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What clients say about us

  • Gayatri Gopinath wearing a black shirt and gold hoop earrings
    I am very grateful for Cathy's quick and efficient work on my index: she zeroed in on the essential concepts of the book and produced an index that is thorough, comprehensive, and detailed. It was a huge relief to turn over this part of the interminable book completion process to such capable hands, and not have to worry about it at all.
    Gayatri Gopinath
    Gayatri Gopinath, author of Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora, and possible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures
  • Minh-Ha T Pham
    Ideas on Fire’s advice to maintain rather than resolve the tensions embodied by the fraught position of my research subjects [Asian American fashion bloggers] helped to draw out my book’s critical framework and gave me important direction for revising and re-organizing chapters. They are wonderful readers who offer exactly the right amount of critical feedback and positive nudging forward.
    Minh-Ha T. Pham
    author of Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging
  • Dean Spade
    I had never had to index a book before, and didn’t know what the process was or what it really involved, so I was a bit unsure how it would go. I was very relieved when my colleague recommended Ideas on Fire and said they were great. It was so great to have an expert to do this.
    Dean Spade
    author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law

I felt like my article was pretty good but needed some detailed editing and I know I’m not very good at that. I really like Ideas on Fire’s proofreading services, as well as being able to get help with my writing developmentally in the early stages. I’d recommend Ideas on Fire to other colleagues looking to get help with their writing.

Michelle Yates
Michelle Yates
author of "Re-casting Nature as Feminist Space in Mad Max: Fury Road"

Previously, the managing editor and editorial board members of Catalyst copyedited the manuscripts in our journal. It was time-consuming and we were very excited to work with Ideas on Fire, which was recommended by a board member. Working with the group was  straightforward and hassle-free. We are extremely happy with the results of our joint effort and look forward to working with Ideas on Fire on future issues.

Cristina Visperas
Cristina Visperas
managing editor of the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

Before working with Ideas on Fire, I felt stuck and unable to move forward with my book proposal. Working with them, I was finally able to gain some clarity about the project moving forward. My writing is more crisp and coherent and I feel good about submitting the proposal to a publisher.

Lena Palacios
Lena Palacios
author of Media Necropower and Race-Radical Feminist Activism
  • Heath Fogg Davis wearing a navy suit and blue striped button-down shirt
    Like many academics, I struggled with conceptualizing my second book project, and getting it in motion. I felt like I was spinning my wheels in a sea of wonderful, scattered ideas that could take forever to sift through and synthesize into a completed manuscript and book proposal. Working with Ideas on Fire, I gained a pragmatic game plan for completing my proposal and project, and academic writing feels fun again.
    Heath Fogg Davis
    author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?
  • Tala Khanmalek, wearing a brocade blazer
    I can't overestimate how helpful it was for me to work with Ideas on Fire as a first generation scholar of color in particular. Even though I knew the main problem with my book proposal (it was about two different books instead of one), Ideas on Fire's confirmation, guidance, and publisher report—as well as affirmation—were key. I'm now revising my book proposal to focus on one book, which has shed a lot of light on my revision plans. I also plan to work with IoF again on the manuscript.
    Tala Khanmalek
    author of Living Laboratories: Remapping the Legacy of Experiments in American Empire
  • Ronak Kapadia wearing a black shirt, against a background of leaves
    Writing is such a solitary enterprise. Working with Ideas on Fire was an oasis, an opportunity to receive affirming, consistent, and constructive feedback on my writing from a knowledgable but impartial source. As someone who has experimented (and benefited from) multiple sources of writing accountability in the past, working with Ideas on Fire on my first book was one of the most rewarding experiences because of the consistency and feedback I received.
    Ronak Kapadia
    author of Insurgent Aesthetics: Race, Security, and the Sensorial Life of Empire

Handing the index over to Ideas on Fire allowed me to concentrate fully on my final proofs. It was such a relief to receive the index, and having the groundwork of categorization and organization done allowed me to make small final tweaks about content and scope, based on my expertise in the subject matter. This made the last stage of production, which can be nerve-wracking, so much more pleasurable!

Andrea Harris
Andrea Harris
author of Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine

The index created by the Ideas on Fire team is a work of art. I loved seeing the book through their eyes, and I was particularly impressed by some of the broader, big-picture entries they crafted. From the smallest details to the largest conceptual frameworks, this index will make my book easier for anyone to use. I’d recommend these indexing services to anyone but especially to interdisciplinary scholars.

Christopher Grobe
Christopher Grobe
author of The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

Cathy Hannabach at Ideas on Fire is an outrageously talented researcher, editor, and indexer. She takes meticulous care with every detail; no aspect of a project escapes her laser-like focus, yet her sights are always trained on the big picture. It is truly a gift to be able to lean into Cathy’s wide-ranging expertise, and my work has benefited enormously from her help at all stages. She is thorough, quick, and always knows how to make things on the page just a little bit better.

