Back-of-the-Book Indexing

A full-time back-of-the-book indexer with over 20 years of experience, I have indexed hundreds of books on a wide variety of topics (see selected titles from the past five years) and always look forward to working on each title with the goal of creating the most effective and reader-friendly index possible, delivered on time and with careful attention to detail. Email to request more information for your particular project.

What books have you indexed?

Below is a frequently updated list of recent books that I have indexed, with links to Amazon listings where you can use the “Look Inside” feature to view the index:

You can browse more titles I have indexed by clicking here.

Who hires indexers?

While publishing companies sometimes have in-house salaried indexers, many if not most indexers, like me, work as freelance or contract employees. We are often hired by publishers (who then may subtract the fee from the authors’ later royalties) or by the authors themselves. In either case, we create the index for a book on a tight deadline—often in only two weeks or less—at the same time that the final proof pages (typeset but not yet approved) are being given their last proofreading. I write almost all of my indexes through and with electronic files, working from a pdf of the proof pages and creating the index in Word.

See also: Why hire a professional indexer?

How do indexers set their fees?

Indexing fees vary greatly depending on the book being indexed and the experience of the indexer. Also, some indexers charge by the hour or by the entry, while others charge by the number of proof pages that are indexed.

I agree on the fee with the author or publisher before starting the project, and I charge by the indexable proof page (i.e., not including blank pages, references, and so on), usually starting at $3.50 per page for most trade or academic books and going up to $5 per page or higher for more dense or complex titles. Payment is due (by check, credit card, PayPal or wire transfer) after the index is completed and approved.

What else do you do?

I am also an author, blogger, and owner of a small publishing company. Before switching to full-time self-employment two years ago, I  taught creative thinking and other humanities courses as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Learn about my published books and read my short story (about indexing, of course!), “See Also.”

How do I contact you?

For more information for your index project, please drop me an email with information about your book and your indexing needs.

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