You have probably read by now the story of how leaked information from one of J.K. Rowling's lawyers resulted in her outing as the author of The Cuckoo's Calling, published in April as a “debut” novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Before Rowling was unmasked as the author, the novel had sold about 1500 copies. Now that the news is out, there has been an additional print run of 400,000 copies.

In fact, the novel received some favorable reviews before the true identity of its author was revealed and could probably have stood on its own merits. But as Mark Lawson has perceptively noted in a recent review in The Guardian, “[Rowling's] experience with The Cuckoo's Calling does seem to show that unknown first-time novelists are likely to get nice reviews but zero publicity and low sales: the novel was pottering along selling mere hundreds of copies until it started Pottering along.”

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Published on July 23, 2013 04:53 • 162 views • Tags: crime-fiction, j-k-rowling, john-galbraith, mark-lawson, the-cuckoo-s-calling, the-guardian

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