The Bestseller Experiment

Arts & Culture Podcasts

Could you write and publish a bestseller in one year?

Location:

United States

Description:

Could you write and publish a bestseller in one year?

Language:

English


Episodes

EP429: Deep Dive — Second Sky with Jack Renninson

1/31/2023
Digital-first publisher Bookouture are now applying their publishing model to science fiction and fantasy with their new imprint Second Sky. We speak to consultant associate publisher Jack Renninson who tells us what Second Sky is looking for, and he answers our listener questions on submissions, pitching to Second Sky, and what’s to come in the near […] The post EP429: Deep Dive — Second Sky with Jack Renninson appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:08:25

EP428: Peter May — “I Felt a Weight Lift."

1/29/2023
Bestselling author Peter May returns to the podcast with his gripping new novel A Winter Grave, a near future thriller where climate change has changed the landscape. Peter talks about coming out of retirement to write without a contract or a deadline, but with passion and a sense of urgency. Mark Stay is joined this […] The post EP428: Peter May — “I Felt a Weight Lift.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:56:27

EP427 — Deep Dive — Unwelcome with Jon Wright and Mark Stay

1/26/2023
Director Jon Wright joins Mark Stay to answer listener questions on the development of their new monster movie Unwelcome. They reveal what inspired them to write the script, how the story was developed (and was very early abandoned), how Jon blocks and shoots sequences and works with the cast and crew, they offer tips for […] The post EP427 — Deep Dive — Unwelcome with Jon Wright and Mark Stay appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:49:22

EP426: Lou Abercrombie — "I Write Whilst I Swim."

1/22/2023
Lou Abercrombie worked in TV and film production and as a photographer, and a few years ago started writing children’s books combining her passion for swimming and mathematics. Her debut novel FIG SWIMS THE WORLD, was longlisted for the Bath Children’s Award, and her new book AMAZING MATHS makes the subject of mathematics accessible in […] The post EP426: Lou Abercrombie — “I Write Whilst I Swim.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:51:11

EP425: MATT CAIN — "Write with Heart and Humour.”

1/15/2023
Matt Cain endured rejections from thirty agents and fifty publishers before getting his debut novel published… and then it didn’t work out. Matt tells us how he made an extraordinary comeback, breaking crowdfunding records with The Madonna of Bolton, having a smash with The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle, and now he’s back with Becoming […] The post EP425: MATT CAIN — “Write with Heart and Humour.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:56:26

EP424: Cole Haddon — “I Stripped the Censor in my Head"

1/8/2023
Cole Haddon is an Australian-American screenwriter and novelist whose first TV commission, Dracula, was produced by NBC and SKY and starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Psalms for the End of the World is his debut novel and Cole tells us how he was inspired by looking into the eyes of one of his young children, why […] The post EP424: Cole Haddon — “I Stripped the Censor in my Head” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:07:32

EP423: Christian Cameron — “You’re Always Worldbuilding."

1/1/2023
Christian Cameron is an incredibly prolific writer and military historian who also writes as Miles Cameron. His new novel as Miles is Against All Gods, an epic set in the Bronze Age that gives a new twist to familiar myths and legends. Christian tells how he learned to write without doubting himself, how historical recreation has […] The post EP423: Christian Cameron — “You’re Always Worldbuilding.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:56:56

EP422: Christmas 2022 Special and Setting 2023 Goals!

12/25/2022
The Two Marks don their terrible Christmas sweaters and hats to celebrate the festive season and look forward to 2023. Mark Stay tests Mr D with a super-duper mega quiz, we discover that Americans don’t have Christmas crackers, we reveal where Santa comes from, tell terrible jokes, and we discuss taking stock and setting goals […] The post EP422: Christmas 2022 Special and Setting 2023 Goals! appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:51:54

EP421: Margaret Weis — “It’s All About Characters."

12/18/2022
In 1983 Margaret Weis took on a job as a book editor at TSR, producers of the Dungeons and Dragons® role-playing game. Little did she know that the DRAGONLANCE® series she created with Tracy Hickman would go on to sell over 25 million copies and still be in print after almost 30 years. And now […] The post EP421: Margaret Weis — “It’s All About Characters.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:08:52

EP420: Elizabeth Noble — “Make the Reader Care."

