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, July 11, 2017

Simple sentence: I completed the index.

I've just completed the index for Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: Comprehensive Handbook of Rules, by Susan Wise Bauer. Tentative publication date for this book is Sept. 18, 2017. Thanks to  Justin Moore, editor at Well-Trained Mind Press, for giving me another indexing opportunity (as well as a grammar refresher course!).

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