April Michelle Davis spoke before approximately 25 members of the Agile Writers on September 30, 2014. April Michelle presented her workshop “Working with a Freelance Editor: The Editorial Process” and shared personal work experiences to include her uniquely tailored work style when editing a manuscript. April Michelle enthusiastically entertained many questions related to the topics, led an interactive discussion on how and where writers can find editors, and answered other questions that were of particular interest to the members of the group. The time quickly spanned the allotted 2 hours before adjourning.
Many people who once thought of themselves as subject matter experts are now asked to be internal consultants. Regardless of your field, being a consultant means “using expertise, influence, and personal skills to facilitate a client-requested change without the formal authority to implement recommendations.” It’s not enough anymore simply to offer advice or to implement policies. Being an internal consultant requires you to provide real value to the business or organization in which you live and work. In their book, Consulting on the Inside: A Practical Guide for Internal Consultants, second edition, Beverly Scott and B. Kim Barnes discuss a set of internal consulting competencies.
As the copyeditor for this book, I worked with the authors for several weeks to prepare the manuscript for publication. In this situation, I worked with the lead author to finalize the manuscript and prepare it for publication. Working with multiple authors on the same manuscript can pose additional challenges, but these authors followed the guidelines I laid out, and as a result, the process moved forward efficiently.
April Michelle Davis was recognized for her experience, skill, and community involvement at Communication Central, a 3-day conference held in Rochester, New York, on September 26-28, 2014, where April Michelle spoke on The Joy of Organization to editors, writers, and other publishing professionals of all levels for two hours. Editorial Inspirations was also previewed by sponsoring the workshop Working Well in Word and More.
This is most decidedly not just another book about generational differences, nor is it yet another “how to coach” book. Coaching Up and Down the Generationslooks at the key processes of transferring knowledge, developing teams, and collaborating and examines how different age groups can better learn from one another and even experience major breakthroughs that will improve their progress—despite disparate backgrounds.
You’ll find a thorough examination of key issues in intergenerational coaching situations, including what constitutes great coaching, at any age; a complete overview of each generation and how they view life, technology, work, communication, and behavior; how to handle clashing communication styles and preferences; the importance of “coachability” in yourself and others regardless of different habits, opinions, and work styles; and how to cultivate a coaching environment where the different generations can have provocative conversations and truly help one another.
With this book as your guide, you can show the generations how to find common points of interest, needs, and goals. You’ll find ingenious tips for creating formal and informal coaching situations, developing opportunities to build relationships, and helping people of all ages to become catalytic coaches and engaged performers.
Writing the index for this book was a pleasure. I have worked with this author on several manuscripts in the training and coaching field, some editing and others indexing, and it is always fun to work with the same author, build on the relationship, mesh our ideas, and produce another exceptional product.
April Michelle Davis led the first workshop, Working with an Editor: The Editorial Process, at the Williamsburg Book Festival, a free festival that features a book fair of authors and a series of seminars and workshops.
Throughout the event, there were a series of free workshops and panels open to the authors and the public. After her workshop and for the remainder of the event, April Michelle made herself available to the authors and attendees of the event to answer questions and provide guidance on editing issues and to coach authors on how affectively to design their book covers. Several of the authors were impressed by April Michelle’s experience and knowledge that they requested to be added as recipients of her monthly newsletter. One of the authors wanted to better understand how editors charge for projects and found April Michelle’s explanation fair and equitable for both the author and the editor.
The Williamsburg Book Festival is an annual event that you may begin to plan for by seeking professional advice from April Michelle.
Healthy eating is the foundation for long-term well-being and vital aging. Enjoying our food enriches our lives. The collaboration of three professionals—a “cooking cardiologist” dedicated to healthy eating, a foodie and former chocolate executive with a cholesterol problem, and a registered dietitian—bridges healthy and delicious into an easy-to-follow and flexible lifestyle.The Kardea Gourmet discusses how different foods and nutrients come together into well-matched meals to support heart health. Foods and flavors from around the globe provide new and exciting culinary options while you incorporate lifestyle improvements at your own pace. Plus, you can adapt food traditions from any culture to create a healthier diet for you and your family. It also explores the role of organics, raw, vegan, and the local-food movement for advancing health, while providing smart and delicious foods for those who eat most anything, in the home, on the run, or in restaurants.
In addition to writing the index for this book, I undertook the challenge of indexing the recipes that followed the book. While this was a new type of project for me, it was an enjoyable learning experience for me and one that I will share with my students.
April Michelle Davis, and Editorial Inspirations, was honorably mentioned on the FBB group for her newsletter, which comes out monthly and features copyediting tips. April Michelle writes an article for each of her newsletters about issues around grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure and provides examples for understanding and reinforcement.
In this updated edition of Solar Cells and Their Applications, feed-in tariffs are identified as the most effective approach for public policy. Reasons are provided to explain why pin solar cells outperform more traditional pn solar cells. Field test data are reported for nineteen percent pin solar cells and for ~500X concentrating systems with bare cell efficiencies approaching forty percent. Paths to bare cell efficiencies over fifty percent are described, and key missing program elements are identified. Since government support is needed for new technology prototype integration and qualification testing before manufacturing scale up, the key economic measure is identified in this volume as the electricity cost in cents per kilowatt-hour at the complete installed system level, rather than just the up-front solar cell modules’ costs in dollars per watt.
For this technical, 550+-page book, I was given one month to write and edit the index. In addition to providing the client a well-written index, I gave the client a document of errors that I noticed while writing the index. This allowed the client to have a light proofread of the manuscript free of charge, which furthered the near perfection of this product.
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.