Getting up the courage to take the first step in entrepreneurship can be daunting, to take some of the mystery out of it we’ll be talking to some young start up companies. All have not only taken the plunge in starting up their own business but they’ve done it in creative and innovative ways, breaking the mould of the traditional publishing model and forging new processes along the way.
Heather McDaid is the Publisher at new alternative, independent publisher 404 Ink and freelancer working across marketing, writing, editorial, coding and general odd jobs, and co-ran the Saltire Society’s virtual book festival #ScotLitFest, a weekend of cross-platform digital events showcasing Scottish literature to international audiences. She writes for magazines including Upset, Rock Sound, DIY and The List, and worked with publishers including Bright Red and Saraband. She also won the London Book Fair’s Trailblazer Award in 2017 for those ‘roaring through their 20s’ in publishing. Basically all about books and bands.
Laura Jones co-founded new independent and alternative publisher 404 Ink in July 2016 which publishes a literary magazine twice a year and will soon publish the highly anticipated anthology and Kickstarter success Nasty Women. She is a freelancer who works in book production & promotion and is Bloody Scotland crime festival’s social media manager. She previously worked as Editorial and Marketing Assistant for inaugural Scottish Publisher of the Year Saraband and currently has numerous clients across publishing.
Hannah Taylor- She is Fierce
A graduate of the Edinburgh Napier Magazine Publishing Masters course, Hannah Taylor started She is Fierce in response to the lack of magazines geared towards celebrating and empowering the creativity and collaboration of young women. Inspired partly by the Riot grrrl movement, She is Fierce is a non-profit, self-funded collective publishing a magazine three times a year.