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Could you write and publish a bestseller in one year?

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Could you write and publish a bestseller in one year?

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English


Episodes

Ep493 - Bryan Cranston on... Writing, Breaking Bad and Donald Trump

2/18/2024
Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston tells us about his life and new bestselling memoir, A Life In Parts. Oscar-nominated, with two Golden Globes, two Tony Awards and 6 time Emmy winner, he’s best known for roles in Malcolm in the Middle, Seinfeld and most famously, Walter White. Few people know that he is also an accomplished […] The post Ep493 – Bryan Cranston on… Writing, Breaking Bad and Donald Trump appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:59:16

Ep492 - Lucinda Halpern - “Get Signed! How to Pitch to an Agent”

2/11/2024
In this interview, listen in as Mark Desvaux pitches his forthcoming book Pacivida to NY literary agent Lucinda Halpern, who has been securing book deals with all major publishers over the last 15 years. Lucinda represents a range of New York Times and internationally bestselling authors in nonfiction or fiction, and her new book “Get […] The post Ep492 – Lucinda Halpern – “Get Signed! How to Pitch to an Agent” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:48:33

Ep491 - Lucinda Halpern - “Get Signed! Why You Need an Agent”

2/4/2024
Lucinda Halpern is a literary agent with over 15 years’ experience securing book deals and working with all major publishers. She represents a range of New York Times and internationally bestselling authors in business, health, lifestyle, popular science, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and upmarket fiction. Lucinda worked for HarperCollins on New York Times bestsellers including Freakonomics. […] The post Ep491 – Lucinda Halpern – “Get Signed! Why You Need an Agent” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:51:26

Ep490 - Shari Lapena - “The Debut That Sold Four Million”

1/28/2024
SHARI LAPENA is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seven suspense novels including A Stranger in the House and The Couple Next Door, her debut which was a runaway global bestseller, with 4 million sales worldwide. It was WHSmith’s “Book of the Year” in 2016 and the #1 Adult Fiction Title in the UK for […] The post Ep490 – Shari Lapena – “The Debut That Sold Four Million” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:35:21

Ep489 - Joe Hill ...On Never Giving Up, Beatles & Carving His Own Path from Dad, Stephen King

1/21/2024
Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Heart-Shaped Box, and Strange Weather. Joe, son of Stephen King, is a powerhouse storyteller from an incredible family of writers. Much of his work has been adapted for film and television. His second novel, Horns, was made into a cult horror-comedy starring […] The post Ep489 – Joe Hill …On Never Giving Up, Beatles & Carving His Own Path from Dad, Stephen King appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:46:50

Ep488 - Amy Newmark - “More Chicken Soup for the Soul (Part 2)”

1/14/2024
Amy Newmark is Editor-in-Chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul, publishing over 20,000 stories in the last 15 years, launching the careers of many New York Times bestselling authors. Celebrating over half a billion book sales, the Chicken Soup anthology stands as a literary giant, rivalled only by Harry Potter. In Part 2 of this […] The post Ep488 – Amy Newmark – “More Chicken Soup for the Soul (Part 2)” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:46:50

Ep487 - Amy Newmark - “Chicken Soup for the Soul (Part 1)”

1/7/2024
Mark Desvaux delves into Part 1 of a fascinating conversation with Amy Newmark, the powerhouse Editor-in-Chief behind Chicken Soup for the Soul. Celebrating over half a billion book sales, the Chicken Soup anthology stands as a literary giant, rivalled only by Harry Potter. Amy unveils how it launched the careers of New York Times bestselling […] The post Ep487 – Amy Newmark – “Chicken Soup for the Soul (Part 1)” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:48:24

Ep485 — Christmas Special 2023

12/24/2023
Mr Stay’s final episode as a co-presenter! The Two Marks celebrate Christmas by looking back at some of Mr Stay’s favourite moments of the podcast before he rides off into the sunset. But don’t worry! The podcast will continue and Mr D gives a few hints at what’s coming, but first we start with a […] The post Ep485 — Christmas Special 2023 appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:28:14

Ep484 — Mike Gayle — “Always be Entertaining."

12/17/2023
Mike Gayle joins us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Sunday Times top ten bestseller debut novel My Legendary Girlfriend and the release of his 18th novel A Song of Me and You, a story of mid-life crisis inspired by a quote from Jim Carrey. Mike takes us from Birmingham to London and his […] The post Ep484 — Mike Gayle — “Always be Entertaining.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:32:28

Ep483 — LM Chilton — “Be a Bit Cheeky."

12/10/2023
L.M. Chilton worked as a journalist for The Times, The Mirror and Metro and TV shows like This Morning, The One Show and Loose Women. His debut novel Don’t Swipe Right was inspired by years of online dating (the dating part of the story, we hasten to add, not the serial killing bits…) and having […] The post Ep483 — LM Chilton — “Be a Bit Cheeky.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:14:23

Ep482 — Tracy Wolff & Nina Croft — “The Little Things."

