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J.K. Rowling Follows Her Agent & Leaves Christopher Little Literary Agency

UK literary agent Neil Blair will be leaving the Christopher Little Literary Agency, taking client J.K. Rowling with him. The Bookseller reports that Blair will be setting up his own firm, The Blair Partnership.

Here’s more from the article: “Blair’s current base is at strategic digital agency TH_NK’s offices in east London. TH_NK and Blair worked together to develop the Pottermore site, through which Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be sold exclusively as e-books, though it is not yet known if TH_NK will be involved in Blair’s new company.”

According to scotsman.com, freelance readers  convinced agency founder Christopher Little to sign the author in 1996.

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HP-5: Publishing-centric Roundup

  • Bloomsbury defends Potter pricing. [Telegraph]
  • Meet Christopher Little, probably the richest agent in publishing as a result of Harry Potter. [Observer]
  • The cost of HP security: a cool 10 million pounds. [Telegraph]
  • But even with tightened security, the books might not make all the money publishers are looking for. [LA Times]
  • Two teens have started a Harry Potter vigil in Fairbanks, Alaska. [Seattle Times]
  • Critical comment one: Ron Charles wonders if 325 million sales just means a lot of collective kool-aid drinking. [WaPo]
  • Critical comment two: Kevin Nance went from a cranky Muggle to an addicted Potter fan. [Sun-Times]
  • Christopher Little Agency Offers Prize to Student Writers

    With yesterday’s news that the Sobol Award was canceled after a sustained outcry still reverberating, the contest sponsored by notable UK agency Christopher Little – a 1,500 pound prize available for students on the creative writing course at City University in London – sticks out even more. The difference? The agency, most famous for representing J.K. Rowling, offers the chance of representation by the agency upon receiving and judging the first three chapters and a synopsis of the book they must write as a course requirement, instead of a locked-in requirement that they represent the book.

    Patrick Janson-Smith of the Christopher Little Literary Agency said: “Considering the number of trees chopped down to feed this industry, real talent does not grow on them. We feel this is a practical way to seek out authors who are fresh and original, who have a particular voice and are not same old, same old.”