Excellent article. Just because a writer has been successful with one audience or in one genre shouldn’t mean they are not allowed to find success in others.

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JKR If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It

Lyn Shepherd has stirred up a lot of comment with her article in the Huffington Post She was happy for J K Rowling ‘Pottering about” but feels the massive publicity about her adult books ”sucked the oxygen from the entire publishing and reading atmosphere.” She finishes ”By all means keep writing for kids, or for your personal pleasure… but when it comes to the adult market you’ve had your turn….it’s time to give other writers, and other writing, room to breathe.”

I think that Lyn is mistaken. Firstly there is plenty of room for all sorts of books and writers in the market. Yes, it is easy for JKR to get publicity for anything she writes but but libraries, bookshops and publishers promote large ranges of books by popular and new authors and know that people who are tempted…

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  1. The reality of writing is that the pie grows with its contributors. Rowling got a lot of kids reading with Harry Potter who might not otherwise have done so. The publicity about her adult books is raising the general profile of books. This is all to the good for every writer.


    • Agreed and a lot of those children she got hooked on reading, like myself, are adults now. Their tastes might have changed when it comes to reading so by writing adult books in other genres, she is arguably keeping hold of her established fans and garnering new ones.


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