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

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Jun 30, 2011

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

Avatar Imagealexweasley12 says: oh first comment. wow thats diffrent, but good for her by branching out.Avatar Imageroonwit says: The Pottermore Team biographies referred to Neil as Jo's literary agent, but I hadn't spotted the implications.Avatar ImageLivi22 says: I wonder why she left Christopher Little, they've always had a good relationship.Avatar ImageGaryPotter says: Neil has always been her agent - he left the Christopher Little agency and Jo left with him. Avatar Imageroonwit says: 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.Avatar ImageRubeusHagrid says: 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. Avatar ImageFragesteller says: 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.Avatar ImageVane-Ale says: 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!!! Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: As long as she is happy with it :)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Whatever she thinks is best is good for me :)Avatar Imagemoglet says: 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.Avatar Imagehewy says: 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.Avatar Imagegreenfire says: 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!Avatar ImagePotterPants says: I hope this means she will write some non-potter books soon!Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: You do everything for a reason, even if she doesn't want to share it. (:Avatar Imageroonwit says: There could be many reasons for the switch. It is worth noting that Jo recently made a similar change with her Press or PR representatives, moving from a big firm to individuals who had recently left that firm. I would guess that she has mainly been working with Neil in the past few years so it made sense for her to go with him when he set up his own firm.Avatar Imagesboyer06 says: good luck Jo, do JK Rowling good!!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: OUCH!!! I bet that hurts the pocketbook!Avatar ImageGraymayne says: When has Jo ever shown a mean streak? How can you possibly question her motives when she has always been the most generous and appreciative of people.Avatar Imageroonwit says: Won_Two: Yes, Jo might have paid a lot to buy out the contracts for the existing Potter books, as they could easily have specified that the Christopher Little Literary Agency gets a percentage of the profits from them.Avatar Imagekiwimci says: I thought Neil Blair was one of her lawyers? Did I just make that up? I presume she has a good working relationship and trust. But Little is the one we know, the man we always see in interviews, documentaries and press releases. I always thought he was her agent. It does seem very shocking to me!Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: Interesting! It doesn't really matter what agency she is will as long as she likes it right?Avatar Imageroonwit says: KiwiMcI: Neil Blair (Hufflepuff) was the lawyer within the Christopher Little Literary Agency that handled many of the legal cases Jo was involved in. Presumably he wants to branch out into more general literary agent work. Avatar ImageFragesteller says: How do you know that Neil Blair is Hufflepuff? Avatar Imageroonwit says: Fragesteller: The Pottermore staff profile press release http://press.pottermore.com/launch/Pottermore_TeamBiographiesAndCompanyProfiles_230611.pdf says Neil Blair (Hufflepuff) is J.K. Rowling’s literary agent, and has overseen the creation of Pottermore from its conception. Neil studied law at Exeter College, Oxford and the College of Law at Guildford before working at Linklaters in the City of London, and then joining Warner Bros where he was Head of Business Affairs, Europe. He joined the Christopher Little Literary Agency in 2001. Avatar ImageRubeusHagrid says: He's a Hufflepuff?...interesting. ^_^Avatar Imageowanalilypotter says: I don't understand why this is so shocking either. Everyone needs change at some point in their lives. I'm sure Jo is extremely grateful for the Christopher Little angecy and all that they've done for her, but I suppose she just needed to move on. She probably had other good reasons, but she doesn't have to share every aspect of her life with us. Neil Blair was an excellent literacy agent to her and a good friend as well. I wish her all the best with her new agency! :)Avatar ImageTheOtherHorcrux says: Quite shocked also. I mean, she's been turned down too many times and now she's leaving that publishing company? Oh well, Jo knows what she is doing! :)Avatar ImageEva Hedwig says: In my opinion, Jo acted very fair. She cancelled her contracts after all the HP books were released. There is no more relationship left. There are some very well known male writers, who had changed easily to other editiors once they become more famous. I admire Jo and other female writers, who stay loyal to their agents despite all the new and much better offers they get once they are well known. If Jo would have wanted to, she could have changed her agent since CoS or PoA. I wish her and Neil good luck with the new agency and loads of new books for us. Avatar Imageroonwit says: The BBC have a bit more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14011587 it sounds like they got a comment from Jo's side.Avatar Imageisoarcars says: These things often happen without there being a terrible conspiracy. It can be as simple as the primary agent has grown very large thanks to the relationship (Rowling) but has now included other interests competing with Rowling's. Perhaps Little has grown large and has Rowling's account is on auto-pilot. If Little has been taking possibly (in the beginning) a well earned 15% but now has simply shuffled off the account to an employee's cubicle, it may be time to reconsider the relationship and engage the employee in a new relationship. OR it could just be some good old Shakespearian adultry with intrique.

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