Matt Cain on the Bestseller Experiment

Every now and then an author comes on the podcast and says those magical words, ‘How honest do you want me to be?’ Matt Cain doesn’t hold back when talking about the squeamishness of UK publishing to embrace commercial LGBTQ fiction.

Matt endured rejections from thirty agents and fifty publishers before getting his debut novel published… and then it didn’t work out. Matt tells us how he made an extraordinary comeback, breaking crowdfunding records with The Madonna of Bolton, having a smash with The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle, and now he’s back with Becoming Ted, his latest heartwarming novel about following your dreams.

And in the extended version for Academy members and podcast Patrons, the Two Marks discuss writing with an authentic voice, titles, rejection, and much more!


The importance of an author’s authentic voice

Why gay fiction doesn’t need to be literary and serious to sell

And how, after rejection and failure, to make a spectacular comeback…

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Author, screenwriter, and co-founder of the Bestseller Experiment podcast.

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