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How Computers Revealed That J.K. Rowling Was Robert Galbraith

cuckoo304After The Sunday Times received a tip that debut author Robert Galbraith could really have been J.K. Rowling in disguise, the paper did a test.

They hired forensic linguistics expert Patrick Juola to analyze the text of The Cuckoo’s Calling using technology in order to identify the nuances of the writer’s style and see if in fact, Rowling could have been the author.

Smithsonian Magazine has more: “One of Juola’s tests examined sequences of adjacent words, while another zoomed in on sequences of characters; a third test tallied the most common words, while a fourth examined the author’s preference for long or short words. Juola wound up with a linguistic fingerprint—hard data on the author’s stylistic quirks.”

Juola confirmed the tip in about half an hour, and when the newspaper confronted Rowling with the assertion, she admitted it.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Lawyer Pays For Revealing That Robert Galbraith Was JK Rowling Pseudonym

cuckoo304JK Rowling‘s lawyer has been fined £ 1,000 from a British legal watchdog for leaking the fact that his client had published the detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The revelations came only a couple of months after Mulholland Books published the work.

Reuters has the scoop: “Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, which represented the Harry Potter author, leaked one of the publishing world’s biggest secrets to his wife’s best friend – who then tweeted Galbraith’s real identity to a journalist. Rowling, Britain’s best-selling author, was furious when she found out that a partner at her London-based law firm had revealed she was the author of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’.”

Rowling took legal action against Gossage and his friend Judith Callegari and won. The firm apologized to Rowling, paid her legal fees and made a donation to the Soldiers’ Charity, a charity of her choosing.

Hachette Book Group U.S. Sales Up 11% in Q3

hachetteLagardère Publishing’s net sales reached about $563 million in the third quarter, up 6.6 percent from last year. The Hachette Book Group’s US sales specifically were up 11 percent year-over-year.
The publisher had 191 print and 73 eBooks on the New York Times bestseller list so far this year, with 45 No. 1 bestsellers to date, up 45 percent over the same period last year. According to the company, sales have been driven by major third quarter releases including: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka  J.K. Rowling; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis; David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; as well as Break Out! by Joel Osteen.
eBook sales were up during the quarter as well. Here is more from the press release:

In the US, ebooks represented 27% of HBG’s adult trade sales, up from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. At Hachette UK, digital sales rose to 30% of the company’s adult trade sales from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. For Lagardère Publishing, digital represented 9.4% of total net sales, compared to 6.4% in the third quarter of 2012.

Signed First Edition of J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Selling for $6,188.72

A first edition of J.K. Rowling‘s The Cuckoo’s Calling signed as “Robert Galbraith“ sold for $4,453 on AbeBooks marketplace–so far the most expensive copy of the book sold on AbeBooks.

The only other signed first-edition of that book on AbeBooks is currently selling for $6,188.72. This week, two unsigned first editions sold for $907 each on the online marketplace for used books.  Here’s more from the description:

A superb, “as new” UK first edition, first printing hardback in an unblemished dustjacket – All my books are always securely packed with plenty of bubblewrap in professional boxes and promptly dispatched (within 2-3 days) … SIGNED BY J K ROWLING as her pseudonym (Robert Galbraith)

J.K. Rowling Wrote a Novel as Robert Galbraith

J.K. Rowling has confessed to writing a mystery novel under the pseudonym “Robert Galbraith. Mulholland Books published The Cuckoo’s Calling in April, attributing the book to Galbraith.

You can sample The Cuckoo’s Calling at this link. Little, Brown publisher Reagan Arthur issued this statement:

We are pleased and proud to have published THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, and we’re delighted by the response it has received from readers, reviewers and fellow writers. We are really looking forward to publishing the second book in the Strike series next summer … A reprint of the book is under way and will carry a revised author biography, which reads “Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling.”

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