THE MOST INSPIRING COACHES, COURSES & WRITING COMMUNITY.
YOUR BESTSELLING AUTHOR DREAMS ARE A CLICK AWAY...


An introduction to The Bestseller Academy

Free Writing Goals Workshop with the Two Marks

"Dream It, Believe It, Write It: How to Create Your Bestselling Author Dreams"

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?

  • Do you struggle to find the time to write?
  • Do you sometimes struggle with confidence and question whether your writing is any good?
  • Do you start a new book with great enthusiasm only to hit the buffers and struggle to finish it?
  • Do you lack writing mentors and cheerleaders who believe in you and your writing dreams?
  • Do you wish you had coaches to help you with craft, confidence, belief and mindset? 
  • Do you wish you were surrounded by people who inspire and motivate you to keep you going?
  • 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 seven+ years of full immersion in The Bestseller Experiment podcast with over 1 million listens
  • Interviewing authors who have collectively sold over one billion books
  • Over 500 hours of in-depth bestselling author and expert interviews
  • Thousands of hours working and mentoring wonderful writers like yourself

...We are you ready to take your writing to the next level. Are you? 


Your Coaches

As well as access to over 30+ courses, countless resources, Academy App and the most inspiring writing community, you'll get six live coaching sessions a month from:


  • Gareth L. Powell - Simply one of the greatest living Sci-Fi writers (2x BSFA winner for Best Novel previously won by J. G. Ballard and Arthur C. Clarke)

  • Lorna Cook - Historical Fiction and romance chart-topper and multi RNA award-winner.

  • Ian W. Sainsbury - Bestselling Kindle Storyteller award-winner. Thriller, Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

  • Sarah Moorhead - Thriller chart-topper extraordinaire who taught bestseller Stuart Turton (The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle).

  • Pernille Hughes - The Queen of RomCom published by Harper Collins.

  • Kate Harrison - Million-selling Non-fiction and Fiction author (Orion / Pan Macmillan / Indie).

  • Suzie Edge - Non-Fiction bestseller and TikTok sensation with nearly 500k followers and 200m views.

  • Mark Desvaux - Life Coach to thousands, bestselling author and host of award winning The Bestseller Experiment podcast with over 1m downloads.

    (Jump to Bios)

    ...With more coaches to be announced!

    Plus over 100+ hours of coaching in the Academy library from bestselling author Mark Stay (Simon & Schuster, previously working for Orion/Hachette) and co-host of the Bestseller Experiment of 7 years.

    That's a combined 200 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, immersive and supportive 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. Our goal is to guide, inspire and motivate you every step of the way with coaching and practical advice. Most importantly, we'll celebrate all your successes and breakthroughs along the way to help you reach THE END!

THE ACADEMY - WHAT YOU GET

Here's a taster of what is waiting for you inside the Bestseller Academy:
SIX Live coaching session per month. Access to over 30+ Courses. Writer's Roadmap, Writing Buddies. Writer's Surgery. Beta Readers. Bestseller Academy App and exclusive Academy Library with 500+ hours of interviews and advice. Podcast Spotlight on you and your project. Dream Delcarations. Goal Setting. Forums. The Word Bank. Membership to the BXP Team with bestselling authors ($600 Value) and as much Accountability as you can handle!

LIFE COACHING for WRITERS

Manage Your Mindset

Breakthrough Your Inner Game of Writing

Live & archived monthly Life Coaching with Mark Desvaux to help breakthrough on productivity, writing habits, self-esteem, belief,  procrastination & more.

CRAFT COACHING

Level Up Your Writing

Cultivate Your Craft

Take your writing to the next level with Mark Stay. Live and archived monthly coaching on Zoom on plot, character, structure, scenes, critiques and more.

WEEKLY WRITER'S SURGERY

Ongoing Support

Join our live "Ask Me Anything" session with expert coaching on whatever guidance you need each week on Zoom.

THE BESTSELLER ROADMAP

Structured Guidance

A step-by-step Writer's Roadmap with 30+ courses to guide you on your unique writing journey. 

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. 

EXPERT ADVICE 

The Bestseller Library

Possibly the biggest writing advice library on the planet. Hundreds of hours of searchable, expert advice as bite-sized clips on what you need to learn today.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Define and Declare Your Dream

Set Your Goals

Using proven techniques that get results, The Academy is your ultimate Accountability partner, helping to propel you towards THE END.

WRITING BUDDIES

Get The Writing Habit

Every Day

A new Writing Buddy each month to keep your word count on track with new writer friends to share the highs and lows of the writing journey.

THE BESTSELLER APP

On The Go Inspiration

Hours of archived Craft and Life Coaching on hundreds of topics plus over 500 amazing interviews, deep dives with bestselling authors who have sold one billion books. 

