Should an author index their own book? (Part II)

Or, why would an author want to write the index for their own book?

Frequently Asked Questions

I have previously discussed that authors should carefully consider whether they are the right person to index their own book. And if they want to devote the time and energy to learning the the principles of indexing.

Now, let me go a step further and ask, “Why would an author want to write their own index?”

By the time the book is ready to be indexed, the publishing process is rapidly coming to an end. It’s just weeks before the book goes to print. At this point, shouldn’t the author be concentrating on the book’s launch? Do they really have the time to write and then edit the index? (Hint: most don’t.)

Then again, some authors do have a knack for creating indexes. Julia Child is probably the most famous author-indexer that I can think of. The indexes she created for her cookbooks are works of art. But not everyone has that desire or skill set.

Indexing options for authors

As I detailed above, an author can write their own index.

They can hire an indexer to write the index.

Or an author can consider a hybrid approach. Did you also know that some indexers offer index editing services? An indexer can work with you after you create your index to polish it—kind of like a book editor, only for indexes.

I respect that you know your book best. I can work closely with you to ensure that the index I create is a convenient representation of your book’s concepts. Or I can help you navigate the indexing process as an indexing consultant and indexing editor—your choice.

If this interests you, let’s connect.

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