The Bestseller Code

The result is surprising, a bit ironic, and delightfully unorthodox. This book explains groundbreaking text-mining research in accessible terms and offers a new perspective on the New York Times bestseller list.

Author: Jodie Archer

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250088284

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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"When a story captures the imagination of millions, that's magic. Can you qualify magic? Archer and Jockers just may have done so."—Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author Ask most people about massive success in the world of fiction, and you’ll typically hear that it’s a game of hazy crystal balls. The sales figures of E. L. James or Dan Brown seem to be freakish—random occurrences in an unknowable market. But what if there were an algorithm that could reveal a secret DNA of bestsellers, regardless of their genre? What if it knew, just from analyzing the words alone, not just why genre writers like John Grisham and Danielle Steel belong on the lists, but also that authors such as Junot Diaz, Jodi Picoult, and Donna Tartt had telltale signs of success all over their pages? Thanks to Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, the algorithm exists, the code has been cracked, and the results bring fresh new insights into how fiction works and why we read. The Bestseller Code offers a new theory for why Fifty Shades of Grey sold so well. It sheds light on the current craze for dark heroines. It reveals which themes tend to sell best. And all with fascinating supporting data taken from a five-year study of twenty thousand novels. Then there is the hunt for "the one"—the paradigmatic example of bestselling writing according to a computer's analysis of thousands of points of data. The result is surprising, a bit ironic, and delightfully unorthodox. This book explains groundbreaking text-mining research in accessible terms and offers a new perspective on the New York Times bestseller list. It's a big-idea book about the relationship between creativity and technology that will be provocative to anyone interested in how analytics have already transformed the worlds of finance, medicine, and sports. But at heart it is a celebration of books for readers and writers—a compelling investigation into how successful writing works, and a fresh take on our intellectual and emotional response to stories.

Becoming Bestsellers John Grisham and Danielle Steel Sample from Chapter 2 of THE BESTSELLER CODE

In Chapter 2, Archer and Jockers analyze this data and divulge the most and least likely to best sell topics and themes in fiction with a human discussion of the “why” behind these results.

Author: Jodie Archer

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250137951

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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This sneak peek teaser - featuring literary giants John Grisham and Danielle Steele - from Chapter 2 of The Bestseller Code, a groundbreaking book about what a computer algorithm can teach us about blockbuster books, stories, and reading, reveals the importance of topic and theme in bestselling fiction according to percentages assigned by what the authors refer to as the “bestseller-ometer.” Although 55,000 novels are published every year, only about 200 hit the lists, a commercial success rate of less than half a percent. When the computer was asked to “blindly” select the most likely bestsellers out of 5,000 books published over the past thirty years based only on theme, it discovered two possible candidates: The Accident by Danielle Steel and The Associate by John Grisham. The computer recognized quantifiable patterns in their seemingly opposite, but undeniably successful writing careers with legal thrillers and romance. In Chapter 2, Archer and Jockers analyze this data and divulge the most and least likely to best sell topics and themes in fiction with a human discussion of the “why” behind these results. The Bestseller Code is a big-idea book about the relationship between creativity and technology. At heart it is a celebration of books for readers and writers—a compelling investigation into how successful writing works.

Mass Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism 1972 2017

Archer and Jockers' The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel (2016) walks a tightrope between the scientific (codes; anatomies) and the magical ...

Author: Michael J. Blouin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319893877

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

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Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017 tracks the transformation of liberal thought in the contemporary United States through the unique lens of the popular paperback. The book focuses on cultural shifts as they appear in works written by some of the most widely-read authors of the last fifty years: the idea of love within a New Economy (Danielle Steel), the role of government in scientific inquiry (Michael Crichton), entangled political alliances and legacies in the aftermath of the 1960s (Tom Clancy), the restructured corporation (John Grisham), and the blurred line between state and personal empowerment (Dean Koontz). To address the current crisis, this book examines how the changed character of American liberalism has been rendered legible for a mass audience.

The Science of Writing Characters

35 Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers, The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel (London: Penguin Random House, 2017). 36 Marco Del Vecchio, ...

Author: Kira-Anne Pelican

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501357237

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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The Science of Writing Characters is a comprehensive handbook to help writers create compelling and psychologically-credible characters that come to life on the page. Drawing on the latest psychological theory and research, ranging from personality theory to evolutionary science, the book equips screenwriters and novelists with all the techniques they need to build complex, dimensional characters from the bottom up. Writers learn how to create rounded characters using the 'Big Five' dimensions of personality and then are shown how these personality traits shape action, relationships and dialogue. Throughout The Science of Writing Characters, psychological theories and research are translated into handy practical tips, which are illustrated through examples of characters in action in well-known films, television series and novels, ranging from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Game of Thrones to The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Goldfinch. This very practical approach makes the book an engaging and accessible companion guide for all writers who want to better understand how they can make memorable characters with the potential for global appeal.

