About Nan

Indexing experience, training, and skills

As a sole proprietor, Nan has been doing business as Wordability since 1992. She has indexed hundreds of books during that time including trade books, text books, periodicals, and technical manuals. A generalist, she works in many subject areas. Special focus areas include consumer health, sports training, nutrition and sports nutrition, and teacher education.

Nan received initial indexing training through the former USDA Graduate School, and has continued professional development through the American Society for Indexing. She has a B.A in French language and culture.

Prior to starting her own business, Nan worked for a growing retailer writing and producing employee handbooks, procedure manuals, newsletters, and even a couple of indexes. She learned the ins and outs of the publishing industry by working for a textbook producer  where she assisted with permissions, performed editorial duties, and indexed textbooks. Long before either of those jobs, she worked as a legal assistant in a large government agency coding documents for a database index, summarizing legal testimony, exercising editing supervision, and assisting in document productions.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION: As a member of the American Society for Indexing, Nan has volunteered in many capacities. She was a founding member of ASI’s former Arizona Chapter and served as both its President and Secretary. She also served as chair of the 2014 ASI/EIS Publishing Award for Excellence in Indexing and sat on the committee in 2004 and 2013. Nan has presented at ASI local workshops and national conferences on topics related to indexing and business management.