In your plan for your book, have you given much thought to including an INDEX? I hope so, for several reasons:
- An index heightens the value of the book.
- An index is an indispensable tool for the reader.
- An index identifies all the places throughout the document that address specific areas of interest.
Guess who pays for the indexer? You’re right, the author. When you think about it, the index is part of the manuscript that the author will be proposed for publication – I’m sure you will find the tiny print somewhere in the contract identifying who-pays-for-what. The cost of the indexer is paid through the royalties from book sales. I’m always a little dubious about the actual cost of items reported by the publisher.
If you are short of funds, there are several software applications available that perform the indexing procedure, although they are sometimes pricey, too. If you are planning on writing many self-help books, or non-fiction books, it may behoove you to purchase a quality index software application such as TExtract. TExtract is an invaluable tool and has the versatility of combining manual and application indexing. <a>http://www.TExtract.com</a> The software can cost as little as $79 for a one-time use and as much as $595 for unlimited use. The fee for an indexer can run anywhere from $500.00 to $1500.00 depending on the length of the book and the complexities of the content. Of course, you must understand that either method of indexing will need to be checked by the author for accuracy. There’s no escaping the author’s input for accuracy of others. You wrote the book – you own the responsibility.
There are two types of indexing – Alphabetical (Concordance) and a real index that cross-references and organizes the author’s message by subject or theme.
It is believed that a professional indexer is a key to the author’s message. An indexer adds professionalism to the index, whereas indexes created by software tend to appear amateurish and lack the representation of expertise.
Tracking Software for Creating an Index
If you are familiar with the old method of creating an index, you’re familiar with index cards. I think index cards will always be around as a useful tool for many tasks. But for manual indexing, you guessed it; software applications have replaced the index cards. A few of the commended applications are <a>http://www.Cindex.com</a>, <a>http://www.Sky.com</a>, <a>http://www.Macrex.com</a>
Enhance your book for the reader to enjoy and reference over and over for years.