This is the last time I lose sleep over J.K. Rowling.
With the Harry Potter books, Rowling’s publishers released her novels in what the industry calls a one-day laydown, which means that everyone—book buyers and critics alike—gets the book on the same day.
That meant pulling all-nighters if you wanted to get your review out there with everyone else at the same time. Given all the hoopla surrounding the Potter novels, that made a certain amount of sense: If millions of tweens were able to devour those 500- and 600-page books in a day or so, surely a critic could, too. Read more