Laura Jones

Laura Jones - Designer

Edinburgh, UK

Award-winning book production professional of 7 years, specialising in speedy typesetting of anthologies, memoirs and fiction.

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Overview

With around seven years of experience in book production and being the co-owner and co-publisher of a multi-award winning independent publishing company, I have wide experience and knowledge in book production, particularly in typesetting and interior design. I have typeset fiction and non-fiction for a number of independent publishers (such as Charco Press, Knights Of, Saraband) and self-publishing authors.

I have typeset books across so any genres I may have lost track but they definitely include:
crime, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, sci-fi, erotica, short story collections, LGBTQ anthologies, feminist non-fiction, humour gift books, translated fiction, memoir, political affairs and more. My favourite to typeset are probably collections where some fun can be had with new stories/chapters but I'm always happy to try any and all genres!

My biggest literary claim to fame may be having worked with Man Booker shortlistee Graeme Macrae Burnet on the His Bloody Project ebook and I also typeset his first book, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau. I have been to the pub with him on a few occasions. He's a lovely guy.

Working with me will involve swift, clear correspondence and in most circumstances, a competitively quick turnaround, to allow as much time as possible for tweaks and perfecting your book. Testimonials from previous clients almost always include 'quick and efficient' so you won't find yourself twiddling your thumbs for too long!

Thanks for taking the time to peruse my profile, I hope we can work together. :)
Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies
Contemporary Fiction
Poetry
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Political Science & Current Affairs
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • English Literature MA, University of Edinburgh
  • Publishing Studies MLitt, University of Stirling

Awards

  • Emerging Publisher of the Year 2017, Saltire Society
  • KSW Prize, 2019, recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing (shortlisted)
  • One of 12 women shaping the future as selected by Margaret Atwood in the Sunday Times

Work experience

Publisher

404 Ink
July, 2016 – Present (about 4 years)

As co-owner and co-publisher at 404 Ink, I lead a number of areas within the alternative publisher, including production. I am responsible for typesetting all of our books and arranging the printing and delivery as well as the schedule.

Book Production and Promotion Freelancer

Self-employed
June, 2015 – Present (about 5 years)

Typesetting services for publishers and self-publishing authors as well as promotion services in social media, website development and more. I also occasionally do proofreading.

Editorial and Marketing Assistant

Saraband Books
June, 2014 – July, 2015 (about 1 year)

My duties were wide ranging including copy writing, editing and design for public & industry recipients through channels such as MailChimp; author & industry liaison; event organisation, attendance & bookselling; social media maintenance; marketing campaign content creation & execution; proofreading; full novel typesetting & ebook creation in InDesign; cover design in Photoshop; illustration in Illustrator; catalogue design; metadata creation & maintenance; database creation for new website and submission collation & assessment.

Laura has 8 reviews

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Florian Schneider
Laura just finished designing, typesetting and formatting my third novel and I'm as thrilled about the result as I had been with the first and second one. Laura's work is stellar, she is extremely quick in her response and on time on every deadline, not to mention an absolute joy to work and communicate with. I can't recommend her highly enough, and I very much hope I'll get to work again and a...
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Florian Schneider, July 2020


Julia  Billingham
Laura provided exceptional creativity and style in designing my book . Laura was very prompt and efficient in her replies and very easy to communicate with .I have no hesitation in giving her the highest recommendation .

Julia Billingham, June 2020


Herb Ireland
It was a pleasure working with Laura Jones as she turned my pictorial book into an ePub. This is not an easy transition, but she was amazing in doing it.

Herb Ireland, May 2020


Stephen Palmer
Laura was a joy to work with. She was diligent, prompt, responsive, helpful and patient. As a first-time author, not only did I not know much, but I didn't even know what I didn't know. Laura guided me through the typesetting and final preparation process in a painless fashion.

Stephen Palmer, April 2020


Sarita Esses
Laura understood perfectly what I was looking for my book and translated it into a beautiful, modern and chic design. She was open to all my suggestions and also guided me with her expertise.

Sarita Esses, April 2020

Laura Jones
Thanks very much, Sarita. Best of luck with the book!

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