12/11/2022
Elizabeth Noble is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose debut novel The Reading Group sold a quarter of a million copies. She’s since sold over a million and with her tenth novel, Other People’s Husbands, she skilfully works with a large cast of characters to create an authentic drama with lots of moving parts, but […] The post EP420: Elizabeth Noble — “Make the Reader Care.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:11:15

EP419: SJ Bennett — “A Relentlessly Positive Attitude"

12/4/2022
SJ Bennett had a successful career writing award-winning books for teenagers, but after a change in the market and a life-changing diagnosis, she decided to completely change tack and began a brand new crime series, Her Majesty the Queen Investigates, which became an international smash, selling over 100,000 copies. With the latest book in the […] The post EP419: SJ Bennett — “A Relentlessly Positive Attitude” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:00:40

EP418: Deep Dive — Blurbs with Louise Willder

11/29/2022
Louise Willder has been a copywriter at Penguin Books for twenty-five years. During this time, she estimates she has produced about 5,000 blurbs. She now shares her knowledge and experience in her amazing new book, Blurb Your Enthusiasm, which looks at the evolution of blurbs. In this Deep Dive, Louise shares incredibly helpful tips for writing your own and […] The post EP418: Deep Dive — Blurbs with Louise Willder appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:08:07

P417: Harriet Tyce — “Trying to Outdo Myself."

11/27/2022
Harriet Tyce tells us about her brilliant new thriller It Ends at Midnight, how the amazing reception to her debut Blood Orange made her wonder if she could do it again, and how she gets herself into trouble by trying to outdo what she’s written before. And in the extended version for Academy members and […] The post EP417: Harriet Tyce — “Trying to Outdo Myself.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:17:44

EP416: Alan Gorevan — “Write Something and Release It"

11/20/2022
Alan Gorevan is an Irish thriller writer and winner of the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair competition. Alan was preparing his debut novel for submission when the 2020 lockdown came along, and he thought his dream was over before it had even started. But then Alan decided he wasn’t going to sit around and wait […] The post EP416: Alan Gorevan — “Write Something and Release It” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:59:51

EP415: Tracey Lien — “You’re Digging for Clay"

11/13/2022
Tracey Lien’s debut All That’s Left Unsaid was sold in a nine-way auction and she tells us why it was important that a book that deals with heavy issues needed to be a fun read. Tracey tells us the most important lesson she learned about readers while writing for the LA Times, how she found […] The post EP415: Tracey Lien — “You’re Digging for Clay” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:01:51

EP414: A.G. Riddle — “What is Right, Right Now?"

11/6/2022
A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion of writing fiction. His novels have sold over four million copies worldwide and been translated in twenty-four languages. His new novel Lost in Time is a time travel thriller and continues his knack for blending genres, and he tells us […] The post EP414: A.G. Riddle — “What is Right, Right Now?” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:55:32

EP413: Deep Dive — Forensics with Dr Devin Finaughty and Chandra Finaughty

11/3/2022
Dr Devin Finaughty is a lecturer in forensic science the University of Kent, Chandra Finaughty has two Masters specialising in forensics and a teaching fellow at King’s College, London. They answer questions from our Patrons and Academates on forensics in fiction, including the CSI effect, working a crime scene, and essential resources for writers and […] The post EP413: Deep Dive — Forensics with Dr Devin Finaughty and Chandra Finaughty appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:14:10

EP412: Ed McDonald — “Do Everything Now"

10/30/2022
Ed McDonald returns to the podcast with a new fantasy series, The Redwinter Chronicles, and we discuss how the fantasy genre has changed in the short time since we last spoke. Ed also discusses a life-threatening illness that has given him a new perspective on his writing. And in the extended version for Patreons and […] The post EP412: Ed McDonald — “Do Everything Now” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:11:34

EP411: Deep Dive — Writing and Directing Independent Film with Danny Stack and Tim Clague

10/27/2022
Danny Stack and Tim Clague are award-winning screenwriters and directors who have never waited for permission from the industry to make their movies. As Future TX, their new family science fiction adventure feature film, hits Odeon cinemas in the UK, Danny and Tim reveal how they’ve made and released two independent feature films. They offer […] The post EP411: Deep Dive — Writing and Directing Independent Film with Danny Stack and Tim Clague appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:00:09:32

EP410: Jenny Ashcroft — “Self-Perpetuating Support."

10/23/2022
Jenny Ashcroft has always been fascinated with the past and how extraordinary events can change the lives of ordinary people. With her new novel, The Echoes of Love, Jenny takes us to Crete in 1936, and she reveals her best resources for researching and writing historical fiction. And Jenny talks about finding your writing peers […] The post EP410: Jenny Ashcroft — “Self-Perpetuating Support.” appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.

Duration:01:14:16