Why indexing?

Indexes are crucial to my scholarship. I can’t count the number of times an index has saved the day by convincing me to take home a book I might otherwise have left on the shelf; leading me back to an important passage I wanted to cite; or helping me root concepts of interest out of a dense, lengthy text. Conversely, I’ve found that a shallow or poorly constructed index can render a text nearly useless, especially when I’m rushing to meet a deadline. I work as an indexer because I want to create indexes scholars can rely on as they navigate hectic academic careers.

I am also deeply invested in helping scholarly writers publish books that are as findable, accessible, and citable as possible. As an indexer, I give your book the time and attention needed to craft a strong, accurate, thorough index that will help readers find the information they’re looking for, identify your core concepts, and understand the relationships between topics in your text.

Although I work on many different kinds of texts, I specialize in scholarly writing in the humanities and social sciences and can offer particular expertise in theatre and performances studies, media and communication studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

In addition to my scholarly background, I hold a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, I’ve completed UC Berkeley Extension School’s Indexing: Theory and Application course, and I am an active member of the American Society for Indexing. I work with an up-to-date suite of indexing software and am available for traditional back-of-book indexing as well as ebook and embedded indexing.


My rates vary depending on the density, complexity, and length of the text and on the desired depth, complexity, and length of the index. In general, you can expect rates for scholarly projects to run $5-7 per page and rates for textbooks and trade books to run $3.50-5 per page.

Rates for embedded indexing are determined on a per project basis, but generally run higher per page than back-of-book indexes.

My project rates include two hours of editing time; any additional editing time necessitated by changes to the text will require additional hourly charges.

Although I can accommodate minor pagination changes while indexing, it is best for me to work with finalized pages.

I am available for rush jobs but these will incur additional costs.

Please contact me at rye/at/ for more information.