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Can You Write Bestsellers with Math? F.S. Publishing Says "Yes"

F.S. Publishing's new tool calculates the odds of a book becoming a bestseller.

New York, NY, April 27, 2011 --( What do the top selling novels on Amazon have in common? According to New York start-up F.S. Publishing, it’s word choice, and it's something a website can calculate for you.

In a recent study, F.S. Publishing found that word complexity percentage had a significant influence on how a novel was received and how well it sold. By collecting data on the textual structure of over 700 novels and comparing sales rank and reader reception, F.S. Publishing was able to estimate how changes to text structure affected odds of success. “Very obvious patterns appeared connecting commercial success to the percentage of complex words,” said F.S. Publishing President Marianne Bellotti. “That was very exciting because we knew we could write a program to look for that.”

The tool that was developed as a result is available at The website will analyze submitted samples and suggest revisions to help polish them to bestseller standards. Writers can compare their work to the averages for their specific genre and receive an overall score on the statistical likelihood of their writing selling well.

F.S. Publishing is a former product of NYC’s semi-annual Startup Weekend and an exhibitor at O’Reilly’s Tools of Change Startup Showcase. The company designs tools to help fiction writers and publishers market test novels, build readership, and make more effective marketing and distribution decisions.

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