J.K. Rowling Signs A Deal To Write A New Novel... For Adults
J.K. Rowling is ditching the kid stuff--her next novel will be for adults.
And she's doing it with a new publisher. Little, Brown Book Group and Little, Brown and Company will be publishing her next book. No details on title or publication date, but the book will be released in print and eBook formats (as opposed to the Harry Potter books, which still don't have a digital release--waiting on Pottermore for that).
In a statement, Rowling said:
Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.
I'm curious about the circumstances of Rowling's move to Little, Brown. Maybe they offered her a better deal... but the woman is a multi-billionaire, and once you hit that tier, I would imagine numbers don't mean as much as editorial support and personal relationships. I also wonder if there's some hurt feelings--the Harry Potter books were published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US. Both publishers earned boatloads of money off Rowling's work, and I'm sure they wouldn't have been opposed to more boatloads.
I love the Harry Potter books. I really do. The writing can be a little clunky, but I think Rowling is unmatched at world-building and plotting (as long as you don't count the extended camping trip in the seventh book). And the way she used adult themes in the context of a novel that's ostensibly for children was pretty amazing. So I'm very interested to see what she brings to this next book. And also what she means by "for adults." Will it be R-rated, or just PG-13? Because kids are going to pick it up no matter the subject matter. And I can't see her putting out some Bret Easton Ellis-style narrative.
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