Some Things Really Were Better in the 1950s

February 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis

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Some Things Really Were Better in the 1950s

In Lou Johnson’s satirical social commentary, ?#@*&%!! Some Things Really Were Better in the 1950s, he describes reality as he sees it in the twenty-first century—the bad, the worse, and the incredibly ugly.

April Michelle Davis worked with the author to lightly edit the manuscript. Though we wanted the grammar and punctuation to be correct, we also wanted to keep the author’s strong satirical voice in each short piece.


What’s the Difference Between Different From and Different Than?

January 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis

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We compare things every day and are constantly expressing our opinions about one thing or another. One way we do this is with the words different from and different than. To make your writing clear, professional, and correct, know how to use them in a sentence.

Different from is primarily used when introducing a phrase. Different than can also be used, but different from is the preferred form. Different from is also used for simple comparisons where the things being compared have the same grammatical structure.

For example: My books look different from her books. My books and her books have the same structure and are being compared to one another. In cases where this parallel construction appears, different from should be used.

Different than is used in a sentence when it is followed by a clause. However, differentfrom can also be used if more words are added with the clause.

For example: Married life is different than I expected. In the sentence, different than precedes the clause I expected.

Now look: Married life is different from what I expected it to be. The additional words in the sentence allow you to use different from.

If instead of the word different you need to use differently, the above rules still apply. Differently than is used when it is followed by a clause. When more words are added to the clause, differently from can be used.


Subject vs. Object Pronouns

December 1st, 2013 by April Michelle Davis

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A pronoun allows the writer to make a reference to something without using the name each time. Pronouns replace one or more nouns in a sentence. For example, instead of using the nouns Amy, the bookcase, apples, or my friends and I, you could use the pronouns she, it, they, and we. Using one word too many times can make a sentence or paragraph awkward.

Subject pronouns and object pronouns are two main types of pronouns.

There are two ways subject pronouns can be used. First, when a pronoun is the subject of a sentence, a subject pronoun is used.

Example: She read the book.

She is the subject pronoun and also the subject of the sentence.

In this case, I, you, he, she, it, we, and they can all be subject pronouns.

Second, subject pronouns occur after to be verbs to rename the subject.

Example: The caller was she.

The subject pronoun she comes after the to be verb was and replaces the noun caller. Caller is the subject of the sentence, and it is renamed to the pronoun she.

Subject verbs in this form can be difficult because spoken English is often not grammatically correct when it comes to this form. Keep the correct subject pronouns in mind (I, you, he, she, it, we, and they) and resist substituting them with words like me, him, her, and them.

Another type of pronoun is the object pronoun. An object pronoun is used when the pronoun is the direct object, the indirect object, or the object of the preposition. Object pronouns include the pronouns it, her, him, me, you, us, and them.

When the pronoun is the direct object, the pronoun is directly receiving the action of the verb.

Example: Mary kicked it.

Kicked is the verb and it is the object pronoun. It is receiving Mary’s kick so it is receiving the action of the verb.

The indirect object of a sentence tells us where the direct object is going. The answer to the following questions will give you the indirect object: “To whom?” or “For whom?”

Example: John gave her flowers.

Identify the indirect object by asking, “To whom did John give the flowers?” John gave the flowers to her, so her is the indirect object pronoun. Then determine who or what is receiving the action. Flowers is being given and is the direct object.

An object pronoun is also used in a prepositional phrase. Prepositions are words such as at, to, of, by, off, in, but, before, between, behind, about, without. Some examples of prepositional phrases are at home, for the car, and after several minutes. An example of a sentence in which the object of the prepositional phrase is a pronoun is: Ben went home without her. The prepositional phrase is without her. Without is the preposition, and the pronoun her is the object of the preposition.


Awaken Align Accelerate

November 1st, 2013 by April Michelle Davis

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Great leaders make the difference between mediocrity and excellence. For decades, MDA Leadership Consulting has worked with thousands of leaders around the globe in an effort to help organizations build a competitive advantage through superior leadership. Today more than ever, the leadership landscape is changing at an alarming rate. Organizations need leaders who can adapt to ever-changing business challenges. To be an effective leader, you must adapt to these new challenges by developing new talents and capabilities.

Awaken Align Accelerate

Awaken, Align, Accelerate: A Guide to Great Leadership provides a simple yet powerful framework that invites leaders to embrace the challenge of developing in today’s world. Filled with over 1,500 development suggestions and coaching tips, self-assessments, real-world case studies, and sample developments plans—this unique guide is a valuable development asset for any leader.

Because of my expertise and experience with editing leadership books, I was hired to proofread this book. As this book was written as a hands-on instructional manual immediately applicable in today’s world, I was also challenged with looking for the innovative design gaps.


Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel

October 1st, 2013 by April Michelle Davis

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When SSG John Kriesel lost his legs and two buddies in a roadside bomb explosion, no one expected him to survive. He died three times on the operating table. Miracles, a lot of miracles, starting with a few grunts who refused to let him die in Iraq, ripped the young warrior from the grip of death and sent him on to four hospitals, thirty-five surgeries, and months of recovery and rehabilitation. Medical miracles put his body back together, but it was an incredible confluence of angels at every step along the way that breathed life into his shattered body.

Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel is not just another war story. This is the story of an ordinary young man who overcame extraordinary challenges with a lot of help from others, including many strangers, and he emerged stronger and more in love with his country, his wife, his children, and, ultimately, his own life.

