by Jerry Bowyer
Lynn Shepherd is a crime novelist whose novels, as of this writing, tend to rank just beneath the top 100,000 in Amazons ranking of sales. J.K. Rowling is one the most financially successful writers in history: the first woman in history to make a billion dollars on her craft, based on the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series of youth novels. Rowling is also quite a successful author of novels for grown-ups. A Casual Vacancy, more than a year after its release, is ranked at 6,700 on Amazon, and her crime novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, is ranked at roughly 600.
Lynn Shepherd doesn’t think that’s fair and has called upon Rowling to stop writing, at least to stop writing for grown-ups, in a column for the Huffington Post. According to Shepherd, Rowling has enough money already and enough fame. She doesn’t need more of either. Rowling is a publishing juggernaut and Shepherd thinks that her novels take up all the oxygen in the room, get all the attention, and crowd out other writers for scarce shelf-space, media, and public attention. Shepherd thinks that Rowling should quit so that the other writers can have some breathing space.
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