Interview With Ken Hassman, Professional Book Indexer

Ken Hassman is an efficient buddy of mine; he owns his personal guide indexing firm, Hassman E-book Indexing Service. I made a decision to ask him for an interview. E-book indexing is an artwork form– not everybody can do it. Ken has created indexes for a few of the largest names in publishing, Oxford College Press, Cambridge College Press, McGraw Hill, and plenty of others.

1. How did you get into this enterprise, and the way lengthy have you ever been indexing books?

My indexing profession started with an opportunity assembly on the marriage ceremony of a buddy’s daughter the place I bumped into outdated pals I had not seen in years. In catching up I found that they had a very profitable indexing enterprise.

After they instructed me this I mentioned the exact same factor that folks say to me: “Indexing, what’s that?” They gave me the identical reply I’ve given many occasions since: “Indexes, you know-those issues behind books.”

They requested me if I want to study the artwork/talent of indexing and so they mentored me with paying jobs for the following two years throughout my final two years of instructing faculty. Good pals that they’re, after two+ years they supplied to assist me get my very own indexing enterprise began and launched to me a few their shoppers.

2. When did you resolve to strike out by yourself?

In March, 2005, I needed to let the varsity board within the district the place I used to be instructing know if I used to be going to be again the following 12 months and I made a decision I had served out my usefulness and with the blessings of my pals and indexing mentors I handed in my resignation efficient in June, 2005.

3. Which publishing firms have you ever achieved indexing work for?

Two of my principal publishing shoppers for about 4 years now have been Cambridge College Press and Oxford College Press. I’ve a terrific relationship with quite a lot of manufacturing editors at each publishers and so they each ship me indexing work instantly and/or have authors get in contact with me.

As well as I’ve listed loads of books for Cengage Studying, ABC-CLIO (previously Greenwood Publishing Group), Springer, Wiley Blackwell, World Internet Each day Books, New Press, Johns Hopkins College Press, WestEd and Worldwide Society for Expertise in Training.

4. How vital is an index to the success of a guide?

Primarily based on feedback I’ve acquired indexes are thought-about fairly vital. Many guide distributors will not think about promoting non-fiction books if they don’t have an index.

5. What do you’re feeling are the most important obstacles in your business at this time?

A lot of what takes place within the publishing world is being outsourced to India and for freelancers like myself this has prompted an enormous shift within the quantity of labor we get. A few of the publishers I’ve labored for have expressed their disappointment about this in that they really feel dangerous for the U.S. based mostly freelancers they’ve labored with for years and hope that finally the work finds its means again to the U.S.

6. Do you cost on an hourly foundation, or by the job?

Most indexes are based mostly on a per-page price. I could get a guide and be requested to create a medium density index which means 3-4 index entries per web page and be paid at a price of $3 per web page. I could also be requested for a lightweight density index of 1-2 index entries per web page and be paid on the price of $2-2.50 per web page and I could also be requested to index a single-subject encyclopedia which requires about 15 index entries per web page and be paid on the price of $7 per indexable web page. You possibly can see there’s a variety.

7. Do you will have any recommendation for authors who’re contemplating an index?

Indexing is a tedious, labor-intensive course of. It is rather more than merely making a “principal phrase” concordance with an extended checklist of nondifferentiated locators (web page numbers solely with no qualifying subentries). Authors will know their materials a lot better than an indexer would however indexers have the talent set that allows them undergo the fabric and create relationships that make sense to an finish consumer.

Extra publishers are requiring authors to create their very own indexes today. I’ve seen that since this coverage has come into existence the previous six moths I get much more direct calls from authors asking for assist.

If you’re in want of an index, please name or e-mail Ken at Hassman Indexing Service; he is all the time comfortable to reply. Ken enjoys speaking to authors– that is how I obtained to know him! I’ve discovered quite a bit about indexing and the way vital it’s to creating a guide profitable.

You may as well see his weblog, Hassman Indexing on blogger.

Source by C. Pinheiro