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Client testimonials

What our clients are saying about us

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“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. I trust my scholarly voice more consistently, have discarded the perfectionism that comes with long writing projects, and have more confidence with my capacity as a writer and thinker from their edits.”

Ronak K. Kapadia, author of Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War

“It’s clear that IoF is especially skilled at working with interdisciplinary scholars. They were able to engage my book with an attentiveness to and care for the methods, sources, and theories I use. IoF not only pulled out concepts and themes I knew were central, they also identified ones that never would have occurred to me. They were incredibly communicative with me about what I could expect and set a clear timeline that kept everything on track. Rest assured, you will not regret working with IoF!”

Marisol LeBrón, author of Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico

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"Before we started, I was anxious, overwhelmed, and nervous. IoF’s attention to detail calmed my fears and reassured me of the merit of my work. I recommend Ideas on Fire to all scholars, academics, and socially conscious writers."

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— Khalilah Brown-Dean, author of Identity Politics in the United States

"Before working with Ideas on Fire, I was mired in anxiety. The process of writing and publishing a book was something I longed for but felt completely out of reach. After receiving IoF's substantive and thoughtful feedback, I understand my own argument better and am able to communicate it to others. I am excited to return to and continue the process, feeling more clear and confident. I would recommend IoF to all first-time authors, those with imposter syndrome, and anyone who feels stuck."

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— Kimberlee Pérez, author of Queer Intimations: On the Politics of Belonging in Performance

"Working with Ideas on Fire was an incredible experience. I have new expectations for copyeditors and indexers now, thanks to their work. I recommend IoF to all the academics and writers I know."

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— Tiffany Lethabo King, author of The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies

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“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 am very grateful for Ideas on Fire’s quick and efficient work on my index: they 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, author of Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora

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"Ideas on Fire came highly recommended and I needed a quick turnaround on my book’s index. For my previous books, I used graduate students but for this one I needed conceptual smartness and I got it here."

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— Elizabeth Freeman, author of Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociability in the American Nineteenth Century

"This was my first experience where I had my hands on all elements of the publishing process. I was anxious about finding the right indexer as our book is in such a particular and niche area. Ideas on Fire’s excellent skills and impeccable professionalism made the experience a complete delight. They delivered a thorough and pithy index on time and within the space constraints of our book design. I’d recommend IoF to anyone!"

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— Silvia Rocciolo, contributor to I Stand in My Place with My Own Day Here: Site Specific Art at the New School

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

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— Marita Sturken, co-author of Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture

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“I can’t tell you how helpful it was for me to work with Ideas on Fire as a first generation scholar of color in particular. There are so many things that I have to learn along the way, and writing a book proposal was one of them. The editors’ confirmation, guidance, and publisher report—as well as affirmation—were key. Ideas on Fire is an indispensable resource!”

— Tala Khanmalek, author of Living Laboratories: Remapping the Legacy of Experiments in American Empire

“Working with Ideas on Fire was terrific. They were incisive and clear, and could identify strengths and weaknesses in my manuscript. The book got much better because of their editing and very helpful comments. I was able to trust their judgement and comments and know that they understood the project and was making it better.”

— Inderpal Grewal, author of Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First Century America

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"I was very glad to work with Ideas on Fire in the final stages of my book manuscript. I would recommend them and their services to anyone, from recent PhD grads and early academics to veteran scholars. The opportunity to have a fresh set of eyes on a project—particularly if those eyes are well-versed in academic culture and theory—is a gift."

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— Nora Draper, author of The Identity Trade: Selling Privacy and Reputation Online

"My manuscript gained consistency and clarity after it was copyedited and quote-checked by the IoF team. English is not my first language and this was my tenure book so the stakes were high. I wanted another set of eyes and minds looking at it before it went to external reviewers and it paid off. I’d recommend IoF to any scholar working on a first book and I will certainly be returning to them for my own future projects!"

