See Also—September 2019

ASI Webinar: Embedded Indexing—Working with your Client with Jan Wright
Upcoming Chapter Events
Recent Chapter Events
News from Our Members
Spotlight—Amanda Rogers
Work Smarter: Indexing Software Tips and Tricks

ASI Webinar: Embedded Indexing—Working with your Client
with Jan Wright

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Embedded indexing involves more complex communication with your client to ensure that the project goes well. With file management, font choices, and project schedules to understand, it is important to establish good communication. Your clients may not understand what embedding involves, and it is often up to you to educate them. In this session, we will cover critical questions to ask and issues that should be settled before you start work. In addition, you will receive links to documents for InDesign and Word embedding that you can adapt for your clients, helping them to take care of their indexes once you have handed off the files.

During this one-hour webinar, you will:

  • Understand when in the process you are to index and why it is important
  • Understand what your client wants to create with their files: eBooks, PDF files, hyperlinks
  • Understand the advantages and drawbacks of embedding

Jan Wright specializes in embedded indexing, single-sourcing, and repurposing indexes for multiple formats. She was a pioneer in online indexing, working to develop best practices for presenting online indexes before HTML was in widespread use. She is currently the chair of ASI’s Digital Publishing Special Interest Group.

For more information and to register, visit this page.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Pacific Northwest Chapter Fall 2019 Meeting

September 13-14, 2019
Friday, September 13, 3:30-5:30
Location: Scott Smiley’s home, Vancouver, WA
Features Q&A discussion for new indexers

Saturday, September 14, 8:30-5:30
Location: SpringHill Marriott, Vancouver, WA

The program includes Technical Indexes with a Structured Approach; Embedding Index Tags in XML Files; Client Relationships; Bidding and Rates; and Indexing Comparison Activity.

For more details and to download the complete Registration Packet, visit the Pacific Northwest Chapter website.

Recent Chapter Events

Pacific Northwest Chapter Announces 2019 Sherry Smith Award Winner

Congratulations to Pamela Erwin, who was awarded the Sherry Smith Award for New Indexers. Pamela will attend the PNW conference on September 14 in Vancouver, Washington, and then participate in the Program Team to help plan next year’s conference.

The award is designed to help new indexers attend the annual conference and to integrate them into the chapter. The chapter looks forward to having Pamela and other new participants at this year’s conference.

News from Our Members

New Mexico Indexers Meeting

L to R: Francine Cronshaw, Johanna Egert, and Carol Schoun in Albuquerque

On July 22, New Mexico indexers met in Albuquerque. Experienced indexers Carol Schoun and Francine Cronshaw exchanged views with new indexer Johanna Egert.

Working with Carol as her mentor, Johanna has developed a successful approach to marketing. Her secret: Contacting 10 publishers every Monday morning. The effort has paid off with a crafts publisher and with education books.

Other topics discussed at the meeting included changes in the publishing industry and work-life balance.


Our Spotlight this month is Amanda Rodgers. If you would like to be in the Spotlight, or nominate someone for it, please contact the editor, Roseann Biederman.

Where do you live now? Where are you originally from? Do you share your home with pets or family?
I grew up in northern Indiana, then lived in Tacoma, Washington, for several years. Then I met a nice Canadian boy, married him, and now we live in the suburbs of Toronto.

What is your educational background?
I studied English literature at the University of Puget Sound. I also hold a certificate in professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography.

Do you have any hobbies, travels, volunteer work, or other interesting things to share?
I love music, photography, and knitting in my spare time. I also co-host a podcast called Discord & Rhyme, where we choose an album for each episode and discuss it song by song.

What kind of work did you do before you studied indexing? Are you still doing that or other work in addition to indexing?
I worked in health care administration for several years while moonlighting as a freelance writer, and eventually shifted into writing full-time, which I still do in addition to indexing. Most of my writing work is marketing-related, including blogs and website copy. I work with clients in a wide variety of industries, so it never gets boring!

When did you start indexing? When did you join ASI?
I finished the Berkeley indexing course in September 2017 and completed my first index early in 2018. I’ve been fortunate enough to land a few more clients since then, but of course I’m always looking for more! I joined the Indexing Society of Canada in 2017, but just joined ASI earlier this year.

For you, what is the best advantage of ASI membership?
I love having access to so many resources to improve my work. There is always something more to learn when it comes to indexing, and it’s great to have the courses, workshops, and the wonderful community of other indexers available.

Work Smarter: Indexing Software Tips and Tricks

Think you’ve discovered every aspect of your dedicated indexing software program? Think again! You’ll find an extensive offering of time-saving, problem-solving resources at each vendor’s website.

Looking for a British spelling dictionary? SKY Software has you covered. Need to restyle index elements at a stroke? Discover a simple solution in MACREX. Double-checking page references for accuracy? CINDEX can help simplify the task.

To access the comprehensive Resources page for each program, follow these links:

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