Time to edit this index….

I’ve just finished an index from the second-pass proofs of a comprehensive medical book (it includes all systems, biochemistry, microbiology, public health, et cetera).┬áThe book is 672 pages of very condensed information in an almost tabular format so the material is written in a terse manner (to say the least). Needless to say, it’s a…

Unbiased language….

When we’re writing an index we try to reflect the intent of the author with our phrasing of the index entries. Since much of my indexing is technical and factual I had not thought much about biased language in index writing. Usually…. However, on at least on indexing project I really did have to give…

MSA meeting tomorrow!

I’m looking forward to the Mid- and South-Atlantic chapter meeting tomorrow in Alexandria, VA. Carol Roberts is going to be talking about her editing technique. This should be an interesting discussion. I’m always working to minimize editing because it can be an incredibly time-consuming, but necessary, part of indexing. My approach to “editing” has been…

Editors

As an indexer we’re part of the publishing process, so the more we know about that process the better even though we don’t really see the manuscript until near the end. I’ve found that the Newsletter from Editorial Inspirations from April Michelle Davis most informative. I’ve always known that and editor is not an editor…