I thought I’d write this post since it’s J.K. Rowling’s 47th birthday today, July 31, the same day as her protagonist in Harry Potter.
After selling 8500 English copies in paperback, eBook, library and audiobook, it was revealed last week that Robert Galbraith, author of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, really is J.K. Rowling. News spread around the world and resulted in a surge of sales and at least 140 000 reprints. The book shot to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. J.K. Rowling has since explained….
J.K. Rowling has since explained that she wanted to experience the joy of writing anonymously once again. Adopting a man’s persona, The Cuckoo’s Calling explores the machinery of the Special Investigations Branch. She also received two offers to turn the story into television productions, before her true identity was exposed. Rowling directed her anger and disappointed to a partner at Russel’s law firm who let slip the fact to his wife’s best friend. A statement released by the law firm stated that the partner ‘implicitly’ trusted this person, and denied it was part of any marketing ploy.
Since then, the book has received 955 reviews and 3515 ratings in total on the book reviewing site Goodreads and various other sites. It has also sparked the question of authors writing anonymity. Why do they do it? Some authors have suggested it is a liberating experience, to be free from pesky critics who just don’t like you. Others have said it has enabled them to write to a different audience, free from expectations to keep to the same style and genre by their loyal fans.
Rowling said she has just finished a sequel which will be published in the coming year.