You just wrote a book!
All those years of research, writing, brainstorming, pitching, re-writing, losing sleep, and re-writing some more have finally paid off and here you sit with a publishing contract in hand and a killer book to contribute to the world. Congratulations! This is the book that can shake up your field, that can put you in conversation with internationally-acclaimed authors, that can get you tenure. It’s real, finally.
Your publisher tells you when your page proofs will arrive (yay!) and then promptly asks who is doing your index.
Our team of professional academic book indexers is here to help
Why do you need a professional book index?
It orients your readers to the unique arguments and ideas your book offers
It connects your work to that of other authors, ensuring your contribution to scholarly debates
It ensures your readers can cite and build on your book in their own work
“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 GopinathGayatri Gopinath, author of Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora, and possible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures
“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-Portilloauthor of Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States
“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 Comellaauthor of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure
Meet the indexers
Our indexers have extensive experience indexing and editing (not to mention publishing) interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented scholarship.
We know that interdisciplinary research comes with unique challenges with regard to audiences and translating across fields, so we hire interdisciplinary indexers who know exactly how to make your work shine.
“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-Wardauthor of Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo
“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 Dolanauthor of Wendy Wasserstein, Theatre and Sexuality, and The Feminist Spectator in Action
“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 Grobeauthor of The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV
How we write your index
You fill our our project inquiry form telling us the details of your project. We evaluate your needs to see if working together would be a good fit, then check our client calendar to determine when we can best complete your project. We then send you a detailed price quote so you can decide what works best for your needs and budget.
After you've looked over the price quote, we have a discussion by email, phone, or Skype during which we go over the logistics. This is also when you tell us if there are specific entries or subentries you definitely want included. We match you with the Ideas on Fire indexer whose subject area expertise, skill set, and availability best fits your project.
You send us the page proofs (the pdf) when you receive them from your publisher. We read through your book multiple times, design the index structure, generate key concepts and terms, fill in page locators, craft the cross references scheme, and proofread the index.
We deliver as a Microsoft Word document an index draft that highlights the unique contribution your book makes in your fields and helps your specific audiences navigate your book. You review the index draft and send us any revision requests using Track Changes in Word. We then send you the final index within 48 hours of receiving the requested changes. You then forward the final index to your publisher for typesetting.
WHAT: Full back-of-the-book index: Entries and cross-references cover names, titles, significant concepts, and key terms
COST: $7 USD per indexable page in the page proofs (includes introduction, preface, all chapters, appendices, figures, and endnotes/footnotes; does not include front matter and bibliography)
TURN-AROUND: 25 days after receiving page proofs from you we send you an index draft for review. You let us know if you want any revisions and 48 hours after receiving the requested revision we send you the final index for your to send to your publisher. This turn-around reflects most academic publishers' timeline of a month to complete the index.
WHAT: Full back-of-the-book index. Entries and cross-references cover names, titles, significant concepts, and key terms
COST: $10 USD per indexable page in the page proofs (includes introduction, preface, all chapters, appendices, figures, and endnotes/footnotes; does not include front matter and bibliography)
TURN-AROUND: 14 days after receiving page proofs from you we send you an index draft for review. You let us know if you want any revisions and 48 hours after receiving the requested revision we send you the final index for your to send to your publisher.
“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 ManSimeon Man, author of Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific
“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 Spadeauthor of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law
“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!”
Brooke Duffyauthor of (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work, and Remake/Remodel