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, September 10, 2015

Cora Du Bois just keeps on giving...

While there is no mention of the index in this favorable book review  for Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent, by Susan C. Seymour, the index I created for this book likewise received complimentary recognition in the 2015 Purple Pen Competition (copied from my Aug. 25, 2015 blog post):
"... your submission was in the top three of multiple entrants so your level of accomplishment was notable, and for that we highly commend you.  You picked a complex book and showed some very good judgments in how you handled it." ~Enid Zafrin, Institute of Certified Indexers member.