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Wow! Here's why you can entrust your indexing project to me:


I received the 2016 Purple Pen Award for new indexers with my index for A Thousand Cuts: the Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph (University Press of Mississippi, 2016).

This international award, given by the Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI), is judged anonymously based on ICI's Indexing Best Practices.

Enid Zafran, managing founder of ICI (on the right), presented the award to me in Vancouver, Washington, during the fall meeting of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society for Indexing.

Many thanks to the ICI for all their work with this award!


"Sam is a talented indexer. She covers the book’s metatopics comprehensively with multiple access points, parallel construction, and accurate page locators. She communicates thoroughly and exhibits a strong collaborative nature resulting in a quality index. It is no wonder that she is the 2016 Winner of the Purple Pen Award from the Institute of Certified Indexers. Plus, it is always a pleasure to work with her."

                             - Amron Gravett, Wild Clover Book Services, indexing project manager

"Publishers will be hard-pressed to find a better professional indexer or someone who is easier to work with than Sam. She's one of the best indexers I've had the pleasure of working with. It's clear that Sam has strong, innate indexing abilities that have been refined to the point of her consistently creating excellent indexes. She always captures the important tangible and intangible concepts woven throughout each text. Her indexes are useful for readers and she adeptly bridges any gaps between them and each author's terminology and perspective. Capturing each author's tone and letting their perspective guide her indexing decisions is another of Sam's skills that is an extremely rare find in an indexer. Her indexes are nothing short of brilliant."

                             - Kari Kells, Index West, indexing instructor and co-author of Inside Indexing: The Decision-Making Process

“Sam is a true professional and lovely to work with. Her indexing is very thorough and intuitively easy and helpful for readers to use, and I know I can depend on her quality work to be done on time as well.”

- Olivia Ngai, editor, Graphic Arts Books

"Sam Arnold-Boyd is a joy to work with as an indexer and a person. My project was far beyond my meager indexing abilities -- a volume comprised of two-dozen commissioned essays.  Sam welcomed my thoughts and concerns about the index; what she made of it all is a marvel."

- Kevin R. McNamara, editor of The City in American Literature and Culture

"Sam is a delight to work with, very professional and prompt, and the excellent index she produced for our book is both accessible and accurate.  The entire process went very smoothly from start to finish. I highly recommend Sam and would be more than happy to work with her again on a future project!" 

- Anne Lobeck, co-author of Why Study Linguistics

"Sam Arnold-Boyd is a first class manufacturer of an index. She built the index for my last book, which was perfectly done, and she did it on time and for the amount agreed upon. I recommend her as a literate, careful, and completely reliable indexer. One cannot do better."
                              - Richard Rapport, MD, author of How We Don’t Die: The Seattle Medic One Story

"I found Sam at Cascade Indexing online. I'm so glad I trusted my intuition! It was a delight to work with her - she brought patience, a sense of humor, a collaborative spirit, and an incredible knowledge base to this project of creating an index for my book on psychology and spirituality. She went beyond what I expected in also catching a few errors that my proofreading efforts had missed! I could not have asked for more, and cannot recommend her highly enough."

- Alexandra M. Hepburn, author of The Interplay of Psychology and Spirituality: A Resource for Counselors
       and Psychotherapists

"Sam at Cascade Indexing wrote a clear and comprehensive index for my recent book published with Oxford University Press. Sam was always prompt in communicating with me, worked well under a deadline, and managed to accurately distill the major subject areas that make up the scope of the book. I’d highly recommend their service and will use them again."

- Alex Eric Hernandez, author of The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy: Modernity and the Art of
       Ordinary Suffering 

"Thank you so much for your hard (and fast!) work on the index for Beautifully Organized. It looks great -- the author is thrilled and so are we."

                              - Alicia Brady, publisher, Blue Star Press

"Thanks again for all your wonderful work that created a great index. Wow...not easy to do but you captured the important points of the book and its essence. Truly appreciate you!

                               - Susan Inouye, Leadership's Perfect Storm

"Sam Arnold-Boyd completed a complicated and detailed index of my latest book on Congressman Doc Hastings on time and on budget. She was a delight to work with. She will be my indexer of choice in the future."

- C. Mark Smith, author of Congressman Doc Hastings: Twenty Years of Turmoil

"You done real good, as we say in Tennessee. Your index added immense credibility and professionalism. You are magnificent. "

                             - Dave Stockwell, author of Route 9 Problem: The Battle for Lang Vei

"I do the design and layout of the books. Wanted to let you know that I LOVE your formatting of the Route 9 Index! Saved me hours of formatting. You did an excellent job and hope we will be working with you a lot more in the future."

                             - Melissa Vail Coffman, layout designer for Route 9 Problem: The Battle for Lang Vei

“It has been a pleasure to work with Sam Arnold-Boyd. She goes beyond delivering a very professional service of excellent communication and a reliable time commitment. Her indexing is not only accurate and thorough but is also a reflection of her extra effort to understand the heart of the author and to sense what the readers will need to look up in the book. I recommend her excellent services all the way around, from start to finish.”

                             - Bettina Langerfeldt, author of The Sleeping Queen: The Divine Awakening of the Entrepreneurial Woman

Sam Arnold-Boyd

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