JK Rowling’s literary agent – who is it and how can you submit your book to JK Rowling’s literary agency for consideration?
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Photo: JK Rowling reading at White House by Daniel Ogren
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Who Is JK Rowlings Literary Agent?
JK Rowling was born in England where she lives with her husband and three children. JK Rowling started writing the bestselling Harry Potter series on a train. The first book was first published in 1997. The seventh and final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published in 2007. JK Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012.
As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, JK Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University. JK Rowling supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.
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Neil Blair – JK Rowling’s literary agent
JK Rowling’s book agent is British lawyer Neil Blair with The Blair Partnership.
Blair has been JK Rowling’s book agent since since 2001, when he left his job as Warner Bros.’ head of business affairs in Europe. JK Rowling’s book agent was the mastermind behind her becoming her own digital publisher, enabling JK Rowling to sell Harry Potter e-books without having to share the wealth with a publisher.
TH_NK worked with JK Rowling’s book agent to develop the Pottermore site, through which Rowling’s Harry Potter books are now sold exclusively as ebooks. Blair used to work with Christopher Little Literary Agency before setting up his new company when JK Rowling “terminated her association” with them.
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hi there this is Richard Clark and I life in town called Essex in saffron Walden in the uk and am 31 year old man and I am writing a book called Louie Gambit book and I am looking, for some one to publisher my book I have done the from. Cover and the back cover like to know more contact me.
Hi Richard, we’re not a publisher or a literary agency. Just want to make sure you know that. I’m a former literary agent and publishing marketing executive now helping authors get literary agents and publishers. Take a look at our websites here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/websites/. And if you want 1-on-1 support to reach your goals you can find out how to do that here: https://literary-agents.com/book-marketing/. Let me know if I can help, and have a great weekend. Mark
Hello, My name is Ron Mackey and I am the author of “Parenting: The Bottom Line.” I have just completed
a manuscript for my second book, Me, School Bus Driver?
I retired after 25 years driving a school bus, and I am sharing with parents what to expect for their child on their first day of school, and what goes on in the life of a school bus driver in the course of a day, as he or she drives more than 28.8 million children to and from school every year.
Hi Ron, congratulations on finishing your second book. What’s your question? How can I help? Mark
I will let you know immediately. Please keep me informed of any additional Literary Agents. I have already submitted to 188 agents. That’s not enough though.
Thanks Joe, and we update the directory every few weeks or so. Mark
Your directory is a perfect fit for trying to find Literary Agents of specific interests. I was able to send to 38 Literary Agents in the Action/Adventure – Military/Espionage genre. Well done and thank you.
Hi Joe, I’m thrilled to know that… do let us know if you have any success getting requests, etc. We like to celebrate with people. 😉 Mark
I salute you for putting all the hard work into building this amazing directory.
I think your website is the only site where you can find such detailed and up to date information for free.
I trust you for doing a lot of research and giving your followers the most relevant and importnt information.
Hi Ally! Thank you so much for taking time to post and share that feedback. I’m delighted that you’re finding it helpful, and I’m looking forward to hearing more good news from you in the New Year about your writing. You know where to find me. 🙂
It is definitely a good teaser to name the agent adept at picking up a series that became such an enormous financial success. Of course, it is always up to the writers to pique their interest. What do you surmise might have been the hook for this agent to give Ms. Rowling the chance?
Hi Ilya, I have no idea… but how cool would it be if I could get lots of famous authors to agree to give me the query letter they used that landed their agent. Hmm. Maybe a book that I might put together. The only downside is that I know some of them probably wrote not so great letters, but got lucky anyway. But I am seriously thinking about doing this. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for taking time to post, looking forward to celebrating your success. 🙂 Mark
Thank you Mark, you are a genius for working so hard and sharing the directory for free. Loved the article as well, for the whole world of writers want to know all there is to know about that magic lady JK Rowling.
My pleasure, this is fun for me. 🙂 Glad you like the article and you’re checking out the directory. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the holiday season. And don’t hesitate to post questions for me as they come up. I’m happy to help. Mark
Thank you for your directory. JK Rowling’s agent may not be the right agent for everybody but the directory will help anybody. | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
JK Rowlings Literary Agent | Hi Vitch, glad you like the directory… I’m even happier that you took the time to tell me so. 🙂 It was brutal putting it together. Even though it was a labor of love, I had my moments… much like the process of writing a book. If you have any questions that I might be able to help you with, you can post them here: https://literary-agents.com/ask-a-literary-agent …or on any blog page like this one. Enjoy your weekend and the rest of the holiday season. Mark | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
Love the listing Mark, thank you, and I enjoyed the blog post. But my issue is still finding the niche agent. Plus, finding a readership for my paranormal mystery series. I’ve followed your tips, as well as others, but the market is so flooded.