Gayle Salamon
Gayle Salamon
author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality
  • Simeon Man wearing black glasses and a grey shirt
    I felt confident working with Ideas on Fire because of recommendations from friends and colleagues. I appreciated the quick turn around and prompt communication throughout the process. The index was completely in a timely manner, and it looks great.
    Simeon Man
    Simeon Man, author of Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific
  • Aymar Jean Christian
    I was pretty nervous about my manuscript and overwhelmed thinking about the work of copyediting it. Ideas on Fire cleaned up the formatting, specified specific areas for improvement, and indexed the book—making my life a whole lot easier. Their services have improved my productivity immensely. I’d recommend Ideas on Fire to any colleague on tenure-track looking for more productivity and manuscript editing.
    Aymar Jean Christian
    author of Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television
  • Mary Ebeling
    Before working with Ideas on Fire, I felt very adrift about my abilities to pull off my book project. I needed someone who could stand outside of it but also who could guide me with empathy—someone who was on the "same page" with the concept. The valuable suggestions on books and articles that Ideas on Fire gave me informed my arguments and gave me more nuanced and critical ways of thinking about my writing. IoF is very professional, bringing fresh and critical ideas to the project, but also knows a lot about the publishing industry as well, so they are able to hold the shaky hands of someone like me through the whole process.
    Mary Ebeling
    author of Healthcare and Big Data: Digital Specters and Phantom Objects

Ideas on Fire’s indexing exceeded my expectations. I was thoroughly impressed with their understanding of the concepts that I was working with, and they even realized some more concepts that I didn’t know that I was working with. Ideas on Fire is meticulous in their work because of their genuine passion for the material at hand. They approaches the index as the potential audience for the book. Fantastic!

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María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo
author of Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States

Ideas on Fire and Cathy constructed the index for three of my recent books (Wendy Wasserstein, Theatre and Sexuality, and The Feminist Spectator in Action), and I’d be delighted to hire them again. They’re prompt, efficient, effective, and very good at what she does. They did an excellent job working under a tight deadline. Their work is thorough and precise, and collaborating with them is a pleasure.

Jill Dolan
Jill Dolan
author of Wendy Wasserstein, Theatre and Sexuality, and The Feminist Spectator in Action

My and Lisa Cartwright’s co-authored project was a bit out of control when we started and were worried about it being too long, too repetitive, and too wordy. Now our book is trimmer, more concise and clearer.

Marita Sturken
Marita Sturken
co-author of Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward
    I was looking for a good indexer and I knew that Cathy is super intelligent, pays attention to detail, and is familiar with my research areas. Ideas on Fire even gave me some additional proofreading revisions to improve the manuscript. Ideas on Fire is thorough, efficient, and professional, and did an excellent job with my index.
    Yolanda Covington-Ward
    author of Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo
  • Lynn Comella
    Handing over my book's index to Ideas on Fire was one of the best decisions I made. Knowing that the index was in the hands of professionals allowed me to focus on my page proofs without the additional stress of compiling one on my own. The Ideas on Fire team really understand the value of a well-crafted index and the role it plays for readers. But more than this, they know how to compile one that is detailed, comprehensive, and academically robust.
    Lynn Comella
    author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure
  • Shanté Paradigm Smalls
    Before working with Ideas on Fire I felt good about my project but knew it needed the keen eye of outside readers who really had time to consider its merits and weaknesses. After getting developmental editing by Ideas on Fire, I feel much more confident about my project. The questions, suggestions, and probes are so helpful that I feel a sense of buoyancy about my project. I have more direction and clarity.
    Shanté Paradigm Smalls
    author of Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City

When I came to Ideas on Fire for editing help, I was feeling insecure about my writing and especially the quality of my English as I am not a native speaker. Also, I thought that editors were only “for books” and that I should be able to deal with my articles on my own (as if getting help meant I wasn’t doing my job or I wasn’t a good-enough scholar). Working with the Ideas on Fire team, I felt understood and appreciated for my work, which me helped to appreciate it anew. I also learned that getting help with my writing doesn’t mean I am a bad scholar but, on the contrary, that that is a smart thing to do: getting professional help makes my research have a bigger impact.

Veronica Sanz
Veronica Sanz
author of "No Way Out of the Binary: A Critical History of the Scientific Production of Sex"

I had heard great things about Ideas on Fire from friends and colleagues, and so I was looking forward to working with them. Ideas on Fire was clear, professional, prompt, and the work was impeccable. I was able to save time to work on other parts of my manuscript by virtue of them doing such an excellent job with my index.

David Kazanjian
David Kazanjian
author of The Brink of Freedom: Improvising Life in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World

The Ideas on Fire indexers’ close reading and careful work resulted in an index that will be a really usable reference for readers, and it let me see my own work in through different eyes. I’d recommend Ideas on Fire to others, particularly anyone working on critical studies of culture or on issues of social justice. Having someone who was not only excellent at editing tasks but was familiar with the intellectual traditions of my work resulted in a really wonderful experience and a top-notch end result.

Elizabeth Ellcessor
Elizabeth Ellcessor
author of Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation
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