Anyone can create an index, right? Not exactly. It is true that anyone with the right software can create a concordance for a book. However, this does not mean that anyone can or should create an index for your publication.

Here's why. A professionally created, custom-made index offers your readers more than a concordance, which is only an alphabetized list of words at the end of a book. The custom-made index is an intuitive map for your readers; it helps readers navigate through your book quickly and efficiently. This is because a professional indexer anticipates the needs of your readers in a way that concordance generating software simply cannot do.

Trust a professional indexer. After reading your book, I can create a custom-made index to your specifications with my professional indexing software. This index will give your book even greater appeal in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace. The casual reader and serious researcher alike will return to your book again and again because it contains meaningful information that is easy to locate in its custom-made index.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

More published indexes for UNP

Coming soon...two more published indexes for the University of Nebraska Press:

Reading Unruly:  Interpretation and Its Ethical Demands , by Zahi Zalloua (May, 2014) and Busy in the Cause:  Iowa, the Free State Struggle in the West, and the Prelude to the Civil War, by Lowell Soike (June, 2014).

Once the books are published, click on the links above and take a look through Amazon's "look inside" feature! Both indexes adhere to Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. indexing specifications, with a few "in-house" tweaks.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The proof is in the professionalism...

Cutting book production costs is a wonderful thing. However, do not skimp on hiring a professional indexer for your book. Why? Consulting editor, Alan Rinzler, uncovers answers to this question in his brief interview with well-respected professional indexer, Sylvia Coates. Some of Sylvia's answers to the "why" question include: knowledge of style guide conventions and press specifications; consistent index entries with thematic interconnectedness; and finally, a professionally created end-product that adds credibility to the author's work. To read on for more answers to the "why" question click here; you will be glad you did!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Another published index...

Once again, I've been hard at work creating indexes. My latest index is for the book entitled, Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans of the Northwest Amazon.  It was my pleasure to work with author, Robin M. Wright, through the University of Nebraska Press for this project.  Here is what Robin Wright had to say about my completed index, "GREAT JOB ! EXCELLENT ORGANIZATION, EXCELLENT CROSS-REFERENCING...."

Feel free to contact me with any questions you have regarding this index or any of my other published indexes. I look forward to hearing from you! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Still not sure if your book needs an index?

 According to professional indexer, John Noble, "The book might be worth reading but, if there is no index – how do you find the information that you want?" Below is a link to a good article that may help you decide whether or not your book would benefit from having an index created by a professional indexer. It's a short read, and I encourage you to take the time to read it. Pay special attention to John's comments regarding the value of indexes!

           "Interview with Fellow of the Society of Indexers; John Noble"
              ~from Angel Candelario Rodriguez's Tech Writer News Blog

Thanks to fellow indexer, Catherine Barr, for sharing this article!