What’s in a name? A JK Rowling story

JK Rowling revealed as author of The Cuckoo’s Calling

So, it seems JK Rowling has come forward (albeit after a bit of persuading) as being the crime-writer author ‘Robert Galbraith’. JK Rowling wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym as a liberating exercise and to see what feedback would be like without all of the hype and publicity.

As Robert Galbraith, the hardback had currently sold about 1500 copies, yet with the cat out of the bag, it seems that people are falling over themselves to grab a copy with supermarkets and bookstores running out of hard-copies almost immediately.

Furthermore, The Cuckoo’s Calling is now at the top of the Sales Rank for Amazon, with a 415,800% increase in sales taking it from about rank 4159 to 1.

Whilst I admire JK Rowling’s perspective to write a novel as a complete unknown (it had been rejected at least once), it does make you wonder where the truth about her writing lies – is it with the 1500 hardback copies originally sold, or is it with the countless thousands that will no doubt sell now that her secret is out?

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2 comments on “What’s in a name? A JK Rowling story

  1. […] made their names (and assumingly riches), it was only a few days ago that we found out JK Rowling had written a novel under a pseudonym, Robert […]

  2. […] only did the story remind me of how a name can change things, as in the J. K. Rowling incident of The Cookoo’s Calling, it also reminded me of an old story that highlighted how your name can make things change for the […]

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