JK Rowling has a new agreement with British-based Little, Brown Book Group to publish her first novel geared towards adults. However, an exact release date and story plot are still unknown.
JK Rowling is best known for her “Harry Potter” series, which broke sales records worldwide. The 2007 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was the seventh and final book in the series, sold approximately 44 million copies. Fifteen million of those copies were sold in the first 24 hours of the books release, making it the fastest selling book in history.
Fans of the series were so disappointed with the story of Harry Potter finally coming to a close, that a website Pottermore has been created to help the magical boy live on for those ardent fans. It’s also spawned a considerable amount of “fan-fiction” works, in which readers of “Harry Potter” create their own side stories for the books’ characters.
The book also inspired a series of eight movies with Warner Bros, earning over $7.7 billion, making it the high-grossing film series of all-time.
"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," Rowling noted in a statement. "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."
While there is little doubt that the author’s upcoming novel will sell millions of copy, it’s still unknown if she will be accepted amongst adult literary crowds. Though, her “Harry Potter” series was received well with older crowds, showing that juvenile fiction isn’t only for the young- but the old as well.
The “Harry Potter” series has been translated into over 70 languages worldwide.
Little, Brown is also the publishing company behind author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series.