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— Julie Burelle, author of Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Québec

"Cathy Hannabach at Ideas on Fire did an extraordinary job as editor and indexer of my book. She was able to detect the slightest contradictions in my writing, and her first-class intelligence and knowledge of critical thinking, gender studies, and film theory definitely helped to improve the logic of my arguments."

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— Emilio Bejel, author of José Martí: Images of Memory and Mourning

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“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, author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality and The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia, and co-editor of 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology

“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

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"Before working with IoF, I felt overwhelmed thinking about turning my dissertation into a book manuscript. It was reassuring to have someone else, who was not familiar with my project, read it and offer feedback. I am now able to more concretely envision what the book should look like. I recommend IoF to all researchers, academics, and recent graduates needing guidance on turning dissertation projects into books."

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— Stephany Cuevas, author of Apoyo Sacrificial, Sacrificing Support: Understanding Undocumented Latina/o Parents’ Engagement in Students’ Post-Secondary Planning and Success

"It was such a good experience to have someone edit my journal article with the amount of detail and care Ideas on Fire provided. I’d recommend IoF to all fellow junior scholars."

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— Thania Muñoz, author of "Intercultural Tales: Learning With Baltimore’s Immigrant Communities"

"I specifically sought out IoF because of its interdisciplinary expertise. They came also highly recommended by several colleagues and I had read several of the books IoF was a part of, so appreciated the quality of their work. I really appreciate the thought, care, and labor that went into compiling my carefully crafted index. I would recommend Ideas on Fire to colleagues and friends who are also working on their first book projects, especially if they are interdisciplinary."

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— Mia Fischer, author of Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the US Security State

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“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

“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!”

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

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"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."

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— Yolanda Covington-Ward, author of Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo

"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."

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— Simeon Man, author of Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific

"Ideas on Fire constructed the index for three of my recent books, 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."

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— Jill Dolan, author of Wendy WassersteinTheatre and Sexuality, and The Feminist Spectator in Action

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“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

“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

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"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."

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— Lynn Comella, author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure

"When I came to 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."

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— Lena Palacios, author of Media Necropower and Race-Radical Feminist Activism

"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."

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

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“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, managing editor of the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

“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?

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"I’m so grateful that I chose Ideas on Fire; they are organized, have a keen eye for detail, and are well acquainted with the particularities of publishing an academic book. They created a comprehensive, consistent, and clearly organized index well ahead of schedule—and even caught errors the copyeditor overlooked!"

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— Brooke Erin Duffy, author of (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work and Remake/ Remodel: Women's Magazines in the Digital Age

"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."

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

"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!"

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

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“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, author of The Brink of Freedom: Improvising Life in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World

“I was a bit nervous about working with an editor, as my time frame for completing my book was especially aggressive. Ideas on Fire was exceptionally approachable, efficient, interested, and professional. My sentences—all too often circuitous or digressive—are now much more precise and to the point. From line edits to macro-level organizational suggestions, their contributions to the manuscript undoubtedly made it stronger. They also boosted my own confidence in the book’s capacity to communicate clearly and effectively.”

— Keith Feldman, author of A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America

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"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. 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. On the contrary, getting professional help makes my research have a bigger impact."

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

"Ideas on Fire was a dream to work with. They are smart, organized, responsible, and extremely detail-oriented. In preparing my index, they consulted with me regularly and was patient and available. I was extremely pleased with the final result and I have recommended them to all my friends."

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— Camille Robcis, author of The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and the Family in France

"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."

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

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“Before working with Ideas on Fire, I felt that I had good data but I felt lost about the argument that I was making and how the data was informing that argument. My chapter and book proposal have now been transformed, thanks to the very helpful comments by the IoF team. Seeing that the editors liked the argument when phrased tentatively empowered me to just go for it. I have a clear idea of what to keep, what to cut, and how to move things around to maximize impact and reduce repetition. I recommend Ideas on Fire to anyone looking to write a book but specifically those at the early stages.”

— Ragini Shah, author of Beyond the Line: Stories of Mexican Migrant Families

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