Rowling Goes Adult

As soon as it was announced that J.K. Rowling will be publishing an adult novel, I got a staff request to review it. And we don’t even know what the book will be about or when it will be published. The Little, Brown Book Group will be responsible for the new title‚ Rowling is taking the plunge with a new publisher‚ and you can imagine that the editors there are all thrilled. Here is what Rowling has to say so far:

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.”

Will folks be as wild about this new venture as they were about Harry? Time will tell, but the border between YA and adult is clearly getting more and more fluid.


Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.


  1. teetop says:

    She will have to start by being more concise. If she gives the same minute detail about the lives of adults that she did to the Potter kids, it will be painful.