Indexing

       ⇒   a book needs an index

              ⇒   an article needs an abstract

                     ⇒   a report needs an executive summary

A book or report is only as useful as it is accessible. An index may look simple, but it is not easy to compile. Software-generated “indexes” are really just flat concordances, which don’t draw related terms together in a meaningful hierarchy. In a concordance, bulldogs appear B and spaniels appear under S, but neither will be found under D for dogs or P for pets. Indexing requires complex analysis, comprehension, creativity, and judgment, and adds essential value to any non-fiction book.

“I’ve relied on George Draffan for useful, complete indexes for books on a variety of topics. He is thorough, keeps to schedules, and is great to work with. Indexes require a special set of skills, and George has the training and experience to build them!”
~ Valerie Brewster, designer and project manager VJB/Scribe

I’ve compiled indexes for many books and reports including:

  • The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins
  • Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s, by Brad Edmondson
  • The Business Solution to Poverty, by Paul Polak
  • True North Groups, by Bill George and Doug Baker
  • Agenda For a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, by David C. Korten (second edition)
  • Wake Up To Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention, by Ken McLeod
  • Beyond Guns and Butter: Recapturing America’s Economic Momentum, by Glenn Pascall and Robert Lamson
  • The Forest Communities of Mount Rainier National Park, by Jerry Franklin (U.S. National Park Service)

“Whoever the indexer is, he or she should be intelligent, widely read, and well acquainted with publishing practices also levelheaded, patient, scrupulous in handling detail, and analytically minded. This rare bird must while being intelligent, levelheaded, patient, accurate, and analytical work at top speed to meet an almost impossible deadline.”
~ Chicago Manual of Style

If you need an index for a book or report, or an abstract or executive summary for an article or paper, email or call 206-659-1954.

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