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J.K. Rowling Leaves Christopher Little Literary Agency; Now Represented byThe Blair Partnership

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
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."

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31 Comments

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oh first comment. wow thats diffrent, but good for her by branching out.

Posted by AlexWeasley12 {WitchFelicis130} on June 30, 2011, 11:18 AM report to moderator
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The Pottermore Team biographies referred to Neil as Jo’s literary agent, but I hadn’t spotted the implications.

Posted by roonwit on June 30, 2011, 11:59 AM report to moderator
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I wonder why she left Christopher Little, they’ve always had a good relationship.

Posted by Livi22-((ROAR!)) on June 30, 2011, 12:10 PM report to moderator
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Neil has always been her agent – he left the Christopher Little agency and Jo left with him.

Posted by GaryPotter(ROAR) on June 30, 2011, 12:10 PM report to moderator
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The pottermore preview is up http://press.pottermore.com/preview/chapter_six_intro.jpg . I suspect people were expecting a bit more than this, but it gives us a bit more to analyze.

Posted by roonwit on June 30, 2011, 12:15 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by RubeusHagrid on June 30, 2011, 12:59 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Fragesteller on June 30, 2011, 01:12 PM report to moderator
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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!!!

Posted by Halfblood Princess on June 30, 2011, 01:20 PM report to moderator
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As long as she is happy with it :)

Posted by Bella'love ^HISS^ on June 30, 2011, 01:26 PM report to moderator
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Whatever she thinks is best is good for me :)

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on June 30, 2011, 01:32 PM report to moderator
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Well I guess if Neil Blair has been her long term agent, then she has built up a good working relationship with him and is staying loyal to that.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on June 30, 2011, 01:37 PM report to moderator
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Is it possible that the Little agency was not in a position to go digital at this point in time? Just asking. Since Neil has been her agent all along one would assume that her loyalty to him and her working relationship with him would be reason enough.

Posted by hewy on June 30, 2011, 01:53 PM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by greenfire on June 30, 2011, 02:06 PM report to moderator
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I hope this means she will write some non-potter books soon!

Posted by PotterPants on June 30, 2011, 03:53 PM report to moderator
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You do everything for a reason, even if she doesn’t want to share it. (:

Posted by . on June 30, 2011, 04:24 PM report to moderator
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