Data-driven publisher Inkitt announced today that it is partnering with Tor Books to, according to a press release, “release the first novel selected by an algorithm for publishing.”
Bright Star, a young adult novel by Erin Swan, was discovered using predictive data that analyzed reading patterns on the platform. The novel is expected to be released in summer 2017.
Full press release below:
DATA-DRIVEN PUBLISHER INKITT SIGNS FIRST BOOK DEAL
Inkitt and Tor Books to publish first novel selected by an algorithm
BERLIN, APRIL 28, 2016:
Data-driven publisher Inkitt will partner with Tor Books to release the first novel selected by an algorithm for publishing.
Bright Star, the young adult novel by up-and-coming author Erin Swan, was discovered using predictive data with Inkitt’s artificially intelligent algorithms unearthing the highly-addictive book based on an analysis of reading patterns on the platform. The novel is expected to hit bookshelves in summer 2017.
“This book deal sends a clear signal to the publishing industry that predictive data analysis is the way of the future,” says Inkitt’s Founder and CEO, Ali Albazaz. “Inkitt is at the forefront of the movement to use predictive data in publishing and this deal shows that our business model works. We are so excited to be able to help Erin kick off her career as a novelist – and we already can’t wait to get our hands on the next book in the Sky Rider series.”
Swan originally submitted the novel through Inkitt’s Hidden Gems writing contest, in which budding authors enter their work and compete for the chance to get published. Bright Star is part of Swan’s Sky Rider series which transports readers to the fantasyland of Paerolia, where war and conflict has created strong divides between its people.
“The support I received from the Inkitt community was overwhelming and invaluable to the journey of writing the Sky Rider series,” says author Erin Swan. “I had built a small readership online but it wasn’t until I joined Inkitt, and was connected to Tor Books, that the possibility of getting Bright Star published became a reality.”
The deal with Tor Books marks a major milestone for Inkitt, which launched in Berlin one year ago. An online writing community where budding authors can share their stories and inquisitive readers can unearth fresh content, the platform has built-in artificially intelligent algorithms that analyse reading behaviour on the platform to uncover blockbuster books.
Once these future bestsellers are found, the company works with leading publishers to get its top-read books to print. Inkitt additionally selects novels to be published as eBooks with supporting in-house marketing campaigns. Since launching in 2015, half a million readers have read stories on Inkitt, forming an online community of writers and readers that stretches from the US to Australia.
Next up, Inkitt will publish the coming of age gay and lesbian romance novel Just Juliet, in partnership with the LA-based Rebecca Friedman Agency, and pursue opportunities for The Esper Files and Catalyst Moon: Incursion.
On the surface, Inkitt (www.inkitt.com) is a platform where budding writers can share their novels and inquisitive readers can unearth fresh content, but under the hood Inkitt is developing algorithms that analyze reading patterns to predict future bestsellers. Using this unique data-driven approach to uncover highly-addictive stories, Inkitt’s goal is to remove the middle person so that a blockbuster book is never rejected by a publishing house again.
About Bright Star
Bright Star will be the first published novel in the Sky Rider series, written by Texan author Erin Swan. The series takes place in the fantasy land of Paerolia, where wars and corruption have created strong divides between the people. Bright Star follows the story of Andra, a slave, who is thrown headlong into a life she never imagined after a chance meeting with Kael, the leader of the rebellion. Andra must discover the strength that has always been within her and fight to win back what fate kept beyond her reach – a dragon that should have been her own, and a man whose heart she can never hope to win.
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