Rates are based on the complexity and density of the indexable material. Factors considered when determining a quote:

  • Type of book (academic, technical, general)

  • Number of indexable pages (front and back matter usually not included)

  • Amount of illustrations included (if any)

  • Density of text (amount of entries per page)

  • Type of index required (general, detailed, requires specialist features)

  • Length of index (number of pages available)

  • Timeframe available for completion of work (rush jobs may be charged extra).


If you would like a quote, please email me information regarding the book as above and preferably a sample chapter and the number of pages of text.


  • Complex subjects take more time for analysis as often there are greater numbers of indexable entries per page.

  • Prefaces, forewords, front and end matter are generally not indexed unless specifically requested.

  • Foot notes are not indexed unless they contain relevant information.

  • Foreign language names and terms may require more time to index.

  • The length available for the index can influence how the index is compiled so constraints need to be communicated to the indexer.

  • The indexer requires access to someone knowledgeable about the book, eg, the author or the editor, to ensure the accuracy of the index and to answer queries.


Specialist Subjects


Art, biography, literature, history, education, crafts, travel, cookery, performing arts, architecture, business and self-improvement (see Books Indexed). I have a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) so can also index academic texts.




Rates will be negotiated with each client depending on the size of work or contract.


Finished Index


The finished index will be emailed as a Word or RTF file.


Any changes to the final index are best discussed with the indexer so that any changes do not break any indexing conventions, do not invalidate cross-references and/or are included in the same format. Hence it is best to note any suggested changes to the index as track changes and send them to the indexer.


The typeset index will also be checked to make sure no mistakes have been made at this stage (see Style of Indexing). Fast turnaround of the typeset index is provided.