CuckoosCallingCoverApparently a few months ago, J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series, published a crime novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pen name Robert Galbriath.

Rowling didn’t just make secret arrangements with a publisher as herself, the novel was actually submitted to editors under the pen name. It was eventually accepted, published and quite well-reviewed, but barely sold any copies at all – a typical experience for first-time authors.

Read more of this interesting post about Rowling’s experience and motivation on the blog of Nathan Bransford, an author and former literary agent with Curtis Brown.

Awesome art by Lauren DiCioccio