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With The Accidental Indexer, Nan Badgett has written the definitive guide to the indexing profession. Badgett presents a clear-eyed overview of the field, describes a range of specialties, shares insights from her fellow “accidental” indexers, and offers a wealth of savvy advice on starting and running a freelance indexing business. You’ll find strategies for staying on deadline, maintaining work–life balance, collaborating and subcontracting, and creating new work opportunities. In addition, Badgett recommends important resources—and provides useful forms and checklists—on such topics as training and professional development, promoting your services, managing multiple projects, contracting with clients, and ensuring index quality.
About the Author
Nan Badgett, dba Wordability, has been providing indexing services to publishers, authors, and corporate clients since 1992. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and was trained in indexing through the USDA Graduate School. Nan was a founding member of the former Arizona Chapter of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) and served terms as both its President and Secretary. She has served twice on the judging committee for the ASI/EIS Publishing Award for Excellence in Indexing (formerly the Wilson Award) and served as its chairperson in 2014. Badgett has contributed to several ASI books, including Indexing for Editors and Authors (2008). She was inducted into ASI’s Order of the Kohlrabi in 2004. Before becoming a full-time indexer, Badgett was twice an accidental indexer. As a legal assistant in a large government agency, she coded documents for entry into a computerized document retrieval system. She later worked as a corporate writer developing employee handbooks and procedure manuals for a growing retail company. The need to index those manuals helped launch her indexing career.