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August 06, 2013

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ccc

I don't know anybody who thought for one minute that somebody "blew the cover." After seeing it not flying off the shelves, it was decided behind closed doors (doesn't matter which camp) to reveal the true author. And get paid.

Lexi Revellian

Three points:

1. JKR's publisher DID know she was the author. The typescript was sent out as Galraith's work and rejected, so she used the publisher of 'Casual Vacancy'. No doubt they accommodated her whim, knowing they'd cash in eventually.

2. As she took the lawyer who leaked the story to court and was awarded damages, I think even the most cynical of us has to believe she was outed without her consent.

2. Had she wholeheartedly wanted her writing to be judged on its own merit, she should have self-published on Amazon's KDP and CreateSpace without telling a soul. She didn't quite commit to the move.

Standback

My initial reaction to the Galbraith revelation was exactly the same - I immediately flashed back to the Casual Vacancy reaction.

I'm inclined to be charitable, and allow that Rowling may very well not have been aiming for validation. It was painfully clear that the brouhaha over Casual Vacancy centered entirely around "OMG a non-Potter Rowling book!"; I can understand and respect an author wanting to keep on writing without having to deal with that all the time. I can cheerfully accept an already-mega-rich author who prefers to write new, less-than-stellar books in obscurity, than to be trapped in her initial niche or to keep striking out with hyper-publicized fizzles.

Rowling already tried to break out of her niche once. It was pretty much a flop. It makes perfect sense for her to try again.

My only question is how much cynicism is justified here. Either Rowling herself was truly devoted to developing an alternate persona, and had her hopes dashed, or else the entire escapade was basically a way to announce her next attempt as a pre-existing success, instead of a much-anticipated book which would never live up to expectations.

I hope Rowling finds success and fulfillment however this pans out, and whatever she tries next. I wish more authors could be rich and famous, and I'll happily cheer on the few who've actually pulled it off.

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