Welcome to Index Busters!
Hi! We’re Lisa and David, two (wannabe) famous book indexers with over 21 years of combined experience. We help authors make quality indexes that:
Librarians and other large buyers judge the quality of a book based on its index. And they know a bad one from a good one.
Also, because the index is free to view on Amazon, readers use it to see if your book has what they want.
Both of these mean one thing — good indexes sell books.
A book index can add or take away from your book. It can also do the same to your reputation.
Just like every other part of the book, the index speaks to you as an author. A good one will enhance the quality and professionalism of your book, while a bad one can hurt it.
Think of an index like a living appendage to your book. It’s an integral part of the whole, so you should treat it with the same care you treat the rest of the book.
Don’t let a deadline or other pressures put a blemish on your work.
Your reader expects an book index.
Not only that — they also use it. Indexes make referencing (and citing) information a lot easier.
A good index that considers all possible readers, what they’re going to look up, and how they’re going to do it is invaluable to readers. And it makes your book that much more complete.
We’ve helped over 223 authors so far (and counting). We’re always looking for talented new authors to work with. Does your manuscript need an index?
We’re known as one of America’s best indexing teams for a reason. Not only are we indexers with over 21 years of experience, but we also have unique backgrounds that give us the expertise to tackle a wide range of topics in the sciences and humanities.
Speaking of which…
We haven’t introduced ourselves, yet.
I’m a professional indexer with 12 years of experience. I am a PhD candidate with a MA in history, and (in a past life) I was a researcher. This background makes me fluent in handling texts in the humanities and social sciences. History, political science, international relations, religion and theology, and gender studies are my areas of expertise.
Oh. And I live in Hawaii now. So if I don’t reply right away I’m probably away (still) trying to learn how to surf.
And I’m Lisa!
I’m an experienced indexer with 6 years in the craft. I’ve completed an Extension Course at the University of California Berkeley: Indexing Theory and Application. Because of my biology training at Tufts University, Boston, I specialize in medical indexing or anything to do with cardiology, pharmacology, psychiatry, and biology.
Bruce Springsteen is my go-to work playlist and I have a side gig as a chocolate taster (yes, you read that right — chocolate taster…).
Index Busters’ Friends
And Balsa is our friend — he’s a Ph.D. candidate and aspiring indexer. While he trains to be a professional indexer, he helps us with our admin work and marketing. He also communicates directly with authors, so you might hear from him!