The Belated Bestseller

J.K Rowling claims that her secret was figured out far too soon. The Harry Potter author secretly wrote a crime novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, receiving praise from many critics when it was first published in April.

However, what strikes me the most is that even though it was accepted and praised by critics, according to Darren Hardy, book manager at, the crime novel was not even in their top 5,000 list until the real identity of the author was revealed. After the secret was out, it whizzed straight to number one.

Penning under a secret identity must have given J.K Rowling the opportunity to write more freely without the pressure of having to produce a best seller to live up to her Harry Potter days. However, what does this say about the publishing industry and the readers? An unknown name will get the attention of a few book lovers but a famous name will defiantly achieve better results.

I guess seeing the name of your most favourite childhood book series is much more attractive to the book sales and the readers than a debut novel by a new author. At the end of the day, it’s all about making a name for yourself. However, in order to accomplish that, the newbie author needs to get through their first admission.

So let’s give the next ‘Robert Galbraith’ a chance. Who knows…maybe he/she will be the next big thing!