April Michelle Davis - Editing 101: The Fundamentals of Copyediting, Lesson 6

Guest: NAIWE’s Executive Director April Michelle Davis

This is a specialized course designed for those who are in the editing industry (or who want to become freelance editors). This hands-on, interactive class will provide detailed discussions about the field, editing skills, and the business and IT requirements necessary to succeed. Add the course to your résumé, strengthen your skills, and learn how to run your editing business like a professional.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Publishing Industry Overview

Lesson 2: Editing Resources

Lesson 3: Marking Copy

Lesson 4: Author’s Voice

Lesson 5: Intellectual Property

Lesson 6: Professional Correspondence

Lesson 7: Client Relationships

Lesson 8: Freelancing


Length: 33 pages

Required Text: Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition


April Michelle Davis is the executive director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors and the founder of Editorial Inspirations. She has 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, book publishing, and professional editing. April Michelle has presented sessions on what an editor does and the steps to becoming an editor, tips for and the benefits of working with an editor, indexing, macros, grammar, marketing, and Microsoft Word at the Be a Better Freelancer conference, Randolph-Macon College, Northern Virginia Community College, the Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, RavenCon, the Hanover Book Festival, the Editorial Freelancers Association, Copyediting newsletter, Editorial Inspirations’ trainings, and NAIWE.

April Michelle has shared insights by contributing 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.

April Michelle has taken her role full circle by becoming a published author: A Guide for the Freelance Indexer, Choosing an Editor: What You Need to Know, and A Princess in Disguise.

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