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Savage Indexing Services provides quality and professional back-of-the-book indexes for your publication.  ​​An index provides fast, reliable entry points for the information the reader wants.  Enhance the integrity, usability and saleability of your publication by including an index. To find out more about why a human indexer best meets the needs of the reader read this article:  'Search vs. Index' 

About Us

Cynthia is a member of the American Society of Indexing (ASI) and has completed the University of California Berkeley Extension course: Indexing Theory and Application.  She has her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and sixteen years experience as a school and public librarian.  Her content experience includes: cinema/media history & studies, social sciences, biography, public policy, libraries/information sciences, nonprofit management, K-12 education, children’s literature, New England studies, history and culture. 

Indexing rates are per page and 

depend on:

  • complexity and density of the material
  • project turnaround time
  • trade book/textbook technical/scholarly
  • style of the index

To request a quote please provide:

  • a sample chapter
  • estimate on the number of pages
  • start and deadline dates
  • any other information you think would impact the production of the index


"It was such a pleasure to work with Cynthia on my index with University of California Press. She turned an arduous process into one where I had full faith in her diligence, speed, accuracy and professionalism. I highly recommend Cynthia for any author who seeks an expert Indexer!" 

Susan L. Miller

 Journeys: Resilience and Growth for Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse

"My coauthor and I were first-time book authors with a mandate to construct an index and no earthly idea how to go about it.  We were fortunate to retain the services of Cynthia Savage.  Cynthia formed a very detailed index in prompt fashion at what we take to be a quite reasonable cost, and she was flexible enough to accommodate a two-to three-week delay on the publisher’s end in delivering the page proofs.  She also caught some small errors that we might well have overlooked.  We were very pleased with Cynthia’s work, and should we manage to turn out our second book, we would hope to engage her again." 

Robert E. Worden and Sarah J. McLean 

Mirage of Police Reform

"Cynthia did an amazing job indexing Why Busing Failed and Making Roots.  She is professional, punctual, and has a great attention to detail.  She understands the books' themes and arguments and her work makes my books easier for readers to navigate.  I will definitely work with her on future projects!" 

 Matthew F. Delmont

Why Busing Failed and Making Roots

"Cynthia made the index for our scholarly anthology on Chinese film called "DV-Made China: Digital Subjects and Social Transformations after Independent Film" Zhang Zhen and Angela Zito, eds. (University of Hawaii Press). She did a wonderful and sensitive job, especially difficult in the case of our book which included Chinese names and titles. Cynthia really had appreciation for the intellectual nuances of the work, enhanced by her meticulous attention to its details. She was excellent to work with and I would highly recommend her."  

Angela Zito

DV-Made China: Digital Subjects and Social Transformations after Independent Film

Sample Indexes:


Indexing services are available for academic titles as well as trade titles on cinema/media history & studies, social sciences, biography, public policy, libraries/information sciences, nonprofit management, education, children’s literature, New England studies, history and culture.

Starring Women: Celebrity, Patriarchy, and American Theatre, 1790-1850

Sara E. Lambert/University of Illinois Press (5/20)

In the Studio: Visual Creation and Its Material Environments 

Brian R. Jacobson, ed./University of California Press (4/20) 

There's No Ham in Hamburger: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Foods

Kim Zachman/Kids Can Press (3/20)

Anxious Cinephilia

Sarah Keller/Columbia University Press (12/19)

Arab Modernism as World Cinema: The Films of Moumen Smihi

Peter Limbrick/University of California Press (11/19)

Dematerialization: Art and Design in Latin America

Karen Benezra/University of California Press (9/19)

Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, and American Television

Nick Marx/Indiana University Press (7/19)

Films for the Colonies: Cinema and the Preservation of the British Empire

Tom Rice/University of California Press (5/19) 

The Blue Garden: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Landscape

Arleyn A. Levee (3/19)

Colonial Ecology: Atlantic Economy

Strother E. Roberts/University of Pennsylvania Press (12/18) 

Transforming Psychological Worldviews to Confront Climate Change

Stephan Mayer/University of California Press (7/18)

Life Without Lead: Contamination, Crisis and Hope in Uruguay  

Daniel E. Renfrew/University of California Press (5/18)

