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A Princess in Disguise Featured on Read Across America

Monday, October 1st, 2018

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April Michelle Davis and A Princess in Disguise were highlighted for NEA’s Read Across America in The Bridge, Messiah College Alumni Magazine. “April Michelle is a ’01 English graduate who relies on the education she received at Messiah College in her profession as an author when writing her recently published young adult book A Princess in Disguise.”

EI Teaches Macros 101

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Saturday, 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.

EI Teaches Macros 101

Wednesday, 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.

Choosing an Editor: What You Need to Know

Sunday, 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.

EI to Publish MG/YA Book

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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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.

Fotosearch_k10420993 (1)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.

EI Mentioned in ACES Newsletter

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

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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 and privately through her own company, Editorial Inspirations.


EI Speaks at Randolph-Macon College

Monday, June 1st, 2015

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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.


Friday, May 1st, 2015

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PhylogeneticsThis 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.