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 4, 2014

Keeping busy with University of Nebraska Press (UNP)

Another index for UNP is in the works! I am currently working with editor, Lona Dearmont, to create an index for the book, Choctaw Resurgence in Mississippi:  Race, Class, and Nation Building in the Jim Crow South, 1830-1977, by Katherine M. B. Osburn.  You can check out our collaborative efforts through Amazon's "Look Inside" feature after the book's release on July 1, 2014. Indexing specifications closely follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., with a few "in-house" tweaks.