Archive for the ‘Featured Titles’ Category

Forever Becoming

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading

The Greatest Generation, as it has become known, survived the Great Depression and war and emerged to build a dynamic educated middle class in America. This is the personal story of one man born into poverty in the industrial city of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, at the dawn of the twentieth century.

A traumatic and turbulent childhood prompted this man’s youthful wanderings that inevitably led to prototypic American experiences at a time of great economic and social upheaval. It was the gritty descriptions of life on the road that evoked the human experiences of the time.

In spite of the harsh realities and a mother’s love and devotion that he had been denied, he overcame obstacles to seek his dream to be on the silver screen, only to discover that the journey of Forever Becoming is what finally brought him fulfillment and love. His story offers encouragement to those living in times of adversity, and it reveals that with perseverance and love and attention,  there is a reason for hope.

April Michelle Davis worked directly with the self-publishing company to proofread this manuscript before publication. April Michelle’s proofreading skills not only met but exceeded the author’s expectations for his book. April Michelle was acknowledged for preserving the reputation of the author and the reliability of the book as a resource through her attention to detail when it comes to egregious errors that would have affected the believability and reputation of both the book and the author if not corrected.

10 Steps to Successful Coaching

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading

10 Steps to Successful Coaching demonstrates why coaching can be a powerful tool to drive organization performance and support the achievement of individual career goals. The solid, understandable process presented in the book encourages and supports positive, long-term change. Ultimately, the author contends, coaching is a pathway to greater satisfaction on the job (as a manager or employee) and at home (as a friend, spouse, and parent).

April Michelle Davis wrote the index for this book. April Michelle looks for ways to share her craft, so while examining the text for the index, she completed a light proofread as a courtesy to the publisher, which included any errors she noticed while examining the text for the index.

“Dummy” Hanson

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading

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

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading

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 Monster

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading

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

Beyond Learning Objectives

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading

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

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading


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

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading

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

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading

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

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Editorial Inspirations Editing/Indexing/Proofreading


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.