As a professional association, NAIWE is committed to helping its members succeed. All NAIWE members receive tools and training to help them grow in their profession, support as they meet professional challenges, and opportunities to develop their marketing skills so that they can create the kind of career they want.
No matter the service freelancers provide, they need to belong to a strong professional organization. NAIWE provides freelancers with an online presence, assistance in using their NAIWE website, and marketing support through our social media channels and our monthly newsletters. At NAIWE, we seek to provide the place where people come and receive the warm, personal touch that they deserve as they develop their career.
Your membership in an association demonstrates commitment, credibility, and professionalism.
You don’t have to be traditionally published before you join NAIWE. You don’t even have to specialize in just one area — we realize that professionals can find many ways to earn a freelance living. Most of us don’t have the luxury of writing only fiction, editing only academic monographs, or designing book covers only for New York Times best-selling authors. In fact, we encourage NAIWE members to create multiple streams of income because it’s your best guarantee of financial stability.
April Michelle Davis has been the executive director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) since 2018. Prior to that, she was NAIWE’s Social Media Marketing Expert. NAIWE is an association that focuses on career building for writers, editors, and other professionals in the publishing industry by developing multiple streams of income; it helps its members market their products and services through social media, newsletters, and more.
She is also the coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, a lifetime member of the American Copy Editors Society, and a freelance editor, indexer, proofreader, and author. April Michelle has taught 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.
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 has shared her insights about her career development by contributing quotes and vignettes to several books. She has presented sessions on various editorial topics to many groups, including the Virginia Writers Club, the Communication Central conference, Randolph-Macon College, the Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, the EFA, Copyediting newsletter, RavenCon, and the Hanover Book Festival. In addition, April Michelle has published three books.