I’m Ellen, a freelance indexer, copy editor, proofreader,
and Y&R fan since my mom got me hooked in the mid-1980s.
Many people wonder what a freelance indexer does and how
one becomes such a thing. The process involves reading a
manuscript from beginning to end, compiling an alphabetical
list of names and key terms with corresponding page numbers
or locators, and then adding cross-references. I became an
indexer after learning about the field in a book called
“What else you can do with a library degree.” I added editing
and proofreading to my repertoire later.
It might surprise you to know that Y&R is the only
television show I watch, and the way I watch it is a bit
unconventional: plugged into my laptop with earbuds,
note-taking materials in my lap if I’m going to write an
update, while pedaling a recumbent stationary bicycle. It
must be quite a sight.
I live in the sunny southwestern United States, where I
spend my non-working, non-viewing hours with my husband, a
greyhound, and three cats.
Page updated 11/16/14