So by now, you may have heard of JK Rowling's latest book, The Cuckoo's Calling, which was published under a pseudonym and sold a mere 1500 copies before the true authorship was revealed yesterday (and sales, consequently, skyrocketed.) More on that, here.
I think this says so much about the industry. That beautifully reviewed, starred books, can still suffer from poor sales. That celebrity names sell books. That the quality of a book has little to do with it's success.
I find it all so fascinating.
Advice for new writers is always the same. Before you think of finding an agent or a publisher, write a good book. It must start there. And it must. But I think there's an important lesson here. That it's not everything.
What are your thoughts?