The following is an alphabetical roster of members of the Pacific Northwest Chapter who have chosen to be listed in our Directory of Indexers. A listing by subject specialty and skills is also available.
This Directory is a self-selected listing of indexers who are members of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society for Indexing and are willing to be contacted regarding freelance indexing projects. The PNW Chapter encourages each publisher or author to discuss projects with indexers and confirm appropriate qualifications. Members of PNW/ASI wishing to be included in the Directory should visit the Application page.
Why hire a professional indexer? A good author deserves a professionally produced index. There are specific indexing skills which are developed with experience:
- text analysis;
- ability to identify significant concepts/themes in texts and represent them with suitable index terms;
- ability to organize multiple references into helpful subheading sequences;
- consistency in cross-referencing and double entry;
- a recognition of insignificant mentions of a subject which lead the reader nowhere; and
- an ability to empathize with the proposed readership.
These are all skills honed by practice, and unless the author has previously indexed a book [and endured knowledgeable critiques of the index], he or she is unlikely to have the experience or proficiency to do this to the same standard as a professional indexer.
From Last But Not Least: A Guide for Editors Commissioning Indexes (1998, Society of Indexers)
Arnold-Boyd, Sam. See Cascade Indexing
Hallinger, Linda Herr. See Herr’s Indexing Service
Howard, Angela. See Technical Indexing Services
Osgood, Martha. See Back Words Indexing
Sheila M. Ryan. See Ryan Indexing
Smiley, Scott, Ph.D. See Scott Smiley, Ph.D., Indexer of Books
Sosnowski, Maria. See Index Plus
Staigmiller, Judy. See InOrder Freelance Indexing
Technical Indexing Services
PO Box 60355
Santa Barbara, CA 93160
Weaver Indexing Service
Carolyn G. Weaver
2213 138th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
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