December 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis
Williamsburg Book Festival 2014
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.
November 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis
Kardea Gourmet – Indexed
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.
October 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis
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.
September 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis
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.
July 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis
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.
June 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis
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.
May 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis
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 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis
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.
March 1st, 2014 by April Michelle Davis
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.