Kath here. Like many families in this economy, we supplement our two-income household with a secondary source of income; in our case, freelancing work in the writing profession. My husband, a librarian, also creates indexes for non-fiction books.
When people ask us about it, they are surprised that such an opportunity exists. Inevitably they ask a barrage of questions. The No. 1 comment is: “I didn’t know book indexers existed!”
They do. And they get paid for it.
Book indexing is not for everyone. As much as I love to read non-fiction, I’m not sure I could read a text for organizational structures and the plain hard work and tedium of detailing an index. But for those who are curious, I thought I it would him to lift the veil a little.
On the fringe of the writing profession exists a pocket of freelancers known as indexers. Indexers create indexes for a variety of formats, including monographs, journals, and web sites. The most common form of the index can be found at the back of a non-fiction book.
Like many freelance occupations, book indexers can either work full-time or as a sideline to their day job. [Read more…]