Building an Index = Catching Inconsistencies

Something I’ve discovered while working on the index for 5 Acres & A Dream The Sequel, is numerous inconsistencies in the way I’ve used some words and phrases. Hyphenating, for example. Some places, I might have written “long term,” others, it might be “long-term.” Or I might have done the internet thing and made two words into one, such as “lifespan” in some places and “life span” in others. Sometimes I capitalized some words, and sometimes not, for example, Master Plan and master plan. I also discovered that I used variations of the same quote three times!

Technically, an editor should have caught these, but they slipped through just the same. So, when I’m using the find function on my PDF copy to make a list of page numbers for my index words and discover these, I stop and check proper spelling. Then I go back to my desktop publisher and correct them.

Style manuals, editors, and readers may disagree with me on some things, but at least I’ll be consistent!

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4 Responses to Building an Index = Catching Inconsistencies

  1. Leigh says:

    Currently in the Ss.

  2. Leigh says:

    Made it through to Z and have started adding the index in the desktop publisher. Currently working on the Fs.

  3. Rain Frances says:

    Hi Leigh 🙂 That must be SO much work to edit your book…even editing my blog posts is a challenge for me because I miss things. For example, I’ll write something like: I can’t wait for it to rain…or at least I think I’ve written that when in fact I’ve written: I can’t wait for it it rain. In my head I’ve written the right thing, but it comes out my fingers all messy!

    • Leigh says:

      Hi Rain, yes it is a lot of work, but it’s worth it! It’s the difference between coming across as professional or amateurish. I don’t think people notice so much with a blog post (at least mine contain a lot of mistakes!) but a book seems to be held to higher standards. Hopefully, I got it right!

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