JK Rowling posts letters of rejection on Twitter to help budding authors

The Harry Potter author JK Rowling has shared some withering rebuffs publishers sent to her alter ego Robert Galbraith, in an effort to comfort aspiring authors.

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News Review 1.6

Maybe it is just my imagination, but JK Rowling seems to be commanding a lot of ink in the papers these days. Here are just some of the stories I have seen in the last few weeks featuring everybody’s favourite creator of Harry Potter.


From The Guardian

JK Rowling has some inspirational advice for graduating students – or for anyone in this universe, really. Her new book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, out on 14 April, is her 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University, published by Little, Brown. Proceeds from sales will be donated to Lumos, a charity for disadvantaged children founded by Rowling, and to a financial aid programme at Harvard.

JK Rowling’s life advice: ten quotes on the lessons of failure


From The Telegraph

They were arguably the most-anticipated children’s books of all time, with legions of young fans desperate to find out how it all ends.

Now, the extraordinary lengths JK Rowling and her publishers went to ensure the secrets of Harry Potter were not spilled have been revealed, in a tale of subterfuge nearly as remarkable as her plots.

A new book, a comprehensive bibliography of Rowling’s works, has shared the inner workings of her team, disclosing how they protected her ideas with a mixture of fake titles, an internet ban and a Sainsbury’s plastic bag.

How JK Rowling kept her Harry Potter secrets from the world (and how The Telegraph helped)


From The Huffington Post

J.K Rowling doesn’t write tweets all that often but when she does they tend to be absolute gems and her latest is no exception.

On Tuesday, the ‘Harry Potter’ author was responding to a fan who said she couldn’t picture Dumbledore the wizard as homosexual.

JK Rowling Responds To Harry Potter Fan Asking Why Dumbledore Is Gay In Incredible Tweet


From The Guardian

JK Rowling has offered hope to aspiring authors everywhere, after revealing that the first literary agent she sent the manuscript of Harry Potter to responded with just a slip of paper rejecting it.

To add insult to injury, the agent also held onto the folder she submitted her work in, Rowling wrote on Twitter, in response to a question from a fan who asked if she would “ever get nervous emailing agents” when she first started out.

JK Rowling says she received ‘loads’ of rejections before Harry Potter successs

BOOKS ON SCREEN: The Casual Vacancy.

There has been a copy of JK Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, sitting on my book shelf for ages. I haven’t got around to reading it, and now I may not have to, because tonight the fine people at the BBC will be airing an adaptation of JK Rowling’s novel.

Of course if the adaptation is particularly good, or if it is accompanied by reviews saying how it veered away from the novel too much it may actually inspire me to read the book… Though my list of books in my ‘To Read’ pile is growing weekly, so it may take some time to get around to it.