The Bestseller Experiment
Two friends (indeed, two Marks) have declared a wildly ambitious aim - to co-write and publish a bestselling novel in the space of a year. They have a few advantages. One has worked in book publishing for 20 years and has written a screenplay that actually got made. The other is a professional musician, tech dude, and do-gooder, so he knows, in theory, how to make things happen. This podcast documents their weekly progress towards completion and launch of their book, but is smart to avoid navel-gazing: instead, they bring in industry experts to talk about the nitty-gritty of what truly makes a bestseller. Whether it's A-list authors (Michael Connelly, Ben Aaronovitch), publishing company CEOs, or the number-nerds at Nielsen Bookscan, this is as good as gold dust for aspiring writers.
Gateway episodes: Ep 1: Who Buys Bestsellers? (15 Oct 2016) / Ep 16: How Do I Get An Agent? (9 Jan 2017) / Ep 22: Ben Aaronovitch and the Great Bollocking (20 Feb 2017)