Well --- as an initial thought....
If you have the list of terms to be indexed, you could do a S&R on each
term to get the count for that term.  That's a pain for 1300 terms, but
there as S&R tools that can be scripted. (alternatively, there are
concordance tools that can list the number of occurances of a list of
That would get you a scope.
Alternatively, you could take a few sample pages, count the number of
index entries that would be needed on each page, average them, and then
extrapolate for the entire document.

As for what/how to charge... That's not something I can advise you on.
Per term? Per entry instance? Per hour?
If the indexing is simply "...the eggs[egg] were found in the
nest[nest]..." "Canadian troops [Canadian:troops, troops:Canadian] were
deployed..." that's pretty simple.
However, when it gets to 3rd order entries, that starts to be more
"... to Afghanistan [Canadian:troops:Afghanistan, troops:Canadian:in
Afghanistan; Afghanistan:Canadian troops in] as part of the Global War
on Terror" 

And if you have to do alternative usage [soldiers: See troops.][military
forces See also armies; see also navies, see also air forces], those get
even more problematic.

Hope I've not confused the issue.
There is a Indexers list (Index-L) that might have some helpful

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From: framers-bounces+grant.hogarth=reuters....@lists.frameusers.com
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On Behalf Of Ann Zdunczyk
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 12:57 PM
To: framers at FrameUsers.com; framers at omsys.com
Subject: OT: Indexing

Hi all,

I know some of you guys do indexing a lot. I have been asked to quote
doing an index in Pagemaker (sorry). There are 1300 terms that are to be
listed in the index. In Pagemaker, as in Framemaker, I would need to add
an index entry for each instance of the term in a 300 page book. I have
no idea how may entries will need to be entered.

Does anyone have any idea the best way to quote something like this.


Ann Zdunczyk
a2z Publishing, Inc.
Language Layout & Translation Consulting
Phone: (336)922-1271
Fax:   (336)922-4980
Cell:  (336)456-4493


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