January 1st, 2017
April Michelle Davis has written and published the technical booklet Choosing an Editor: What You Need to Know. In this booklet, April Michelle shares even the smallest and most commonly misunderstood yet important facets to selecting the editor who will jell personality wise with the author and has the skill set to polish a manuscript to levels only imagined. For your convenience, this booklet is available in paperback and ebook formats.
The description of my book reads: Good editing should be invisible. Editing helps authors convey what they intend to and helps authors look more credible by eliminating errors that would produce doubts in the minds of the readers. Although editors and authors work together toward the same goal—a perfect manuscript—the relationship between them is sometimes adversarial. Writers are working for themselves and will create what they consider to be perfect manuscripts. Editors are working for publishers and readers—even if paid by the author—to produce error-free manuscripts that are clear in terms of grammar, spelling, and flow.
December 1st, 2016
Today’s organizations demand a focus on higher-level objectives―objectives that clearly provide business impact and value and satisfy the expectations of a wide range of key stakeholders.
If you’re involved in implementing projects, programs, initiatives, or solutions in your organization, Beyond Learning Objectives can help you meet these new expectations. This book provides step-by-step processes for defining, measuring, and developing six types of objectives: input, reaction, learning, application, impact, and ROI. You’ll also learn to avoid common pitfalls in the development of objectives, such as unclear, incomplete, nonspecific, or even missing objectives. And you’ll learn how well crafted, results-driven objectives can satisfy the needs of all your stakeholders.
With this book in your hands, you can become a champion of well-defined objectives, providing direction, focus, and guidance. By spelling out expectations, creating commitment, and positioning your initiatives for success, you’ll help your organization align its programs with its results and leap forward into the state-of-the-art world of measurable performance.
April Michelle Davis was given one month to write the index for this book. She used the guidelines presented in the Chicago Manual of Style for indexes, and she even provided the client with proofreading comments she noticed while writing the index.
November 1st, 2016
Organizational Coaching – Edited
Written by a team of three behavioral practitioners, Organizational Coaching is based on the best practices of a wide range of private sector, government, and not-for-profit organizations. The authors provide a complete systems approach to enable any workplace learning professional to develop an integrated coaching model. Within the book’s pages, you’ll find a thorough background in coaching theory combined with organizational and adult learning theory; a full range of tools to help you design and implement a coaching program; and an outline of a fluid coaching process for gathering supporting data, developing goals, establishing relationships, and moving toward tangible results.
This book provides practically everything you need, including templates, charts and diagrams, sample scripts, questionnaires, tips and advice, checklists, assessments, case studies, ethical guidelines, and sample coaching agreements. With this book as a roadmap, you’ll be able to develop a holistic coaching model and adapt it to the ever-changing needs of your organization over time.
April Michelle Davis spent five weeks copyediting and coding the manuscript. She spent more than 100 hours preparing this manuscript for the designer.
October 1st, 2016
Co-published by the National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press, the 20th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work is widely considered the cornerstone of reference in its field. This new edition includes coverage of areas that have come to the fore since the 1995 publication of the 19th edition, including demographic changes from immigration, technology, the implications of managed care, faith-based assistance, evidence-based practice, gerontology, and trauma and disaster.
The Encyclopedia contains four hundred subject entries and two hundred brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work. Clearly arranged in A-Z format, each article is fully cross-referenced and includes a select bibliography to guide interested readers to primary sources and the most important scholarly works on a given subject. The work also includes a comprehensive index and topical outline. Comprehensive in coverage and international in scope, the Encyclopedia is a valuable resource to social work practitioners, scholars, and students alike.
April Michelle Davis worked with the editors at Oxford University Press to proofread the book and prepare it for publication. While several proofreaders were hired to work on his large project, April Michelle was given the opportunity to work on several alphabetic sections of the book.
August 1st, 2016
Effective presentations are a core business competency; yet, many managers, team leaders, and other key organizational decision makers lack these skills. Presentation Skills Training allows you to design presentation skills training for all levels and people in your organization and enables you to customize training programs that can be designed for one-hour, a half day, one- or two-day events, along with a step-by-step facilitator guide to ensure that your program stays on task.
For this book, April Michelle was given two weeks to write an index according to the guidelines presented in the Chicago Manual of Style. She read and examined the entire book, selecting key terms and ideas for inclusion in the index.
July 1st, 2016
As more subject matter experts find themselves in the role of facilitator, there is increasing demand to prepare and support these experts. Facilitation Skills Training provides an overview of the facilitator’s role; a step-by-step guide for facilitation; and an array of facilitation tips, tools, and techniques. Part of the ASTD TRAINER’S WORKSHOP series—ASTD’s done all the work for you with complete, customizable, ready-to-use programs. Titles offer ½-day, one-day, and two-day workshop formats, as well as all the exercises, handouts, assessments, structured experiences, and presentations needed for effective delivery. PowerPoint slides and electronic copies of all supporting materials are provided online.
April Michelle worked with the publisher to prepare the index for this manuscript within the allotted three weeks using the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style.
June 1st, 2016
Become an exceptional manager; learn to motivate employees, communicate expectations effectively, and build great work teams. 10 Steps to Be A Successful Manager is a primer for on the job management excellence. Regardless of your years of experience, it provides a simple, straight-forward 10-step model to align your management practices for improved results and communications. Build great work teams and ensure that your staff clearly understands performance expectations and standards for success.
April Michelle wrote the index for this 125-page book in two weeks. She provided the client with a letter-by-letter index in an RTF format, ready to be added to the manuscript.
May 1st, 2016
Three former western Soviet republics–Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova–now find themselves torn between the European Union and the increasingly assertive Russia. This volume, Europe’s Last Frontier?, examines the foreign and domestic policies of these states with an eye to the lasting legacy of Russian domination and the growing attraction of Europe.
April Michelle edited this volume to prepare it for publication. She worked with her client to satisfy the publisher’s requests and ensure its consistency.
April 1st, 2016
True work satisfaction is attainable, and not just for the lucky few who seem to “have it all.” Contentment comes from within you. You are in charge of assessing and viewing your life, career, or circumstances in a way that will create a contented state of mind. And fortunately, with Career Contentment, you have a roadmap to help you get there.
Learn to recognize and leverage the “feel good” elements of your work, and retrain your mind and emotions to reach a confident, relaxed, contented state of mind. Even during tumultuous times, you’ll have the ability to rise above the moment, endure, and thrive.
April Michelle indexed this 300-page book in three weeks and provided the publishing client with a complimentary light edit of the book.