Accurate, insightful indexing
for exceptional books
Print Book Indexing
Engage your reader with a comprehensive, thoughtfully crafted index that adds value to your work. With over 800 published print and digital indexes, I can create an index that sets your book apart from the competition. I can index from PDFs or hard copy or, depending on your needs, index directly in Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign.
Strengthen your ebook or digital publication with a digital index that surpasses text search capabilities and provides your readers with an information roadmap. For digital-publishing workflows, I can index from XML files with hyperlinked anchors or embed codes directly into Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign.
Enhance your scholarly work or anthology with a separate name index or other specialty index that ensures your readers find the information they need. I can create indexes for names, titles, or first lines of poetry/scripture to complement your general subject index.
Hi, I’m Erika. I craft accurate, insightful indexes that help sell books.
With over 20 years of indexing experience, I can create a thorough, thoughtful, reader-friendly index that helps your book stand apart from the competition. I’ve been freelancing since 2016, collaborating with publishers, packagers, and individual authors. Prior to that, I spent twenty years as an in-house indexer with Pearson’s technology and business imprints. Through a series of corporate acquisitions, I gained experience working for three major publishers (Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Pearson) without ever leaving my desk.
I’ve indexed over 800 published print and digital products during my twenty years in publishing. Imprints I’ve supported include Addison-Wesley Professional, Alpha Books, Cisco Press, FT Press, FT Press Science, Hayden, IBM Press, New Riders, Pearson Business, Prentice Hall Professional, Que, Sams, and Wharton School Publishing.
What does this mean for you? Your project benefits from years of in-house experience. Large or small, your project receives the same meticulous attention and commitment to quality. Your completed index is delivered on deadline every time, ensuring that you hold your production schedule.
I have the flexibility and experience to adapt to your workflow, whether it’s print, digital, or XML-based production. As a member of the American Society for Indexing and the Society for Technical Communication, I stay current with changes in the industry. I love what I do and strive to make each project its best. Books I’ve indexed range from 150 pages to over 1,600 pages… no project is too big or too small!
Does your project need an expedited schedule or have special requirements? I’m happy to work with you to meet all project and scheduling needs.
My academic qualifications include a BA in English linguistics with minors in psychology and literature and a graduate certificate in TESOL. I hold tech certifications from CompTIA, Apple, and Google as well as a Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
When I’m not reading professionally or for fun, you can usually find me in a field of sheep, training my dogs for sheep herding. I also volunteer as an editor with Kiva.org.
For more on my qualifications and experience, drop by my LinkedIn page. If you want to connect or just say “hi,” social media requests are always welcome!
Need an index for a book or other documentation? Still in the planning stages? Either way, let’s chat! I love hearing about new projects. Don’t be afraid to tell me about your deadline or project requirements. I’m straightforward about my abilities and rates, and knowing what you need helps me to hit the target. If you prefer to talk by phone, just send me a phone number I can use to reach you and the best time of day to call.
Let me know how I can help you create an exceptional publication!
Erika was a delight to work with during my nine years at Pearson. Her indexes are detailed and comprehensive, and she delivers on time even under tight deadlines. She’s an enthusiastic colleague who always keeps a positive attitude and adapts well and quickly to new processes.
—Betsy Gratner, senior editor
Erika is an outstanding indexer. She often delivers indexes ahead of deadlines, and I am always sure that an index from Erika will be thorough, concise, and effective for my books.
—Elaine Wiley, editor
I had the pleasure of working with Erika for more than ten years. Erika never ceased to amaze me with her dedication to her craft. She never missed deadlines, and the quality of her work was impeccable. Routinely she was assigned very complex projects on tight deadlines, and she delivered every time.
—Kristy Hart, managing editor
Erika is the most efficient and thorough indexer I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
—Nonie Ratcliff, Pen to Print Publishing Services