The best time in your book production process to book an indexer is when you have a firm(ish) idea of when the publisher will have the proof ready for indexing and when they want the index finished by. This should be a fair while before the proof is sent to you. Note that publishers and packagers don’t like it if you say you will do your own index and then at the last minute decide you don’t have time and they have to hunt around and try and find someone.
I work on a first-come-first-served basis, and I really don’t like disappointing potential clients because I am already booked up. As of 3rd December 2018 I do not have any time available for indexing until the start of March 2019. If you urgently need an indexer during that time, take a look at the Society of Indexer’s Directory. If that draws a blank, contact me and I will post a message on the professional forum.
To contact me about your indexing needs please use the form below. The more details you can complete at this stage the more informed my response will be, but don’t worry if you can’t fill in all the boxes.