12/3/2023
Tracy Wolff is the New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty novels from Austin Texas, Nina Croft is an incredibly prolific author from the UK now living in Spain and they have collaborated on Star Bringer, a new adult romance novel billed as Firefly meets the Breakfast Club. Tracy and Nina […] The post Ep482 — Tracy Wolff & Nina Croft — “The Little Things.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:04:35

Ep481 — Jake Lamar — “Make it Sing."

11/26/2023
Jake Lamar developed his latest work Viper’s Dream as both a radio play and a novel. Jake tells us what he learned working for Time magazine, gives us a crucial tip for writing about real figures from recent history, and how he learned to make his writing sing… And in the extended version for Academy […] The post Ep481 — Jake Lamar — “Make it Sing.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:25:03

Ep480 — Graham Hurley — “Soft Linkage."

11/19/2023
The author of 49 books and counting, Graham Hurley returns with his latest WWII thriller The Blood of Others. He takes us through his extraordinary career and discusses writing in a genre that he wasn’t a fan of, writing a series without a recurring lead character and the benefits of long publisher lunches. And in […] The post Ep480 — Graham Hurley — “Soft Linkage.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:11:22

Ep479 — Fiona Valpy — “Say Yes to Everything."

11/12/2023
Fiona is an acclaimed bestselling author, whose books have sold millions of copies and been translated into more than thirty different languages worldwide. Her latest novel is The Cypress Maze, set in Tuscany and is the perfect book for these long winter nights. Fiona has a degree in Geography, has worked as an IT systems […] The post Ep479 — Fiona Valpy — “Say Yes to Everything.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:06:25

Ep478 — Mira V Shah — “Healing Through Writing."

11/5/2023
Mira V Shah is a British-African-Indian author and legal writer who lives in North London with her husband, three good dogs and one mediocre cat. She studied History at the University of Warwick before practising as a City lawyer. During the pandemic, Mira wrote her first ever novel, HER, a psychological drama, which explores themes […] The post Ep478 — Mira V Shah — “Healing Through Writing.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:05:36

Ep477 — Michael R Miller — “A Sprinkle of My Experience"

10/29/2023
Hailing from Scotland’s wet and wild west coast, Michael writes sweeping and epic fantasy and since 2018 has sold over 330,000 books topping Amazon and Audible charts along the way. He’s also worked for Bloomsbury publishing, and is the co-founder of digital publisher Portal Books. He’s written The Dragon’s Blade trilogy and now returns with […] The post Ep477 — Michael R Miller — “A Sprinkle of My Experience” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:13:20

Ep476 — IVY NGEOW — “EMOTION MORE THAN ANYTHING."

10/22/2023
Ivy Ngeow was born and raised in Malaysia and is a multi-award winning author. Her latest novel The American Boyfriend was longlisted for the Avon x Mushens Entertainment Prize for Commercial Fiction Writers of Colour 2022. Ivy is a musician, she’s also written non-fiction cookery books, diet books, interior design books, she sells tie-in merch […] The post Ep476 — IVY NGEOW — “EMOTION MORE THAN ANYTHING.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:12:42

Ep475 — Heather Morris — “Shut up and Listen!"

10/15/2023
We celebrate seven years of the podcast with the amazing Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, which has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. She returns with a new novel, Sisters Under The Rising Sun, which transports the reader to the women in Japanese POW camps in WWII and is another incredibly powerful […] The post Ep475 — Heather Morris — “Shut up and Listen!” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:27:35

EP474: Deep Dive — Mountain Ash Press with Andi Cumbo-Floyd & Caroline Topperman

10/11/2023
Mountain Ash Press is the brainchild of authors Andi Cumbo-Floyd and Caroline Topperman who wanted to bring a combination of writer services and publication experience to create a new kind of Hybrid publisher. They talk about the challenges of being an independent publisher and what they can offer to authors. Links Discover more about Mountain […] The post EP474: Deep Dive — Mountain Ash Press with Andi Cumbo-Floyd & Caroline Topperman appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:07:34

EP473: Julie Owen Moylan — “Tiny, Weird Obsessions."

10/8/2023
Julie Owen Moylan is a novelist and filmmaker. Her graduation short film ‘BabyCakes’ scooped Best Film awards at the Swansea Film Festival where Ken Russell was a judge! And Julie has written two novels, THAT GREEN EYED GIRL and 73 DOVE STREET, which was released just this summer. Julie talks about how she knows when […] The post EP473: Julie Owen Moylan — “Tiny, Weird Obsessions.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:02:08