April Michelle Davis
April Michelle Davis is a freelance editor, indexer, and proofreader. She is the coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), the Social Media Marketing Expert for the National Association for Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), and a lifetime member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). She teaches courses through her own company, Editorial Inspirations, as well as for associations and colleges on topics such as editing, indexing, grammar, writing, and creating macros.
Before founding Editorial Inspirations in 2001, April Michelle was an assistant editor at the National Society of Professional Engineers and a program assistant for the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Her credentials include a master’s degree in publishing from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Messiah College, as well as certificates in editing (University of Virginia), book publishing (University of Virginia), and professional editing (EEI Communications).
April Michelle is an expert in the publishing industry. She takes this honor seriously and pays it forward by sharing her knowledge with others. In the past few years, she has had the privilege to present sessions on various editorial topics, such as what an editor does and the steps to becoming an editor, tips for and the benefits of working with an editor, indexing, creating macros, grammar, marketing, and Microsoft Word to many groups, including the Communication Central conference, Randolph-Macon College, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, the EFA, Copyediting newsletter, RavenCon, and the Hanover Book Festival.
April Michelle also has shared her insights about her career development by contributing quotes and vignettes to several books: When Talent Isn’t Enough: Business Basics for the Creatively Inclined; Ease into Writing; The Indie Author Revolution: An Insider’s Guide to Self-Publishing; and Juggling on a High Wire: The Art of Work–Life Balance When You’re Self-Employed. In addition, she was mentioned in the ACES Tracking Changes winter 2015 newsletter and quoted on branding and interviewed for the Editor Spotlight.
April Michelle has taken her role full circle by publishing her own books, A Guide for the Freelance Indexer, Choosing an Editor: What You Need to Know, and A Princesses in Disguise, and she is currently writing a third technical book.
April Michelle Davis is originally from northern Virginia and has lived in Richmond, Virginia, since 2007.
April teaches the following courses: