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.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Indexing: thankfulness for

The American holiday of Thanksgiving is a good time for reflection about life in general, and part of this reflection inevitably includes what one does for a living. Freelance indexing work is only one sliver of what I do for a living, and it is fulfilling work. It is fulfilling for me in several ways, but I am most thankful for the opportunity to learn something new with each project I do.

There is no telling what that  something new might be, but it is "a given" that each project leads me to think about and reflect upon the realities of living in today's world. Oftentimes my own personal beliefs and viewpoints are challenged as I work my way through the indexing process on any given book. This is a good thing because it fills me with gratitude.

I am filled with gratitude because every indexing project I complete serves as a reminder that I live in a country that accommodates diversity. I live in a country that welcomes its citizens to discuss and write about anything and everything. My current project, Religious, Feminist, Activist, by Laurel Zwissler, reflects this diversity. Diversity is a blessing, and I am privileged to be a part of the "free speech" ideal.