EI Teaches Macros 101

September 1st, 2017

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April Michelle Davis taught her course Macros 101 through the Pen Institute March 6 through March 27, 2017. Have you ever made a list of the repetitive tasks that you do on a recurring basis? Your list may consist of a few items to several items based on the project. April Michelle’s course Macros 101 teaches you how to put these lists into a macro where with one touch of a button all the tasks are done, and you can spend your time focused on writing and not formatting.

EI at Agile Writer Conference

August 1st, 2017

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April Michelle Davis spoke on the topic of Working with an Editor: The Editorial Process at the Agile Writer Conference on January 28. April Michelle , a professional freelance editor, shared from personal experiences as well as voicing what other editors and authors have told her about what can be done to stimulate the editor/author relationship and make it smooth and efficient while enhancing the end product. April Michelle has a wealth of knowledge and tips from her fifteen years as an editor that she considers as a privilege to pay forward and  in hopes to generate this same attitude in the industry.

EI Teaches Indexing 101

July 1st, 2017

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April Michelle Davis taught her course Indexing 101 through EFA on March 23 – May 12. April Michelle is a professional indexer who pays it forward by putting her learned skills into words that she shares with other indexers and those interested in the skill. April Michelle breaks it down in to 7 lessons, and during the final session, the participants actually create an index of the course text, which already has an index written, allowing students to compare their index after it has been written. The added value of this is that the participants’ indexes are critiqued by April Michelle, the professional indexer.

“Dummy” Hanson

June 1st, 2017

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Esten “Dummy” Hanson was born deaf. He couldn’t hear the applause or the jeers. But he sure could pitch a baseball. He was one of Minnesota’s premier amateur baseball pitchers in the early 1900s. “Dummy” Hanson is about a boy who grows into a man with a love and a talent and how he overcomes his challenges to pursue it.

April Michelle Davis worked with the author to substantively edit the manuscript. She and the author worked together over a 6-week period to fact check and correct grammatical errors, preparing the manuscript for the publisher.

"Dummy" Hanson - Edited

“Dummy” Hanson – Edited

Call of the Blue J

May 1st, 2017

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It is 2008, and the presidential election is about to take place. Jared Justin Juhl, Jr., as ”4J,” is about ready to accept his party’s nomination for reelection in Indianapolis. His campaign takes a bead turn when he faces murder charges for killing Jennifer Blue, his staff aide during his 1980 senate campaign twenty-eight years earlier. DNA test results are the basis for solving this ”cold case.”

A Constitutional crisis looms between the secret service and US Marshals, on 4J’s side, preventing his arrest for perceived political motivations, and local law enforcement, intent on arresting him. Both sides are empowered to arrest the other side’s members under the jurisdiction of each. Which side prevails in the crisis? Will 4J be found guilty of the murder with his DNA found at the scene?

April Michelle Davis spent one week proofreading Call of the Blue J for the self-publisher. She worked with the publisher to meet the author’s expectations and finalize a product the author could be proud of.

Call of the Blue J - Proofread

Call of the Blue J – Proofread

Bye Bye Monsters

April 1st, 2017

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Joey had monsters in his closet, so bedtime was never easy. He heard strange noises in his room at night and often thought they were monsters. Joey is convinced he can face his fear when a furry monster named Barley pops out of his dresser drawer. Once Barley explains that all monsters aren’t scary, he takes Joey on an adventure to Monster Street where children go when they cannot sleep at night. All children will be able to relate to Joey’s nighttime challenge and will enjoy taking an adventure with him as he encounters handy ways to use his spray, meet new friends, and learn valuable lessons along the way.

April Michelle Davis proofread this children’s book, reviewing not only the text for errors but also the placement of the text on each page in comparison to the images. She worked with the self-publisher to finalize Bye Bye Monster before it was sent to the printer.

Bye Bye Monster - Proofread

Bye Bye Monster – Proofread

EI Teaches Macros 101

March 1st, 2017

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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.

The Time to Edit a Manuscript

February 1st, 2017

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Recently, a potential client came to me with the idea that I could edit his book in a few weeks. Although there is no rule as to how long an editing job will take, there are ways to estimate how long it will take and how much to charge. A few weeks is certainly not enough time to edit an average-length book when you are also working on several other projects.

The Editorial Freelancers Association estimates that the pace for basic copyediting is 5–10 standard pages* per hour at an hourly fee of $30–$40. Heavy copyediting reduces the pages completed in an hour to 2–5 and increases the hourly fee to $40–$50. And for line editing, 1–6 pages may be completed in an hour with an hourly fee of $50–$60.

Personally, I leave the calculations up to Excel. First, I read a few pages from different chapters to gauge the type of editing needed. Then, I input the estimated number of pages completed per hour, along with the total word count, in an Excel formula, and it calculates how many hours the project will take and estimates the fee for the project.

Of course, estimates are just that: estimates. Every project is different and will have its own challenges. Be sure to add more time to your estimate if your project includes fact checking, is a text by a nonnative English writer, or has tables and references.

To learn more about the editing process, I offer Editing 101, where you will master the editing essentials! I will teach you how to be able to recognize the specific differences between critiquing, developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Whether you offer only one service or more than one, you will benefit from knowing the difference between the levels of editing. For those who offer more than one type of service, I will explain how to easily transition between the various levels of editing when working on more than one project in a single day.

* A standard page is considered to have 250 words.

Choosing an Editor: What You Need to Know

January 1st, 2017

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choosingApril 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.

Beyond Learning Objectives

December 1st, 2016

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Beyond Learning ObjectivesToday’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.