The Society of Indexers’ newsletter has a regular column called “My Past Life.” In the most recent issue, I was asked to write about my route to indexing and I have adapted that article here.
The skills and techniques used by professionally trained indexers.
Sometimes indexers use ordering systems that are neither numerical nor alphabetical. This post discusses two examples of different arrangements: the book order of a Scripture index, and the use of themes in biographical indexing.
Commissioning a professional indexer to index your publication can save you time and stress, and ensure that your readers will gain the best possible route map to your content.
Indexing is a specialist skill and it takes a significant amount of time to prepare an index well. It is an analytical process, not a keyword search, and it cannot be adequately replicated by computer software.