Code Zero

What will it take to bring down the Freemee mastermind, and who is up to the job? ________ ‘Worryingly real’ SUNDAY SPORT ‘Elsberg is utterly prescient’ GUARDIAN 'Sinister and realistic' GLAMOUR READERS ARE BLOWN AWAY BY THIS ...

Author: Marc Elsberg

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473567399

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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THE THRILLER THAT ROCKED THE INTERNET GENERATION A Guardian thriller of the month: 'Elsberg is nothing if not prescient' _______ ZERO, an anonymous activist, has given the world a warning: stop the tech giants before it’s too late. But is anyone listening? Thousands of teenagers are signing up to Freemee, the biggest new social media site, uploading personal information in exchange for advice on what to eat, how to dress, even how to choose their friends. No-one questions what Freemee is doing with all that data. Until hundreds of users begin to take their lives. What will it take to bring down the Freemee mastermind, and who is up to the job? ________ ‘Worryingly real’ Sunday Sport ‘Elsberg is utterly prescient’ Guardian 'Sinister and realistic' Glamour [Published in hardback as Zero]

The Making of a Bestseller

In early 2004, after the publication of The Da Vinci Code, Dan's previous books—
Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels and Demons— all held spots on the
New York Times bestseller list during the same week. How did you feel when ...

Author: Brian Edward Hill

Publisher: Kaplan

ISBN: PSU:000057222585

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 251

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For each of the 150,000 books published in 2002, there are dozens that are still hoping to see the light of day. Bowkers estimates less than 1% to successfully climbing the bestseller list. What separates the winners in the battle for bestseller status? Capitalizing on insight gained from interviews with industry experts and authors such as Steve Riggio, Jack Canfield, Spencer Johnson, and more this book takes a comprehensive look at the publishing process from start to finish and, ultimately, what separates a bestselling book from all the other books published each year. Authors and would-be authors all have a curiosity about "how the other guy does it"- and this book takes it one step farther by describing what goes into making a bestseller. This book is for authors and would-be-authors and individuals in the publishing industry.

Deception Point

... WASHINGTON POST 'A gripping bestseller...Brown has cracked the bestseller code GUARDIAN 'A heart-racing thriller. This story has so many twists that.

Author: Dan Brown

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409083979

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 131


'Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I've ever read.' Clive Cussler When a new NASA satellite detects evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory...a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election. With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Arctic to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable - evidence of scientific trickery - a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy...

Everyday Chaos

Bestsellers revisited As we have seen , publishers have no good way to ... Yet in a book called The Bestseller Code : Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel ...

Author: Brian Clegg


ISBN: 9780262539692

Category: Mathematics

Page: 256

View: 103


"Trying to understand a system with multiple interacting components - the weather, for example, or the human body, or the stock market - means dealing with two factors: chaos and complexity. If we don't understand these two essential subjects, we can't understand the real world"--Back cover.

The Grammar of Genres and Styles

The Bestseller code: Anatomy of the blockbuster novel. New York: St. Martin's Press. Bakhtin, Mihail M. 1986. Speech genres and other late essays.

Author: Dominique Legallois

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110592849

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 253

View: 892


The book provides new findings about the grammar of genres and styles. It combines new methods with different kinds of empirical material, from social reports to live TV sports commentaries or 16th century newspapers, in English, French, Latin and Spanish. The study of non-discrete units suggests new ways of seeing the linguistic variation between genres and styles and the ways in which belonging to a genre predetermines linguistic choices.

Futures of Comparative Literature

... of themes in the nineteenthcentury novel (Macroanalysis Ch. 8) or Archer and Jockers's The Bestseller Code, say – are focused on English-language texts.

Author: Ursula K Heise

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351853033

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 346

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Futures of Comparative Literature is a cutting edge report on the state of the discipline in Comparative Literature. Offering a broad spectrum of viewpoints from all career stages, a variety of different institutions, and many language backgrounds, this collection is fully global and diverse. The book includes previously unpublished interviews with key figures in the discipline as well as a range of different essays – short pieces on key topics and longer, in-depth pieces. It is divided into seven sections: Futures of Comparative Literature; Theories, Histories, Methods; Worlds; Areas and Regions; Languages, Vernaculars, Translations; Media; Beyond the Human; and contains over 50 essays on topics such as: Queer Reading; Human Rights; Fundamentalism; Untranslatability; Big Data; Environmental Humanities. It also includes current facts and figures from the American Comparative Literature Association as well as a very useful general introduction, situating and introducing the material. Curated by an expert editorial team, this book captures what is at stake in the study of Comparative Literature today.

Ascent to Glory

The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel. New York, NY: St. Martin's. Arciniega, Rosa. 1968. “Novela al tope del mástil.

