J.K. Rowling Used Galbraith Pseudonym 'Cause She Wanted "Totally Unvarnished Feedback"

Days after Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was outed as the author going by the name Robert Galbraith, the author explained why she would go to the trouble of publishing under an unknown name considering her own name is good for instant bestseller status. “I was yearning to go back to the beginning of a… Read more.

J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" to Be a BBC Series

The Harry Potter author and literary mogul has signed a deal with BBC One to produce a series for her first novel aimed at adult audiences, The Casual Vacancy. Rowling, who has seen the big screen adaptations of her bestselling Harry Potter franchise break box office records, told BBC News she was thrilled that her latest… Read more.

J.K. Rowling Sold Her Home for Over $3.6 Million

The Harry Potter creator has sold the eight-bedroom Victorian mansion in Edinburgh where she wrote four of the seven books in the series. The Casual Vacancy author vacated the home back in 2009, according to People.com, moving with her husband Dr. Neil Murray and their three children to another Edinburgh home. A Scottish businessman who… Read more.

Lawyer Whose Friend Revealed Rowling as Galbraith Has Been Fined

Six months after a friend of J.K. Rowling‘s attorney tweeted that the Harry Potter author was the real writer behind mystery novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, the lawyer has been fined. MSN.com reports Chris Gossage who works with the London law firm Russells Solicitors was charged £1,000 (around $1,645) for “breaching client confidentiality rules.” Russells Solicitors has already paid… Read more.

Rowling-Galbraith Debacle Highlights Debut Author Struggle

UPDATE: Sales of The Cuckoo’s Calling have shot up 41,000% since J.K. Rowling was outed as the true author, according to The Bookseller. CNN contributor Bob Greene has shared an excellent insight on the J.K. Rowling-Robert Galbraith drama. As many of you know, the immensely successful Harry Potter creator wrote a novel called The Cuckoo’s… Read more.

On Validation

I co-lead a monthly writers group as part of the Center for Faith and Work, and before we break off into small groups to workshop our pieces, one of the members leads us in a discussion on a topic centered around the writing life. Last month, Brooke Obie, author of Book of Addis: Cradled Embers (Vol 1), led… Read more.

On Pen Names, Protected Class Appropriation, and Colonial Legacy

Pen names, by definition, are meant to obscure a writer’s true identity and/or embellish her/his public persona. Because names are political entities—they’re gendered, for the most part; can indicate race and class; and often act as maps in identifying a person’s ethnic origins—the pen name a writer chooses makes a very deliberate statement not only about how the writer wants to be… Read more.

Amazon v Hachette Resolved. Now What?

Last week, Amazon and Hachette resolved their costly standoff. By many accounts, forthcoming books by Hachette authors are again available for pre-order, and current titles will again be shipped without delay. All is back to normal — normal being publishers and writers remain vulnerable to one distributor / bookseller in control of the industry’s revenue generation. Less than a month… Read more.

On the Reclusive Author

In the age of Instagram, Google Earth, and suspect Facebook privacy settings, anonymity is the new luxury. If you’re operating any sort of side hustle or trying to build a following for that other “thing” you do (in our case, writing), you’ve probably been told that sharing old photographs and documenting (or appearing to document)… Read more.