404 Ink is the award-winning alternative, independent publisher of books and literary magazines. We publish books like Nasty Women, Chris McQueer's Hings and rock band Creeper's The Last Days of James Scythe. 404 Ink believe in publishing little but publishing loud, putting full energy and resources into every author we publish. We like books.

“Without platforms like 404 Ink promoting underrepresented and silenced voices, there would be little light left in the future of the media.” - Refinery29

"The 'Nasty Women' shaking up the book industry." - HUCK


404 Ink is run by two publishing freelancers, Laura Jones and Heather McDaid. Our backgrounds are in publishing and journalism. We freelance a number of jobs and roles; currently Laura handles all things digital for crime writing festival Bloody Scotland and is on their Board, and Heather is the Books Editor for The Skinny.

You can catch us on Twitter: @laurafjones, @heathermmcd.

 Laura Jones & Heather McDaid.   

Laura Jones & Heather McDaid.   



FutureBook40 2018, for UK's publishing innovators
Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year 2017
Creative Edinburgh Startup Award 2017
The List Hot 100 2017: #1
Young Women's Movement 30 Under 30 Inspiring Women 2017
Bestseller: Edinburgh Book Festival 2017 (Nasty Women)
Commended: FutureBook Campaign of the Year (Nasty Women)
London Book Fair Trailblazers Award 2017 (H)
The Drum 50 Under 30 Women in Digital 2017 (H)
Saboteur Awards Most Innovative Publisher 2018
Saboteur Awards Best Short Story Collection (Hings)
Bread & Roses Prize for Radical Publishing (Nasty Women)
Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2017
Scottish Magazine Awards New Launch 2017
PPC Award for Generic Campaign 2017 (L)
London Book Fair Trailblazers Award 2018 (L)