Potter no more

J.K. Rowling, likely the most successful fiction writer of the late 20th century, is back in business. The Harry Potter author, who sold an estimated [insert giant number here] copies of her seven children’s books, has inked a new deal to write a work for adult audiences.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world,” Rowling, 46, said in a statement released by Little, Brown. “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

Little, Brown are also publishers of Stephanie Myers’ hugely popular Twilight series, which, like the Harry Potter books, earned a massive worldwide following among young readers.