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.

Organizational Coaching

November 1st, 2016

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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.

Encyclopedia of Social Work

October 1st, 2016

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Social WorkCo-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.

WLP Scorecard

September 1st, 2016

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WLP Scorecard

The WLP Scorecard provides a structure for establishing goals, compiling information, tracking progress, quantifying effectiveness, and articulating results. Use WLP Scorecard: Why Learning Matters to quickly and easily navigate through the complex scorecard implementation and measurement processes.

April Michelle Davis indexed this 200-page book in two weeks. The client requested that the index follow the Chicago Manual of Style’s guidelines for indexes, so the index was alphabetized word by word. This allowed terms that began with the same word to be filed together in the index, increasing the usability for this audience.

Presentation Skills Training

August 1st, 2016

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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.

Facilitation Skills Training

July 1st, 2016

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Facilitation Skills Training


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.

10 Steps to Be a Successful Manager

June 1st, 2016

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10 Steps to Be a Successful ManagerBecome 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.