Cheryl Lenser

Cheryl Lenser – Editor

Indexer 20+ years at Macmillan Computer Publishing/Pearson Education. From computer manuals to Frommer's travel guides, I'll index them all!


I am an indexer/editor with 25+ years of experience in the publishing industry, over 20 of those years with Macmillan Computer Publishing/Pearson Education. My subject strengths are computers and technology, textbooks, travel guides, teacher education, and political science, although I'm willing to consider projects in other subject fields. I have experience with both embedded and dedicated indexing software, including CUP/XML embedded indexing.

I enjoy working directly with authors, helping them figure out the indexing process and what will work best for their needs. Because I have experience with both traditional and embedded indexing, I can be flexible in performing the appropriate type of indexing for each project and can easily explain the advantages and disadvantages of each indexing method to my clients.
Computers & Internet Education & Reference Parenting & Families Political Science & Current Affairs Travel
English (US)
  • Member, American Society for Indexing

Work experience


Feb, 1995 — Feb, 2016 (about 21 years)

* Managed 175+ titles per year.
* Hired from pool of 12 freelance indexers, scheduled up to 5 in-house indexers, and personally completed over 30 indexing projects per year.
* Solved indexing difficulties and answered indexing-related questions from colleagues .
* Indexed books ranging from 200 to 1200 pages and covering beginner- to professional-level computer topics.
* Telecommuted for last 12 years of employment.


Feb, 1995 — Present

With over 25 years of extensive experience in the publishing field plus a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, I have dedicated myself to developing thorough, insightful, and creative indexes to publications ranging from computer technology books, how-to manuals, educational textbooks, travel guides, and nonfiction trade books. I have demonstrated success managing multiple projects simultaneously, meeting tight deadlines, and providing detailed, high-quality indexes. I have also served as a freelance editor and indexer for Frommer’s travel guides including guides to Paris, Australia, London, and even Disney World!

I offer a wide variety of indexing services in varied software formats and workflows, including embedded indexes in Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign, as well as indexing from PDFs and hard copy. I have a reputation for troubleshooting and resolving problems, adapting easily to changing workflows with efficient and flexible project management.


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Cheryl has 14 reviews





David G.

David G.

Nov, 2022

Cheryl did a marvelous Index for me. My book was loaded with abstractions and interlocking concepts; I had thought it would be impossible to capture the many permutations of ideas in a coherent way. Cheryl welcomed input from me on format and content at the beginning, and then went ahead and delivered a brilliantly organized Index ahead of schedule. We had a brief "touch-up" round to seal the d...
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Cheryl L.
Thank you for the kind words, David! I enjoyed working on your project and hope that it is a success for you.
Peter L.

Peter L.

Oct, 2022

Cheryl did the index for my nearly 500 page, non-fiction book. She was extremely flexible, dealing with my changing deadlines with aplomb. Her fee was reasonable and worth every penny. When I received the index she prepared, I found it comprehensive, requiring little editing on my part. My first thought was, "Wow, this book sure has a lot of good stuff in it." Kudos to Cheryl!
Cheryl L.
Thank you so much, Peter! It was a pleasure working with you on your book.
Stephen F.

Stephen F.

Sep, 2022

Great professionalism from start to finish. High quality index completed ahead of schedule.
Cheryl L.
Thank you, Stephen! I enjoyed working with you on your project and wish you well on the publication of your book.
Jesse B.

Jesse B.

Aug, 2022

Cheryl took my job at a relatively short notice and met the deadline, despite her encountering other challenges during that time. Highly professional work. Will definitely use her again and I strongly recommend her.
Cheryl L.
Thank you, Jesse! I enjoyed working on this project and hope to work on future projects with you.
Laura E. K.

Laura E. K.

Jul, 2022

Cheryl was responsive, flexible, professional, and a really good collaborator. During her exhaustive indexing of our 300 typeset pages, she even ID'd a few typos that had been missed. Above and beyond!
Cheryl L.
Thank you so much! I enjoyed working with you and would be happy to work together in the future if the opportunity arises.

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