April Michelle Davis of Editorial Inspirations was hired to proofread this book, and it was a pleasure. The stories within this book were gripping and highly emotional. Even though I was analyzing the text and layout, I could feel the powerful message coming from the author’s voice.

Still Standing - Proofread



EI at Hanover Book Festival

September 1st, 2013 by April Michelle Davis

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April Michelle Davis of Editorial Inspirations led the workshop “Working with an Editor: The Editing Process” at the Hanover Book Festival on August 10, 2013. April Michelle designed the workshop with authors in mind, but professional editors also found it valuable. The workshop highlighted the editorial process, how to select an editor, and what can be expected from working with an experienced editor. The process of finding an editor can be intimidating, and finding an editor with the appropriate level of skill set can present an even bigger challenge. Stay tuned for future audio availability of an excerpt from the workshop.

In addition to holding the workshop, April Michelle offered mini-conferences, where she critiqued the first 1,000 words of manuscripts and provided 10-minute consultations for authors.

While at the book festival, April Michelle met over 40 authors who had booths at the event, plus many more people who stopped by her table.



EI Quoted in When Talent Isn’t Enough

August 1st, 2013 by April Michelle Davis

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April Michelle Davis was interviewed and quoted in the book When Talent Isn’t Enough: Business Basics for the Creatively Inclined: For Creative Professionals, Including . . . Artists, Writers, Designers, Bloggers . . . to Freelance or Run Their Own Business.

The author, Kristen Fischer, recognized April Michelle as a prime example of a freelancer who is building a business around her talents. As the old adage says, timing is everything. April Michelle was busy with freelance work so she and her husband determined how much money was needed to make it into a full-time profession. Together, they came up with a minimum and April Michelle has successfully obtained or exceeded it since.

In addition to willingly provide candid insight into launching and managing her own business, April Michelle is sincerely interested in helping other freelancers succeed by sharing both what has worked for her and what has not worked for her. You may contact April Michelle with questions or comments.



Living with the Enemy

July 1st, 2013 by April Michelle Davis

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The very qualities that defined Burt Nordstrand as an addict also made him an entrepreneur extraordinaire. He hit bottom when, for all appearances, he was fit and happy. No longer willing to live a double life of outward success and inward devastation caused by multiple addictions: compulsive overeating, diet pills, nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, irresponsible sex, gambling, over-exercising, etc., Nordstrand pursued recovery at age forty and his personal life began to turn around. At age seventy, he reflects back on the distance he traveled in pursuit of serenity and peace of mind. Most addictions can be addressed with abstinence; however, that is not possible with food addiction. Burt Nordstrand must continue Living with the Enemy.

I, April Michelle Davis of Editorial Inspirations, was hired by the publisher to proofread this memoir. While I did not have direct contact with the author, I still had to make sure my comments and edits were especially sensitive because the material is so close to the author.

Living with the Enemy - Proofread


EI Edits Book that Wins Awards

June 1st, 2013 by April Michelle Davis

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Karen A. Chase, has won three independent book publishing awards in two competitions for her first book, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log (40 years. 40 days. 40 seconds.). In both competitions, her self-published book competed against small- to mid-sized independent publishers, university and museum presses, and corporations that publish fewer than 50 titles a year.

Bonjour 40 won an IPPY Silver Medal for best Travel Essay in the Independent Book Publishers Award, and in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards it won a Winners Medal for Best Design Non-fiction, and a Finalist Medal for Best Travel/Travel Guide.

Chase said, “To see self-published books winning alongside books produced by traditional independent publishing houses, is a wonderful statement that the stigma of self-publishing is changing. Self-published authors are striving to create books with a professional level of writing, editing, design, and production. These awards help provide industry recognition for our efforts.”

Entirely self-published, Bonjour 40 was written, designed, and published by Chase and includes 132 full-color pages with over 100 of her own professional photographs. She worked with April Michelle Davis of Editorial Inspirations to professionally edit the manuscript.

Bonjour 40 - Edited


EI Offers New Indexing Course

May 1st, 2013 by April Michelle Davis

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April Michelle Davis catered an online course, Indexing Basics, offered through the Editorial Freelancers Association, from February 21 to March 21, to eighteen individuals interested in learning more about indexing and in refreshing their indexing skills. The coursework covered the fundamentals and theory of indexing. As a bonus and to reinforce participant understanding of the material, the participants worked one-on-one with April Michelle, a master in the indexing profession, putting into practice the learned skills by indexing a portion of a book.

The demand of April Michelle’s courses is proof that these skills are sought after by professionals and transfer into a respectful-paying job.

The success of this hands-on learning experience is accredited to April Michelle’s leadership and expertise and in the indexing profession. April Michelle showcases her talents in this field as the chair-elect (soon to be chair) and the webmaster of the Mid- and South-Atlantic Chapter for the American Society for Indexing; in a recently published book, The Guide for the Freelance Indexer (Editorial Freelancers Association, 2012); in the articles she writes for Key Words, the American Society for Indexing publication, and for The Atlantic Indexer, the Mid- and South-Atlantic Chapter’s newsletter; and by teaching indexing courses and offering one-on-one training through Editorial Inspirations and other organizations.

Indexing Basics is a condensed version of Indexing 101, which April Michelle offers through Editorial Inspirations.