To get an idea of how much a per-page rate would be, try this estimator. This is only for plain and simple back-of-the-book indexing. Technical projects are usually handled by hourly or hybrid rates. (Thanks to Charles Anderson of for the codes!)

What is the total number of indexable pages in your project?

On the average, how many significant concepts/terms/names are there per page?   

On a scale of 0 to 10, with a 0 being a simple trade publication (Example: How to Win the Hearts and Minds of Dogs, Tai Chi for the Health of It, Beginning Microsoft Products for Everyone, etc.); a 5 being something on the level of a college textbook or a manual on databases; and a 10 being an extremely complex technical work (Example: The Thermodynamics of Domestic Hot-Water Systems, USB Engineering Specifications), at what level would your project be?   

Based on the information you have provided, the costs could run
between $ and $

This is only a rough estimate. The costs of indexing must be discussed and agreed upon with Wright Information before beginning a project, and are not necessarily based on this calculator. Every project is different, and your mileage may vary.

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