Hi, I'm Janet.
I am a freelance librarian, historian, and author with over 50 years’ experience, specializing in African American history, having served as a former state commissioner with the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. I am dedicated to helping you produce a top-quality book by providing a top-quality index per your specifications.
For more information about me and my career, please click here.
I tailor my work to your needs, never losing sight of the fact that the final product belongs to you. With Indexing by Jan, I guarantee:
As a freelance indexer, I am wholly dedicated to producing accurate, user-friendly indexes for scholarly and children’s books that respect the author’s intent, the publisher’s requirements, and the reader’s needs.Indexes are written from the user’s viewpoint while respecting the author’s terminology and intent.
SUBJECTSAfrican American History
American/Black Women’s History
African American Women's Military HistoryMATERIALS THAT I INDEXBibliographies
Biographies and Autobiographies
Books range from scholarly to best sellers
Dear Department Chair: Letters from Black Women Leaders to the Next Generation
Edited by Stephanie Evans, Stephanie Shonekan, and Stephanie G. Adams, Wayne State University Press, 2023CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University: Building a Legacy of Black History
Janet Sims-Wood, History Press, 2014CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Black and Brilliant
Rodney L. Hurst, Sr., KiJax Publishing, 2023CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
The Struggle of Struggles
Vera Pigee, University Press of Mississippi, 2023CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Faithful to the Task at Hand: The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe
Carroll L. L. Miller and Anne S. Pruitt-Logan, SUNY Press, 2012CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Mary McLeod Bethune the Pan-Africanist
Ashley Robertson Preston, University Press of Florida, 2023CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace
Peter Janney, Skyhorse Publishing, 2012 (2016)CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
All rates are negotiable based on the specific project.
Back-of-the-book indexing page rates:$3-$4 per page for most children's books
$4-$5 per page for most trade/scholarly books
Rates may increase for rush orders.
The Black Family In The United States: A Selected Bibliography Of Annotated Books, Articles, and Dissertations on Black Families In America, by Lenwood Davis, with the assistance of Janet L. Sims. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1978, 132p.Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University: Building A Legacy of Black History, by Janet Sims-Wood. Charleston, S.C.: The History Press, 2014, 143p.Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters, edited by Patricia Bell-Scott, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Jacqueline Jones Royster, Janet Sims-Wood, Miriam DaCosta-Willis, and Lucie Fultz. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1991, 271p.Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters, edited by Patricia Bell-Scott, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Jacqueline Jones Royster, Janet Sims-Wood, Miriam DaCosta Willis, and Lucie Fultz. N.Y.: Harper/Collins, 1993 (paperback edition).The Ku Klux Klan: A Bibliography, by Lenwood G. Davis and Janet Sims-Wood. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984, 643p.Marcus Garvey: An Annotated Bibliography, by Lenwood G. Davis and Janet L. Sims. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980, 192p.Marian Anderson: An Annotated Bibliography and Discography, by Janet L. Sims. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1981, 243p.The Progress of Afro-American Women: A Selected Bibliography and Resource Guide, by Janet L. Sims. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980, 378p.The Psychology and Mental Health of Afro-American Women: A Selected Bibliography, by Glenell S. Young and Janet Sims-Wood. Temple Hills, MD: Afro Resources, Inc., 1984, 102p.
Lorraine Anderson Williams Leadership Award (ABWH 2005)Mary McLeod Bethune Service Award (ASALH 2012)Harriet Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award (BAAT, 2018)
American Society of IndexersAssociation for the Study of African American Life and History (life member)Association of Black Women Historians (life member)Black Caucus of the American Library Association
What people are saying about
Indexing by Jan
“I have known and admired Dr. Janet Sims-Wood for the entirety of my two decades as a faculty member. When I learned Dr. Sims-Wood was available for indexing, I requested her services for the edited volume, Dear Department Chair: Letters from Black Women Leaders to the Next Generation. Indexing books is a perennial challenge—edited volumes are extremely difficult. I was grateful to work with someone who knew the material from experience and could pull forward the main themes in a comprehensive way.”-Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans
Professor, Black Women’s Studies (WGSS)
Georgia State University
“Dr. Janet Sims-Wood was a joy to work with, and she did an excellent job indexing my book. She was efficient and completed the project before the deadline, communicated with me throughout the process, and overall was very knowledgeable about the subject matter (which was a plus). I would highly recommend Dr. Sims-Wood and I look forward to working with her on my next book project.”-Ashley R. Preston, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
“Dr Sims-Wood saved me when I had to create an index in the eleventh hour of production. Courteous and thorough, she stayed in touch and asked questions for clarification in order to get the job done perfectly. I am most grateful to the colleague who recommended her, which is why I am recommending her too!”-Françoise N. HamlinRoyce Family Associate Professor of Teaching Excellence in Africana Studies & History
Janet Sims-Wood, PhD