Author: Álvaro Santana-Acuña

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231545433

Category: Literary Criticism


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Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude seemed destined for obscurity upon its publication in 1967. The little-known author, small publisher, magical style, and setting in a remote Caribbean village were hardly the usual ingredients for success in the literary marketplace. Yet today it ranks among the best-selling books of all time. Translated into dozens of languages, it continues to enter the lives of new readers around the world. How did One Hundred Years of Solitude achieve this unlikely success? And what does its trajectory tell us about how a work of art becomes a classic? Ascent to Glory is a groundbreaking study of One Hundred Years of Solitude, from the moment García Márquez first had the idea for the novel to its global consecration. Using new documents from the author’s archives, Álvaro Santana-Acuña shows how García Márquez wrote the novel, going beyond the many legends that surround it. He unveils the literary ideas and networks that made possible the book’s creation and initial success. Santana-Acuña then follows this novel’s path in more than seventy countries on five continents and explains how thousands of people and organizations have helped it to become a global classic. Shedding new light on the novel’s imagination, production, and reception, Ascent to Glory is an eye-opening book for cultural sociologists and literary historians as well as for fans of García Márquez and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Jeff Herman s Guide to Book Publishers Editors Literary Agents 28th edition

With fiction, I don't have any original thoughts, so all I would probably do is quote from The Bestseller Code. Do you think agents are likely to become ...

Author: Jeff Herman

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608685844

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 544

View: 145


If you want to get published, read this book! Jeff Herman's Guide unmasks nonsense, clears confusion, and unlocks secret doorways to success for new and veteran writers! This highly respected resource is used by publishing insiders everywhere and has been read by millions all over the world. Jeff Herman's Guide is the writer's best friend. It reveals the names, interests, and contact information of hundreds of agents and editors. It presents invaluable information about 245 publishers and imprints, lists independent book editors who can help you make your work more publisher-friendly, and helps you spot scams. Jeff Herman's Guide unseals the truth about how to outsmart the gatekeepers, break through the barriers, and decipher the hidden codes to getting your book published. Countless writers have achieved their highest aspirations by following Herman's outside-the-box strategies. If you want to reach the top of your game and transform rejections into contracts, you need this book! Comprehensive index lists dozens of subjects and categories to help you find the perfect publisher or agent.

Hit Lit

DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF WHAT MAKES A MEGA-BESTSELLER IN THIS ENTERTAINING, REVELATORY GUIDE What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows.

Author: James W. Hall

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679604969

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF WHAT MAKES A MEGA-BESTSELLER IN THIS ENTERTAINING, REVELATORY GUIDE What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows. Now, in this entertaining, revelatory book, he reveals how bestsellers work, using twelve twentieth-century blockbusters as case studies—including The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Jaws. From tempting glimpses inside secret societies, such as submariners in The Hunt for Red October, and Opus Dei in The Da Vinci Code, to vivid representations of the American Dream and its opposite—the American Nightmare—in novels like The Firm and The Dead Zone, Hall identifies the common features of mega-bestsellers. Including fascinating and little-known facts about some of the most beloved books of the last century, Hit Lit is a must-read for fiction lovers and aspiring writers alike, and makes us think anew about why we love the books we love.

The Code

Emblematic of the nation's envied position was a somewhat unlikely volume that climbed European bestseller lists in 1967. Titled Le Défi Américain (The ...

Author: Margaret O'Mara

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780399562198

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 512

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One of New York Magazine's best books on Silicon Valley! The true, behind-the-scenes history of the people who built Silicon Valley and shaped Big Tech in America Long before Margaret O'Mara became one of our most consequential historians of the American-led digital revolution, she worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the earliest days of the commercial Internet. There she saw firsthand how deeply intertwined Silicon Valley was with the federal government--and always had been--and how shallow the common understanding of the secrets of the Valley's success actually was. Now, after almost five years of pioneering research, O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Silicon Valley for our time, the story of mavericks and visionaries, but also of powerful institutions creating the framework for innovation, from the Pentagon to Stanford University. It is also a story of a community that started off remarkably homogeneous and tight-knit and stayed that way, and whose belief in its own mythology has deepened into a collective hubris that has led to astonishing triumphs as well as devastating second-order effects. Deploying a wonderfully rich and diverse cast of protagonists, from the justly famous to the unjustly obscure, across four generations of explosive growth in the Valley, from the forties to the present, O'Mara has wrestled one of the most fateful developments in modern American history into magnificent narrative form. She is on the ground with all of the key tech companies, chronicling the evolution in their offerings through each successive era, and she has a profound fingertip feel for the politics of the sector and its relation to the larger cultural narrative about tech as it has evolved over the years. Perhaps most impressive, O'Mara has penetrated the inner kingdom of tech venture capital firms, the insular and still remarkably old-boy world that became the cockpit of American capitalism and the crucible for bringing technological innovation to market, or not. The transformation of big tech into the engine room of the American economy and the nexus of so many of our hopes and dreams--and, increasingly, our nightmares--can be understood, in Margaret O'Mara's masterful hands, as the story of one California valley. As her majestic history makes clear, its fate is the fate of us all.

