Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln, How Was the Play?
Email received this morning from a publisher:
I know you have several projects in your hands right now, but I’ve run into a problem and I’m contacting all my indexers to see if anyone can help!
I received an index from a new indexer yesterday (my three “regulars” are busy), right on schedule, but it’s not acceptable. I now have a book that is going to be overdue, without an index. The book is 288 pages, with 8 pages of that reserved for the index. The biggest problem with the rejected index is that the indexer does not have a grasp of the theological content, and many of the entries just don’t make sense, the contributors to the volume are not referenced properly, some of the page ranges are too wide, and poor decisions are made about what to break down and how to phrase things.
It may be possible to salvage some of the work—I could forward the rejected index to you—or maybe that just makes more work than not.
In any case, if there is any way you could help out with this index or if you have any suggestions, please let me know.