Most of the world knows by now that J.K Rowling has been revealed as the author of The Cuckoo's Calling, but under the pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith'. Apparently the pseudonym roughly translates to 'Famous stranger' in Gaelic, but I can't confirm that as I don't speak the language.
Rowling decided to write the novel under the disguise of a debut author Robert Galbraith to see what the response would be like to a first time author with the writing ability of one of the most famous authors in the world such as herself. Her real identity was only disclosed to a tiny amount of people, including those who worked at the legal firm Russells.
Chris Gossage who worked at Russells is said to have told his wife's best friend, Judith Callegari, that Galbraith was really Rowling. The company stated that it was revealed "during a private conversation". They then added "the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted". Shortly after Gossage told Callegari the secret, she revealed Rowling's identity to a Sunday Times journalist on Twitter on July 9th.
Russells continued: "On becoming aware of the circumstances, we immediately notified J.K Rowling's agent."
The book had sold just 1,500 copies before Rowling was revealed as the author, but it rose more than 5,000 places to top Amazon's sales list within hours after she was revealed. Rowling found writing under a pseudonym "a liberating experience" and she had "hoped to keep this secret a little longer" but later added it had "been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name." However, she also said "I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement."
Rowling has been writing successful books for years. Of course, this includes the prestigious Harry Potter series and also The Casual Vacancy. With each book she wrote came hype, expectation and - if the book wasn't a new Harry Potter book - disappointment from fans. So it is understandable that she wanted to experiment and see what it would be like to be a first-time author again.
I feel really sorry for her that the secret was revealed at all, never mind so soon. I did wonder if the whole 'reveal' was part of a marketing plan, but Russells have stated: "We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither J.K Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved."
Overall, I am very much on Rowling's side about all of this.
What do you think about all of this?