Does this Sound Familiar?
- Do you struggle to find the time to really get stuck into your writing?
- Do you have so many ideas, but not sure which one to start?
- Do you fly out the gate with a new book, but hit the buffers and struggle to finish it?
- Do you sometimes struggle with confidence and question whether your writing is really any good?
- Do you lack writing mentors and cheerleaders who believe in you and your writing dreams?
- Do you lack coaching on craft and confidence, belief and mindset?
- Do you need people who will inspire and motivate you to keep you going throughout the month?
- Do you want accountability to take a big step towards your dream of becoming a bestselling writer?
A New Way to Support Your Writing Journey
- After four years of full immersion in The Bestseller Experiment podcast with over 500,000 listens
- Interviewing writers who have collectively sold over one billion books
- Over 300 hours of in-depth bestselling author and expert interviews
- A multi-book deal with Simon & Schuster
- Published multiple novels via traditional, indie and crowdfunding routes
- Two movies deals
- Thousands of hours working and mentoring wonderful writers like yourself
- And spending a year writing and publishing our own bestseller...
...Now it's your turn! Join The Two Marks - aka Desvaux and Stay - with their combined 50 years of experience in the Bookselling, Publishing and Coaching industries:
THE BESTSELLER ACADEMY
COULD YOU BE THE NEXT BESTSELLER?
At The Bestseller Academy, we are nurturing the next generation of bestselling authors.
We've created a unique and immersive experience to nurture your writing dreams, help you take action and finish the best book that you know is inside you.
Your goal is to write and finish your best book in a year. Our goal is to guide, inspire and motivate you every step of the way, with practical, real-world advice. Most importantly, we'll celebrate with you when you write THE END!
In the Academy, we have a unique philosophy which we call the ACCCA Model for Writers - Coaching, Craft & Community, surrounded by Accountability and Action. Here's just a taster to get you excited:
Exclusive Deep Dive Video Content
In-depth Masterclasses with relevant writing assignments to keep moving your book to THE END.
THE BESTSELLLER ROADMAP
A step-by-step Roadmap with 52 courses which recognises your unique writing journey.
EXPERT BESTSELLER ADVICE
The Bestseller's Guide to the Universe
Probably the biggest writing advice library on the planet. Hundreds of hours expert advice as bite-sized clips, searchable by topic.
THE BESTSELLER TEAM
Community, Support, Feedback & Help
Meet your Academates! The most inspiring and supportive community of like-minded writers who are willing to also dream big.
LIFE COACHING for WRITERS
Manage Your Mindset
Breakthrough Your Inner Game of Writing
Live life coaching with Mark Desvaux to breakthrough on productivity, procrastination, self-esteem, belief, writing habits and so much more.
Level Up Your Writing
Cultivate Your Craft
Take your writing to the next level with Mark Stay. Live monthly video coaching on plot, character, structure, scenes, critiques and more.
THE BESTSELLER APP
On The Go Inspiration
Over 300 amazing interviews and deep dives with bestselling authors who have sold over one billion books.
...AND LOTS MORE!
Choose Your Own Adventure
Forums, Word AcCOUNTability, Genre writing groups (beta), Live writing sessions (beta). It's an ever-expanding environment that grows with you.
MY SIX-FIGURE DEAL
"Just a quick message to say a rather huge thank you for all the inspiring, endless advice. Without the two of you and your fantastic motivation, I'm sure I'd never have got my ridiculous, out of this world, six-figure deal.”
Lorna Cook, Author of the Kindle #1 book, "The Forgotten Village"
THE BESTSELLER ACADEMY
IS LOVED BY ITS MEMBERS
DESIGNED AROUND YOUR LIFE
The Bestseller Academy is a premium writing, coaching programme and community for future bestsellers ready to take their writing to the next level.
We recognise that many educational organisations expect you to work around their schedule and deadlines. We think this is an outdated approach. You want to invest in your education, but we want to honour that you are unique, and have a unique life. Many of our writers are:
- Single parents
- Entrepreneurs & business owners
- Working full-time
- Caring for children or elderly parents
- Dealing with young children and teens
- Artists with multiple creative outlets
- Retired but busier than ever
- Holding down one (or more) jobs.
So we have designed the Academy to work with you.
Why This Approach Works
Alongside interviewing some of the world’s bestselling authors — Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Joanne Harris, to name just a few — since 2016, we’ve been working with and mentoring over 300 writers just like you — who have big dreams and aspirations. In this private community, we have seen the most incredible results.
