A fascinating interview with J K Rowling (AKA Robert Galbraith) in The Guardian.
J K Rowling on rejection slips:
… the first publisher ever to turn down Harry [Potter] wrote Robert [Galbraith] his rudest rejection. So I think it’s safe to say I will never write for them. They clearly don’t like me, in whatever way I present myself. [Laughs]
J K Rowling on success:
Some people would assume that you’re sitting around feeling simply marvellous and shining your baubles. But I remember, a week after I got my American deal, which got me a lot of press, one of my very best girlfriends rang me and said, “I thought you’d sound so elated.” From the outside, I’m sure everything looked amazing. But in my flat, where I was still a single mum and I didn’t know who to call to do my hair, everything felt phenomenally overwhelming. For the first time in my life I could buy a house, which meant security for my daughter and me, but I now felt: “The next book can’t possibly live up to this.” So I managed to turn this amazing triumph into tragedy, in the space of about five days.
J K Rowling on the birth of Harry Potter:
It was like an explosion of colour, and I could see lots of detail about the world. Of course the whole seven-book plot didn’t come at once, but the basic premises were there.
Lots more here.
Ever wondered what those editorial quotes on the backs of books are all about?
Here’s a quick guide:
|a real tear-jerker
||writing so bad it makes you cry
|a writer to watch
||as opposed to one you are actually want to read
||makes a great coaster
||not too many big words
||I felt something. Could’ve been the book. Could’ve been indigestion.
|an ebook original
||no proofreading and bad formatting
|brilliantly defies categorization
||even the author has no clue what he’s turned in
||prose so gorgeous you won’t really notice that nothing happens
||could have used an editor
||there’s something sticky on the cover
||sat unfinished for months while I read other stuff.
||major character is a dog, an old guy, or both
|in the proud tradition of J R R Tolkien
||has a dwarf in it
||not much happens
||not much happens
||overloaded with footnotes
||a short story with a large font
||a major character dies
||has a lot of bad words
||I’ve been lugging this monster all over town and I still can’t bring myself to finish it
||the writer must’ve been on drugs
(Freely adapted from One-Minute Book Reviews)