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 29, 2016

Book indexes: Gifts that keep on giving

My most recently acquired "present," a gratis copy of Luther's Works, vol. 79: Church Postil V, arrived at my doorstep with several other packages I'd ordered and been expecting for the holiday season. Needless to say, it was the first box I opened. There is something special about seeing and holding the finished product to which I've made a small, yet significant contribution. Why is this?
As I thumbed through the newly published book, it dawned on me that the indexes I create are like gifts I give to readers. An index helps the reader "unwrap" a book's information again and again; it truly is the gift that keeps on giving.