Joan Giardino

Substantive Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading Fiction and Nonfiction for Children, Young Adults, and Adults.

JOAN GIARDINO is an editor, proofreader, and Italian-English translator with more than 25 years’ experience in the book publishing industry. Her clients include major book publishers, authors, illustrators, theater directors, and personal historians.

She has edited or proofread hundreds of award-winning published books—children, middle-grade, and young adult fiction, nonfiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, biographies, and personal memoirs.

As an editorial consultant, Joan can:

  • Ensure that the author’s voice is engaging, clear and authentic
  • Make difficult information accessible and easy to understand
  • Copyedits manuscripts, paying particular attention not only to grammar and punctuation, but to plot, characters, details, and stylistic consistency
  • Oversee the book production process from raw manuscript to finished books
  • Work with authors and illustrators to make sure commissioned artwork reflects the text
  • Conduct research to find artwork and historical documents to enhance the text.
  • Checking the accuracy of works translated into English from French and Italian

Authors and editors alike have benefited from Joan’s experience and expertise. Stephanie Rogers, the author of The Horse I Belong To, wrote, “My thanks would not be complete without recognizing my wonderful editor, Joan, who made everything she touched better.”

Book Editing and Proofreading: Selected Titles

Jungle by Dan Kainen and Carol Kaufman, Workman, 2016

Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner! by Clay Swartz, Workman, 2016

The Falconer’s Apprentice by Malve Von Hassell Namelos, 2015

Polar by Dan Kainen and Carol Kaufman, Workman, 2015

Oceans by Dan Kainen and Carol Kaufman, Workman, 2014

How Come by Kathy Wollard, Workman, 2014

The Halycon Bird by Kat Beyer, Egmont USA, 2014

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer, Egmont USA, 2012

The Art of Walt Disney by Christopher Finch, Harry Abrams, 2011

A Good Catch by Taylor Morrison, NOAA Fisheries Service, 2010

Geronimo Stilton series, Scholastic Inc., 2003–2009

Discovery Boxes series: Animal Tracks, Compass, Movies, Optical Illusions, Planets, Stars, Temples, Trees, Color, Light, Plants, Tangram, Weather, Weaving, Prehistoric Life, Time, Under the Sea, Stencils, Scholastic Reference, 1996–1997

Voyages of Discovery series: Exploring Space, Paint and Painting, Taming Fire, Musical Instruments, Trees and Forests, Exploring Energy, The Art of Sculpture, The World of Theater, The Story of Flight, Architecture and Construction, The History of Moviemaking, Wind and Weather, Boats and Ships, What the Painter Sees, The History of Printmaking, Water, the Source of Life, Our Changing Planet, The History of Making Books, Mammals, Bikes, Cars, Trucks, and Trains, Insects, Inside Machines, Scholastic Reference, 1994–1997

From Sea to Shining Sea: A Treasury of American Folklore and Folk Songs, compiled by Amy L. Cohn, Scholastic Press, 1993


“My thanks would not be complete without recognizing my wonderful editor, Joan, who made everything she touched better.”

– Stephanie Rogers, author, The Horse I Belong To

“Joan is the highest quality, hardest working and most honest editor I’ve ever worked with. In the past ten years, she has helped me complete extremely difficult projects with publishers, scientific agencies, and an engineering firm. Without her help, I couldn’t have finished these projects successfully. When I was badly stuck on a book with the National Fisheries Service, Joan was recommended to me by an editor working at Penguin Books. She took my struggling text and made it clearer, more accurate, and far more readable. She attentively checks on every projects quality and accuracy, and comes up with very creative solutions to problems. . . . Joan’s excellent work has brought me more commissions from clients. She is a very gifted editor who has vastly improved my nonfiction stories.”

– Taylor Morrison, author/illustrator, A Good Catch, Tsunami Warning, Wildfire, The Coast Mappers, etc.

“Special thanks to Joan for her careful fact-checking.”

– Kathryn Lasky, True North

“My thanks would not be complete without recognizing my wonderful editor, Joan, who made everything she touched better.”

– Stephanie Rogers, author, The Horse I Belong To

“Thank you to: . . . Joan . . . for taking such good care of my words.”

– Veronica Roth, Allegiant

“Joan exhibited very close attention to detail and aided in the clarity of phrasing for technical illustrations concerning the offshore drilling industry developed by Taylor Morrison. I appreciated her work ethic and quick, accurate editing of the text associated with Taylor’s drawings.”

– Kim Montgomery, Communications Director, Cotton Gin No. 116

“ . . . for having the savvy to hire Joan . . . you caught some major howlers, and you and I made R— laugh with our online debates.”

– Kat Beyer: The Demon Catchers of Milan #2: The Halcyon Bird

“Joan copyeditor . . . [helped] make this a much better novel by catching inconsistencies and eradicating historical faux part on my part, and generally making the narrative read more smoothly.”

– J. Sydney Jones: Basic Law: A Mystery of Cold War Europe

“. . . the fierce copy editor, Joan. I thought copy editors fixed grammar and semicolons; I never realized the extent to which they insist on internal consistency, or proper pronoun antecedents, and on paragraphs that don’t repeat the same word multiple times. Joan wanted to know whether each stop in Lexicon was a town or a village, and she wanted me to be consistent. She didn’t like paragraphs beginning with pronouns. . . . I learned a lot by responding to her corrections and suggestions one by one.”

– Pendred Noyce, Lost in Lexicon

Pin It on Pinterest