April Gardner

April Gardner - Editor

San Antonio, TX, USA

I'm an award-winning author and experienced editor certified through UCSD.

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Overview

Veteran line and copyeditor with six years experience consistently delivering highly accurate and
error-free work. Reliable fiction editor, specializing in historical, contemporary, and Christian genres.
Award-winning independent author of seven full-length novels.

SKILLS
Experience in all aspects of publishing industry
Swift, clear communicator
Fluent in Spanish
Strong work ethic
Meets deadlines
Sensitive to client emotions
Creatively solves problem
Delicate delivery of editorial comments
Social media management
Encourager
Dogged after the perfect sentence
Specializes in period voice
Meticulous
Highly imaginative
Dependable
Strongly spiritual
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Historical Fiction
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction
Inspirational

Certifications

  • Copyediting Certification, UCSD

Awards

  • Grace Award, historical fiction, 2011
  • Selah Award, middle grade fiction, 2012

Work experience

Line Editor

Self-employed
April, 2012 – Present (over 9 years)

I'm the award-winning author of seven novels, the wife of a lovable 20-year airman, and the mother of two very special teenagers. My identity, however, is in Jesus, the lover and savior of my soul. My aim is to glorify Him in all things, which includes giving the best of myself to each client. A firm believer in excellence, I strive for stellar work on every project.

My editor-client relationship strengths include quick communication, dependability with deadlines, and open and friendly dialogue. A certified copyeditor, I'm well-versed in Chicago Manual of Style, and I have seven years experience editing fiction.

WHAT DO I OFFER?

While I understand the ins and outs of the humble comma and all its buddies, crafting the perfect sentence is my great passion. During a line edit, my primary focus is language and its most effective use to communicate mood and story. Fluidity, clarity, and efficiency are my cuppa, and I pour tirelessly over every word to achieve each of those. My secondary goal is to educate and encourage and to provide my clients with confidence and know-how they can use in their future projects.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM AN EDIT?

In a line edit, I draw attention to the following:

Extraneous or overused words
Comma splices and fused sentences
Redundancies and wordiness
Poor transitions and disrupted flow
Confusing or ill-timed action
Showing versus telling
Tonal slips and any element that taints intended mood
Awkward phrasing
Bland or cliche words and idioms
Pacing
Convoluted or slow narrative
Weak organization
Deviation from POV
Strong scene endings

DO I CHECK FOR GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION?

A copyedit includes corrections in grammar, punctuation, syntax, consistency in spelling, numerals, fonts, and capitalization. Correcting those is not my objective. Some editors chose to copyedit in conjunction with a line edit, but in the manuscript's best interest, I believe they should be done separately. Line edits are messy business, and until the red ink from a line edit has been cleared away, the document is often too cluttered to make for an effective copyedit.

DO I OFFER COPYEDITING SERVICES?

Unfortunately, at this time, I do not. That said, when you hire me, you are getting both a line editor and a copyeditor who will never intentionally pass up a misspelled word or missing hyphen. I do not, however, let myself become distracted by them. The sentence takes priority.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Wedding Gown Girl (Wedding Girls Book 1)

Kathy Bosman

Kienna loves dressing up her clients in beautiful gowns at the bridal shop where she works but she doesn't believe in fairytale weddings or happily ever afters. After all, her prince turned out to be a frog, and her divorce broke her heart. So when she realizes one of her brides doesn't love her groom, she tries to warn him. If only he would listen, she could help him avoid her same fate.Blake... read more

Kienna loves dressing up her clients in beautiful gowns at the bridal shop where she works but she doesn't believe in fairytale weddings or happily ever afters. After all, her prince turned out to be a frog, and her divorce broke her heart. So when she realizes one of her brides doesn't love her groom, she tries to warn him. If only he would listen, she could help him avoid her same fate.Blake... read more

New Bay Wedding: Book 5 (The New Bay Stories)

Nell Dixon

Emma has been busy organizing her older brother’s lovelife but now Noah plans to turn the tables on his meddlesome match-making sister. But is Ian the best man for this very particular bridesmaid?

Emma has been busy organizing her older brother’s lovelife but now Noah plans to turn the tables on his meddlesome match-making sister. But is Ian the best man for this very particular bridesmaid?

