Indexing News

 

  • Upcoming Events: Index-Manager Webinar (Basic) Wednesday June 20th, 6:00 pm Central European summer time, 12:00 pm Eastern time, 11:00 am Central, 10:00 am Mountain, and 9:00 am Pacific (US and Canada). Quickly learn the most important Index-Manager functions for importing your manuscripts, indexing, editing and exporting. Click here to SAVE YOUR SEAT!

  • Purple Pen Competition 2018: The Institute of Certified Indexers has opened the application period for its 2018 competition for best new indexer, The Purple Pen Award. The award is open to new indexers who completed an indexing course in the last five years (January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2018) and submit an index done for payment (not a practice or pro bono index). Each entrant will receive a detailed feedback report compiled from the comments of three ICI-member judges.
    The standards for the anonymous judging come from the ICI  Best Practices.
    Candidates for the contest must read the rules and complete the submission form included at the end of the rules document.
    Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018 midnight EST. Application must be accompanied by the fee of $40. Only one submission is accepted per entrant.

  • Upcoming Events: Embedded indexing: tips and techniques, software programs, and best practices interactive workshop at the Western New York Chapter Fall Meeting of the American Society for Indexing (ASI), September 8, 2018, Tompkins County Public Library (tcpl.org) Borg Warner East Room, Ithaca, NY. I will provide some demonstrations and there will be plenty of time for questions. Bring your laptop so you can really participate and get some hands-on learning with me. Questions? Contact Lisa DeBoer, WNY Chapter President, at wny@asindexing.org

  • Upcoming Events: Indexing in Digital Environments with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society for Indexing in Vancouver, WA September 15, 2018. I’ll discuss indexing for digital publications, giving an overview of the current state of the field and the software, skills, and training that indexers need to work in it. We will also glimpse into future possibilities and trends. We’ll continue with a panel of indexers who are working in different digital environments, including Jan Wright, Sam Arnold-Boyd, and other local professionals.
  • The AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, a superb guide for authors and editors is available online. I highly recommend this editorial manual, especially for Chapter 13, Medical Indexes.

Pilar

Indexing News

  • Upcoming Events: Indexing in Digital Environments with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society for Indexing in Vancouver, WA September 15, 2018. I’ll discuss indexing for digital publications, giving an overview of the current state of the field and the software, skills, and training that indexers need to work in it. We will also glimpse into future possibilities and trends. We’ll continue with a panel of indexers who are working in different digital environments, including Jan Wright, Sam Arnold-Boyd, and other local professionals.
  • Index Manager (Idx) is now available in English. This modern, professional tool for indexing and seamlessly embedding indexes into core documents is especially useful for digital editions. It’s also great for indexing any MS Word- or Adobe InDesign-based publications. Write the index while finishing your core documents, embed accurately and easily, and then smoothly export for print or electronic editions. I highly recommend this new tool for quality indexing, time and cost savings. Check it out!
  • The AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, a superb guide for authors and editors is available online. I highly recommend this editorial manual, especially for Chapter 13, Medical Indexes.
  • The Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI) is accepting applications. Work with Certified Indexers ensures indexes of the highest quality. Join us.

Pilar

Indexing News

  • Upcoming Events: Indexers Rockat the American Society for Indexing 2018 Annual Conference, in Cleveland, Ohio April 26-28, 2018. Highlights include “Indexing with Index Manager: Indexing and Embedding the Forest and the Trees,” a workshop with Pilar Wyman and Katharina Munk; a panel session “How to be the Interface between Publishers and Digital Indexing techniques” with Terry Casey, Jan Wright, and Pilar Wyman; and a dedicated software demo with Cindex, Index Manager, Macrex, and Sky.
  • Upcoming Events: Indexing in Digital Environments with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society for Indexing in Vancouver, WA September 15, 2018. I’ll discuss indexing for digital publications, giving an overview of the current state of the field and the software, skills, and training that indexers need to work in it. We will also glimpse into future possibilities and trends. We’ll continue with a panel of indexers who are working in different digital environments, including Jan Wright, Sam Arnold-Boyd, and other local professionals.
  • Index Manager (Idx) is now available in English. This modern, professional tool for indexing and seamlessly embedding indexes into core documents is especially useful for digital editions. It’s also great for indexing any MS Word- or Adobe InDesign-based publications. Write the index while finishing your core documents, embed accurately and easily, and then smoothly export for print or electronic editions. I highly recommend this new tool for quality indexing, time and cost savings. Check it out!
  • The AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, a superb guide for authors and editors is available online. I highly recommend this editorial manual, especially for Chapter 13, Medical Indexes.
  • The Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI) is accepting applications. Work with Certified Indexers ensures indexes of the highest quality. Join us.

