Have you ever wondered why to go for a formal boring work insisted by your academics, rather being tied up on your passionate works? The basic and foremost thought one gets hinted in mind is that “How can my passion be a monetary equivalent?” and you yourself period the question as “It can’t be.” The thing is, when you train or enrich your mind to drive in the money for your passion, you love the job, you love money, you love life! The life gets simpler there! Satisfying! Here is a blog of the kind, who turned her hobby-cum-passion to a billion!
15 Points on Joanne Rowling:
Name : Joanne Rowling
Born on/in : 31st July 1965 in Bristol, England
Known for : Author, Screenwriter, Philanthropist, Producer
Pen Name : J.K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith
Best works : Harry Potter series and Cormoran Strike Series
Net worth : $60 Million (as of 06/04/2020)
- Joanne Rowling was born on 31st July 1965 in Bristol, England and grew up with her aircraft engineer father ‘Peter’ (at RollsRoyce factory) and mother ‘Anne’, science technician in Chemistry department at Wyedean Comprehensive.
- Called as Jo, Joanne was surrounded by books from early ages. She used to tell stories to her younger sibling Dianne. At six, she wrote her first story book, ‘Rabbit’. At eleven, she finished writing a novel about ‘seven cursed diamonds and the people who owned them’.
“I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels”– J.K. Rowling
- Her schooling was the same where her mother worked. She remembered her teenage years as a non-easy one, since she had a strained relationship with her father & her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
- Failing in entrances of Oxford University, she joined BA French & Classics in Exeter University. She used to jazz around with books from University library, that clocked her a fine of 50 pounds for overdue books.
- After her degree in 1986, she left to London for her job as researcher in Amnesty International. “There in my little office I read hastily scribbled letters smuggled out of totalitarian regimes by men and women who were risking imprisonment to inform the outside world of what was happening to them”.
- Over waiting for a delayed train from Manchester to London King’s Cross in 1990, a scene of young wizard boy attending a wizard school fletched her mind, origin of the novel, ‘Harry Potter’.
- She then begun to write about the wizard, mostly in longhand and gradually built up a mass of notes, many of which were scribbled on odd scraps of paper. Whilst, in 1991, she lost her mother in New Year’s Day, at her 25.
- Jo in 1992, moved to Portugal to teach English. She there met and married a television journalist Jorge Arantes and had a baby-girl Jessica in 1993, named after her favorite author, Jessica Mitford.
- Later in 1993, due to a conflict with Jorge, she shifted to Edinburgh, with her girl and a suitcase of papers, written first three chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone. Returning to the city, she lived off government welfare and homeless for times.
- Those mid-twenties were so depressing to her, which once let her attempting suicide. She sought for a financial/professional help to lead the life. Bringing up Jessica as a single parent, her work and the novel was the most striving part of her life, she uttered. Then She began teaching in city schools and continued finishing the novel in her every spare time.
- Joanne having completed the full manuscript, sent first three of them to number of literary agents, precisely 13 and only one of them wrote back, to see the rest of it. She says it was “the best letter I had ever received in my life”.
- In 1997, Christopher little, Bloomsburg Children’s Books agreed to publish 500 copies of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stones”, by the name ‘J.K.Rowling’, in intention that young men wouldn’t like to buy books with female name as author. ‘K’ stands for ‘Kathleen’, her paternal grandmother. The publisher proffered an advance of 2500 pounds initially.
- By March of 1999, 300,000 copies were sold in the UK. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” won numerous awards, including the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, which is voted by both adults and children. In the United States, Rowling sold the book to Scholastic, which distributes it under the title “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” for more than $100,000, an unprecedented amount at the time. Then she bought her own apartment.
- In 2001, the film rights adaptation for the book was bought by Warner Bros., for a 7-figured amount for 1st two chapters. By the time, “Harry Potter and the Death Hallows – Part 2” was on-screen, it was the highest grossing movie franchise and the first Harry Potter movie reached nearly billion, becoming the most successful movie franchise in history.
- She completed her book series in 2007. The Harry Potter series of 7 books have sold more than 450 million copies and have translated into 67 languages. She was the first billionaire by writing books, according to Forbes; later she dropped off, by giving majority to charity.
She then married Neil Murray, a Scottish doctor in 2001 and had a child in 2003. She wrote a number of books and novels after Harry Potter, some of those are ‘The Casual Vacancy’ in 2012, ‘The Cuckoo’s calling’ in 2013, ‘Silkworm’ in 2014, ‘Career of Evil’ in 2015, ‘Lethal White’ in 2016 and so on.
She had won dozens of awards for her books. Joanne deserves to be a perfect example of being the best in your passion. If you love to do, be the best of it, but sure of legality and loyalty. Unless Harry Potter was screened, no one would have imagined of a billion for writing books. Dedication follows when engaged in passion, and as sure, if able to drive to have a financial part of passion, money follows too..!