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, January 2, 2018

Change: A new chapter for a new year!

The new year is often associated with change. Change might be declared in a resolution, come as a fresh start, or begin as a new chapter in one's life (I just had to tie in books somehow!). This new year is no different for me in that respect. Starting this week, I begin a part-time "dream job" at my local library!

Library work is not new to me. I have worked in both public and school libraries in the past, and I have equally loved both settings. Needless to say, I look forward to this new and somewhat unexpected chapter in my professional life.

Yep, you guessed it. This new chapter does affect my indexing business; it requires that I cut back on the amount of time I dedicate to indexing books. For now, my plan is to complete indexing jobs for clients with whom I have already contractually committed myself during the 2018 calendar year. Beyond that, who knows what new chapters await me and my indexing business in 2018?

On that note, may you also look forward to embracing whatever "new chapters" 2018 brings. Happy new year!

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