News at a glance: Jamie Bamber (Battle Star Galactica) narrates The Bane Chronicles, the first 3D book cover, Zola purchases Bookish, The Peanut Gang is back with Simon & Schuster, #PitMad happened, KidLit authors play write or dare, our first look at Outlander and more!
Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly news post bringing you all the best information about the book and blogging world, particularly for the venn diagram of people who overlap between the two. For new releases and cover reveals of all the best Young Adult fiction, check out our Sunday post: Hot New Titles.
***A note to our readers: Kat and I are currently experimenting with changing Buzz around (title, format, posting day), so please excuse us as we get everything sorted out!
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A few stories we mentioned in our video are listed below. Want to read Buzz instead? Check out our YA Roundup feature at Tor.com.
Science, is there anything she can’t do, that saucy minx? A group of scientists have worked out an algorithm to determine what book will be a best seller and the elements are a mix of surprising and predictable.
The book has to avoid the use of cliches and use a whole lot less verbs if it wants to have a shot, apparently. The algorithm, using statistical stylometry to analyse writing and style in order to compile data that the scientists could use to predict the popularity of a novel. They tested it by running Project Gutenberg titles through the algorithm and found it had an 84% success rate.
“They found several trends that were often found in successful books, including heavy use of conjunctions such as “and” and “but” and large numbers of nouns and adjectives.
Less successful work tended to include more verbs and adverbs and relied on words that explicitly describe actions and emotions such as “wanted”, “took” or “promised”, while more successful books favoured verbs that describe thought processes such as “recognised” or “remembered”.”
Statisticians, man, is there anything they can’t do? I mean, other than bake me a pie.
Alaric Hunt, author of Cuts Through Bone, won the prestigious Private Eye Writer of America award for debut crime novelists. However, when journalists went to contact the author about the prize, they discovered that Hunt is serving a thirty year sentence with no chance of parole.
“He’s not available. He’s in an institution,” his cousin, Jade Reed, confided in a publisher who called about the prize winning author.
“Will he be out soon?” came the reply. After a pause, Ms Reed said: “Well, he’s there indefinitely.” SOURCE
Alaric and his brother, Jason, were arrested and convicted for murdering 23 year old Joyce Austin. Jason Hunt lit a fire in order to misdirect emergency services while they robbed a jewellery store. As a result of that, Joyce Austin died of smoke inhalation.
However, Cuts Through Bone is not about this crime and is apparently completely unconnected to it. Cuts Through Bone is about a military veteran who is wrongfully accused of murdering his girlfriend. A middle-aged detective and a girl team up to solve the case.
First Look at Outlander!