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J.K. Rowling Signs With New Publisher and Announces Her First Post Harry Potter Novel


This morning Booktrade.info broke the news that not only is J.K. Rowling, who should need no introduction as the bestselling author of the Harry Potter books, beginning work on a brand new not-related-to-Harry-Potter novel, she’s signed with a new publishing company in order to do it.

Said Rowling of the switch, and her new novel:

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.

Rowling’s Harry Potter publisher in the US, for what it’s worth, is Arthur A. Levine Books, a company only a year older than the Harry Potter books themselves.

As for the content of that new novel (as if you weren’t already skimming this article to read that part first), we’ve got no hints at all, except that it will be her first novel intended for adults. So, adults out there who grew up loving the Harry Potter books… well, you won’t be getting another any time soon. But you will be getting a novel aimed at your age group, so that’s something interesting and new to look forward to.

As someone who (controversial opinion ahoy) lost some of my earlier enthusiasm for the Harry Potter books when they reached the point at which they were written for an audience younger than the characters in them, I’m  even more interested in seeing what Rowling has up her sleeve for a grown audience. I do so hope it’s fantasy fiction. Heck, even sci-fi.

Also, I’d like to wave hi to Alanna, former The Mary Sue intern and devout Harry Potter fan, whom I’m sure is reading this and shaking her head sagely at my opinions. Hi Alanna!

Update: jkrowling.com has updated its front page with a useful form that anyone can use to sign up for updates on Ms. Rowling’s new novel.

(via The Daily What.)

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/alannabennett AlannaBennett

    Found out in the middle of class and had to resist the urge to crawl under my desk and scream/sob with joy. I feel like a case study for how fangirl bodies react to news from the mother ship. 

  • http://twitter.com/#!/alannabennett AlannaBennett

     Also I did indeed shake my head sagely, although it was somewhat tempered by the fact that I have still not stopped shaking from the stimulation of finding out in the first place.

  • Katie Marinelli

    Hopefully she isn’t rushed into this book. Personally I felt as the time between the Harry Potter books decreased, the less I enjoyed them. I always felt that maybe they rushed her a bit on the later ones.

  • http://twitter.com/JinxyBlastwave Jinxy Blastwave

    I had thought I had heard something about JK working on a detective series, but now in the Googling of said vague recollection, I see that the story was debunked.  I’m still excited for it, regardless of subject matter.  The age issue is an interesting one.  The series did mature somewhat as it went on, but at the end of the day, it was still being written for children, and so it was necessarily de-aged shall we say.  If JK had gone out on a limb and adulified it too much, people would’ve flipped.  Being the biggest book on the block brings its own unique challenges.  That’s a very fine line you have to walk, as demonstrated by the Goosebumps paradox.  Goosebumps was hugely successful when I was wee, but it never matured.  So when I got a little older, it didn’t hit the same mark it used to, unfortunately.  Harry skirted this by raising the stakes, upping the violence, and of course, killing characters we’d spent a ton of time with.  Going further than that would’ve been tricky I think.  You can’t touch on heavy substance abuse (although there was a bit of underage drinking here and there), teen pregnancy, body dysmorphia, that kind of stuff in a book for kids, even if it wasn’t really just a book for kids.  Anyway, super excited for the new book!

  • http://nmlop.tumblr.com/ nmlop

    I agree. I heard, also, that they stopped being edited as carefully / at all as time went on. If that’s true, it really shows, especially in Deathly Hallows.

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  • Life Lessons

    If she writes it, I will read!

  • http://twitter.com/FroWillis Sarah Willis

    Totally agree. You just can’t rush writing, it shows so much. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7GVNIKWG3S2UTHEQOMSZXT4M4 Anna B

    She’s getting a new editor from Little, Brown UK, and it will get a read-through from the editor in the US, as well. There’s hardly a real deadline, anyway–at least not like the urgency she probably had with Deathly Hallows. This is an entirely different book and the last thing the editors want to do is rush JK Rowling’s first adult title.

    Believe me, Little, Brown *wants* this to be good.

  • http://nmlop.tumblr.com/ nmlop

     Oh, I wasn’t saying that I wouldn’t read this one or be super excited about this – just agreeing with Katie that we hope she hasn’t rushed, as that made later HP books less fun.

  • Anonymous

    J K had previously announced she was effectively done with the universe of the Potter stories and is now writing for a fully adult audience and working on her first book with that in mind??? Shocked I tell you just SHOCKED, with that in mind: This is the first step in the dance of hype for the as yet unannounced release of her next book and a business & interest builder for this publisher. Well lets all hope that the No.2 independently wealthy Woman in the United Kingdom continues to enjoy her justly deserved success based on talent.

    Will muggles see this as a victory? Just wondering.

  • http://twitter.com/amongthegoblins K. Traylor

    I kind of doubt it’s going to be a fantasy story at all. They’re being awfully careful about warning us how different it’s going to be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502621339 Jasmine Zerbe-Moore

    Idk, I was 11 when HP1 came out, and even with the long wait between 4 & 5 (it was 4 & 5, right?), I never felt like the book was out of touch with me.  But then, I was maybe sheltered?  I wasn’t even offered drugs for the first time until I was 21 (I alarmed the girl by saying, “No!  But thank you!” in an excited voice.  My High School friends may have known I’d say no, but it’s at least polite to offer. lol)  Never dealt much with body 
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  • Anonymous

    “True fans”….what a stupid term. As if we’d feel guilty to criticize something we we still otherwise love. You sound like a crazed sports fan: “A true fan wouldn’t criticize the coach or star player’s mistake(s).” I hate that term! You also sound like a a Star Trek or Star Wars freak! “True Fan!” What a load of crap!

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  • J

    That’s preposterous. To deny that the later books had plot holes and that the last book had pacing issues makes you a liar, not a fan. Even the most accomplished and diligent writer makes mistakes – that’s what editors are for. Likewise, even the most accomplished editor can miss those issues, especially if both the editor and writer have unworkable deadlines.
    To love a series despite its flaws is what makes someone a fan. Ignoring those flaws just makes you a fool.

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    Read a few pages of “The Casual Vacancy” via Amazon’s “Look Inside” function and was absolutely unimpressed. I don’t think she’ll ever produce anything as successful as the Harry Potter series ever again.

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    wait…didn’t she already have a first post harry potter novel, called Casual Vacancy?

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