The author name “Robert Galbraith” might not have book copies flying off the shelf, but the name “J.K. Rowling” certainly does. In the days since it was revealed that the book “The Cuckoo’s Calling” was ghost-written by Rowling under a pseudonym, the crime novel has quickly sold out and shot to bestseller status.
From its release in April 2013 through the reveal of Rowling as the actual author, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” had only sold about 1,500 copies despite its positive reviews. After the Rowling news broke, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” became the No.1 bestseller — and sold out online — on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles. Most physical store locations are also sold out of the novel as well.
Because of its surge in popularity, publisher Mulholland is reprinting the novel, this time with the clarification that Galbraith is in fact Rowling. In addition, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” is getting a sequel that will come out in Summer 2014.
“Being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” Rowling says of her involvement in “The Cuckoo’s Calling” being revealed. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype and expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”