Pilar

Indexing News

  • Upcoming Events: Indexers Rockat the American Society for Indexing 2018 Annual Conference, in Cleveland, Ohio April 26-28, 2018. Highlights include “Indexing with Index Manager: Indexing and Embedding the Forest and the Trees,” a workshop with Pilar Wyman and Katharina Munk; a panel session “How to be the Interface between Publishers and Digital Indexing techniques” with Terry Casey, Jan Wright, and Pilar Wyman; and a dedicated software demo with Cindex, Index Manager, Macrex, and Sky.
  • Want to learn more about indexes in ebooks? Did you miss the Twitter  hour on for ebooks last month? Here’s a Storify summary, courtesy of @PC_Bain (Paula Bain). It went by so quickly, I’m sure we’ll do more. In the meantime, join in anytime.
  • Index Manager (Idx) is now available in English. This modern, professional tool for indexing and seamlessly embedding indexes into core documents is especially useful for digital editions. It’s also great for indexing any MS Word- or Adobe InDesign-based publications. Write the index while finishing your core documents, embed accurately and easily, and then smoothly export for print or electronic editions. I highly recommend this new tool for quality indexing, time and cost savings. Check it out!
  • The AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, a superb guide for authors and editors is available online. I highly recommend this editorial manual, especially for Chapter 13, Medical Indexes.
  • The Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI) is accepting applications. Work with Certified Indexers ensures indexes of the highest quality. Join us.

Pilar

Indexing News

  • Want to learn more about indexes in ebooks? Did you miss the Twitter  hour on for ebooks last month? Here’s a Storify summary, courtesy of @PC_Bain (Paula Bain). It went by so quickly, I’m sure we’ll do more. In the meantime, join in anytime.
  • Index-Manager (Idx) is now available in English. This modern, professional tool for indexing and seamlessly embedding indexes into core documents is especially useful for digital editions. It’s also great for indexing any MS Word- or Adobe InDesign-based publications. Write the index while finishing your core documents, embed accurately and easily, and then smoothly export for print or electronic editions. I highly recommend this new tool for quality indexing, time and cost savings. Check it out!
  • The AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, a superb guide for authors and editors is available online. I highly recommend this editorial manual, especially for Chapter 13, Medical Indexes.
  • The Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI) is accepting applications. Work with Certified Indexers ensures indexes of the highest quality. Join us.

Pilar

Indexing News

  • Want to learn more about indexes in ebooks? Join me and fellow book indexers @WIndexing (Jan Wright) and @PC_Bain (Paula Bain) for a Twitter  hour on for ebooks on Wednesday 31st January, 11am ET, 4pm GMT. We’ll discuss digital, embedded, and linked indexes and how to make them better. That is, we’re going to discuss how to actually make indexes in digital books work. Why do they so often not link? How to get publishers to take the teeny weeny extra step and make them work? We provide the code, but more often than not these days the indexes in ebooks are flat reproductions (if that) of print edition indexes. Readers expect and need them to link and take us into the text. Let’s make it happen! Join us.
  • Index-Manager (Idx) is now available in English. This modern, professional tool for indexing and seamlessly embedding indexes into core documents is especially useful for digital editions. It’s also great for indexing any MS Word- or Adobe InDesign-based publications. Write the index while finishing your core documents, embed accurately and easily, and then smoothly export for print or electronic editions. I highly recommend this new tool for quality indexing, time and cost savings. Check it out!
  • The AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, a superb guide for authors and editors is available online. I highly recommend this editorial manual, especially for Chapter 13, Medical Indexes.
  • The Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI) is accepting applications. Work with Certified Indexers ensures indexes of the highest quality. Join us.

