August 2005 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 9, Issue 5.

In This Issue:

J.K. Rowling and the Extraordinary Life
She was only 32 when Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in Great Britain by Bloomsbury; she turned 40 on July 31, 2005, and now has an estimated net worth of $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, who lists her as one of the most powerful women in the world. The Harry Potter books have sold 270 million copies in 62 languages worldwide. The sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, sold 6.9 million copies in its first 24 hours of release and is the largest-ever product debut on The new book has already generated over $100 million in revenue. It made more money than its primary competitor on the release weekend: the Johnny Depp film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. When movie executives are worried about a book release hurting ticket sales, that's when you know something extraordinary has happened. But how did this shy, bookish British girl grow into the polished, savvy media mogul that she is today? It is truly an extraordinary story: Joanne Kathleen Rowling had a happy childhood. But after college, a series of tragedies struck her life. She has said that she values courage most of all and that is a trait that she has in abundance. Claire E. White explores the life of J.K. Rowling is this exclusive feature, "J.K. Rowling and the Extraordinary Life."

The Harry Potter Fantastic Links Page
For Harry Potter fans, the Internet is a fantastic resource. We've selected what we think are the best resources for Harry Potter on the Web. We've also configured searches for you, so you can easily keep up with all the latest breaking Harry Potter news. This should be enough to keep you busy reading.

Rhyme or Reason: Part 4
In her latest article, Mary Dawson continues her series on rhymes. Mary examines some interesting, alternative rhyme patterns that will give you creative options to use when you need contrast, or when you simply get stuck with a word that is too difficult to rhyme.

The Road Not Taken
Author Nancy Geary asked herself what would have happened if she had chosen a different path? Would she have another agent or none at all? Would she ever have been published? In this author essay, Nancy explains how thinking about her life decisions helped inspire her latest novel, Being Mrs. Alcott (Warner Books), which was focuses on the question of "accident or fate" versus "choice or free will."

Robert Lacey, a British historian and bestselling author who has been a frequent guest on shows like Larry King Live, explains why he still loves history even after he discovered its imperfections. He explains why when telling history it is important to remember to tell a story -- to both illuminate and entertain. Lacey's latest book is called, Great Tales From English History (Little, Brown).

Book Reviews

Children's/Young Adult

Across the Wall by Garth Nix (Eos)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic)


Scattered Suns: The Saga of the Seven Suns Book 4 by Kevin J. Anderson (Warner Books)
The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks (Doubleday)


Spring Into Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists by Barry J. Rosenberg (Addison Wesley)


Creepers by David Morrell (CDS Books)

Romance and Women's Fiction

Breaking Point by Suzanne Brockman (Ballantine Books)
Crimson City by Liz Maverick (Dorchestser)
A Taste of Crimson by Marjorie M. Liu (LoveSpell)

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