'Wolf Brother' to take on Harry Potter
September 2, 2004 at 6:16 PM ET
Yahoo! News (via AFP)
wolf brother, michelle paver
Set in prehistoric times, a fantasy book about a boy hunter who befriends a wolf cub is already being compared to JK Rowling's Harry Potter series.
Originally written over 20 years ago by author Michelle Paver, Wolf Brother is being released worldwide, with sales of its publishing rights totaling $5 million USD. In contrast, the rights to Rowling's first Potter novel were purchased by Scholastic for only $105,000, according to Forbes.
Paver is turning the book into a series with the hope of duplicating Rowling's success with Potter, which has spawned three hugely successful movies and made Rowling the first billionaire author.
An interesting article published by The Globe and Mail last year reveals just how hard publishers are trying to find that next billion-dollar story.