Ladies & Gents, meet the Proofreader/Copy Editor for the Harry Potter Books

This really has nothing to do with the topic at hand, except that....both make me smile? Sure, let's go with that. Oh, and he's hottie hot hot.

Harry Potter was, without a doubt, the biggest publishing phenomenon of the 2000s. (I’m just going to pretend the Twilight thing never happened).  Imagine being a staffer at Bloomsbury UK, then at Scholastic in the US and Raincoast in Canada, watching as Harry, Ron & Hermione become increasingly popular by the day. *SIGH*  YA publishers are still trying to find “the next Harry.” Now, as we get ready to close another door on JK Rowling’s amazing blockbuster wizarding world with the final installment of the equally-successful movie franchise, here is an article about a woman named Susan Jeffers who lives in Riverton, Illinois…..and was proofreader for books 1-3 and copy editor for books 5-7.

WOW. I could never imagine having to be so secretive about such a fantastically amazing series. I think there’s definitely a longer article in this, going into details about keeping Harry a secret, and the enormous pressure on not just Jeffers but everyone involved in the publication of these books. I DID get a copy of the book Harry: A History by Melissa Anelli a few years ago for Christmas. I haven’t read it yet, but there’s probably lots of info in there!

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3 Responses to Ladies & Gents, meet the Proofreader/Copy Editor for the Harry Potter Books

  1. Kayla Jeffers says:

    She’s my aunt 🙂

  2. Kandace Keithley says:

    First — HI Kayla!!! from Toronto!!! xok

    Harry Potter Copy Editor Speaking at Toronto Schools

    Toronto, Ontario — April 19, 2011

    On Friday, April 29, hundreds of lucky Toronto kids will learn about the “top secret” process of publishing the Harry Potter book series from copy editor Susan G. Jeffers.
    Ms. Jeffers, a copy editor for Scholastic, USA, and a number other major publishers, was part of the creative team that produced the Harry Potter book series, and is the subject of a recent news article in which she discussed the “top secret” editing and production process of the Potter books.
    The article was picked up by bloggers around the world, and Ms. Jeffers is increasingly being asked to talk with children about the Harry Potter books and about the importance of reading.
    On April 29, she will be speaking to students at Jesse Ketchum Public School at 10:00 a.m., The Study School at 11:45, and wrapping up the day at Huron Street Public School from 2:30 to 3:30.
    The media is welcome to attend Ms. Jeffers’s talks. For more information, please telephone Kandace Keithley at 416-964-7154 or via email at

    Kandace Keithley


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