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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Reading for pleasure after reading for work

When you read all day for work, what do you read for pleasure?  Obviously professionals in the publishing industry are book lovers.  Otherwise we’d get different jobs.  But when eight hours of your day (or thereabouts) is spent poring over books in various stages of development, do you have the ambition to read for pleasure […]

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Clarity is key

Clarity of goals between professionals and clients is key.  In my case, clarity between indexer and client is key.  Communication of the goals and constraints facing a client – whether it be targeting a particular audience, working within a certain index size constraint, capturing buzz words that are critical in a given industry, or style […]

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