J.K. Rowling Leaves Christopher Little Literary Agency; Now Represented byThe Blair Partnership
June 30, 2011, 11:13 AM
The Bookseller is reporting that Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has ended her association with the Christopher Little Literary Agency and will be represented in the future by a new firm launched by longtime agent Neil Blair. The formation of The Blair Partnership follows Mr. Blair's exit from the Christopher Little Talent Agency. A rep for Ms. Rowling released the following statement in regards to the author's change in representation:
"We can confirm that J.K. Rowling has terminated her association with the Christopher Little Literary Agency. She will be represented forthwith by Neil Blair, who has left the Christopher Little Literary Agency and set up The Blair Partnership."
The report goes on to note the formation of Mr. Blair's partnership is still in its "infancy" with details "still to be ironed out," but "Blair's current base is at strategic digital agency TH_NK's offices in east London. TH_NK and Blair worked together to develop the Pottermore site, through which Rowling's Harry Potter books will be sold exclusively as e-books, though it is not yet known if TH_NK will be involved in Blair's new company."
I’m sorry but this is so shocking. I personally wouldnt have left the only company who hadnt turned me down, who had helped me so much, given me so much, and always been great friends. I respect Jo’s decisions, however this shocks me.
Christopher Little was Jo’s first agent. According to Melissa’s book “Harry, A History” [pp. 65-67], Neil Blair was working for Warner Bros. around 1997-1998 during initial negotiations for the movie project.
Actually, I’m a little shocked too with this piece of news. We all know how Jo struggled at the beginning when everybody turned her book down and how her now former Agency was the only one that opened the doors and helped her become one of the greatest authors of all time.
I imagine that she had a big reason to leave Christropher Little. I just think that if she left just to follow Mr. Blair is a little unfair, although he also became a very important part of the saga’s history. Don’t you think it’s a little disloyal to take probably the most important client the Agency you used to work for had? Not very Gryffindor!!!
I don’t see how this is shocking. The man who has been her agent from day one and her friend branches out to start his own agency, obviously she is going with him as are a fair number of his other clients I’d imagine. It’s not uncommon when things like this happen. Congratulations to Blair!