You Don't Know How Lucky You Are: An Adoptee's Journey Through the American Adoption Experience

Rudolf Owens (4/18)

The Comedy Studies Reader 

Matt Sienkiewicz and Nick Marx/University of Texas Press (3/18)

Journeys: Resilience and Growth for Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse 

Susan L. Miller/University of California Press (2/18)

Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes 

Maggie Hennefeld/Columbia University Press (12/17) 

Making New Nepal: From Student Activism to Mainstream Politics 

Amanda Snellinger/University of Washington Press (11/17)

Portland's Plan 2030 

City of Portland, Maine (9/17)

Miller's Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us    

James Garbarino/University of California Press (8/17)

Race and America's Long War 

Nikhil Pal Singh/University of California Press (8/17)

Off the Page: Screenwriting in the Era of Media Convergence 

Daniel Bernardi and Julian Hoxter/University of California Press (6/17)

The Biopolitics of Beauty 

Alvaro Jarrin/University of California Press (5/17)

Cohabitation Nation 

Sharon Sassler and Amanda Jayne Miller/University of California Press (4/17)

Mirage of Police Reform 

Robert E. Worden and Sarah J. McLean/University of California Press (2/17)

Does Policy Analysis Matter? Exploring Its Effectiveness in Theory and Practice 

Lee S. Friedman, ed./University of California Press (12/16)

Successful Aging as a Contemporary Obsession 

Sarah Lamb, ed./Rutgers University Press (11/16)

Spain Unmoored: Migration, Conversion, and the Politics of Islam

Mikaela H. Rogozen-Soltar/Indiana University Press (10/16)

Feeling Normal: Sexuality and Media Criticism in the Digital Age 

F. Hollis Griffin/Indiana University Press (9/16)

Exception Taken: How France Has Defied Hollywood's New World Order  

Jonathan Buchsbaum/Columbia University Press (8/16)

Ben Greet in Early Twentieth Century America 

Don-John Dugas/Society for Theatre Research (7/16)

Student Politics and Protest 

Rachel Brooks, ed./Taylor & Francis (7/16)

The Other Air Force: U.S. Efforts to Reshape Middle Eastern Media Since 9/11

Matt Sienkiewicz/Rutgers University Press (4/16)

Making Roots: A Nation Captivated 

Matthew Delmont/University of California Press (3/16)

Returned: Going and Coming in an Age of Deportation

Deborah A. Boehm/University of California Press (2/16)

Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor  

Michael Curtin, Kevin Sanson/University of California Press (12/15)

Why Busing Failed

Matthew Delmont/University of California Press (11/15)

Enhancing Classroom-based Talk  

Robyn M. Gillies/Taylor & Francis (10/15)

Latin American Cinema 

Paul Schroeder Rodríguez/University of California Press (10/15)

Impersonal Enunciation, or the Place of Film 

Christian Metz, translated by Cormac Deane/Columbia University Press (8/15)

Mormonism and American Politics 

Jana Riess and Randall Balmer/Columbia University Press  (7/15)

The Films of Preston Sturges 

Jeff Jaeckle and Sarah Kozloff/Edinburgh University Press  (6/15)

Stem Road Map: A Framework for Integrated STEM Education /Taylor & Francis  (4/15)

DV-Made China: Digital Subjects and Social Transformations after Independent Films 

Zhang Zhen and Angela Zito/University of Hawai'i Press (1/15)

Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned From My Twenty Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases 

James Gabarino/University of California Press  (11/14)

Image Problems: The Origin and Development of the Buddha’s Image in Early South Asia

Robert DeCaroli/University of Washington Press (10/14)

Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics  

Julie Turnock/Columbia University Press (9/14)

Amateur Cinema: The Rise of North American Movie Making, 1923-1960    

Charles Tepperman/University of California Press  (8/14)

Kiss the Blood off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir 

Robert Miklitsch/University of Illinois Press  (4/14)

Personal Nutrition - Marie Boyle, Sarah Long Roth/Wadsworth Cengage Learning (citation research) (2/14)

Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins  

Noah Isenberg/University of California Press  (8/13)

Guiding  Principles + Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Maine 

Maine Association of Nonprofits (2012)

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