SPOTLIGHT

Get Featured on the Podcast

We feature every Academy member's book launch or search for a publisher or agent on the Bestseller Experiment podcast which has over one million listens.

ACADEMY ALL-STARS

Get Interviewed

Achieve an inspiring breakthrough with your book or personal writing journey and you'll be considered for a feature interview on the podcast an as Academy All-Star.

BXP TEAM

Join Bestselling Authors

Mingle, chat and network in our exclusive Author group of bestsellers supporting up-and-coming writers. $600 annual value.  


...AND LOTS MORE!

Choose Your Own Adventure

Goal Setting, Forums, The Word Bank, Accountability and so much more!

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

93%
RATING

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.

Your Schedule

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 
  • Commuting
  • 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 hundreds of writers just like you — who have big dreams and aspirations. In this private community, we have seen authors achieve 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 seen 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 exclusive group, we have:

  • Two of the five shortlisted writers from 12,000 entries for Amazon’s Kindle Storyteller Award.

  • Lorna Cook, debut author of the Kindle #1 Bestseller The Forgotten Village. Selling over 150,000 copies, it has eleven overseas/foreign language editions, won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Debut Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the RNA Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers.

  • Caimh McDonnell, writer, comedian (Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You) and BAFTA nominee. He has sold over 500,000 books including I Have Sinned (nominated for The Kindle Storyteller Award), Stranger Times and The Dublin Trilogy.

  • Dr Suzie Edge, BookTok Author of the Year nominee and TikTok sensation with over 200m views, 450,000 followers and 9m likes.

  • Ian W. Sainsbury, winner of the Kindle Storyteller Award. His book The Picture on the Fridge became a Top 10 selling Kindle Book.

  • 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.

ABOUT YOUR COACHES & MENTORS


Gareth L. Powell


Gareth L. Powell is one of the UK’s most popular and successful science fiction authors.

He has twice won the prestigious British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel (previous winners include J. G. Ballard and Arthur C. Clarke) and has become one of the most shortlisted authors in the award’s 50-year history. He has also been shortlisted for the Locus Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Seiun Award, and the Canopus Award.

Works include The Embers of War trilogy (TV adaptation coming), The Continuance Series, The Ack-Ack Macaque trilogyLight Chaser and About Writing for aspiring authors.

Lorna Cook


Lorna's debut novel The Forgotten Village sold over 150,000 copies and was a Kindle #1 bestseller for over a fortnight.


It spent four months in the Kindle Top 100, 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. 


Lorna Cook is her historical fiction name where she writes novels filled with romance, intrigue, secrets and history and under the name Elle Cook she write contemporary romance / women’s fiction.

Suzie Edge


TikTok sensation with 450,000 followers and 200m views. Suzie was shortlisted for the 2023 TikTok Book Awards.


Author of the bestselling non-fiction books Mortal Monarchs and Vital Organs. Suzie also has a three-book deal with Hachette for her forthcoming children's books.

As well as an author, Suzie is also a medical doctor and historian.

Sarah Moorhead


Sarah is a writer of speculative crime thrillers. Born in Liverpool, she uses writing as bubblegum for her over-active brain – to keep it out of trouble.


Fascinated by meaning, motivation and mystery, she studied Theology at university. Sarah taught bestseller Stuart Turton (The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle).




Kate Harrison


Million-selling and multi-talented bestselling author of over 20 books, Kate brings a wealth of Non-Fiction experience to the Bestseller Academy. She is published by Orion (Hachette), Mantle (Pan Macmillan) and also indie.

Kate worked as TV news correspondent on shows including Panorama and led a team developing and pitching new programmes and formats for the BBC. She also wrote her own TV drama for the BBC.


An experienced writing coach, Kate published "Pitch Power" to help writers develop and pitch their ideas. 

Mark Desvaux


Founder of the Bestseller Academy and host of The Bestseller Experiment podcast. Bestselling author of Back to Reality, Professional Coach and award-winning speaker for over twenty years. Mark is currently working on a new non-fiction project.

In his spare time he is also bestselling recording artist Urban Myth Club (performed at Glastonbury ;) with millions of streams, Chairman of the charity Foodshare, entrepreneur, teacher & lecturer with over 10,000 students worldwide.

He is also Founder of Pacivida. You'll be hearing more about that soon...

Pernille Hughes


Pernille Hughes is a RomCom author and mum, with three novels published with Harper Collins.


Previously her writing has been printed in The Sunday Times and the fabulous Sunlounger summer anthologies.



Ian W. Sainsbury


Winner of the coveted Kindle Storyteller Award for his novel The Picture On The Fridge.

