Services and Subject Specialties

Heather Hedden has experience in periodical article indexing, online reference content indexing, website A-Z site index creation, and traditional back-of-the-book indexing, and currently offers freelance services in back-of-the book indexing, including:

  • Textbooks, educational resources, and children’s nonfiction
  • Business
  • Health
  • Information science
  • History and social sciences
  • Middle East and Islamic studies

See a complete list of Titles Indexed.


For back-of the-book indexes, payment is typically on a per-page rate in the range of $2.75 – $5.50 per page. Complexity of subject matters is a primary consideration in determining the rate. Indexes for trade books, professional books and higher education (college) textbooks typically fall into the range of $3.00 – $4.00/page. Indexes for academic or scholarly books are typically $4.00 – $5.50/page, whereas children’s reference and K-12 textbook indexes are usually only $2.75 – $3.25/page. Density of text per page is also taken into consideration in determining the exact rate.

Sample Book Indexes

Click on the title to link to the pdf index.

Ivory Towers and Nationalist Minds: Universities, Leadership, and the Development of the American State, by Mark R. Nemec, University of Michigan Press, 2006. (index excerpt only)

Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Volume III: Family, Body, Sexuality, and Health, edited by Suad Joseph. Brill Academic Publishers, 2005.

Carlisle, As the Mosquito Saw It: A History of Our Town Through Newspaper Excerpts, 1972-2004. Carlisle Communications Inc., 2005.

Recall of Landmarks in Information Space, by Molly Emmons Sorrows. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004.

Indexing Clients

Berkshire Publishing Group
Brill Academic Publishers
Carlisle Communications
Carolina Biological Supply
Enslow Publishers
Facts On File
Gale Group
Hunt Alternatives
Joint Commission Resources
Massachusetts Society of Professors at Lowell
Precision Graphics (serving publishers Pearson Education, Fairchild Books/Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.)
PreMedia Global (serving publishers Heinle/Cengage Learning, Praeger/ABC-CLIO, Greenwood/ABC-CLIO)
Society of Printers
Sundance Publishing
Viewtistic Creative Partners (serving publisher McGraw-Hill)
Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

Also indexed directly for individual authors as clients.