I am genuinely excited by indexing and love to delve into a book and understand its order and message and then help convey that to readers.

Why Do You Need an Index?

An index is a key section of a nonfiction book. An index allows your reader to easily locate the information he is looking for. An index is like a link–it takes the reader directly to something he needs. A good index instantly makes your book more usable, reliable, and informative.

Can’t Anyone Create an Index?

Indexing is a highly specialized skill. A good indexer understands how your readers think and the words they will use to find certain information. A professional indexer also is able to see the big picture organization of your book and chapters and distill the concepts into indexable terms. An index must be organized logically and clearly with directions inside it that help a reader get to the information that is needed. These are skills that require training and experience. Even if your book is an ebook, you still need an index in addition to the search function. A search function allows a reader to locate exact words or phrases, but often readers do not use the same words or phrases you have used in your book.

I’ve worked in publishing for more than 25 years and I use all of that experience to help your project succeed. Whether you have an idea for a book, have written an outline, just can’t seem to finish your project, or want someone to read what you’ve written, I’m here to give constructive, supportive feedback on your non-fiction, children’s book, memoir, fiction, essay, or article.

One of my clients won the Hay House Workshop Grand Prize while others have gone on to find publishers or agents or to self-publish their work. I only take on projects I believe in and work to get you where you want to go with your project. I accept individual clients as well as referrals from a few select agencies.

How Do I Have an Index Made?

To have an indexed prepared for your book, you need final laid out book pages. Manuscript pages will not work. The book must be laid out into its final paged format. To give you a quote for an index, I need to know how much space is available for the index in your book.

The best way to calculate that is to determine how many lines are available (find out how many pages have been reserved for the index and the number of lines per page in your book). Index fees are determined by the number of pages in your book that are indexed.

Most books require a general index. Some books require two indexes, often a general index and a name index (common in biographies and historical nonfiction particularly). You also need to know when the index is needed by.

Why Brette?

I have been preparing indexes for more than 25 years and have worked with authors, publishers (trade and academic), and pre- press companies. I have indexed more than 400 books about topics such as self-help, history, biography, law, food, cooking, pets, business, parenting, entertaining, finance, occult, religion, pregnancy, health, writing, and many other topics. In addition to non-fiction trade, I also regularly indexes textbooks in the social sciences, law, and humanities areas. I am a member of the American Society of Indexers.

What People Are Saying

“I’ve worked with Brette since 2019, and her indices always are highly detailed, comprehensive, and easy to navigate. Despite tight turnarounds, she has always met the deadlines while maintaining a standard of high quality. It has been great working with her—I cannot recommend her work enough.”

Chris Schultz
Production Editor – Skyhorse Publishing, Inc

“A friend recently asked me to help her find someone to prepare an index for her book. I identified candidates online and Brette Sember was the obvious first choice, based on her extensive experience and her rapid turnaround. Brette carefully read the book and prepared an excellent index for the Black Woman’s Breast Cancer Survival Guide, one which will readily help any reader quickly locate information that is important for her. I would definitely recommend Brette again and give her five stars out of five!”

Chris Adamec
1st Author at Christine Adamec

“Brette created the Index for my book. She turned this project around in record time and did high-quality work. I highly recommend her.”

Eric Parmenter
Author of STOP! 21 STOPs to Reduce Stress and Enhance Joy

“I’ve worked with Brette on two book projects now. Both times she beat the deadline and provided an index that was excellent. I highly recommend her.”

Echo Garrett
co-founder/co- publisher Lucid House Publishing

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