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July 9, 2005

The worst advice J.K. Rowling ever received


Barry Cunningham, her first editor at Bloomsbury Publishing in London, told Jacqueline Blais of USA Today that he gave Ms. Rowling (above) "terrible advice" when they met in the 1990s.

At the time Ms. Rowling was a divorced woman without much money.

Cunningham continued, "She was telling me about her circumstances. I was worried she was really relying on Harry [Potter] to be the future for her and her daughter. I told her she wouldn't make any money at children's books and she should get a day job."

The USA Today story went on to note that since then, her first five Harry Potter books (in a series of seven) have sold an estimated 270 million copies worldwide in 62 languages.

Rowling herself is now on Forbes' list of the world's wealthiest individuals, with an estimated net worth of $1 billion, more than the queen of England.

Her new book, "Harry Potter and the Half–Blood Prince," goes on sale at one minute after midnight next Saturday, July 16.

What is it with this one minute after the hour stuff, anyway? But I digress.

Ms. Rowling plans to be at Edinburgh Castle reading from the book.


The event will be beamed by satellite to TV and radio stations around the globe.

July 9, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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