Here's what JK Rowling said through Little Brown's press release:
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
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Did you hear the news?!? J.K. Rowling's agent has announced the upcoming release of her new book! And it's for adults!
Here's what The Blair Partnership had to say:
We are please to announce that our client, J.K. Rowling, will be releasing a new novel for adults. Further details will be announced later in the year.
So, what do you think? A book for adults! I don't think it will be fantasy, as she said previously that she thought she'd covered that. So, what type?
Also, I'll go back to our earlier speculation thread on when Jo would make the announcement and see who came closest to guessing this. Will post back here soon!
UPDATE: I just checked the earlier speculation thread, and so far, two predictions seem to be close to target! First off, author Lisa Gail Green predicted the next release would be for adults! Yay Lisa!! And I was 9 days off predicting when the book would be announced as I had chosen February 14 for an announcement.
Still waiting to see when the release actually is to determine which predictions came closest!
Also, @HPSupporters is reporting that JKRowling.com will be redesigned and re-launched later this spring. You can sign up for further announcements at Jo's website.
UPDATE: Rowling's agent, Neil Blair, revealed through an Associated Press story that "there had been no auction." Writers will surely be curious about this development.
I would think that if Little Brown had pre-empted, that Blair would have said so, which leads me to think that Blair and Rowling must have approached the publisher Jo most wanted to work with. What do you think?
UPDATE: Yes, PublishersWeekly mentions rumors that Little Brown was given an exclusive!
Also, be prepared for a spring full of games and fun from Jo! If she's true to form -- and by announcing the book without announcing the title and genre, it seems like she will be -- we're in for several weeks of hints and clues to string us along and keep the excitement building!
Keep coming back! I'll update this post throughout the day as the story unfolds!
Photo credit from @HPSupporters.