YOUR BESTSELLING AUTHOR DREAMS
ARE JUST A CLICK AWAY...
Starting Sept 1st 2020. The Application Window is now open (limited space).
A New Way to Support Your Writing Journey
- After four years of immersion in The Bestseller Experiment podcast
- Interviewing writers who have collectively sold over half a billion books
- Nearly 300 hours of in-depth expert interviews
- Two movies deals & multi-book deals
- Spending a year writing and publishing our own bestseller
- And after hundreds of hours working with wonderful writers like yourself...
...We’ve created something very special for you. On 1st September 2020, The Two Marks - aka Desvaux and Stay - with their combined 50 years in the Bookselling, Publishing and Coaching industries are opening the doors to:
THE BESTSELLER ACADEMY
A UNIQUE, IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
We’ve looked at the models of University degrees, Online Courses, Conferences, Writing Retreats and created a unique and immersive experience where writers learn, and get motivated with practical, real-world advice. We are also creating one of the most supportive and inspirational writing communities on the planet.
And the most important part? It’s about creating your writing dreams, taking action and finishing the best book that you know is inside you. We’ll be there to guide you all the way, and celebrate with you when you write THE END!
In-depth Masterclasses with relevant writing assignments for your current project.
THE WRITER'S ROADMAP
A step-by-step map meeting you where you are, honouring your unique journey.
VAULT of GOLD
Audio Library & Search Engine
Hours of expert advice, searchable by topic.
THE BESTSELLER TEAM
Community, Support, Help
The most inspirational and supportive community of like-minded writers.
INNER GAME COACHING
The Inner Game of Writing
Exclusive Coaching for Writers on everything from productivity, procrastination and habits.
...and LOTS MORE!
Choose Your Own Adventure
The Bestseller Academy is an ever-expanding learning environment that grows with you.
DESIGNED AROUND YOUR LIFE
The Bestseller Academy is a premium, self-paced programme for writers who are ready to invest in becoming the very best writer they can be.
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 We think this is an outdated approach.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 teens
- Artists with multiple creative outlets
- Retired but busier than ever
- Holding down one (or more) jobs.
So we have designed the Academy to with work you. And the best bit… no exams!
Why This Approach Works
Alongside interviewing some of the world’s bestselling authors — Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Joanne Harris, to name just a few — we’ve been running our own experiment. Since 2017, we have built a private group called the BXP Team made up of 200+ writers — people just like you — who joined with dreams and aspirations. We have seen the most incredible results.
Apart from the group declaring itself as “the most inspiring place anywhere on the Internet 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 had given up writing
We have watched these writers grow to:
- Gain agents.
- Win multi-book major publishing deals.
- Become bestsellers on Amazon.
- See their books in major bookstores and supermarkets.
- Get film deals.
- Write in completely new genres.
- Win 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" who 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) .
Bestselling Author of Back to Reality & The End of Magic. Screenwriter of the movies Robot Overlords (Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson) and The Little People. Fifteen years with Orion Publishing Group.
Bestselling Author of Back to Reality, Professional Coach and Speaker for over twenty years. Bestselling Recording Artist. Teacher & Lecturer with over 10,000 students worldwide.
"If you have ever listened to an episode of our podcast, The Bestseller Experiment, you'll know that we want to inspire you to reach your writing dreams, and we are now taking this to a whole new level.
The Bestseller Academy has been in the making for four years and we can't wait to welcome you to your new Writing Home!"
The Two Marks
What People Are Saying about The Two Marks...
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"
“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."
I SNAGGED A GREAT AGENT FOR MY NOVEL
"I wanted to thank you. I benefit from your hard work, and wanted you to know you know that what you do matters and is greatly appreciated. I have to admit I was skeptical at first but you have thoroughly won me over with your enthusiasm and humor, insight and mad interviewing chops."
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."
Is the Academy Right For You?
THE ACADEMY IS FOR YOU IF 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 lots 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 anyone joining the Academy will be inspired to create their 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
or $199 Monthly Plan
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
When Is the Application Deadline?
August 14th 2020 or when spaces are filled. Whichever comes first.
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.
What does it cost?
$1,990 per year. 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, there is a section on the application form.
How long does the application take?
Less than 30 minutes.
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.
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.
When will I find out if I have got a place?
Around 15 working days form when you apply.