Hello. I am a newish indexer for a book that is currently being written. When the authors finish each chapter, they send it to me, and the expectation is that I will index each chapter as I receive it. I am a little worried about this approach. It seems like I will end up having tons of duplicate index tags on terms.
I'm worried I'm not making sense...I'm sorry. I guess what I mean is this: If I index chapter 1, and I tag the word "atmosphere," then I will have a list of page numbers in chapter, right? But then when I get and index chapter 2, I will tag all instances of "atmosphere"--only now, in addition to tagging all the "atmosphere"s in chapter 2, I will also re-tag all the instances in chapter 1. I've had this "double tagging" problem in the past, and the only way I found to fix it was to go through and manually remove the duplicate tags. So I'm concerned I will have to do that on a large scale in this book, when all the chapters are in. I would prefer to index once the book is complete, but just in case I don't have that option: is there a way to do it chapter by chapter without making too much extra work for myself? (If there is no real way to do it, that's also good to know. I can just tell the authors I'll need the whole book before I can start indexing.)
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This should generate you one index of all the chapters, with only one index marker for each index entry you create. Easy Peasy.
Hope this helps,
To add a minor point to Randy's excellent advice, you can add chapters to your ID Book file as you get them. Then index them with the book-based index list.
Thank you for this, too!
Oh awesome--thank you so much!