Will my book title be a bestseller?

I just found out about Lulu’s title scorer.

The Lulu Titlescorer has been developed exclusively for Lulu by statisticians who studied the titles of 50 years’ worth of top bestsellers and identified which title attributes separated the bestsellers from the rest.

We commissioned a research team to analyse the title of every novel to have topped the hardback fiction section of the New York Times Bestseller List during the half-century from 1955 to 2004 and then compare them with the titles of a control group of less successful novels by the same authors.

The team, lead by British statistician Dr. Atai Winkler, then used the data gathered from a total of some 700 titles to create this “Lulu Titlescorer” a program able to predict the chances that any given title would produce a New York Times No. 1 bestseller.

The fruit of this work is presented here, in the form of the Lulu Titlescorer: a program that you can use to gauge the chances that your own title will deliver you a New York Times No. 1 bestseller.

You can plug in your own book titles here.
This is what I got:

The title The Musubi Murder has a 35.9% chance of being a bestselling title!

The title Molly Barda and the Cursed Canoe has a 14.6% chance of being a bestselling title, but  The Cursed Canoe has a 41.4% chance of being a bestselling title!

The title Molly Barda and the Black Thumb has a 34.8% chance of being a bestselling title, but The Black Thumb has a 69.0% chance of being a bestselling title!

Apparently I should leave Molly Barda out of the title.

The title The Invasive Species has a 41.4% chance of being a bestselling title!

The title The Blessed Event has a 41.4% chance of being a bestselling title!

I listed The Black Thumb as a figurative title, and the others as literal. “Figurative” titles score higher, all else being equal.

So what title will catapult my books to the top of the bestseller lists?

The title Fifty Shades of Grey has a 34.8% chance of being a bestselling title! Nope. Can’t use that.

The title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has a 14.6% chance of being a bestselling title! Oh dear. Box office poison.

The title Miserable Misery has a 69.0% chance of being a bestselling title! We have a winner.


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