Meet the 404 team!

 Photo by Sinead Grainger

Photo by Sinead Grainger

LAURA JONES
CO-FOUNDER & PUBLISHER

Laura is a freelancer working primarily in book production and promotion. She is on the Board of crime writing festival Bloody Scotland, and was formerly Editorial and Marketing Assistant at Saraband, Membership Secretary for SYP Scotland, and co-ran the Saltire Society's virtual book festival #ScotLitFest.

@laurafjones / lauraflojo.com

 Photo by Sinéad Grainger

Photo by Sinéad Grainger

HEATHER MCDAID
CO-FOUNDER & PUBLISHER

Heather is an award-winning freelancer, including London Book Fair's Trailblazers Award, working primarily in marketing, editorial, digital and writing. She is Books Editor at The Skinny, former Co-Chair of the Society of Young Publishers Scotland, and co-ran the Saltire Society's virtual book festival #ScotLitFest

@heathermmcd / heathermcdaid.com

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MIKA COOK
PUBLISHING ASSISTANT

Mika is the current Co-Chair of SYP Scotland and Community Outreach Volunteer at Shelter Scotland. She is the former President of PublishED society, recently graduating from the University of Edinburgh in Celtic & Scottish Literature, and starts a postgraduate LLB in Common Law in September at the University of Glasgow. @annamiekemarie

LUNA SHENANIGANS
TRUSTED OFFICE DOG

Luna Shenanigans McDanger is 404 Ink's official office dog. She likes long walks on the beach, rolling in mud puddles and tennis balls. She's particularly partial to snow. She has been known to fall asleep on envelopes but does not chew books. She is mostly found sleeping, squeaking toys in the background of important calls, and sitting on guests.


The 404 Ink Board

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DHARA SNOWDEN

Dhara Snowden is an experienced publishing professional and is currently the Senior Commissioning Editor for Politics, International Relations, Security Studies and Partnerships at Rowman & Littlefield International in London. Before that, she worked at Edinburgh University Press, Bloomsbury Publishing and Penguin Books.

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PEGGY HUGHES

Peggy Hughes is Programme Director of the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, a unique campus for the development and celebration of literature and translation, housed in a spectacular medieval trading hall. She is also Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland, the collective voice of Scotland's literature and languages.

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STUART COSGROVE

Stuart Cosgrove is a writer and broadcaster, having spent many years with Channel 4, and was named Broadcaster of the Year in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards. In 2012, he won numerous awards including a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award. Stuart presents BBC Scotland's popular radio show 'Off the Ball' and is a regular guest commentator on BBC Scotland's Media Show.


WHO DO I CONTACT?

We share an email, so if you get in touch, the correct person will pick it up.

Sales, print, production: FAO Laura.
Marketing, publicity, events: FAO Heather.

Email: hello at 404ink dot com
Or contact us via our contact form.

WORK WITH 404 INK

Any open positions will are posted here. At present, we do not offer work experience or internships.

Open positions:

  • Non-executive Board Members | Deadline: Ongoing.

We are always looking for new designers to keep on file for future projects. If you are interested in cover design, please send a portfolio and appropriate links to hello@404ink.com.

404 Ink seek non-executive board members | Deadline: Ongoing.

404 Ink seeks to appoint several non-executive board members to play a key role in the next stages for the company. They welcome expressions of interest from potential candidates, both from a professional publishing background and outside of publishing - particularly those with experience in bookselling, business strategy and growth. If you would like to join the 404 Ink board, please send a CV and short cover letter for attention of Heather at hello@404ink.com telling us why you would like to be involved in 404 Ink's journey going forward and what you could potentially offer to the company.

Our vision is for 404 Ink to become a sustainable and reputable staple of the UK publishing landscape, and grow our professional international network and business over the coming years. We have utilised crowdfunding via Kickstarter and Patreon subscriptions to date, and look to develop this model. Going forward, we are focused on scaling up sensibly at this pivotal point for the company. For more on 404 Ink, visit 404ink.com, or follow them on Twitter at @404ink

ROLE DESCRIPTION

Summary
The role of the 404 Ink board is to determine the overall financial and logistical strategic development of 404 Ink and monitor progress towards the publisher's growth objectives, to be discussed and agreed with the board. 

Main Duties
Board members will perform the following functions:

  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation, with a focus on financial stability, and subsequent business development and growth
  • Set and maintain the vision, values and overall brand of the organisation, and evaluate 404 Ink's performance against these objectives
  • Ensure that 404 Ink complies with any relevant legislation or regulation

Time commitment
The 404 Ink board will meet 2-4 times per year - this will be discussed in our initial meeting. These meetings will be held in Edinburgh.

Expenses
This is an unpaid post, however out of pocket expenses reasonably incurred in connection with carrying out the board's duties can be met.

Candidate Qualities

  • A proven knowledge of business finance and funding opportunities, both in or out of the creative sector
  • A significant understanding of the current publishing industry in the UK and internationally is desirable, especially within sales and rights
  • Experience and knowledge from industries outside the creative sector that can be applied to our sector welcomed
  • Familiarity with the 404 Ink brand and story is preferable but not necessary

Experience

  • At least 5 years' experience of working in publishing or literature in the UK. We would especially welcome a specialist knowledge of trade publishing, funding and/or sales
  • Experience in making and executing successful strategic decisions at board level
  • Acquaintance with developing businesses strategies and plans
  • Proven record working with business growths and SMEs

Desirable skills

  • Financial literacy, with experience and ability to assist with budget preparation, execution, and assessment
  • Strategic thinking and problem solving
  • Working as part of a team
  • We welcome unusual approaches to marketing, funding and reaching new customers so thinking outside of the box is desirable

Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to the vision of 404 Ink in growing its business
  • Commitment to devoting the necessary time and effort to preparing for and actively contributing to board meetings
  • Good independent judgement and creative thinking

Other Factors
Convenient access to Edinburgh is desirable as this is where 404 Ink is currently based and where meetings would likely be held but are open to conference calls where meetings are not possible.