Monday, 15 July 2013

Difficulties of the Unknown Author

Having sold just eleven copies of my first book I was ruing following the self publishing route. I realised there is a lot more to this selling books lark than just putting it on Kindle and waiting.

Nothing highlighted this point more than the revelation this weekend that a book written by J K Rowling under a pseudonym had sold less than five hundred copies since its release in April.

The power of her name and her amazing back catalogue led to sales rocketing within hours of the secret being revealed even though Rowling herself wanted to ‘keep the secret a little longer’.

The second novel has obvious already been commissioned and the cynic in me wonders if the slow sales of this first novel had led to this early revelation, to ensure the full sales potential of the book was realised.

I am sure we would all love to know how to capture the massive sales that Rowling has achieved in the past, or become the e book sensation that was Fifty Shades but surely it must make us feel a little better to know that even JK herself can struggle with sales, albeit due to a name change.

Jo’s first Anthology – So the Feeling shows is available from Amazon at the links below


  1. It does make me wonder at the timing of her revelation.

    Loving the blog, makes me wonder if I need a revamp for mine :-)

    1. Hi Heather,
      Glad you like the blog. All I would say is that it seems a lot slower since I changed it.

  2. Just in time for the Harrogate Crime Festival.

  3. She'd actually sold 1,500 copies and that's pretty good for a first time, unknown author in hardback. Not sure whether that will make you feel better or not so try reading this



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