We don’t know when or where or what, we only do know that it will happen and, when it does, we don’t need to be told that the world will watch. And closely.

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and one of the wealthiest women in the world, has announced that she’s signed a deal with Little, Brown for publication in the United Kingdom and the United States. UK publisher David Shelley will act as editor while US responsibility will fall to executive VP Michael Pietsch, who famously edited David Foster Wallace.

Though nothing has been said about title, date or anything about the book, Rowling has said that the “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. 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.”

No details — or even hints — about the monetary value of this deal have been announced. However when the news has spread a little wider, speculation will likely be deep.

Meanwhile, fans can expect more details about the upcoming project over the coming months.

January Magazine’s 2000 interview with Rowling is here.

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