According to our notes, on the 11th of July 2016, 404 Ink became a thing, legally speaking, and on the 15th of July we actually launched. This means, first and foremost: hurrah! Two birthdays for us. More importantly, it means that this week, 404 Ink turns one year old. Here is our emosh Oscar speech and thanks on letting us do this.
A few weeks ago we unveiled the brill line-up of Issue 2 of 404 Ink, publishing at the end of May 2017. It's... rather close to the end of May 2017, so you might rightly be wondering where it is. Due to unforeseen circumstances - cough, thanks technology, cough - the magazine got held back a bit, but it's off to print and will now be out in mid-June.
However, we are bloody delighted to announce that we're joining forces with Flint & Pitch for their last Revue of the season to launch the mag. Their stellar line-up already features four of our contributors - Nadine Aisha Jassat, Kirsty Logan, Jenny Lindsay and Cameron Foster - so they've kindly let us jump on board to launch F-Word at Edinburgh's Bongo Club on Friday June 23rd. Flint & Pitch run absolutely ace nights of spoken word and music, so come along!
So, that's where we are. Thanks everyone for your patience, no thanks to technology for being a pain, and we'll see you all in June for a fun night, okay? You can book your tickets here, join the Facebook event for the latest information, and pre-order your copy of the magazine here.
We're excited to unveil Issue 2 of 404 Ink's literary magazine: F Word. The print version is now available for pre-order on the store. So what do we have for you this time?
Fission. Fraught weather. F-Word machines. Bloody Jessica Fletchers. Flim-flam.
Gathering an eclectic cast of creatives to guide you through the world via a single, powerful letter, F, this second issue of 404 Ink finds fantastic new writers, artists and illustrators and flings them to the forefront. Join us for (alternative) facts of the future, fatigue, feminism, feces, f*%king fancy dress, ferocity and, finally, farewells.
We also chat to FRANK IERO of My Chemical Romance, FOR BOOKS' SAKE, and SALLY BOND and KRISTY MILLER of Kickstarter sensation FEMME MAGNIFIQUE. FINALLY, we have excerpts from Alice Tarbuck's essay in Nasty Women, and a sneak glimpse at Chris McQueer's debut collection Hings too. Flippin' hell.
Full list of Issue 2 authors and artists:
Chris Beausang, Chris Boyland, Paul Bristow & Mhairi Robertson, Rex Bromfield, Ricky Monahan Brown, Jen Burrows, Ria Cagampang, Eva Carson, Celeste W. Clark, Siobhan Dunlop, Alan Fielden, Fameron Foster, Lucy Holden, Suzey Ingold, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Veronique Kootstra, Hannah Lavery, Katy Lennon, Jenny Lindsay, Kirsty Logan, Calum MacLeod, Colm MacQueen, Stevie McEwan, Helen Victoria Murray, Tom Paul-Smith, Heather Parry, Errol Rivera, Jeffrey G. Roberts, Claire Squires, Michael Stephenson, Rhiannon Tate, L.A. Traynor, Simon Ward, Thomas Welsh.
Sounds good, eh? PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE.
We are bloody delighted to announce that we have sold the audio rights of Nasty Women to Audible. We've had a number of requests for audio books, so we're glad to hopefully be able to make that a reality for our little book in the near future.
People, politics, pressure punk - Nasty Women touches on the working class experience to racial divides in Trump's America, being a child of immigrants, to sexual assault, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, identity, family, finding a voice on line, role models and more. It's been a whirlwind few months for us at 404 Ink, with the book finding support from the likes of Margaret Atwood, Nikesh Shukla, Louise O'Neill, Samantha Shannon and Shirley Manson of Garbage.
That list, and most subsequent news of Nasty Women, is very surreal to us. We're two people working in a spare room with a (particularly kickass) labrador, so this is very exciting news for all involved. We're so glad the book is going as far as it is, and that we can amplify these women's stories as loudly as possible. We'll keep you updated on it all! In the meantime, if you haven't already, you can get a copy of the book by heading here.
We joined forces with our pals at For Books' Sake and headed down to London for one hell of a Nasty Women launch party at the end of March. It was unreal. Here's a lil glimpse at what we got up to. Remember, if you've not got your copy of Nasty Women yet, you can buy one here.
With Issue 1 set to be arriving with you in the next fortnight, it seems about time to tell you our booky plans, right? Announcing...
Publishing March 8th 2017, from 404 Ink.
With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it's more important than ever for women to share their experiences. Nasty Women is a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century.
We're chuffed to be gatecrashing Interrobang's end-of-the-year shindig on December 9th at Bongo Club, Edinburgh to launch our wee lit mag, and you're invited!
We'll have a night of stories, tomfoolery and excellent Christmas jumpers to launch Issue 1. There will be readings from the writers of Edinburgh’s newest independent, alternative publisher (hi, that's us), including CHRISTINA NEUWIRTH, CHRIS MCQUEER and GAVIN INGLIS!
It’s been an exciting time of late. We’ve been busy editing Issue 1 of 404 Ink and finally this week we send it off to print, and we’ve even booked our launch event in Edinburgh (we’d keep December 9th free, if we were you. And get some jazzy Christmas jumpers ready).
But we have another exciting piece of news to start the week: we received Creative Scotland funding! You can read more about it here.
You’ve been patient with us since our launch two and a half months ago, but here it is: Error. You’ve helped us explore the realm of mistakes, mishaps and the friendly 404, and now we’re ready to show off what we’ve got ahead of publication in late November.
Through fiction, non-fiction, poetry and comics, we travel the vastness of space down to microscopic particles, through the darkest of times, nights out, other worlds and prophecies. Coffee cups, arty mishaps, politics, gaming, glitches of the mind – we asked where you see error and, as you can tell, you didn’t disappoint.
We’ve been chatting about Patreon a lot since we launched a few weeks ago, but we know not everyone’s familiar with what it is so here’s a crash course on Patreon, how we’re using it for 404 Ink and how you can be involved.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a leading crowdfunding website that supports creators on a subscription-based model, either with monthly payments, or per project. We've opted for per project.
404 Ink has been banging on about the first issue of our literary magazine - on the theme of Error - for a few weeks now, but we thought it was about time we let you know who will be reading and selecting your work.
The editorial duo is Heather McDaid and Laura Jones.
Hello. You found us. If you're here it means that on some level, you've heard of 404 Ink. It's been almost a week since we launched, and we have a few followers, submissions for issue one, and even a few Patrons already. This is all very exciting, and you are all wonderful.
It's been a hell of a week, but we've yet to delve a bit more into who we are and what we're doing. So we thought we should start there.