Your Zero-to hero story is truly inspiring! Happy Birthday to J.K. Rowling who turns 49 today! Her celebrated literary career has transformed into something even beyond her wildest imagination, but don’t you think she’s just getting started now! #ProjectWorldDomination
Selling 15 million copies of the first day of publication is a dream for many writers, but anymore for J K Rowling, her imagination has resonated with children and adults, it is a gold standard. In the era where people were not, reading books at all, JK Rowling made us Potter- manic bookworms!
But JK Rowling fairy tale success was born out of struggle and heartbreak; 12 Best Publishers Turned Down Her Book
Every Potter fan knows that Rowling was a jobless single mother on communal aid when she penned down her first book. But still, we found some other praiseworthy factoids worth knowing about one of the most adored children's book authors.
8- year old Bloomsbury chairperson’s daughter, Alice was the reason behind first book
Like many first-time authors, Rowling’s life was not a cakewalk; in fact dozens of publishers rejected her. Finally, a small British publisher, Bloomsbury, said YES! Bloomsbury saw the prospective of the book because the chairman of the publishing house gave the first part to his then eight-year-old daughter, Alice, to read. Upon concluding, she requested the follow-up texts immediately. However, Bloomsbury was not swayed that it had a bestseller on its hands. Rowling’s editor, Barry Cunningham, warned her that she needed to get a day job because it was impossible to make a living writing children’s books.
She always stood for the things she believed in
After her divorce, she moved from Portugal to Edinburgh, Scotland near her sister. The unsuccessful marriage with Portugal TV reporter Jorge Arantes caused her so much sadness that she suffered clinical depression and she went as far as to mull over suicide. But she soon took teaching as a career in Scotland and further got a postgraduate degree also.
From Rags to Becoming the First Billionaire Author in the World
By the time we fell in love with Harry Potter, her third and fourth edition had smashed all the records. Her sequence of seven books has since sold more than 450 million copies which changed her life from top to bottom.
Later on, Warner Brother purchased the film rights to the first two novels for $1.5 million.
In 2011, Forbes approximates her total worth about $1 billion and that made her the wealthiest writer of the world.
Wisdom from Her Story
I hope that this zero to hero story of J.K. Rowling will hearten and push you to never give up on your biggest ideas.
Doing what you truly like is one of the essential first steps towards realizing your goals. Whether it is playing football or in any other thing, keeping the fervor alive offers enough fuel to continue the steer.
Leave no dream behind!