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JK Rowling revealed as author of The Cuckoo's Calling


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Initial post: Jul 14, 2013 12:03:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 14, 2013 12:10:40 PM PDT
Just saw this on BBC News. Rowling wrote a mystery under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith: The Cuckoo's Calling

ETA: Oh for crying out loud! Just took a look at the listing reviews--most of the new ones aren't reviews at all, just statements that it is by Rowling. The posters haven't even read the book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 12:15:20 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
good strategy - book isn't selling - leak author's name and voila a best seller!

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 12:34:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 14, 2013 12:35:22 PM PDT
I think 1500 copies in 3 months isn't bad for a "debut" author no one knows. Of course, we know *now* but when the author was unknown and maybe bought mostly by libraries based on the review and then probably only a single copy, not bad.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 12:39:08 PM PDT
And, supposedly, the ms was rejected by a few publishers, not knowing who the author really was. All smacks of PR spin.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 12:44:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 14, 2013 12:48:33 PM PDT
Interesting that the majority of "Robert Galbraith's" reviews prior to the news being leaked were rather good for this new up and coming writer. The Casual Vacancy by Rowling was lambasted by the press because of its departure from her past format, this book is even further from her Potter style, but has gotten great reviews. No doubt, if she had published under her own name, the same might have happened, great sales and poor reviews. Public Relations spin or not, I think she proved her point that her work can stand on its own without the baggage of previous accomplishments. And yes, 1500 hardcover copies for a brand new totally unheard of author is great!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 12:58:31 PM PDT
You're right. The "bad" reviews for this book mostly date from yesterday & today--just when the truth slips out. Of course, as I said, most of *those* aren't reviews but bleats about who the author really is.

I'll have to wait to make my own judgement, though, as the book is more than I am willing to pay. :-) I have listed it with eReaderIQ to be notified when the price drops.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 1:00:13 PM PDT
*nospin* says:
Someone recommendeditin one of the mystery threads as I have it on my wishlist waiting for price drop.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 4:13:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 14, 2013 4:18:53 PM PDT
The Artist says:
Since the announcement, lots of people have put the book on hold at my local library, including me. I'm #95 with only two copies available. LOL!

Edit: In contrast the library purchased 15 license for The Casual Vacancy. I wonder if they'll purchase more licenses now that they know the new book was written by her.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 4:19:20 PM PDT
M. Kean says:
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Posted on Jul 14, 2013 4:24:51 PM PDT
More power to her. Even now that it is known, Rowling should continue writing under separate names if she wants to. A lot of writers do it, and it makes it easier to write different genres or types within a genre, and readers have different expectations. For instance, it was well known that Jean Plaidy used Victoria Holt as a pseudonym, but the books under each name were very different animals. M.C. Beaton is actually Marion Chesney and those books are very different as well.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 6:20:12 PM PDT
I just requested it - my library consortium has 6 copies and 2 of them are available

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 6:22:32 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Exactly!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 6:24:18 PM PDT
The Artist says:
At least it was getting good reviews in the press before the revelation. It would have been cheesy to reveal that info if it was bad and they just wanted to sell more copies.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 6:40:15 PM PDT
Agreed. Jean Plaidy also wrote under the names Philippa Carr, Anna Percival and Kathleen Kellow, and I think there were a few more too.

Rowling's a very capable author across (obviously) more than one genre. And frankly, I think that in this era of global communications and lack of secrets it's somewhat amazing that the news hasn't leaked out before this.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 9:27:07 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
On Amazon.com, sales soared more than 507,000% after Rowling acknowledged being the author.

from CNN

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 10:05:09 PM PDT
Nice. I think she's had the best of both worlds - the feedback as an unknown, and the sales from being known.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 10:21:19 PM PDT
I just got a notification from eBookReaderIQ that the price has dropped to $9.99. I will wait to see if it drops a bit more as, outside of the Potter books, Rowling isn't one of those authors that I rush out to buy at higher prices.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 10:43:25 PM PDT
Still $16.73 for Aussies <snort of disgust>

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2013 10:48:02 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I have you beat for lower price, but not by much: $14.36

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 4:20:29 AM PDT
I am in the middle of this book and feel it is terrific-as a Cara Black fan-this is right up there--Harry Pottered out---she must as any great artist-doesnt sit on her laurels-but wants grow in other directions--like Picasso-----"everyone is born an artist"-thank you for your review--

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 5:06:17 AM PDT
Debi says:
It works for J.D. Robb also. Different genre different name. Writer's get typecasted into what people want. People are insane, look at how they reacted to the ending of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Someone had to be disappointed. LOL

2,000 people wrote reviews, think of how many are reading it and not reviewing.
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