Apart from the community declaring itself as “the most inspiring place online for writers”, we have also seen our writers grow to incredible heights. Many joined as:
- Writers struggling to start and finish a book
- Those lacking structure in their writing week
- People who previously had given up writing
We have watched these writers grow to:
- Finish their books
- Find agents
- Win major publishing multi-book deals
- Achieved chart-topping self-published books
- See their books in major bookstores and supermarkets
- Become bestsellers on Amazon
- Secure film deals
- Write in completely new genres
- Secure exclusive Audible deals
...The list goes on.
And did we mention the Awards?
From this small group, we have:
- Two of the five shortlisted writers from 12,000 entries for Amazon’s Kindle Storyteller Award.
- Ian W. Sainsbury, winner of the 2019 Kindle Storyteller Award ($25,000 prize and potential option for an Amazon Prime series). His book The Picture on the Fridge has gone on to become a Top 10 selling Kindle Book.
- Lorna Cook, debut author of the Kindle Number 1 Bestseller The Forgotten Village, staying in the Kindle Top 100 for four months. It has sold over 150,000 copies, has eleven overseas/foreign language editions, won the Romantic Novelists' Association Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the RNA Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers.
- Many other long and shortlist and nominees for Awards including the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) .
We are bringing everything we have learnt from working with this group, and are taking it to the next level in The Bestseller Academy.
Bestselling Author of Back to Reality, The End of Magic and most recently, a three book deal with Simon & Schuster (The Crow Road, 'Feb 21).
Screenwriter of the movies Robot Overlords (Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson) and The Little People (Warner Bros). Fifteen years with Orion Publishing Group.
Bestselling Author of Back to Reality, Professional Coach and award-winning speaker for over twenty years.
Mark is also a Bestselling Recording Artist, Chairman of the charity Foodshare, entreprenuer, teacher & lecturer with over 10,000 students worldwide.
"If you have ever listened to our podcast, The Bestseller Experiment, you'll know that we want to inspire you to reach your writing dreams. We are excited to have taken this to a whole new level.
The Bestseller Academy has been in the making for four years and loved by its members. We can't wait to welcome you to your new Writing Home!"
The Two Marks
What Academy Members Are Saying...
WORD COUNT ROCKETED
“I have written more in the last three months than I did in the last three years, and that wouldn't have happened without the Academy.”
Liz Green, author of The Hardest Life to Save
DON'T THINK ABOUT IT... SIGN UP
“Don't think about it, just sign up and write your best book yet. Being part of this group has accelerated my learning and improved my craft more than I could have imagined.”
William J. Kite, author of the upcoming series 'The Border Reiver Chronicles'
“The materials available are astounding - the audio advice database alone is an epic piece of magic. The monthly coaching sessions with each of the Marks is worth the price of admission alone. The sharing with other Academates is so helpful and inspiring.”
“If your dream is to write and you have any self doubt or apprehension, then join the Bestseller Academy. Word count and writing goals aside, it has given me a feeling of fulfillment in my life because I am working towards something I am passionate about, and feel is my life's calling.”
J.W. Atkinson, author of short stories on Patreon
“If you're serious about your writing, and willing to work hard, it'll reward you immensely. The Academy is a vibrant and supportive community of people dedicated to improving their writing."
READY TO WRITE THAT NOVEL AND TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL? THE ACADEMY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU.
“The Academy has it all. If you want to focus on craft, you will find classes for that. If you want to bounce ideas, the Two Marks are there to support you. Above all, the support from Academy members is what I love the most. It's been such a special journey and I am thrilled to be part of this awesome group of writers.”
“I love that I can share writing for regular feedback, and that I can offer constructive feedback on fellow Academates' work. Both of these help me think through my own writing, where it's lacking, what it's doing well, and how it could be improved.”
Matt Athanasiou, author of "Lv"
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
“You are not alone! The Academy is a group of like-minded authors all pursuing the same goal and facing the same challenges. We are here to support you, though the good times and the rough spots, to write your best book, however you want to write it, whatever your book might be.”
Adam Jarvis, author of 'Ribbon Road'
GENEROSITY AND COMMUNITY ENCOURAGEMENT
"The generosity of the people I've met in Academy is a testament to its leadership. The Academy has a culture of kindness and models an appropriate level of transparency that draws you in. As a new writer, I feel safe asking questions and with the wealth of knowledge the Academy offers, there is no better place to do so.
If you want to put into practice the things you hear about on the Bestseller Experiment podcast, then this is the place for you! You'll be encouraged, but not coddled by a community of hard working creatives ready to cheer you towards the finish line. That, plus so much great information gathered from the far corners of the industry - truly a vault of gold!"
Julie B. Jacobsen
Concrete steps towards a lifelong goal to write a novel. 10/10!
