Indexes and publishing

Authors & Indexers: DIY or Hire a Professional? (Brochure from Society of Indexers (SI) [UK])

“Author-Created Indexes (vs. Third-Party Professional Indexes)” (by Seth Maislin, from A to Z: Newsletter of the STC’s [Society for Technical Communication] Indexing SIG [Special Interest Group])

“Every Non-Fiction Book Needs an Index: Here’s Why” (from The Book Deal: An Inside View of Publishing)

FAQ: About Indexing (by Martin Tulic)

How to Contract with a Book Indexer … (by Dan Connelly, WordforWord Books Services)

“How to Index Your Book (and Why I’ll Never Do It Again” (by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, from The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Indexing FAQ (by James Lamb,

“An Overview of Indexing Methods” (by Jan Wright, from A to Z: Newsletter of the STC’s [Society for Technical Communication] Indexing SIG [Special Interest Group)

“Quality Control & Benefits” (by Bill Johncocks, from Communicator)

“Working with the Author” (by Auriol Griffith-Jones, from The Indexer)

The process of indexing

About Indexing (by Martin Tulic, from

“The Finishing Touch” [indexing a technical manual] (by Bill Johncocks, from Communicator)

“How We Index: Six Ways to Work” (edited by Pat F. Booth, from The Indexer)

The Indexing Process (by Marilyn J. Rowland, Marisol Productions)

Novice Notes: The Process of Indexing (by Martha Osgood, Back Words Indexing)

Editing indexes

Editing Indexes (by Fred Brown, Allegro Technical Indexing)

“Editing the Index: Developing a Method” (by Hilary Faulkner & Weibke M. Light, from The Indexer)

Reviewing & Proofreading a Draft Index (by Seth Maislin)

Peer review of indexes

Novice Notes: Peer Reviews (by Martha Osgood, Back Words Indexing)

Cross References

“See or See Also?” (by Bill Johncocks, from Communicator)

Depth of Index

How Deep Should an Index Be? (by Seth Maislin)


“Somewhere on This Page?” (by Bill Johncocks, from Communicator)

Size of Index

“Estimating the Size of an Index” (by Nancy Mulvany, excerpt from Indexing Books)

Subheading Selection

“Do Mi’s Second Rule or the Functions of Subheadings” (by Do Mi Stauber, from The Indexer)

Term Selection

“Choose Your Words Carefully” (by Bill Johncocks, from Communicator)


The business of indexing

The Business of Indexing

Becoming an Indexer & Running an Indexing Business (University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival & Information Studies [UBC SLAIS])

Breaking into Indexing (Society of Indexers [SI])

“The Business Side of Indexing” (by Elizabeth Wallis, from The Indexer)

Novice Notes: The Business End (by Martha Osgood, Back Words Indexing)

Contracts for Indexing Services

Sample Indexing Contract (Society of Indexers [SI])

Sample Indexing Contract (from Erin Hartshorn, The Well-Chosen Word)


Novice Notes: Marketing (by Martha Osgood, Back Words Indexing)


Fees for Indexing: Guidelines for Clients (Society of Indexers (SI) [UK])

Setting Rates (by Dan Connelly, Word for Word)

Understanding Rates & Fees (by Jan Wright, Wright Information Services)

Sample Specification Sheet

Index Style Specification Sheet (from Erin Hartshorn, The Well-Chosen Word)