Briggs Myers of Literature

days4 copyIf you haven’t heard of the Book Genome Project yet, stop what you’re doing and go here. I’ll wait.

This year, one of the many gifts offered to winners of NaNoWriMo was a free manuscript review/personality profile via Lulu and the good people of the Book Genome Project. The deadline to enter Lulu’s WrimoAccelerator Program was December 8th, but the deadline for the manuscript review is December 31st for anyone who may be interested. I don’t think you necessarily have to have competed in NaNo to get your book reviewed but if not I encourage you to check it out if for no other reason than to see what your writing personality is like and what other authors you may be similar too.

This particular personality profile is basically like the Briggs Myers personality test in that it’s grouped into sixteen different possible combinations. Below is the chart which includes a brief description of the letters and what genres they would possibly be:

For this particular project I decided to submit my current work in progress (which while I’m still keeping it a bit under wraps for the current time) is a fantasy.

This was my book’s personality profile according to the BGP:

According to the BGP’s estimates nearly 13.9% of romance novels and 12.7% of thrillers consist of this EDBK personality profile, with only 10.8% of mystery novels falling into this category, and accounts for nearly 6.58% of all titles over all. It’s a bit complicated mathematically and as they explain themselves while they have several billion points of BookDNA mapped (each book contains roughly 30k), they can only map what is provided to them by publishers.

So what other books fitly similar EDBK profile? That’s also been provided for me:

Full disclosure I haven’t read any of these books. Under the Dome is currently on my bookshelf in iBooks as is Fahrenheit 451.  I am not a particular fan of either John Grisham or Stephanie Meyer so I won’t pretend that being in the same category as either of them didn’t depress me a little. Still, they are all notable, with Fahrenheit 451 even taught in schools, so it’s not all horrible.

It was exciting, and there’s still quite a bit to learn about the book and some of it’s eccentricities, nevertheless, I thought I would share that with all of you.

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