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.

Lydia Jason

Lydia Jason

Book Indexer

You and your team have worked through months of writing, editing, proofreading, and layout, but there's just one more item before you go to press: the index—an important marketing tool.

Book Indexing Services

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.

Aubrey Otero

Aubrey Otero

Ghostwriter, Book Indexer, Copy Editor, Proofreader

AUBREY OTERO has 30+ years of experience as a writer and editor, including fiction, nonfiction, medical, and technical. In the past eight years, she edited and proofread 34 nonfiction books, 32 academic books, 5 college-level textbooks, and 130 academic books.

After obtaining her MA in English Literature and MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction, she began a career as a technical writer, first in geophysics and geology, and later in information technology. Eventually going freelance, she continued her technical writing, and transitioned into journalism, working as Associate Editor/Editor of the Catholic newspaper of San Diego.

Aubrey taught writing at the university level, at the University of California, San Diego Extension program and at the University of Phoenix. With a background teaching fiction writing, she knows how to help develop a writer's voice and can give tried-and-true guidance on plot and story development, creation of believable and memorable characters, and writing with the senses, among other topics vital to writers. Her services include line-by-line editing and proofreading, story editing, stylistic editing (grammar, punctuation, etc.) and, if requested, ghostwriting. She is part cheerleader and part trail guide, encouraging the author's efforts while showing the way to improve the manuscript.

She understands that a writer paying for an editor wants professional feedback, not simply the encouragement typical of family or friends.

Aubrey has edited hundreds of nonfiction and academic books, and dozens of fiction manuscripts, many of which have gone on to be published.