Though I specialize in nonfiction and illustrated books, I also critique fiction. It always helps to have an outside opinion on your manuscript: I can assess what's needed, then restructure, reorganize, or rewrite, cut and clarify, ensure consistency of voice, and do developmental or line editing, depending on your project.
I have edited both consumer and custom publications, generating ideas for stories and special issues, honing leads, shaping coverage, and editing for tone.
Areas of interest and expertise include travel, arts and culture, history, interviews, and profiles, as well as book reviews and essays.
Editing projects have included nonfiction books under contract to St.
Martin’s Press, Dutton, Kensington, HarperCollins Business, Bantam, and Carroll & Graf,
as well as manuscripts for several mystery and suspense novels. One
project, Army Wives, by Tanya Biank, became the basis for Lifetime’s
hit TV show, Army Wives, now in its sixth season.
My tongue-in-cheek history/travel book, The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day, was published by Thames & Hudson in June 2010 and was an alternate selection of the History Book Club.
I've also written three books in Thames & Hudson's acclaimed Most Beautiful Villages and Towns series - on the Pacific Northwest (2010), on the Southwest (2009), and on California (2007), all with photographs by Nik Wheeler.
Tapper knows her craft. She has been my editing angel. The pages of
my manuscript reflect her fine work, which helped me get my first book
published. Ever writer's work would benefit from Joan's talent and expertise."
can zero in on the couple of things that are wrong with a story and
suggest how you fix them."
Tapper is one of those rare editors who can deftly help a writer tighten
and clarify her work without altering the author's voice. Joan and her
red pencil were nothing less than inspired on my book, Mr. and Mrs.
Hollywood (Carroll & Graf)."
Tapper is the second set of eyes, and second voice every author should
have. Like a great foreign language translator her voice remains invisible
in the editing process. Joan cut and tidied my text for Alice’s Garden,
retained my words, retained my voice, held true to my message – but
made it all so much better! In my ‘day job,’ as a project manager for
systems integration projects, meeting timelines is critical. Joan’s
rapid turnaround times kept my book on schedule and within budget.”
was instrumental in the development of my book, helping me to refine
the story, heighten the suspense, and maintain the reader's interest.
With her assistance I was able to bring added depth to my characters
and more fully develop my plot. Always the professional, Joan provided
invaluable guidance, while remaining sensitive to my opinions as the
author and actual subject of the book."
2012 Joan Tapper
603 Island View Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109