Learn from an expert in the industry, April Michelle Davis, the best practices of putting macros to work for you. April Michelle will work with you to design macros specifically to your specifications. April Michelle taught Macros 101 through the Editorial Freelancers Association October 5 to November 30. In this course, April Michelle and the participants created macros in several ways to fit each participant’s needs and skill level.
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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.
April Michelle Davis is preparing to publish her first chapter book, A Princess in Disguise. April Michelle began writing this book almost 20 years ago in the height of her fascination with princesses. A Princess in Disguise was her first literary love, and now April Michelle desires to share the book with the world. You can be instrumental in making this happen by your generous donation. Beginning September 14, and lasting for 45 days, April Michelle and Iguana Books (her publisher) are running a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the book publishing costs. All supporters will be rewarded for their generosity with either a thank you note, a signed print of the book’s cover art, a digital copy of the finished book, or a print copy of the limited-edition version of the finished book.
Like many young girls, April Michelle wanted to be a princess when she was growing up. A Princess in Disguise is a coming-of-age story about a princess on a mental journey, which she decides to turn into a physical odyssey as well. The princess is searching for who she is, who she wants to become, and in the absence of her mother, she is being forced to marry a stranger whom her father has chosen.
As a teenager April Michelle noticed while watching TV shows and movies that the princesses often had no mothers present. April Michelle wrote this book to show the struggles that princesses can face and to answer the question of where the mothers are.
April Michelle Davis is a freelance editor, indexer, and proofreader. She is the chapter coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association. She is also the Social Media Marketing Expert for the National Association for Independent Writers and Editors and a lifetime member of the American Copy Editors Society. In addition, she teaches courses through Editorial Inspirations, associations, and colleges on topics such as editing, indexing, grammar, writing, and macros.
April Michelle Davis has lived in Richmond, Virginia, since 2007 and is originally from Northern Virginia.
April Michelle Davis was given recognition twice in the Winter 2015 edition of ACES Tracking Changes.
April Michelle and Editorial Inspirations were profiled, and April Michelle was accredited with her persistence to get into the business, her ability to prove her talents within the business, and her drive to make a good name for herself in the business.
April Michelle was also recommended as a resource for newbies and for those who want to reaffirm their skills by taking April Michelle’s webinars offered through Copyediting.com and privately through her own company, Editorial Inspirations.
April Michelle Davis was invited back, for the third time, on January 21, 2015, to speak to the student body and faculty of Randolph-Macon College. April Michelle spoke from the array of topics presented in her workshop, Working with an Editor: The Editorial Process. April Michelle spoke on such topics as what an editor does, tips for working with an editor, the benefits of working with an editor, and the steps to becoming an editor. As a professional editor herself, April Michelle shared personal experiences, both success stories and stories that showed the challenges of the industry and what lessons she learned, as well as how they proved invaluable to her professional growth.
In addition, April Michelle spoke to the group about what drove her and what she did that was responsible for her success as an editor. She shared the creative methods that she developed to get her name out to her targeted audience, including the many speaking engagements at conferences and for college classes on freelancing and related topics. April Michelle also talked about how her determination to become a respected editor contributed to her accomplishments in the industry such as being named the social media marketing expert for the National Association for Independent Writers and Editors, the chapter coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and the chair and the website administrator for the Mid- & South-Atlantic chapter for the American Society for Indexing.
This new edition of Phylogenetics captures the very essence of this rapidly evolving discipline. Written for the practicing systematist and phylogeneticist, it addresses both the philosophical and technical issues of the field, as well as surveys general practices in taxonomy. Major sections of the book deal with the nature of species and higher taxa, homology and characters, trees and tree graphs, and biogeography—the purpose being to develop biologically relevant species, character, tree, and biogeographic concepts that can be applied fruitfully to phylogenetics.
I diligently worked on preparing this manuscript for publication in the allotted three weeks I was given to copyedit it. Because this manuscript was written in technical language, I worked to ensure consistency throughout the manuscript and within the technical realm of the industry, and in doing so, the client’s satisfaction with the final product solidified our working relationship for future jobs.
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.
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.
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.
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.