Book Indexing Services
Good Indexes Sell Books!
Indexes do sell books. But beware: all indexes are not the same. A good index contains all the important topics, subtopics and cross references in a meaningful order.
According to Nancy Mulvany in Indexing Books, "a good index retains the author's terminology, while anticipating the language of readers that may differ from that of the author, and anticipates the expectations of different readers. In other words, an index does not exist independently of its audience."
A good index is also an indication that a book is meant to be taken seriously by reviewers. In an NPR radio interview San Diego Tribune book reviewer and books editor Arthur Salm once said, "A nonfiction book without an index has no heft. I pay it no attention."
"Book indexing is something you will either enjoy or detest; there is little middle ground," Mulvany also (says). "You will have a knack for it or you won't. I do not believe indexing can be taught... a very important aspect of this work comes down to the individual indexer's judgment and communicative abilities... Like other types of writing, it is a mixture of art and craft, judgment and selection."
In How to Make Money from Home, Peter Farrell says, "Indexing work is not recommended to those who lack an orderly mind and a capacity for taking pains. A good index is a minor work of art but it is also the product of clear thought and meticulous care."
A good index means more book sales.
After doing everything else right, don't leave your index to chance.
Our Book Indexers
Lydia Jason is a generalist with a keen sense of curiosity. She loves learning. She has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Humanities (the study of art, history, music, literature, philosophy, religion, and language) and has worked as a museum administrator and state-certified classroom teacher. All her life, she has absorbed information and then shared it with others in educational settings. She does the same thing as she creates each index. Every index is written to appeal to reviewers, general readers, and specialists alike.
Lydia grew up in southern California. She started her career at the J. Paul Getty museum in Malibu. She has created countless exhibitions and curriculum units, and delved into many special interests. In 2012, she left the classroom and the museum world to focus on book indexing services. She specializes in titles related to education, fine art, genealogy, humanities, nonprofits, real estate, and religion. She is an active member of the American Society for Indexing.
Recent clients have included the Art Institute of Chicago, Cony Island Press, Christian Institute on Disability, Brill Hess & De Graaf, Radiant Books, Lake Claremont Press, Fresh Awakenings, synergy Books, St. Louis Art Museum, Stanford University, The Appraisal Foundation, and Pro Arte Books.
Aubrey Otero has thirty years of experience as a writer, editor, and indexer. After obtaining her MA in English Literature and MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction, she began a career as a technical writer, and transitioned into journalism, working as Associate Editor/Editor of the Catholic newspaper of San Diego. After ten years, she tacked again and became a freelance book editor and indexer, working with manuscripts in nonfiction, business, science, medical, and academia.
During these years, Aubrey taught writing at the university level, at the University of California, San Diego Extension program and at the University of Phoenix. She also led ongoing memoir writing workshops in San Diego, and later online across the globe.
Aubrey understands indexing is an art, requiring the ability to discern the major themes of a manuscript and the important sub-themes. Only with this understanding can an indexer coherently index a text, leaving out the tangential information not necessary to index.
As an indexer, she carefully assesses the manuscript and then provides an in-depth, focused index of major and minor topics. This requires great patience and attentive reading, both of which she excels at.
Aubrey has indexed dozens of books, and has yet managed to retain her sanity.