Editor who turned down JKR speaks

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Posted: 14 years ago
Though JK Rowling has been kind-hearted enough never to mention them by name, John Kenney, one of the four editors who declined to publish her Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the mid-1990s recently wrote a story for The International Herald Tribune about why he turned it down. He writes:

When I did arrive, the office was empty. On my desk I saw a manila envelope. The cover letter was from an agent I'd never heard of. British. Said the enclosed manuscript was "the next great children's book, a 'Goodnight Moon' for preteens." I laughed. My father, who had also been a book editor before turning to taxidermy, had passed on "Goodnight Moon," and he and I often laughed at that.

I've always thought myself a rather keen spotter of "the next big book." Certainly that was my reputation. I don't wish to boast, but....

I read the first few chapters of this so-called manuscript and, frankly, thought it drivel.

February, perhaps March of the next year, I received a call from J.K. Rowling herself.... I said I enjoyed her work a great deal, but that it didn't meet our needs at this time - the standard industry brushoff. There was a pause and I thought the line had gone dead when I heard laughing. "Mr. Wortham," she said with a light British accent. "I was calling as a courtesy, actually. To tell you that I sold the book. To Scholastic. For..." The line went dead. Or perhaps I passed out. I forget which.


Be sure to check out his full article; it's great for a laugh! Thanks to WN for the link!

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Posted: 14 years ago
thanks for posting it
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thanx a lot for the sharing the article Big smile
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