Preparing book indexes (and other kinds of indexes) is an important function in the publishing world, almost always done by external companies. We love to organize the information in your book and create an appealing index.
Here’s how it works. Once a book is in final form and all laid out, the editorial changes have been made, all the graphics and illustrations are in place, and it is almost ready to go to the printer, the book is ready for an indexer to create the index that appears at the back of the book. That’s the part of the book that helps a reader or researcher find the information in the text of the book. It’s like a vault of data in alphabetical order, telling you where to go in the book to find information. It’s a road map to the book.
At that point in the publishing process, the client (a publisher, or a book production house) contacts us and asks us to prepare an index. You provide us with an electronic file, and we now do the work of creating the index, using our software.
You can either send us a list of terms that you like to have included in the index, or you ask us to read the book. We are creating a “finding tool” for the reader.
Once done with the index, we return the index pages to the client as an RTF file or a Word file by the due date.