel, ALL THE DIRTY SECRETS, is out now and she tells us how she made that dream a reality. This is a hugely entertaining interview and Aggie reveals how she bounced […] The post EP404: EP404: Aggie Blum Thompson — “I Had No Plan B” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:11:06

EP403: Luan Goldie — “There’s Always Time"

9/17/2022
Luan Goldie won the Costa Short Story Prize in 2017, and her debut novel Nightingale Point was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, These Streets, touches on issues of homelessness, mental health, and single parent families, and is full of warmth, wit and life. Luan tells us how she’s balanced working […] The post EP403: Luan Goldie — “There’s Always Time” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:03:21

EP402: Lesley Thomson — “Stay Inside Your Story"

9/11/2022
Lesley Thomson’s latest book The Companion continues a bestselling streak that’s been inspired by some remarkable places and people, and she shares with us her writing routines and tells us why writers should stay within their own story. And the Two Marks give listeners a peek behind the scenes of their recent live show and […] The post EP402: Lesley Thomson — “Stay Inside Your Story” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:07:04

EP399: Elissa Soave — “My Story is Worth Telling"

9/4/2022
We celebrate over 400 episodes of the podcast with a special live show from Waterstones in Canterbury with guest authors Rowan Coleman, Pernille Hughes, Nadine Matheson and Julie Wassmer. We discuss how authors can sustain their careers beyond the advance and publication date. This was a fun and lively conversation that demystifies a lot of […] The post EP401: Live Show Highlights — Is Being an Author a Job For Life? appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:18:19

EP399: Elissa Soave — “My Story is Worth Telling"

8/28/2022
What better way to celebrate our 400th episode than by speaking to some of our longtime listeners and members of the Bestseller Academy who have faced their greatest writing challenges and come through the other side: Denise McGahan tells us about making the decision to commit to writing and how it changed everything. Naomi Floyd […] The post EP400: Our Listeners’ Challenges and Triumphs appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:59:49

EP399: Elissa Soave — “My Story is Worth Telling"

8/21/2022
Elissa Soave is the winner of the inaugural Primadonna Prize, an accolade awarded to unpublished and unrepresented writers. Ginger and Me is her debut novel, a part-coming of age and part-mystery novel featuring vivid characters. Elissa reveals how her writing career started with just 500 words and the realisation that her story was worth telling. WE […] The post EP399: Elissa Soave — “My Story is Worth Telling” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:03:34

EP398: Christopher Abbott — Writing as a Superfan

8/14/2022
Christopher Abbott is the award-winning author of the Watson Chronicles, a continuation of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Christopher tells us how he’s worked to retain the authenticity of Conan Doyle’s style, and what he’s learned about crafting a mystery. We discuss… Writing as a superfan How to seed clues in a mystery And the challenges […] The post EP398: Christopher Abbott — Writing as a Superfan appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:08:46

EP397: Mark Ellis — Never Give Up

8/7/2022
Mark Ellis is the bestselling author of the DCI Frank Merlin series set in the Second World War. Mark celebrates the publication of the fifth book in the series, Dead in the Water, and reveals his research methods and how he uses real history to develop his stories. He also tells us what he learned […] The post EP397: Mark Ellis — Never Give Up appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:54:23

EP396: Lisa Regan — Let Them Tell You No

7/31/2022
Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series, and this year sees the publication of books 14 & 15: Watch Her Disappear and Local Girl Missing. But it all started when she wrote her first mystery when she was 11-years-old. Lisa tells us how her father’s […] The post EP396: Lisa Regan — Let Them Tell You No appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:08:52

EP395: Scott Kershaw — Playing the Game

7/24/2022
Scott Kershaw’s debut The Game is a cracking high concept thriller, and Scott’s route to publication is an extraordinary tale of second chances, self-publishing, co-writing, a first-class honours degree, an expensive train journey, weird business cards, and explaining publishing’s system of advances and royalties to friends and family. This is a wonderfully honest interview and […] The post EP395: Scott Kershaw — Playing the Game appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:24:09

