April Michelle Davis, master of professional studies graduating Class 2008 of the George Washington University, was featured in the Alumni News, Class Notes section of the spring 2014 edition of GW Magazine, the George Washington University magazine. The write-up captured two of April Michelle’s recent recognitions and accomplishments: being named the social media marketing expert and the publication of her published book, A Guide for the Freelance Indexer. GW encourages and supports its alumni successes openly through this publication.
April Michelle Davis led her workshop at the Virginia Press Women spring conference held in Farmville, Virginia, on Working with a Freelance Editor: The Editorial Process. The workshop was inspired and designed by April Michelle from real-world experiences throughout her career. April Michelle captured the essence of the spirit of the conference and attendees in the way that she presented the material and how she relayed it to each story. April Michelle was available throughout the two-day event, getting to know the attendees, familiarizing herself with their type of work, and making helpful suggestions on how to increase productivity and creativity.
April Michelle Davis participated in her third Celebrate with a Book author book fair, which was held Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Regency Square Mall, in Richmond, Virginia.
What was different about this group of local authors was that each one had written and published one or two books. From this experience, these authors realized the value of working with a professional editor such as April Michelle Davis. Many of these authors gravitated toward April Michelle and expressed concerns of embarrassment and dissatisfaction with their publishers. Their books had been published with spelling mistakes, inconsistencies in the sentence structure, and even errors in the overall flow of the plot. These errors affected the integrity of their books and more importantly the integrity of the authors. These errors should have been found and corrected.
April Michelle personally reads every word of every manuscript her company is hired to work on.
April Michelle Davis, a highly regarded editor in the industry, presented her workshop Working with an Editor: The Editing Process to the Agile Writers group on December 2, 2013. The group comprised new and experienced writers who desired to write a better first draft for a novel.
The eager writers were excited to hear April Michelle’s words of wisdom, which brought forth an interactive exchange of information tailored to the writers’ needs, but geared to draw out other questions and topics that the others would relate to their own writing experiences. As the audience participation increased, the dimensions of the topic encompassed everyone and the power of the educated and experienced speaker, April Michelle, produced a time of new and renewed resolutions, a truly motivational experience.
April Michelle Davis was the featured editor on the floor at the James River Writers Conference held on October 19 and 20, 2013. April Michelle was available for in-person editing and publishing consultations.
At the conference, an author approached April Michelle looking for an editor that would personally take the time to get to know his style before taking on the project. This author had already written several books and was unhappy with the editors he had worked with because to him they were neither personable nor flexible enough to allow the time to familiarize themselves with his style before making recommendations for his manuscript. April Michelle introduced herself to him by saying, “The intent of the author is always kept in mind—from the first word to well beyond the end,” which she proudly states on the Editorial Inspirations website. April Michelle listened intently to his explanation of his needs for his manuscript, then she injected her philosophy into the conversation, and before the author left, they had made an appointment to talk again.
After another author shared the difficulties he had experienced self-publishing his first book, April Michelle gave him some tips on how self-publishing would work well for his second book. This in-person one-on-one meeting allowed April Michelle to delve into the author’s situation and show him how he could overcome the problems that had left him feeling that his options were limited for his second book. The author told April Michelle that he appreciated her knowledge of the subject and would re-think self-publishing.
The value of in-person editing and publishing consultations was realized by these two authors as they left feeling that their needs were understood and that April Michelle could provide them with the professional services that they had been seeking.
April Michelle’s presence was warmly received at an event that offered so many opportunities for writers and authors.
The Seven Fs, discovered by Paul Batz and Tim Schmidt, represent the key elements that bring satisfaction to life: Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Friends, Fun, and Future. But how do these elements work together to bring harmony? How can people achieve success in all of these areas?
Through thousands of surveys and more than fifty personal interviews, Paul and Tim explore funny, compelling, and powerful personal stories from real people like you about the Seven Fs in What Really Works. The result is an inspiring, crisply written book, digestible in one airplane ride or one beach chair sitting. Online at www.SevenFs.com, you can find specific success habits and access to online content. These stories will energize you to think about your own sense of satisfaction with the Seven Fs, and will help you build strategies to lead the life you imagine.
April Michelle Davis copyedited this manuscript for the authors. While she worked primarily with one author whom they appointed as the contact person, both authors were genuinely satisfied and unanimously approved the final manuscript.
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.
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.
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.
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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.