The Motivation Code

... measure their efforts , such as an annual sales target , getting a book on the bestseller list , acquiring a client , or securing a difficult contract .

Author: Todd Henry

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593191668

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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From the author of Die Empty and The Accidental Creative, a new framework for understanding what motivates us and why. What drives us to unleash our best work? And how do we tap into that drive to get superior results with our managers, coworkers, and direct reports? As Todd Henry reveals in this illuminating book, drawing on decades of research and interviews with over 100,000 people, the answer is not one size fits all: some people are energized by a race against the clock, while others put in extra effort only when they feel part of a team. For still others, nothing is as motivating as the possibility of public recognition. Henry shows, in fact, that there are twenty-seven "motivational themes”, each with its own unique DNA. For instance: · Those driven to Achieve Potential strive to build an ideal future, even when others may not see as far ahead. · Those needing to Overcome must conquer whatever obstacles come their way, no matter how difficult or time-consuming. · Those who strive to Comprehend and Express are obsessed with mastering new skills and showing off what they know--which is often a lot. · Those who want to Make It Right thrive when systems are running smoothly and usually know the "proper way" to do things. The Motivation Code teaches us to decode our Core Motivation so that we can have conversations, make decisions, and even choose career paths that lead us to experience engagement and fulfillment. Once we know how to activate our inner drivers, we can transform the work we do into work we love.

Bestsellers A Very Short Introduction

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191578694

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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'I rejoice', said Doctor Johnson, 'to concur with the Common Reader.' For the last century, the tastes and preferences of the common reader have been reflected in the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very Short Introduction takes an engaging look through the lists to reveal what we have been reading - and why. John Sutherland shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. Along the way, he lifts the lid on the bestseller industry, examines what makes a book into a bestseller, and asks what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction. Exploring the relationship between bestsellers and the fashions, ideologies, and cultural concerns of the day, the book includes short case-studies and lively summaries of bestsellers through the years: from In His Steps - now almost totally forgotten, but the biggest all-time bestseller between 1895 and 1945, to Gone with the Wind and The Andromeda Strain, and The Da Vinci Code. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Geronimo Stilton The Mona Mousa Code 13

I'm on the set Of a new movie, The Mona Mousa Code. Can you guess who's directing it? ... Right now, it's 5|llll|l|lfll' one on the bestseller list.

Author: Geronimo Stilton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141354026

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

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Geronimo Stilton has taken the world by storm! Funny and adventurous stories with colourful, engaging text design from the UK publishers who brought you Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Perfect for both avid and reluctant readers of 5+ Mona Mousa Code Geronimo Stilton loves to solve a mystery! So when his sister Thea hears of a secret hidden in Mouse Island's most famous painting - the Mona Mousa - they set out to crack the code. The trail of clues leads them beneath the streets of New Mouse City, where the most fabumouse discovery awaits! *Over 75 million copies sold* Geronimo Stilton is the publisher of The Rodent's Gazette, Mouse Island's most famouse newspaper. In his spare time, Mr. Stilton enjoys collecting antique cheese rinds, playing golf, and telling stories to his nephew Benjamin. He lives in New Mouse City, Mouse Island.

Twenty First Century Popular Fiction

MacArthur, Brian, 'Bestselling Authors of the Decade', The Telegraph, ... Marcus, Caroline, 'Brown Is Back with the Code for a Runaway Bestseller', ...

Author: Bernice Murphy

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474414869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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This groundbreaking collection provides students with a timely and accessible overview of current trends within contemporary popular fiction.

The You Code

The You Code is the book that answers all these questions, uncovering the hidden meaning behind the simplest of choices.

Author: James Moore

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446408810

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

View: 727


Did you know that the way you eat your food will be sending subliminal messages out about your sexual habits? Or that the way you decorate your desk, could be helping your boss decide about that promotion or pay rise? We're all aware of the subtle messages of design and marketing but what about the signals you send out about yourself and your personality? The You Code is the book that answers all these questions, uncovering the hidden meaning behind the simplest of choices. Judi James, with co-writer and journalist James Moore, pulls no punches in her addictive and entertaining book which gets to the nub of who you really are, telling you more about yourself than you ever wanted to know, as well as providing an intriguing insight into the people around you. From your favourite TV programme to the type of coffee you drink, even down to the filling in your sandwich, The You Code is a must for anyone who wants to find out more about themselves and, more importantly, what everyone else thinks of them.