EP394: Mike Shackle — Tune in and Go With The Flow

7/17/2022
Mike Shackle returns to the podcast to celebrate Until The Last, the final part of his epic fantasy series The Last War. We’ve been following Mike’s journey since he was inspired by our first Joe Abercrombie episode to pick up the pen and start writing again, through to his deal with Gollancz, and now to […] The post EP394: Mike Shackle — Tune in and Go With The Flow appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:09:40

EP393: Sarai Walker — Subversive, but Fun

7/10/2022
Sarai Walker’s debut novel Dietland was a smash hit and made into an AMC TV series, and now she returns with The Cherry Robbers, a twisted, dark gothic novel. Sarai tells us how the novel was inspired by real people and history and how she loves writing fiction that is subversive but “wrapped in a […] The post EP393: Sarai Walker — Subversive, but Fun appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:08:31

EP392: David Lee Stone — No One Tells You When You’re Done

7/3/2022
Between 1998 and 2016 David Lee Stone wrote fantasy and YA books for some of the biggest publishers in the world. David discovered the hard way that a big author advance is not always a good thing. David tells us about the dark side of the dream in an incredibly honest and eye-opening interview. But […] The post EP392: David Lee Stone — No One Tells You When You’re Done appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:22:29

EP391: Lizzy Barber — I Carry My Work With Me

6/26/2022
Lizzy Barber’s critically acclaimed debut novel My Name is Anna won the Daily Mail First Novel competition, and her latest thriller Out of Her Depth is a Richard and Judy book club selection. Lizzy’s journey has taken her from winning a Disney writing competition when she was ten, to the Royal Shakespeare Company, to one […] The post EP391: Lizzy Barber — I Carry My Work With Me appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:10:12

EP390: Patricia Gibney — Start Writing Immediately

6/20/2022
Patricia Gibney has sold over 2 million copies of her Detective Lottie Parker books, and readers worldwide love her stories, but her career started at a very tough time in her life. Patricia left her job of thirty years and was able to work through grief and reignite her love of writing through journaling and […] The post EP390: Patricia Gibney — Start Writing Immediately appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:13:46

EP389: Joanne Harris — Squeeze Your Characters

6/12/2022
Joanne Harris returns to the podcast with her gripping page-turning thriller A Narrow Door. Joanne answers our listener questions, tells us the importance of human interaction to her writing, why she doesn’t see a distinction between plotting and pantsing, and why ideas are like planets in a solar system. And the Two Marks discuss a […] The post EP389: Joanne Harris — Squeeze Your Characters appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:13:12

EP388: Ian Skewis — Memories and Fiction

6/5/2022
Ian Skewis’s debut novel A Murder of Crows became a no.1 bestseller and was long listed for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. Ian tells us how it all began with a traumatic incident from his childhood, how he developed the story in different media for many years before writing the novel. Please note that […] The post EP388: Ian Skewis — Memories and Fiction appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:09:39

EP387: Angela Marsons — Every Book is a Brand New Journey

5/29/2022
We welcome the wonderful Angela Marsons back to the podcast. Angela is the multi-million bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series. And she’s back with Six Graves, the 16th book in the series. Despite her mega sales (five million and counting) and a 12-book contract, Angela tells us why she doesn’t take a single […] The post EP387: Angela Marsons — Every Book is a Brand New Journey appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:10:32

EP386: Deep Dive — Editing a Draft with Ian W Sainsbury

5/26/2022
Ian W Sainsbury is the award-winning author of the Jimmy Blue series of thrillers. Ian has just started editing the fourth book in the series and he was kind enough to let us get a sneak peek at his editing process. He fires up ProWriting Aid and shares his screen with us as he gets […] The post EP386: Deep Dive — Editing a Draft with Ian W Sainsbury appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:27:35