"Joining the Academy has given me concrete steps towards a lifelong goal to write a novel. More importantly, it's held me accountable to my goals. The Academy showed me how to break down writing a novel into rational and manageable steps. I've learned much from the online courses. The Two Marks are experienced authors who have much to share, with just the right blend of humour, honesty and encouragement. I've also connected with other writers in the Academy Thriller genre group. We meet online, discuss our projects and do writing sprints. Joining this writing community has made such a difference in my writing and helped me to move forward in my goal."
Chris Lowenstein, author of (soon-to-be-completed) "A Collection of Brilliant Things"
About Your Mentors...
“Like the hundreds of other authors you have inspired along the way, you two motivated me to put fingers to keyboard once again. You have me believing I CAN be a success. Thank you for the inspiration and the amazing advice.”
I JUST PUBLISHED MY FIRST COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
"I would never have got this far without you both. Not only did you help me come to terms with 'being a writer' and identify what exactly I wanted from that idea, but also you have demystified writing and publishing in such a way that I stopped thinking of it as an insurmountable wall but as a path to navigate. Thank you... you've made me brave and excited about writing again, when I had spent a good many years doubting myself and my abilities."
YOU REKINDLED THE FIRE INTO A BLAZING INFERNO
"I have been working on my book for almost a year now. There was a time when the fire began to fade, but since listening to you, not only has my desire to write been rekindled it has grown into a blazing inferno. You have helped me remember that the fire does not control me, I control it. Thank you for the inspiration, and the gut check."
I SNAGGED A GREAT AGENT FOR MY NOVEL
"I wanted to thank you. I benefit from your hard work, and wanted you to know that what you do matters and is greatly appreciated. You have thoroughly won me over with your enthusiasm, humor and insight."
Is the Academy Right For You?
IS THE ACADEMY FOR YOU? DO YOU...
WHO THE ACADEMY IS NOT FOR
If you have ever listened to the Bestseller Experiment, you know we love to dream, but we are also realists. We pride ourselves on being honest, upfront, and saying how it is, but also having a lot of fun along the way.
We’ve created this Academy for Dreamers and Realists alike, but we also want to tell you who the Academy is not for:
No Risk To You
We are confident that by joining the Academy you will be inspired to create your very best work. We also understand that it is a big investment for you and your career. If you are accepted into the Academy and feel that during the first 30 days it is not right for you, we will refund your fees in full, no questions asked.
The Two Marks
Choose between an annual payment or monthly installments
Annual Fee $1,990 USD
or $199 USD Monthly Plan
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
When is the Application deadline?
December 31st 2020 or when spaces are filled. Whichever comes first.
But I don't have enough time to write...
That's why we have created The Bestseller Academy. One of the first things we'll work on is your Writing Habits, and how you can fit writing in around your busy day. By the end of the year, you will have your finished book! If your dream is to write a bestseller, don't put it off for another year - you'll still be busy then.
Is the Bestseller Academy a course, coaching or mentorship program?
It's all three. The Writer's Roadmap guides you in writing your novel. Each month you have two live group coaching sessions a month on Craft and Life Coaching for Writers. You also get peer support for everything from beta readers, book covers, opening lines, blurb, first pages and chapters. Plus access to all the Academy's resources, tools and materials.
Do I have to be a "good" writer?
Every writer struggles with confidence. The Academy is designed to take you from wherever you are today to the very best you can be tomorrow.
But I am not a good enough writer to join a Writing Academy
We can't begin to tell you how many million-selling authors question their writing, even now! If you have self-doubts, we'll coach you through those as we dive into the Inner Game of Writing. You won't recognise the writer you'll become 12 months from now.
Will you teach me how to publish a book?
This course is about writing your book. We touch on many elements of publishing, and there is lots of expert advice around this, but the focus is getting you to THE END.
How long does the application take?
Less than 10 minutes to register.
Closer to launch we will send you a author profile form. There are three main questions to answer:
1) A brief overview of your writing adventures to date.
2) What you currently working on, or hoping to work on in The Academy (if you know yet).
3) What is your writing dream.
What does it cost?
$1,990 per year or $199 a month. Up to 50% Scholarships are available for those with financial needs.
Is there a payment plan?
Yes, you can choose to pay monthly ($199) if you prefer. You save $398 if you pay annually.
How do the scholarships work?
The scholarships are designed for people with financial need who would otherwise not be able to apply to the Academy. If you wish to be considered for up to a 50% scholarship towards fees, please click on the contact form and send us a message.
When will I find out if I have got a place?
Within 7 working days from when you apply.