Self-Employment Joys and Woes

Is it the American dream to be self-employed?  To be your own boss is often a life goal.  Often, however, people are not really sure what owning their own business entails.  There are, indeed, many benefits, but there are drawbacks as well.  Venturing into self-employment, especially freelance self-employment, requires careful consideration. In the publishing field, […]

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Publishing Industry Job Descriptions – Who Does What?

Terminology choice is the key to good writing (and good indexing) – obviously an important aspect of the publishing business.  But the terminology choices for the professions in publishing remain a mystery sometimes. Recently someone posted an article on LinkedIn asking if people outside your profession really understand what you do.  The answer is clearly […]

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The Skills We Bring to Publishing from Our Former Professions

Indexers usually become indexers later in life as a second, third, or twelfth career move.  I suspect the same is true of many professionals in the publishing world.  Bringing life and professional experience to the table increases our proficiency and depth of understanding. Learning what professions or experiences other indexers bring to their indexing careers […]

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If only fiction books had indexes…

As an indexer, I wish every book had an index.  As a fiction-reader for personal pleasure, I really wish more fiction books had indexes.  Maybe it’s my increasingly forgetful nature that makes me wish this.  I am forever reading a book and trying to think back, “now what was his sister’s name?” or “didn’t it […]

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