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Resource | Public | Article | Scholarly Book Indexing | Comments: 0 | 2 June 2022 | Modified 1 June 2023

How To Find a Scholarly Indexer

You’re so excited! And you should be. Your completed manuscript is in the university publisher’s hands. Finally! You feel like you’re about to cross the finish line when an email appears in your inbox with the subject title:  Find an Indexer. What? Isn’t there a computer program that generates book indexes? Well, actually, yes there is. But that’s probably not the way you want to go. Trust me. If you need convincing, turn to page 303 of Dennis Duncan’s book Index, A History of the. If the book isn’t on your bookshelf, just take my word for it. You do not want a computer-generated index at the back of your book.

Recommendations from Colleagues and Friends

One way to find an indexer is to ask your colleagues and friends. Do you know anyone who has published a nonfiction book? If you’re employed by a college or university, chances are the person in the office next to yours might have a recommendation. Or ask the department head. Actually, the department’s secretary might be your best bet. Someone you know may know an indexer.

National Indexing Societies

If that doesn’t work, consider consulting your country’s indexing society. Most have a directory where members can be listed in their directories for a fee. You can find the links here. Some have good search engines that allow you to dial down to the type of book you’ve written and the type of index you’re looking for such as back-of-the-book indexes or embedded indexes. If you’re not sure what an embedded index is, then you probably just need a back-of-the-book index. Some societies even provide a job listing service for free. While you may be tempted to go that route, some authors find the process overwhelming. One author told me that he had more than 50 responses and asked me how to sift through them. Good indexers are busy and most will not respond to the job listings. Again, let me emphasize that an easier way would be to go to a society’s site. Find a handful of indexers whose profiles resonate with you and whose credentials and experience match your book’s subject. Write down their names, business names, and email addresses so you can keep track of them. Finally send off an email message through your email service, double-checking the email addresses so the emails won’t bounce back. And make sure you keep that piece of paper! Some shortcuts you might want to employ include bookmarking the indexers’ listings in your web browser and copying and pasting the email addresses directly into your email message.

Indexer Index Search

Or you can also search here at Indexer Index. Add the indexers you like to your shortlist with a click of a button and message them directly through the website. No bookmarking, no misspelled email addresses. No piece of paper to misplace. The only extra step you need to do would be to sign up for a free membership on our site. There’s no cost, no strings attached. Best of all, when you write your next book (you know you have another one in you!), your shortlist will be here, saved, and ready for you to access when another email with the subject title Find an Indexer shows up in your inbox. Whichever method you choose, let me be among the first to say congratulations on publishing your book!

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