The Dragons Saga Legend of the Oceina Dragon

J. F. Jenkins

Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he's loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn't even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she's going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to... read more

Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he's loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn't even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she's going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to... read more

Falsify

Kerri Nelson

After one too many tangles with trouble, fifteen-year-old Tina Tolliver has been sentenced to spend the summer in Truth, Texas with her grandmother. Being an only child from Los Angeles, Tina finds life in a small town intolerable. But when she meets sexy, bad boy Billy Preston, she decides she might stay awhile. Her punishment includes cleaning out the attic, where she discovers a journal fro... read more

After one too many tangles with trouble, fifteen-year-old Tina Tolliver has been sentenced to spend the summer in Truth, Texas with her grandmother. Being an only child from Los Angeles, Tina finds life in a small town intolerable. But when she meets sexy, bad boy Billy Preston, she decides she might stay awhile. Her punishment includes cleaning out the attic, where she discovers a journal fro... read more

Unconditional (Unending Love Book 1)

Tanya Eavenson

He will fight for her at any cost...Elizabeth Roberts can't remember her past, and the present is too painful. She turns to nightclubs and drinking to forget her infant daughter's death, her husband's affair.When his wife's coma wiped out the memory of their marriage, Chris Roberts found comfort elsewhere. He can't erase his betrayal, but with God's help he’s determined to fight for Elizabeth ... read more

He will fight for her at any cost...Elizabeth Roberts can't remember her past, and the present is too painful. She turns to nightclubs and drinking to forget her infant daughter's death, her husband's affair.When his wife's coma wiped out the memory of their marriage, Chris Roberts found comfort elsewhere. He can't erase his betrayal, but with God's help he’s determined to fight for Elizabeth ... read more

Restored (Unending Love Book 2)

TANYA EAVENSON

Dr. Steven Moore is known nationally for saving lives. If only he could save his own. Unable to deal with his prognosis, he retreats to a happier time in his past--to the woman who once stole his heart.Four years after the death of her beloved husband, bookstore owner Elizabeth Roberts still struggles to sustain her faith and joy in the Lord as she raises her two sons. She strives to find a wa... read more

Dr. Steven Moore is known nationally for saving lives. If only he could save his own. Unable to deal with his prognosis, he retreats to a happier time in his past--to the woman who once stole his heart.Four years after the death of her beloved husband, bookstore owner Elizabeth Roberts still struggles to sustain her faith and joy in the Lord as she raises her two sons. She strives to find a wa... read more

Grace in the Flames: (A Contemporary Christian Novel)

Michelle Massaro

A prodigal, a sinner, and a saint… Three people. One God of grace.John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he’d been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strikes when her world is shattere... read more

A prodigal, a sinner, and a saint… Three people. One God of grace.John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he’d been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strikes when her world is shattere... read more

The Rose and the Wand

E.J. Kitchens

Never tamper with a magic mirror...When prim and proper enchantress Lady Alexandria attempts to bewitch a magic mirror, she ends up cursed—powerless, penniless, dumped in a strange land, and stuck in the body of an old hag.As if that weren’t bad enough, the mirror gives her two tasks: curse the prince whose arrogant cruelty she once ignored and find her way home—before the Magic Collectors fin... read more

Never tamper with a magic mirror...When prim and proper enchantress Lady Alexandria attempts to bewitch a magic mirror, she ends up cursed—powerless, penniless, dumped in a strange land, and stuck in the body of an old hag.As if that weren’t bad enough, the mirror gives her two tasks: curse the prince whose arrogant cruelty she once ignored and find her way home—before the Magic Collectors fin... read more

Promise to Return: A Novel (Promise of Sunrise)

Elizabeth Byler Younts

When World War II breaks out, Miriam’s fiancé, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God’s will—forcing Miriam to choose between the rules of her religion and the leading of her heart.When World War II breaks out, Miriam Coblentz’s peaceful Amish world is turned upside dow... read more

When World War II breaks out, Miriam’s fiancé, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God’s will—forcing Miriam to choose between the rules of her religion and the leading of her heart.When World War II breaks out, Miriam Coblentz’s peaceful Amish world is turned upside dow... read more

Chasing Paradise (A Paradise Novel Book 1)

Cindy Patterson

FORBIDDEN LOVEPaul Fischer's a plain man with big dreams and an even bigger problem—gaining his uncle's approval. He's just settled on how to accomplish that while maintaining loyalty to his family and heritage, when a beautiful Englischer shows up threatening to defeat all his efforts. A romantic relationship with Rachel is forbidden and he soon discovers it will take more than simply guardin... read more

FORBIDDEN LOVEPaul Fischer's a plain man with big dreams and an even bigger problem—gaining his uncle's approval. He's just settled on how to accomplish that while maintaining loyalty to his family and heritage, when a beautiful Englischer shows up threatening to defeat all his efforts. A romantic relationship with Rachel is forbidden and he soon discovers it will take more than simply guardin... read more

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