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Cheryl Klein Describes Her Role as Continuity Editor for the Harry Potter Books

Posted by: Edward
October 12, 2011, 05:53 PM

Scholastic Senior Editor and Continuity Editor for the "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" books, Cheryl Klein, has given an interview with The Rusty Key, speaking about her role and experiences in working on the publication of the final two Harry Potter books.  In the interview, Ms. Klein discusses many topics, including the editing process and what she does as a Continuity Editor.  Quoteage:

My boss Arthur Levine, who acquired the series, has always been its true editor, and the one who works directly with J. K. Rowling. But on these last two books, along with a wonderful trio of copyeditors and proofreaders, I took care of many of the editorial “fact” functions—that spells did what they were supposed to do according to their previous usages in the book; that details about the characters didn’t change randomly; that wands and other objects were always where they had been fictionally left last (especially important in Deathly Hallows, obviously). That left Arthur free to concentrate on the emotional experience for the readers and characters, and as I’m rather more detail-oriented and he’s rather more emotionally oriented, it was a split that worked pretty well for us as an editorial team. 
Read the full interview via this link.

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1317 Points

Amazing interview. Many thanks to The Rusty Key. It must have been hard knowing the end of DH and not being able to tell or discuss it with anyone. WOW what a job this lady has!

Posted by hewy on October 12, 2011, 06:42 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Good ol’ Cheryl…

Posted by Won_Two on October 12, 2011, 07:13 PM report to moderator
4138 Points

Good interview :)

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on October 12, 2011, 08:19 PM report to moderator
1985 Points

What a great interview and a very fun read. Thanks for posting.

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on October 12, 2011, 10:16 PM report to moderator
5439 Points

What amazing interview!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on October 13, 2011, 06:38 AM report to moderator
10268 Points

I want Cheryl Klein’s job! Well, not to take hers away from her, but one very much like it.

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on October 13, 2011, 12:54 PM report to moderator
4452 Points

Oooh Interesting!

10471 Points

It amazes me how much people has jobs surrounding Jo!

Posted by . on October 13, 2011, 08:20 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

Awesome interview!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on November 03, 2011, 05:14 PM report to moderator
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