Pilar

Indexes in the News

Ah, the power of thorough indexing. The story continues.

Last week I shared how Mike Allen of Axios published part of the lengthy index entry for Steve Bannon from Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

This week, Philip Bump, in Determining the power centers of Trump’s White House — by appearances in ‘Fire and Fury’ used the book’s index to measure apparent power in the current U.S. presidential administration:

Wolff’s book does provide us with an interesting bit of data, allowing us to get a sense of where the balance of power lies within the administration. How? Thanks to the book’s index, which lists every appearance by every person, organization and subject within its 300-plus pages. (Mark/Mike Berman is on page 78.)

There are, in fact, more than 500 terms outlined in the index of the book, several of which have a number of subtopics broken out separately. “Donald Trump,” for example, is mentioned in a number of contexts on most of the book’s pages — and the subtopic of “staff doubts about” the president is mentioned on seven pages alone.

Tallying up all of those page-mentions (as we’ve dubbed them), Trump himself is the most commonly mentioned subject in the book. About half of the things and people mentioned only appear once.

He goes on, delightfully so for us book nerds, to provide graphic analysis and measures of mentions in the index.

Nonetheless, Wolff’s index does provide an approximate overview of the importance of people and issues within the Trump administration (as filtered through Bannon and the author). So “Russia” is the fourth-most-prominent subject; “Middle East” is in 29th. Stephen Miller is tied for 58th; Anthony Scaramucci is 36th. (Sebastian Gorka, who took to the Hill to huffily explain why you should ignore Wolff’s book, is mentioned only once.)

If you are a denizen of the White House, you may be curious where you stand in relation to your colleagues. Well, good news. We took the index and tallied up the number of pages on which each listed subject is mentioned, allowing us to rank the importance of each within the “Fire and Fury” universe.

Do you work on the Hill? Plug your name into his hand-dandy search box and find out how important you are, at least according to Wolff, and as reflected in his latest book’s index.

For those skeptical that this tabulation actually reflects importance within the White House, I present in defense of that thesis the number of mentions of each Trump child.

  • Ivanka, 122 page-mentions
  • Donald Jr., 18
  • Eric, 4
  • Barron, 1
  • Tiffany, 0

Argue against that as indicative at your peril.

Still doubt the importance of a quality book index?

Argue against that at your own peril.

Whatever you may think about the quality or style of the index in Fire and Fury (a few too many commas for my taste, for example), the index in Fire and Fury reflects its book so well that national journalists are relying on it as they cover current U.S. politics.

The Washington Post and Axios show us that quality journalism is not dead, indeed. Nor is quality indexing dead, I’m proud to say. May it keep on truckin’.

(No, I did not write the index to Fire and Fury. Nor do I know who did. I have my suspicions, though.)

Happy indexing,
Pilar

Indexing News

  • The AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, a superb guide for authors and editors is now available online. I highly recommend this editorial manual, especially for the new Chapter 13, Medical Indexes.
  • The Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI) is now accepting applications. Working with Certified Indexers ensures that indexes are of the highest quality.
  • Index-Manager (Idx) is now available in English. This modern, professional tool for indexing and seamlessly embedding indexes into core documents is especially useful for digital editions. It’s also great for indexing any MS Word- or Adobe InDesign-based publications. Write the index while finishing your core documents, embed accurately and easily, and then smoothly export for print or electronic editions. I highly recommend this new tool for quality indexing, and for time and cost savings. Check it out!
  • Happy New Year! 

Pilar