About

Background

I have been a full-time freelance book indexer, copy-editor and proofreader since 2001. I am an Accredited Indexer with the Society of Indexers, having passed their Training in Indexing distance-learning course, and an Advanced Professional Member of both the Society of Indexers and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. I recently also started a three-year term as a director on the Executive Board of the Society of Indexers. I have an employment background in printing and publishing, a BA (Hons) in English and American Literature (University of East Anglia) and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Open University), where my independent research projects included an interview study on stand-up comedians’ views of disparagement humour and an experimental study on the effects of background music on working memory. In my spare time, I enjoy performing with Manchester Recorder Orchestra and Stockport Ukulele Players, I practise yoga and Pilates regularly and I have a particular fondness for ducks and pubs.

Clients

I have completed over 700 commissions to date for a number of authors and publishers, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Berghahn Books
  • BFI Publishing (British Film Institute)
  • Cambridge University Press
  • I.B.Tauris
  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Pearson
  • Philip Allan Updates
  • Psychology Press
  • Radcliffe Publishing
  • Routledge/Taylor & Francis
  • Yale University Press

Skills

Indexing: I use SKY Index (Professional Edition) software to produce back-of-the-book standalone indexes supplied as a Word or rtf file. I also have experience of embedded indexing in InDesign or with WordEmbed to embed the index in a Word manuscript.

Copy-editing: hard copy or on-screen editing in Word.

Proofreading: hard copy or on-screen PDF mark-up.

Subjects

I primarily work on non-fiction texts in the arts, humanities and social sciences, although I have also enjoyed editing several works of fiction. My main subjects include: American literature, autism, ballet, cinema, comedy, criminology, dance, dementia, drama, economics, English literature, film studies, history, literary studies, media studies, mental health, music, politics, psychology, sociology, theatre and yoga.

Fees

I generally charge an overall rate for each job. This is based on the recommended rates of the Society of Indexers (SI rates) and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP rates).

Please use the Contact page to get in touch for a quotation.