On 26th September, bookstores in the UK underwent cloak-and-dagger security operations in what was said to be the biggest publishing event of the year. The stores in mention were instructed to keep deliveries under lock and key, and were made to sign strict legal agreements.
One bookseller (who declined to be named) even said, “We are not supposed to open the boxes of books when they are delivered before the embargo time, and we are also supposed to be keeping them in a safe as part of the agreement.” (Source)
Gee. What could’ve been causing the entire ruckus?
Ah. The launch “The Casual Vacancy”. Now it makes sense!
What did you say? It doesn’t ring a bell? Perhaps the name of its author would – J.K. Rowling. Yes, the woman who conjured up the world of “Harry Potter” all on her own, selling 460 million copies worldwide, has had her books translated into 73 languages, and produced eight blockbuster movies.
And therefore, billionaire.
It seems that she has ventured into writing adult novels now. Why the sudden urge to do so?
Little known fact: J.K. Rowling was on a train when she first thought of the big idea behind “Harry Potter” in 1990. Five years ago, she had another “light bulb” moment while she was on a private jet, touring the United States to promote “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” aka the last Harry Potter book. (Source)
How apt! Quite frankly, we’ve been so used to her “Harry Potter” style of writing that we can’t wait to pick up a copy of her new adult fiction. Think she’d be able to work some magic in there as well?
We’ll just have to wait and see!
For more information, visit J.K. Rowling’s official website.