But, I will not give up, so keep posting please, I always learn something. | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
JK Rowlings Literary Agent | Hi Robin, if you’ve already sent submissions to all the “Paranormal” agents in my directory, try submitting to those literary agencies under “General Fiction.” There are many agents there that would be open to/interested in your work. And, of course, you can always work with me 1-on-1 to improve your query. Either way, please keep at it. Persistence is half the reason authors get published. It’s also half the reason that successful agents are successful. Mark | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
Your agent index is awesome. I’m not sure Rowling’s agent would like my work, but your directory makes the search for a match less daunting. | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
JK Rowlings Literary Agent | Hi Laura, always good to see your smiling face here on my blog. And thank you sending me love about the agent directory. Maybe someone who’s been procrastinating about getting in there to check it out will be inspired to do so after reading your comment. 🙂 Looking forward to working more with you in the new year. Enjoy your weekend and the rest of the holiday season. Mark | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
I’m excited to see this directory up and running and will definitely use it as one of my tools in deciding which agents to query. On the first page of the category I searched was the picture of someone who looked strangely familiar to me.though I’m sure I don’t know her. Hmm. . . | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
JK Rowlings Literary Agent | Hi Ellen, your comment left me totally perplexed… and a bit intrigued. 🙂 What do you mean about the agent that “looked strangely familiar” to you. I’m not always the sharpest pen on the desk, so you’ll have to explain. Mark | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
I’m afraid that may describe the affect my writing has on people — ‘totally perplexed. . . and a bit intrigued’. Did you ever see a picture of someone, or a real person, and think “Don’t I know you?”
Ah, okay… now I get it. Wasn’t sure if I accidentally posted the wrong person’s photo or something along those lines. Looking forward to our upcoming call together, and Happy New Year. Let’s make it a great one. Talk soon. Mark
Mark, you’re clearly adept at multi-tasking and getting things done. I’m still wondering where the year went. | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
JK Rowlings Literary Agent | Not according to my wife. She’s MUCH better at it than I am. But I try. 😉 Congratulations again on winning the gift card. I’ll make sure that gets sent out to you ASAP. Enjoy your weekend and the rest of the holiday season. Mark | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
I was not aware that she was now exclusively digital. A few years back Stephen King wrote a novel as an exclusive ebook but I don’t know what the results were in terms of sales, etc. This must be a very disturbing trend for conventional publishers – and agents as well.
The drawback for authors, as I see it, is the drain on time and resources to actively, and professionally, market your book successfully. What’s your take, Mark? | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
JK Rowlings Literary Agent | I wasn’t either, until I started doing my research. It blew my mind as a matter of fact. This isn’t going to be too troubling to publishers because most of them are smarter now. They won’t publish your print book unless they also have the ebook rights. And the only way that someone can do well on their own with ebooks is if they are already famous, or a super savvy marketer. Most authors aren’t, and don’t want to be. As you alluded to, it’s a lot of work! Mark | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
I think it was smart of her to choose a lawyer. Today’s book contracts are more confusing than ever. I also wish my agent had retained e-book rights for me or I had had the foresight to do that myself. Live and learn the hard way. How did she choose so wisely? | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
JK Rowlings Literary Agent | Hi Darlene, it’s one part luck… but the bigger part is putting yourself in the best position possible, to get as many good agents interested in you as possible, within a small window of time… so you can then compare agents and choose the best one for you. I have an article about it here: https://literary-agents.com/finding-a-literary-agent/stop-looking-for-a-literary-agent. Good hearing from you. Have a great weekend. Mark | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
JK Rowlings Literary Agent | Thank you so much, Mark. Sadly, it never crossed my mind that more than one agent at a time might be interested in me. I know what I want in an agent, I’m just not sure it’s possible. And, yes, I do currently have an agent but she seems to be emphasizing different genres. I assume it’s in line with the marketplace. | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
JK Rowlings Literary Agent | Okay, since that’s your situation… let’s focus on the positive and assume you’re in good hands. What else can we do? 😉 Keep me posted on your progress either way. Hopefully, I’ll be able to celebrate your success sometime soon. Or, I’ll be able to help you find a better agent. By the way, did you get your agent using any of the advice that you found here on my site, or did you already have an agent before you found me? Mark | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
Thanks, Mark. I’m a mid-list non-fiction author. I had my agent long before I found you. My latest book has won three awards. That’s lovely but I can’t eat awards. 😉 I’m “playing” with another book idea right now, also non-fiction but a completely different topic.
I appreciate your feedback. The thumping you occasionally hear is my head banging against the wall. LOL
You can find out more about my work at my website if you’re interested. I’m not going to take up more space here.
Darn, the fact that you did it all before you “met” me… means that I can’t take credit for any of your success. 🙂 Glad to hear about it all the same though. And it’s terrific that you have awards. That’s a step in the right direction. And… I just checked out your website and your books. You are absolutely fabulous. Where were you when I was an agent? I would have taken you on in a heartbeat. Let me know if I can ever do anything for you. And Happy New Year! Mark
J K Rowling’s Literary Agent, is a lucky fellow, and is going to be rather busy in 2013. 🙂 | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
Hi Glynis, yes indeed. And it’s always good to see your smiling face. | JK Rowlings Literary Agent
Thanks! Happy New Year. 😀 | JK Rowlings Literary Agent