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Michelle Guiliano

“I try to remind myself daily that we all have little stories tucked into our everyday lives.”


Etna, New Hampshire, United States of America

Professional title:

Freelance book indexer

What do you do?

I write indexes for books, mostly in the fields of science and medicine, but I'm also quite the generalist—indexing far-ranging topics from the rise (and fall) of disco to nature books and biographies.


I became an indexer accidentally after learning about indexing from a neighbor. I continue to index because I like the variety, flexibility, and exposure to books I might not otherwise choose to read. For me, indexing is a liberal arts education that I get paid to pursue, and there is no limit on the number of courses I can take.

What should we read?

Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley