Understanding Indexes and Preparing Them for Publication
Have you thought of inviting a professional tutor-indexer into your company?
The Society of Indexers runs a half-day in-house workshop that you can fit into your busy schedule. The tutor-indexer will tailor the content of the workshop to your own editorial needs and/or those of your colleagues.
Thank you for the workshop on indexing for our editors last month - it was very enthusiastically received by both new and experienced editors, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Here are a couple of sample comments from those who attended: " Fascinating insight into how indexers work - full of information that will directly impact how I go about briefing indexers and editing indexes when they come in-house", and "Great to see the indexing process from the indexers' point of view, and learn more about the thinking and process behind creating them". Our editors really enjoyed the workshops and activities, and feel much more confident now about commissioning and assessing indexes.
DK, April 2016
As an in-house editor
Do you know how to choose a good professional indexer?
Do you know how to brief a professional indexer?
Could you give guidance to the author and professional indexer about their respective responsibilities?
Do you know how to cost an index?
Would you know how to check whether an index is of an acceptable standard, and recognize a bad one?
Factors that will affect the indexer’s job
The quality of editing and overall structure of the publication
Realistic expectations from both author and editor
Adequate space for the index, to match the length and content of the book
Changes to the original schedule
Whether substantial changes are likely to be made, particularly when these involve random repagination
How will an indexing workshop help you?
The Society of Indexers’ in-house workshop, with practical exercises to help you understand the indexing process, can include the following topics:
Dealing with indexes
Commissioning an index – budget; deadline; space available; depth of coverage; disk or email format
Authors as indexers
BSI and ISO Standards and publishers’ house styles
How to assess an index
Making changes to an existing index: revised editions — repaginate or start from scratch?
The basics of the indexing process: how professional indexers do it
Choosing what to include
Arranging headings and subheadings
Editing out the unnecessary detail – being clear, concise and consistent
Using dedicated indexing software
For more information and to book an in-house workshop, contact:
The Society of Indexers
Woodbourn Business Centre, 10 Jessell Street SheffieldS9 3HY UK