Recent events surrounding J.K. Rowling's pseudonymous novel 'The Cuckoo's Calling' has stirred up loads of talking.
J.K. Rowling's new book received very good reviews, had a good cover etc, but this still didn't do anything for the sales figures.
'Nielsen BookScan data reveals 17,662 copies of the hardback were sold in the seven-day period ending 20th July—up from just 43 copies the previous week—putting Rowling in third place in the chart. It sold fewer than 500 copies in its three–month period on sale before the Sunday Times' sensational exposé' - The Bookseller
That brings me to the conclusion - and it reinforces what I've been writing about previously- that the reviews, the artwork and so on don't really make a big difference in sales. Books being in the shops do.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this!