Indexing fees are usually based on the recommended rates of the Society of Indexers. The Society currently recommends that indexing rates start from £25.90 an hour or approximately £2.90 a page or £7.80 per thousand words for an index to a straightforward text. However, this should be taken as a general guide only, as each indexing project is different and there are numerous factors that can affect the final rate.
Factors that can affect the indexing fee:
complex and difficult text usually requires more index entries per page than simpler text and therefore requires more time to index
specialist text requiring a detailed understanding of the subject matter
proofs of poor quality, or of an awkward size and format, which are difficult to read or handle
late amendments to proofs
number of indexes required (i.e. subject and author indexes)
Quotations are provided free of charge and with no obligation. If you would like a quotation please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
Title of book -
Number of pages or total number of words -
Complexity of material and target readers -
Date proofs available -
Deadline for return of index -
10-20 page sample from the document (if possible)
Contract for indexing services
Once a quotation has been accepted, a short indexing contract will be prepared and sent to you outlining the indexing fee and related matters. A signed, returned copy of the contract ensures that work on the index will begin on the agreed start date.