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 five years of full immersion in The Bestseller Experiment podcast with over 750,000 listens
- Interviewing writers who have collectively sold over one billion books
- Over 350 hours of in-depth bestselling author and expert interviews
- A three-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 a 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, 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's waiting for you inside the Bestseller Academy:
Exclusive Deep Dive Video Content
In-depth Masterclasses with relevant writing assignments to keep moving your book to THE END.
THE BESTSELLER ROADMAP
A step-by-step Roadmap with over 30 courses and worksheets to guide you on 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 of searchable, expert advice as bite-sized clips.
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 monthly Life Coaching with Mark Desvaux to help breakthrough on productivity, writing habits, self-esteem, belief, procrastination 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.
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.
Get The Writing Habit
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 350 amazing interviews, deep dives with bestselling authors who have sold one billion books.
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 is closing in on one million listens.
Achieve an inspiring breakthrough with your book or personal writing journey and you'll be considered for an interview on the podcast an Academy All-Star.
...AND LOTS MORE!
Choose Your Own Adventure
Goal Setting, Forums, Word Accountability, Genre groups, Live writing sessions.
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 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 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. His book The Picture on the Fridge became a Top 10 selling Kindle Book.
- Lorna Cook, debut author of the Kindle #1 Bestseller The Forgotten Village, staying in the Kindle Top 100 for four months. Selling over 150,000 copies, it 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.
- 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.
- 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 MENTORS & COACHES
Bestselling Author of Back to Reality, The End of Magic with a three-book deal with Simon & Schuster (Witches of Woodville Series).
Screenwriter of the movies Unwelcome (Warner Bros 2022) & Robot Overlords (Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson). 20+ years with Orion (Hachette) & Waterstones.
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, entrepreneur, teacher & lecturer with over 10,000 students worldwide.
"If you have ever listened to our podcast, The Bestseller Experiment, you 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 five years and is loved by its members. We can't wait to coach you and 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 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
“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.”
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 (soon-to-be-completed) "A Collection of Brilliant Things"
Authors on The Two Marks
“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
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
“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' 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."
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
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...
$166 USD / MONTH
$199 USD / MONTH
We have a limited number of annual scholarships available (up to $1,000) for those who would otherwise not be able to join due to financial reasons. To be considered for a scholarship, please submit your application.
What does it cost?
$166 per month (when paid annually), 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 $400 when you choose annual payment.
But I don't have enough time to write...
That's why we have created The Bestseller Academy. If you find writing consistently a challenge, one of the first things we'll work on is your Writing Habits, and how you can fit writing around your busy life. If your dream is to write a bestseller, don't put it off for next 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. There are two live group coaching sessions a month on Craft and Life Coaching for Writers which are also recorded for future viewing. You also get peer support for everything from beta readers, book covers, opening lines, blurbs, first pages and chapters. Plus access to all the Academy's resources, tools and materials.
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 them as we dive into the Inner Game of Writing. You won't recognise the writer you'll become.
Will you teach me how to publish a book?
This course is about writing the very best books you can. In our courses and interviews, we explore many elements of publishing such as working with an editor, finding an agent, and the different ways to publish. The main focus is taking action, writing your best book and getting to THE END.
How do the scholarships work?
The scholarships are designed for writers who would otherwise not be able to apply to the Academy due to financial reasons. If you wish to be considered for up to a 50% scholarship towards fees, please complete the application form.
It takes about 10 minutes. We want to learn more about your dreams and your writing including:
1) A brief overview of your writing adventures to date.
2) What you are currently working on, or hoping to work on in The Academy (if you know yet).
3) What is your writing dream.
When will I find out if I have got a place?
We will typically contact you within 7 days after you apply.
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.