Link: To Those Saying The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith Tanked: Please Stop

linkThe whole world of readers, writers, publishers and book sellers is abuzz: J.K. Rowling wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, a debut writer. I’m with those think it was the act of someone who loves writing, despite never needing to write again, just wanting to write, free of the hype cycle and free of reviews of the author rather than of the work.

I even understand why she chose to write under a man’s name: There is an endemic sexism in the world of books. It’s why Harry Potter was published under the name J.K. instead of Joanne Rowling: The assumption persists that good crime, sci-fi, fantasy and horror can only be written by men, and that men and boys are reluctant to read books written by women.

But there is also a snarky narrative that Galbraith’s book tanked, selling a mere 1500 copies, pre-revelation. Sadly, those are very respectable sales for a debut writer with good reviews over a three-month timeframe. And so…

To Those Saying The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith Tanked: Please Stop

 

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