Jason Begy Indexing
I have indexed over 140 academic manuscripts and edited collections. I am a member of the American Society for Indexing and the Indexing Society of Canada. If you are looking for an indexer for your book or website, I would love to hear from you!
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Why Hire Me?
A good indexer can index anything, but the best indexes are written by indexers who are also widely-read and have studied a range of subjects. My background and expertise include media and communication studies, game studies and design, literature and literary theory, history, and information technology.
I am a fast, efficient worker who will prioritize your needs. I finish on time and on budget.
Shouldn't the Author Index Their Book?
While authors can certainly index their own work, there are two good reasons to hire a professional, such as myself.
First, indexing is like proofreading: authors are frequently too close to their texts to do it effectively and efficiently (I know from personal experience!). Having an outsider's perspective is invaluable when indexing because he or she will come to the text without foreknowledge of what it is supposed to be, much like a reader will. The indexer is the reader's advocate, and is well-positioned to think like they will.
Second, indexing is a technical and nuanced skill, just like writing and research. An experienced professional who is already familiar with indexing standards and best practices can create a higher quality index in a shorter period of time.
I charge per indexable page. As a general rule, rates are higher for academic texts than for textbooks or trade books.
For an estimate, please email me with a representative sample of your book, ideally 10 to 15 pages from the middle of the text. I accept both American and Canadian dollars.
How Do I Contact You?
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