The Sunday Times anonymous source behind the JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith leak has been revealed as law firm Russells. And Jo has revealed she is angry and disappointed. In an interview with the BBC, Jo said
I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement.
Some dimwit from the firm told his wife, who then told her best friend, her best friend then tipping off the Sunday Times on Twitter.
Addressing the rumours that it was all part of an elaborate marketing plan, Russells said:
“We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither JK Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.”
Of course many will likely remain cynical, despite the complete lack of logic behind any argument that Little Brown really needed to boost book sales. After all they have plenty of other bestselling authors on their books. Most of the staff at Little Brown were completely unaware of the true identity of Robert Galbraith and were promoting The Cuckoo’s Calling enthusiastically on it’s actual merits which, if early reviews are anything to go by, are many.
As for quite-comfortably-off billionaire JK Rowling, she confirmed on her official Facebook page the obvious reason for using a pen name
“It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.”