In this interview, Joe talks to Gesa Schöning, Managing Director ( of this year’s winner of the CONTENTshift ( accelerator QualiFiction (  Learn more here:

Within just 60 seconds, the software analyzes hundreds of pages and exposes the results.

Publishers receive more than 4 million book proposals for SciFi novels each year, in the German-speaking area alone. Now QualiFiction wants to help here so more texts can be evaluated by the publishers. The startup has an AI, which can – within 60 seconds – evaluate a SciFi text. So, they avoid publishers sending back unread proposals to the aspiring authors, due to a lack of readers for evaluation. They also generate the metadata (e.g. genre) for the text.

With a hit rate of 78%, the software recognizes bestsellers from a mass of submitted texts.

QualiFiction is also looking for publishers who give them masses of texts in different languages so they can extend their offering to other languages, besides German.

This interview is in association with CONTENTshift, the accelerator program of the Association of the German Book Publishers & Booksellers. You can learn more here The winners are announced on a live ceremony at the Frankfurt Book Fair each year The accelerator program aims to push the boundaries of publishing. We will bring you this year’s winner of CONTENTshift at Thanksgiving (Nov 28th).



Every year the Frankfurt book fair is also the place where interviews the finalists and eventual winners of the program. We did this already in the past. Have a look at our interviews from 2018 on our playlist here:


Scifi Books Joe likes (AL)

Peter F Hamilton: The Armageddon Series

Craig Alanson: Expeditionary Force Series:

Arthur C. Clarke – Collected Stories: