Meet the 404 team!

 Photo by Sinead Grainger

Photo by Sinead Grainger


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 /

 Photo by Sinéad Grainger

Photo by Sinéad Grainger


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 /



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 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 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.



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 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.


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.


Open positions:

  • Project Officer | Deadline: November 16th

  • Bookkeeper | Deadline: November 16th

At present, we do not offer work experience or internships. For more information on the 404 Ink team and how we operate, visit our Meet The Team page.

Project Officer (Freelance)

Award-winning Edinburgh-based independent publisher 404 Ink are looking to hire a part-time freelance Project Officer to play a vital role in 404 Ink’s development from fledgling start-up to established publishing house. 404 Ink is the publisher of titles including feminist anthology Nasty Women, breakthrough Chris McQueer’s Hings and HWFG, Creeper’s fictional found-documents The Last Days of James Scythe, Helen McClory’s flash fiction collections On the Edges of Vision, Mayhem & Death and The Goldblum Variations, graphic novel anthology We Shall Fight Until We Win and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’ For Every One, as well as their twice-annual literary magazine.

The successful candidate would be expected to work remotely but also able to work in the 404 Ink office with the directors in central Edinburgh weekly or fortnightly. We are however open to a fully remote position for the right candidate and welcome applications from across the UK.

All roles at 404 Ink are paid the living wage, equivalent £18,200 pro rata. This role is funded by Creative Scotland and the successful candidate will work for us for two days per week (16 hours) from January 2019 until September 2019, with the potential to be extended.

Deadline to apply: Friday 16th November.


The Project Officer will take the lead in shaping future projects within the company and be assertive and confident in bringing forward new propositions on where to take 404 Ink. Projects for the successful candidate include but are not limited to:

  • Taking creative control of 404 Ink’s bi-annual literary magazine, which will be returning in July 2019 after a break. The chosen candidate will be key in generating ideas of how to revamp and revitalise the magazine for its second phase to ensure its continuance.

  • Patreon. 404 Ink was one of the first publishers to launch on Patreon in mid-2016 but the company has grown significantly since its launch and its current set-up is no longer fit for purpose. The chosen candidate will work with the directors to form a cohesive plan for Patreon and implement this going forward.

  • The opportunity to pitch new projects for the company in line with our plans and titles for 2019-2020 and beyond.

  • As a small publishing team, all staff members are also expected to contribute across the board in terms of editorial, sales, events and marketing where required. This will include assisting with events management, submissions, database management, social media scheduling, email campaign creation and follow-up, creating AIs/press releases, sending out proof copies and more.



  • Proven editorial skills - proofreading and copyediting essential, an eye for developmental editing is a bonus.

  • Creativity with genuinely unique ideas and confidence in pitching them to the directors.

  • Understanding and appreciation of social media and crowdfunding’s use in the publishing industry.

  • Comfortable and confident in liaising and establishing new relationships with authors, booksellers, agents, press and more contacts from across the industry.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to problem solve and think fast between numerous tasks.

  • Strong administration and organisational skills.

  • Working knowledge of the book industry.


  • Experience in an entry level publishing job or book sales position.

  • Experience in using the Adobe CC suite: particularly InDesign and Photoshop.

  • Experience in a freelance workflow and remote working - willing to be flexible with hours.

  • Regular usage of social media - Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram.

  • Knowledge and understanding of 404 Ink, our story and ethos.

Please note: this is not a mentorship or training role, though we endeavour to make sure the successful candidate learns numerous valuable and transferable skills from across the industry.


Please submit a CV, cover letter (no more than one side of A4) and answer to two of the three questions below to Heather McDaid at by 11:59pm on Friday 16th November. Please put ‘Project Officer - YOUR NAME’ in the subject of your email.

Interviews will take place in late November/early December in central Edinburgh. (Skype interviews possible for selected candidates outside of Scotland.)

The successful candidate will be notified in early to mid-December. 

The role will start in early January 2019.

QUESTION 1: What do you think the biggest opportunity for 404 Ink will be in 2019 and beyond, and where would you put your focus in developing the company?

QUESTION 2: What was your favourite crowdfunding campaign related to the book industry in the last two years and why? (Nasty Women and We Shall Fight Until We Win excluded!)

QUESTION 3: We have collaborated on books with publishing companies BHP Comics and Knights Of over the last year. What other publishing company(ies) do you think we should collaborate with and why?

For any questions or clarifications, get in touch with 404 Ink via our contact form:

In line with GDPR, we will keep your information securely until 01/03/2019. Unless you are the successful applicant, all of your information will be deleted and destroyed from our systems at that point.

Bookkeeper (Freelance)

Award-winning Edinburgh-based independent publisher 404 Ink seeks a freelance bookkeeper to assist the directors in building a bespoke bookkeeping system, maintain this system and financial records and ensure legal requirements compliance for the company in collaboration with their accountants Wylie Bisset LLP.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work with the directors to develop 404 Ink’s bookkeeping system for tracking financial transactions, sales and royalties; defining bookkeeping policies and procedures within that system.

  • Handle author royalties within the appropriate accounting periods. (Done twice a year.)

  • Prepare financial reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarising account information and trends.

  • Ensure the computerised accounting records are accurate and up to date. To assist the directors with any requests from HMRC, Wylie Bisset or similar parties.

  • Assist the directors in preparing necessary accounting documents for quarterly VAT returns and end-of-year accounts for Wylie Bisset.


  • Accounting (essential)

  • Experience of developing a bespoke bookkeeping system for a small company (desirable)

  • Developing standards and analyzing information

  • Financial reporting

  • Confidentiality

  • Experience with finance in the book industry (desirable)

  • Proven accounts knowledge and experience gained in a similar practice environment

  • Competent using MS Office, Excel etc

  • Good communication and presentation skills

  • Strong organisation and time management skills

  • The ability to plan and prioritise tasks

The role will be flexible to the bookkeeper’s schedule but will equate to one day per week (extra introductory days are expected to be needed for the bookkeeper to become familiar with the company’s current system and practices). Rate: £15/h.

At busier times of year (such as around royalties) there may be the availability of more hours.

Deadline: Friday 16th November, with a view to a brief interview (in person in Edinburgh or over the phone) in the following week beginning Monday 19th. We would look for the successful candidate to begin as soon as possible.

Please send a CV and cover letter exploring your previous bookkeeping experience to Laura Jones at by Friday 16th November. Please put ‘Bookkeeper - YOUR NAME’ in the subject of your email.

In line with GDPR, we will keep your information securely until 01/03/2019. Unless you are the successful applicant, all of your information will be deleted and destroyed from our systems at that point.