A powerhouse author of over sixteen novels including the fantastic Jimmy Blue series. Ian writes Thrillers, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Psychological Thrillers.


Mark Stay


Bestselling author of Back to Reality, The End of Magic with a 5 book deal with Simon & Schuster (Witches of Woodville Series). Mark has over 100 hours of coaching in the Academy library.


Screenwriter of the movies Unwelcome (Warner Bros) & Robot Overlords (Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson). 20+ years publishing and bookselling experience with Orion / Hachette & Waterstones. Mark is co-hosted over 480 episodes of The Bestseller Experiment podcast.

"If you have ever listened to the Bestseller Experiment podcast, you know that our mission is to inspire you to reach your writing dreams. To extend that mission, my vision was to create a place of education, learning and growth where we personally meet and guide you in your writing adventures. That's the Bestseller Academy and it is loved by its members. We'd love you to join us so we can work directly with you. We look forward to becoming your coaching team and welcoming you to your new writing home!"

Mark Desvaux

Will You Be The Next Success Story?

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 Border Reiver Chronicles'

ASTOUNDING

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.”

Barb Reimer

LIFE FULFILLMENT

“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 fulfilment 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

IMMENSELY REWARDING

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."

Mark Hood

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.”

Melissa Stone

FEEDBACK TO GROW AS A WRITER

“I love that I can share my writing for quick feedback and can offer constructive feedback on fellow Academates' work. This help me think through my writing, what it's doing well, and how it could be improved. The team — the two Marks included— are wonderful, smart, and supportive.”

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 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 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

10/10! CONCRETE STEPS TOWARDS MY LIFELONG GOAL

"Joining the Academy has given me concrete steps towards my 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 community has made such a difference in my writing and helped me to move forward in my goal."

Chris Lowenstein, author of "A Collection of Brilliant Things"

Is the Academy

Right For You?

IS THE ACADEMY FOR YOU? DO YOU...

  • Want a step-by-step Writer’s Roadmap, giving you weekly structure in your writing?
  • Want guidance in setting goals, targets and milestones?
  • Want accountability to help finish your book?
  • Want to beat procrastination, drastically increase your word count and improve your self-motivation and self-esteem?
  • Want to connect with like-minded writers willing to dream big?
  • Thrive on encouragement and support?
  • Want to find relevant advice quickly and easily to help get over this week's writing hurdles?
  • Want supportive and honest feedback (and not just kind words from people that don’t want to hurt your feelings)?
  • Want to be part of a unique writing community where you are encouraged to ask for help?

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:

  • Writers looking for a 'get rich quick' solution. If you think The Academy will make you rich overnight, we’re not the right choice for you! 
  • Anyone not interested in self-improvement.
  • Anyone not willing to make breakthroughs.
  • Those not willing to support and encourage fellow writers.
  • Quick-fixers who want a short ‘How To’ course to make them the next No.1 million-selling author.
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 an 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.

Mark Desvaux

ACADEMY FEES

If you're ready to take your writing to the next level by enrolling in the Bestseller Academy,

simply choose your payment option below and click the button to join us...

PAY ANNUALLY

$166 USD / MONTH

  • Best Value: Save $400 compared to the monthly plan
  • Hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee

PAY MONTHLY

$199 USD / MONTH

  • Automatic monthly recurring payment
  • Hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee

WRITER'S SCHOLARSHIP

We have a number of annual scholarships available (up to $1,000) for those who are experiencing financial or other hardships in life. We want to make the Academy possible for you. To be considered for a scholarship, submit your application.


What does it cost?

Is there a payment plan?

But I don't have enough time to write...

Is the Bestseller Academy a course, coaching or mentorship program?

But I am not a good enough writer to join a Writing Academy

Will you teach me how to publish a book?

How do the scholarships work?

When will I find out if I have got a place?

Do I have to be a "good" writer?

One last thing... I have another question!

How The Marks Helped These Authors

AMAZING ADVICE

“I just wanted to get in touch to say THANK YOU, sincerely, for being my ‘community’. My debut book will be published globally with Pan Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House. Thank you again so much, and keep up the brilliant work. We are very grateful to have you.”

Lizzie Pook, Author of Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter

AMAZING ADVICE

“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.”

Bethany S.

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' but 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."

Andrew D.

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."

Matthew C.

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."

Aggie B.

YOU CHANGED MY LIFE

“I was on the verge of giving up. You gave me exactly what I need to hear at that moment in my life. It shifted my mindset from 'giving up' to keeping going. You changed my life. I ended up getting a dream deal with Gollancz!"

Mike Shackle, Author of We are the Dead (Orion)

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