The Bestseller Code

The Bestseller Code

Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel

Book - 2016
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"The algorithm does exist; the code has been cracked; the results are in; and they are stunning. The system analyzes themes, plot, character, pacing, even the frequency of words and punctuation, to predict which stories will resonate with readers. A 28-year-old heroine is a big plus. So is realism. Giving 30% of your novel to only two specific topics. And if you can include a dog rather than a cat and few sex scenes, you have a better chance of writing a bestselling novel. The project is an investigation into our intellectual and emotional responses as humans and readers to books of all genres. It is a big idea book that will appeal to fans of The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb, a book for data-mining nerds, as well as a book about writing, reading, and publishing. Anyone who has ever wondered why Gone Girl, Girl on the Train or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo captured so many readers worldwide will find their interest piqued."--
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250088277
Branch Call Number: 808.3 ARC
Characteristics: 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Jockers, Matthew Lee 1966-- Author

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An academic researcher and a publishing insider used “data-mining” to analyse thousands of books to learn about bestsellers and discover if a machine could predict which books would become bestsellers. Were they successful? Read to find out. If you enjoy thinking about writing or wonder how some ... Read More »


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