But the gesture goes much further than that. The letters she shared were actually addressed to her Cuckoo’s Calling pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.
The Harry Potter author also revealed that one publisher she sent the manuscript to was also the one that rejected Harry Potter when she was first starting out as a writer. One of the letters reads: “I regret we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we could not publish it with commercial success.”
It reads: “At the risk of ‘teaching my grandmother to suck eggs, may I respectfully suggest the following.”
Going on it advises the author to write an “alluring” 200-word blurb about the text, as well as asking a bookshop for which publisher and editor to send it to. “A writer’s group/writing course may help,” it adds.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was written under the Galbraith name, because she said she wanted to be treated like any other author. It found critical acclaim before it was later revealed that Rowling was the author behind the book.
JK Rowling recently shared a letter of a very different kind, sent to her from the mother of a girl who died of cancer, which thanked the author for giving both she and her daughter an escape through the Harry Potter