Facts OnLine's Indexing and Editing Website
"Every good book deserves a good index"
With over 20 years of experience indexing for major academic and commercial publishing houses and with
an educational background that includes both biochemistry and English literature, I bring the following experience
and qualifications for preparing that "good index":
- Accurate preparation of indexes for books covering many subjects.
- Editing and proofreading services.
- Researching and verification of a wide variety of materials, including questionable data, names, dates, and acronyms.
- Knowledge of publishing industry requirements, deadlines, and problems.
- Consultation with editors and authors as desired.
The Story of Facts OnLine
In an article originally published in the Russian-language edition of the United States Information Agency's
Information USA in 1986, I wrote:
Four years ago in 1982, I bought a computer. "Computers," I thought, "are the industry of the future," and I very
much wanted to be part of it. For two years, I just played with my computer. I did a little word processing, set up some
small files to help keep my budget, organized a spreadsheet program that would log expenses and convert Singapore
dollars into U.S. dollars for my boss who traveled frequently in the Far East, took a weekend programming course (from
which I learned very little), computerized a small company library, and discovered online searching.
Online database searching: it sounds technical and not very exciting. In fact, although it is technical, it is very exciting.
A few words typed in at the keyboard and all kinds of information about all kinds of things flash across my computer
screen. Questions I had never before thought to ask could be answered without my ever leaving my desk. At the end
of two years, I left my job as a secretary-administrative assistant, and started my own computerized business,
Facts OnLine. Using my computer, a telephone, and a modem, I was able to access commercially produced
databases not only in the United States but also in Europe -- at last count, nearly 600 databases.
In 1987, I was introduced to indexing and editing by my writer-editor husband, and I have been indexing, copy editing, and
proofreading ever since. Although my primary work is in the political and social sciences, I have also indexed historical and
religious books, federal directories and document compilations, and last but not necessarily least, a short book on Motown.