Editing and Indexing

Clear and accurate writing makes you and your work more credible. I can help by copyediting for consistency and clarity and by proofreading. I am trained in the Chicago Manual of Style through the Graham School of the University of Chicago, and I have worked with various house styles as well.

Indexing adds value to your work by making it easier for readers to locate their topics of interest. Indexes are often mentioned in reviews and usually included in online previews, so a good index can make your work more likely to sell. I am experienced in creating name and subject indexes for books, journals, and periodical databases.

Contact me to discuss your needs and to request a quote.

Clients and projects include:

  • American Sewing Guild, Chicago Chapter
    The Cutting Edge, v. 32, no. 3- (Editing)
  • Association of Illinois School Library Educators
    Linking for Learning, 4th ed. (Editing and indexing)
  • Chiropractic Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association
    CLS Newsletter (Writing and editing)
  • Illinois Prairie Spinners
    Newsletter (Writing and editing)
  • Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA)
    Linking for Learning, 3rd ed. (Editing and indexing)
  • Russell James
    Workbook for revised edition of How To Be Your Own Raw Chef…& Still Have Time To Eat! (Editing and indexing)
    Editing and re-coding recipes and blog posts for his new website
  • Robin Keuneke
    The Iberian Table: Spain’s Mediterranean Diet and the Longest-Living People in the World, with over 100 Recipes (Indexing and some editing)
  • Optometric Extension Program Foundation
    Accommodation, Nearwork and Myopia (Indexing)
    Curriculum II (Indexing)
    Eyes OK, I’m OK (Indexing and some editing)
    Journal of Behavioral Optometry, v. 1-23 (Indexing)
    Optometry & Visual Performance, v.1 (Indexing of both online and print versions)
    Overlooked (Indexing and some editing)
    Parallels Between Auditory & Visual Processing (Indexing)
    Perspectives in Vision, IV (Indexing)
    Visual & Vestibular Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury (Editing and indexing)
  • Quest Books
    ProcessMind (Indexing)
  • Morton J. Schomer, O.D.
    Building a Better Mind (Indexing and some editing)
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Villa Park, Illinois
    Green Team brochure (Writing and editing)

“Jane’s work on the index is first-rate, and she was even willing to help with a time-draining problem related to the editing program, for which I am eternally grateful. (After Jane removed this albatross from my shoulders, I was so relieved I felt like opening a split of cava.) My heartfelt gratitude to Jane Plass, for her many contributions, including her keen critical eye, which at the last minute, identified some corrections in text that needed to be addressed. Personally, I am grateful to work with someone as talented, professional and kind as Jane. Her contributions were immeasurable on this book, which is layered with both literary and scientific text. Jane Plass provided an experience that has to be one of my favorite in publishing, for this my third book. I cannot recommend her enough.”
Robin Keuneke

“Jane has been a pleasure to work with. She kept to every deadline and took responsibility for communicating progress throughout the recent project she worked on for me. Her thoroughness and knowledge are very evident. Having Jane work on this project has added extra value for my customers, and has added a professional finish to my product. I highly recommend Jane for copy editing and indexing.”
Russell James, The Raw Chef

“Jane was very flexible to work with on this project. I appreciated her expertise at editing and the ability she has for looking for consistency to detail throughout a document filled with many different page layouts and formatting issues. She worked diligently and returned revisions promptly as promised. No one on our task force had any idea how to design or write an index, so we depended on Jane. The index she developed will be so helpful to our readers—so much more detailed than we ever imagined! Thank you for your hard work, your attention to detail, and your help with organizing multiple edits and revisions.”
Becky Robinson, Chair of ISLMA‘s Linking for Learning Task Force

“I have known Jane Plass for 10 years while we were colleagues at the DuPage Library System. Jane is able to take complex ideas and information and organize it in ways that others can understand it. She developed a style manual for DLS staff members so that all communication representing the system would be uniform in appearance. She edits even well-written documents for style and consistency. I recommended her for the editing job of Linking for Learning, 3rd edition (Illinois School Library Media Association, 2010). Not only did she edit the book and make organizational recommendations for improvements, she also provided an index, which was lacking in the earlier editions. I have often used this index to locate specific information. Her website, Info Grooming, expands on her organizational talents by providing tips and suggestions for managing the overwhelming amount of information we encounter every day. Need someone to help your organize you information? Call on Jane.”
Pamela Kramer, President, Pamela K. Kramer & Associates

“Jane Plass has indexed the Journal of Behavioral Optometry since its first issue, published in 1990. Her work has always been thorough, professional, and prompt. We print an annual index in the last issue each year and she has always met our often tight deadlines. Jane did a magnificent job editing and indexing a textbook published in 2001, Visual and Vestibular Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury and indexing Accommodation, Nearwork and Myopia in 1997. We are pleased that she has expanded her services and look forward to working with her in the future.”
Sally Corngold, Director of Publications, Optometric Extension Program Foundation

“We also wish to acknowledge the contributions made by Dr. Jane Plass in her excellent job of copyediting and indexing.”
From Acknowledgements in Visual & Vestibular Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury

Building a Better Mind“The index you provided for Building a Better Mind was comprehensive and professional. I am very satisfied with your work in making the book more useful and complete.”
Morton J. Schomer, O.D.

Information Organization and Beating Information Overload

Are your members or staff feeling overwhelmed by all the information they need to deal with? I do consulting and presentations on organizing your information and beating information overload. Presentations can be customized to meet the needs of your audience. Contact me to discuss your needs and explore the possibilities.

“Jane is a leader in Illinois for library automation and technology. Her vast knowledge base, ability to analyze problems and find solutions, and guidance of system migration/implementation provide valuable stability in her own organization, as well as in libraries statewide. Jane is an avid teacher and learner, bringing her expertise to projects generously. Having Jane involved in a project immediately raises the opportunity for success.”
Dawne Tortorella, President, BellCow, Inc.

“So many of us are feeling overwhelmed these days. Our library staff found Jane’s presentation on overcoming information overload valuable and worthwhile. She was poised and comfortable, and she customized her content and handout to fit the technology theme of our in-service day.”
Peggy Carlson, Assistant Director, Geneva Public Library District

Donna Blevins“Jane, you are a wizard with words. Your special report is jammed packed with info and is smooth to read. Great job!”
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