J.K. Rowling has a new book…and it’s not for kids. The author has signed a world English deal with Little, Brown, selling print, e-book and audio rights to her first novel for adults. David Shelley, publisher of the Little Brown Book Group in the U.K., will be editing the work, which is currently untitled; he brokered the deal with Neil Blair of The Blair Partnership. Rumors have surfaced that Little, Brown was given an exclusive on the work.
Michael Pietsch, publisher of Little, Brown in the U.S., will be handling the American publication of the novel.
LB said that, along with the book’s title, it will announce a publication date, and plot details, later in the year.
From the Associated Press:
“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, 46, said in a statement released by Little, Brown. “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.”