11:02pm PT by Andy Lewis
J.K. Rowling's Secret Novel: 4 Fun Things to Know
The book I'm reading (detective nov called The Cuckoo's Call, Robert Galbraith, so good, feat. ghastly cokey v thin Mayfair women) has ++— India Knight (@indiaknight) July 10, 2013
Someone tweeted back that the novel was written by Rowling.
The star columnist asked how the tweeter knew Galbraith's identity. "I just do," responded the tweeter.
— India Knight (@indiaknight) July 10, 2013
@Judecallegari Seriously? How do you know?— India Knight (@indiaknight) July 10, 2013
The original tweets have been deleted, but the information was enough to send the Times arts editor Richard Brooks hunting for clues.
He quickly noticed that Galbraith shared the same high-profile agent and editor as Rowling, which was a puzzling coup for a debut novelist.
He confronted Rowling's team with his evidence, and they admitted she was Galbraith.
The New York Times says the entire Twitter account of the leaker has been deleted.
But businessinsider.com believes (from the responses above) that the leaker goes by the twitter handle @judecallegari.
That account is still active. It has only a few dozen followers but has been in use for about two years. A quick scan of the Twitter feed does not suggest an obvious link to Rowling or her publisher.
Now the secret is out, and the big mysteries are: Who leaked the news, and who is Jude Callegari?
The circle of people who knew Galbraith's real identity was probably very small. Rowling's agent, Neil Blair, and her editor at Little, Brown, David Shelley, knew.
Beyond that, the circle probably included a few people in Blair's office and a few at Little, Brown. Rowling said she had hoped her identity would have remained secret for longer so it doesn't appear right now that she orchestrated the leak. But a tweet to @judecallegari for comment has gone unanswered.
So for the foreseeable future, the No. 1 parlor game in publishing will be trying to guess the identity of the Cuckoo's Calling leaker.