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.

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!