The Secrets of Rekeying and Do or Die: The ebook's impact on indexing

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The Secrets of Rekeying and Do or Die: The ebook's impact on indexing
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Bastyr University, Birch, Room #184, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA
From : Saturday, 11 June 2011 08:00
Until : Saturday, 11 June 2011 17:00
(UTC -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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74 (75 total)
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The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society for Indexing (PNW/ASI) invites you to this all-day meeting featuring two workshops by award-winning indexer and best-selling author Charlee Trantino:

The Secrets of Rekeying

A hands-on workshop to learn the traditional skill called "rekeying an index" (revising an index after the original book is repaginated for a new edition, with or without changes in the original text). Once used in the publishing industry's production departments by the "old-timers" who kept the method proprietary, rekeying became a lost art after the practice of "shooting-down" hard cover books to fit paperback format came into vogue in the 1990s and rekeying was no longer needed in-house. Charlee learned it by shamelessly stealing the knowledge while working in a production department. Now she will show you how the skill of rekeying can still make you money as well as save you time.

Do or Die: The ebook's impact on indexing

Ebooks are going to transform our profession whether we embrace them or hate them. But will you be ready--and willing to change? As Roosevelt said, "All we have to fear is fear itself." Charlee will share the information she has obtained from people in the book industry to predict what types of books and genres will be most affected. She'll discuss the software programs needed to create an ebook index. Then she will give a brief demonstration on how to create an index for an ebook that was created in Adobe InDesign. It's easy! But it's a huge change that many of us may fear and resist. A brainstorming discussion will follow on how to support each other and gain new skills as the publishing industry is transformed.

About the Speaker

Charlee Trantino is the 2006 Wilson Award winner for Joseph Campbell’s "A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake," and she currently serves on the national board of the American Society for Indexing (ASI). She has been a full-time indexer since the early 1990s. In the 1980s, she freelanced for the copy and production departments of several New York publishers. She is also a writer (10 novels published), CAGA certified antiques appraiser, owner of Big Red Barn Antiques, and caretaker for many cats and dogs. Her education includes a BA in English from Drew University; a Masters from Rutgers, and an NEH Post-Graduate Fellowship at Princeton. She is a member of PNW/ASI although she lives in Pennsylvania, because she enjoys the members and the region so much!


Early-bird registration (received by June 3) - $95 for ASI, Indexing Society of Canada (ISC), and STC members; $125 for non-members

Regular registration (received after June 3)- $125 for ASI, ISC, and STC members; $155 for non-members

First-time attendees (received by June 3) - $70

For more information and to register, download the packet at and complete the form on page 6. Mail the form and your check to the address at the bottom.

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