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Author: Subject: What's in a name?
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[*] posted on 7/18/2013 at 08:24 AM
What's in a name?

I guess it’s true that name recognition sells books – too bad for all of us aspiring authors.

A Book came out recently by someone named Robert Galbraith. "The Cuckoo’s Calling" received reasonably good reviews. But the author was an ‘unknown’ and the first few weeks of sales scarcely went past about 500 copies. (Sound familiar?) Now that the ‘real’ author, J.K. Rowling, has been revealed, booksellers can’t keep the book on the shelf.

Is the reading public really so fickle that it's almost impossible for an aspiring writer to begin a career?

Does anyone have a real strategy to deal with this dilemma?

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[*] posted on 7/18/2013 at 12:33 PM

Get known. :lol:

I seemed to be looking down from an immense height upon a twilit grotto, knee-deep with filth, where a white-bearded daemon swineherd drove about with his staff a flock of fungous, flabby beasts whose appearance filled me with unutterable loathing.

Just keep writing and the good stuff will come.
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[*] posted on 7/18/2013 at 06:05 PM

To expand on Derek's response, the way to do it is to write well and publish book after book. At some point, the gradual increase in readership will draw some recognition, at which point a lot more readers will find you. Then, all these new readers will want to read all your other books and you'll be selling lots and lots of copies of all your books. Of course success stories of the Harry Potter magnitude are few and far between, so while aspiring to that is great, don't bank on it until and unless it happens :).

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