After a five year writing hiatus, JK Rowling, author of the wildly successful Harry Potter series, has returned to put pen to paper once again. Booksellers up and down the country will be rejoicing as Rowling has confirmed she has plans to write a new novel. Unfortunately for Potter fans, this new book will not be a continuation of the series, this time it will be for adults.
To mark her return to writing, Rowling has not only entered new territory with an adult book, but she has also changed her publisher. According to New York Times Rowling has moved away from Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the U.S and has joined forces with Little, Brown which will cover the UK and the U.S publishing for her new novel. Little, Brown Publisher David Shelley said of Rowling, “She is one of the best storytellers in the world…I am looking forward enormously to helping bring her new novel for adults to her fans and admirers, and to introducing her writing to new readers the world over.”
When talking about her her new book and her return to the writing world 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.”
Although author and publisher are staying tight lipped about the title, release date and the genre of the new book, it will no doubt be a best seller. However, the transition from kids books to adult books can be difficult even for established writers – or self made billionaire writers. For example, Margaret Wise Brown the author of the classic Good Night Moon tried for years to write stories for The New Yorker. Will the same fate befall Rowling as she makes the move to adult books?
Rowling fans have been thirsting for more from the author ever since the Harry Potter series ended in 2007. Aside from The Tales of Beedle the Bard which published in 2007 as well, the ink has been dry for the author. Fans won’t have to wait too long to know more about the novel though as an announcement for the details of Rowling’s new book should be made later this year. And unlike having to wait for the Harry Potter e-books to come out with the deployment of Pottermore, when her new novel debuts the e-books will come out at the exact same time.