A secret novel from an award-winning novelist is sure to capture some media attention, and that’s exactly what happened for J.K. Rowling’s new book ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’.
The novel is a detective story, written by J.K. Rowling but published under the name Robert Galbraith. The book’s true author was discovered late last week, and already has climbed to the best-seller list. So why the fake name? One of the reasons is that a few publishers actually rejected the manuscript, a mistake that left many in the industry with egg on their face. Rowling is of course the creator of the Harry Potter series, she alone is Britain’s best-selling author, but to sell the book she took on the identity of a retired military policeman called Robert Galbraith. That’s the ‘author’ of “The Cuckoo’s Calling”.
Before the reveal the novel sold 1,500 hardback copies since it was first published last April. Now the book is number one on Amazon.co.uk’s best-selling list, and selling out fast all around the world. The book was published under Little, Brown, the same company that published Rowling’s novel “The Casual Vacancy”. The new book, about a war veteran who is now a private eye investigating the mysterious death of a model, is already being ordered to reprint.
Rowling is no stranger to rejection, the Harry Potter series was turned down by around 12 different publishers before it was finally published. Something that someone at each of the publishers, has to live with everyday they see a Harry Potter headline. It was Kate Mills, at Orion publishing, who confessed on her Twitter that she refused Rowling’s new book. Mills stated, “So I can now say that I turned down J.K. Rowling. I did read and say no to Cuckoo’s Calling. Anyone else going to confess?”
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