Europe’s Last Frontier?

May 1st, 2016

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Europes Last Frontier

Three former western Soviet republics–Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova–now find themselves torn between the European Union and the increasingly assertive Russia. This volume, Europe’s Last Frontier?, examines the foreign and domestic policies of these states with an eye to the lasting legacy of Russian domination and the growing attraction of Europe.

April Michelle edited this volume to prepare it for publication. She worked with her client to satisfy the publisher’s requests and ensure its consistency.

Career Contentment

April 1st, 2016

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Career ContentmentTrue work satisfaction is attainable, and not just for the lucky few who seem to “have it all.” Contentment comes from within you. You are in charge of assessing and viewing your life, career, or circumstances in a way that will create a contented state of mind. And fortunately, with Career Contentment, you have a roadmap to help you get there.

Learn to recognize and leverage the “feel good” elements of your work, and retrain your mind and emotions to reach a confident, relaxed, contented state of mind. Even during tumultuous times, you’ll have the ability to rise above the moment, endure, and thrive.

April Michelle indexed this 300-page book in three weeks and provided the publishing client with a complimentary light edit of the book.

10 Steps to Successful Business Writing

March 1st, 2016

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Business WritingIn the business world, the ability to write well is a basic necessity. In many respects, you are what you write because your coworkers, clients, vendors, and other associates may encounter you most often in the form of your written words.

Whether you are a seasoned CEO or someone who struggled with high school English, you can propel your writing ability to a higher level with just 10 easy steps. Each chapter offers a variety of specific examples and plenty of practical pointers you can use immediately. No matter what level of writing proficiency you currently have, 10 Steps to Successful Business Writing can help you grow and improve.

Immediately after Thanksgiving and right before the winter holidays, April Michelle wrote and edited the index for this book. At the end of the two weeks, she provided a publishable index, along with some minor edits she noticed while examining the text for topics to include in the index.

Succession Planning Basics

February 1st, 2016

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Succession Planning BasicsSuccession Planning Basics will equip you with the background and implementation tools to devise and execute a forward-thinking succession planning program. It will guide you through creating a workforce profile and conducting analysis, building individual job profiles, and implementing an employee development strategy.

In three weeks, April Michelle wrote and edited the index for this book, which educates high-level executives in preparing for the next generation. In regularly working with this client, the client-freelancer relationship was solidified, expanding her contacts to several people within the client company.

Leadership Lessons

January 1st, 2016

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Leadership LessonsAchievers–the masters, innovators, and great ones–do not owe their success to luck, birth, or environment. Rather, great achievers throughout history–from Michelangelo to Einstein, Madame Curie to Bill Gates, Colonel Sanders to General Eisenhower–all have characteristics that the authors have distilled into actions for extraordinary success in any field. In the process, some old notions are put to rest, including that innovators must be risk takers and that great ideas just happen. Leadership Lessons ranges from the importance of preparing for success (acquiring expertise) to endurance against obstacles and recognizing and then seizing opportunities. None of it is easy, they say, but the rewards can be substantial. This fascinating book will be especially helpful for senior executives, ambitious managers, and entrepreneurs; many will find the clarity of its prose and sometimes surprising relevance of the examples and keys inspirational.

April Michelle Davis was hired by the publisher to write the index for this book. Having written numerous indexes for this publisher, April Michelle knew the terminology that the readers would expect and look for in the index for this genre.

Training Design and Delivery

December 31st, 2015

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Training Design and DeliveryTrainers are always on the lookout for a quick, easy-to-use guide to help them through the process of designing, producing, implementing, delivering, and evaluating training programs. Training Design & Delivery is intended to be that simple, single-source guide for every trainer, training manager, and even the occasional trainer. Author Geri McArdle provides an easy-to-understand 20-step training system model, along with dozens of useful standard forms and client memorandums, step-by-step methodology checklists, and other job aids. It features a comprehensive trainer’s toolkit that provides tips and techniques on subjects ranging from internal consulting to course construction, to games and retention exercises. After reading this book you will be able to answer the three most critical questions facing any training professional: What content should be included? How should the material be taught and delivered? How can you ensure that the training is working?

April Michelle worked with the author to developmental edit this manuscript. Together, they reorganized chapters and sections within the chapters. Once this was completed, April Michelle copyedited the manuscript, preparing it for the publisher.

10 Steps to Successful Strategic Planning

November 1st, 2015

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10 Steps to Successful Strategic PlanningCreate a dynamic strategic plan, central to your organizations ability to make critical business decisions, with this step-by-step walk through the strategic planning process. 10 Steps to Successful Strategic Planning offers a simple 10-step process to assessing your priorities, organizing your goals, and getting your organization on the path to planned success. Loaded with worksheets, exercises, tips, tools, checklists, and other easy-to-use and interactive learning aids, this title guides you through the entire strategic planning process.

April Michelle Davis indexed this 200+-page book in two weeks. In addition, she provided light proofreading for errors she noticed while indexing the book.

Staying Legal

October 1st, 2015

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Is your website in violation of copyright laws? Do you know how you can keep others from copying your creative products? What effect has the rapid proliferation of communications—from the Internet to iPods—had on copyright law? In Staying Legal, a book and companion CD-ROM, Francine Ward answers all the important questions—from the time limits of copyrights to the rights and limitations of a copyright holder. The CD-ROM includes pointers for filling out U.S. Government forms. Business owners, authors, HR professionals, and everyone who produces creative material for any medium will find this box set helpful.

In 7 days, April Michelle Davis wrote and edited the index for this step-by-step book. Even though this was an extremely short amount of time for this project, because the manuscript was well written and well edited, writing the index was not as difficult as it could have been.

EI to Publish MG/YA Book

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

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.