Meet the Publishing Team

So much work goes into publishing the best fiction titles possible, that a whole team of people are involved. On this page you’ll find a bit of information about each person who helps to keep things running smoothly here at Inspired Quill. (There’s even some information on a few of the folks who have moved onto new challenges, but who have helped to get us to where we are today!)

Book editors, business development, book cover designers and formatters… Meet our publishing team!

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough, to suit me.”

~ C.S. Lewis

Sara-Jayne Slack

Managing Director

I often joke that the only way I could step foot into the publishing industry is by creating my own publishing house.

After receiving an English MA, winning an entrepreneurship award via Enterprise Inc., and officially incorporating Inspired Quill as a not-for-profit social enterprise at the University of Leicester in 2011, I moved to Oxford. My eyes were opened to the fast-paced world of digital marketing, and the opportunities presented by SEO, CRO and community engagement.

After moving to Madrid in 2016, I worked as a Focus Mentor and Editorial Consultant, before landing a job at one of Europe’s largest wealth management firms. During this time I earned an Investment Management accreditation and started a non-jargon finance blog (which I barely have time to update these days!)

Through all of this, Inspired Quill – along with the people involved – has been a huge part of my life. In the last almost-decade, I have given numerous talks at conventions, festivals and online tele-summits about non-tokenistic diversity in fiction publishing, and how writers can break into the publishing industry in general.

I’ve also created an online course: ‘Casual Readers to Committed Fans’ which has received such good reviews that more online courses are on the cards as future projects.

When not working at my current Day Job of being a Project Management Ninja or keeping things ticking along here at Inspired Quill, I can usually be found hoarding stationery, eating tapas and (trying) to learn Spanish.

Picture of Laura Cayuela

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

~ Haruki Murakami

Laura Cayuela Ferrero

Business Development & Editor

I’m the one that makes sure that the tasks here at Inspired Quill are properly prioritised and not forgotten.

My Inspired Quill role sees me performing whatever tasks the MD lets me get my hands on — whether that’s editing and proofreading (with a particular love for the literary genre), designing and creating images and book trailers for social media or (kindly) trying to keep the MD from getting distracted by interesting but non-essential tasks.

My passion for both language and literature has been ever-present in my academic career, too. After completing my undergraduate degree in English Philology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, I went on to complete my Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at Universidad de Alcalá.

I’ve spoken at numerous international conferences about gender and intercultural communication, so I find it very rewarding to be a part of Inspired Quill’s story, where I can champion our commitment to diversity.

Once I finish my IQ duties and my working day as a content editor at Exposure Ninja, I love doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, watching sports, going for walks and enjoying a nice, cold beer!

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

~ Joseph Brodsky

Fiona Thomas

Proofreader / Business Dev

I’ve been a little bit of a Jill of All Trades as Inspired Quill has grown over the years, particularly as I’m one of the lucky ones who has had the pleasure to be involved since day one. I’ve assisted with cover creations and, more often than not, either editing or proofreading upcoming works. I’ve also been the original member of the American Contingent©, which has been growing steadily along with Inspired Quill’s library of offerings.

Reading, writing, and editing have always been a passion of mine. I’ve helped bring to life the stories of several New York Times as well as USA Today Bestsellers: Jamie McGuire, Ann Mayburn, C.A. Szarek, and Kallypso Masters.

When I’m not moonlighting as an editor, I’m a paramedic as well as the founder of nonprofit organisation the Code Green Campaign, focusing on first responder mental health. I hold a BSc. in Emergency and Disaster Management, which is really just a fancy way to say that I can theoretically manage natural and unnatural disasters at a variety of levels.

And in my (not so!) present free time, I play with baby goats and mini horses on my 11-acre ranch as well as occasionally attempt to travel.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

~ Arthur Ashe

Venetia Jackson

Freelance Designer

I’m a freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer, and hobbyist Photographer from Petersfield in Hampshire.

I spent two years completing a Foundation Degree in Creative Digital Media certified by Bath University, while having a few repeat freelance jobs on the side. I now have 3 years of creating and selling my own art behind me, as well as repeat freelance work with a few businesses.

A bit of a perfectionist, occasionally picky, all the while being a bit dopey, mildly quirky, and almost constantly chipper, makes a dangerous combination for a working personality but I make the most of what I’ve got!

I’m responsible for the covers of (amongst others): Heroine Chic, Under The Shell, The Old Ways and Waters and the Wild.

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

~ Neil Gaiman

Brigid Kapuvari

Marketing Assistant

In May of 2019, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mount Saint Mary College with a bachelor’s degree in English in one hand and determination clenched tightly in the other.

I’ve always vowed the reason I sought out a position in the publishing world was not only simply that I’m a reader and I want to constantly be exposed to stories. It was a massive motivator, don’t get me wrong, but in truth, the main driving force is that I adore – completely and utterly – making things better. More than anything, I desire to promote success, whether it be by offering tips to aspiring artists, discovering new ways to spread awareness, or fervently scratching my pen to smooth out the wrinkled body of an uncertain project.

And thanks to Inspired Quill, I am graciously being given the opportunity to scratch this unyielding itch and aid many talents in making their dreams come true.

When I don’t have my nose shoved in a book, you can usually find me glued to my computer editing AMVs, bothering my Pekingese named Hedwig to love me, or showering so I can sing at the top of my lungs with no regard for plebeians, whose eardrums I’m most definitely shattering.

Inspired Quill team member Joe Barclay

“When I write, I feel like an armless legless man with a crayon in his mouth”

~ Kurt Vonnegut

Joe Barclay

Content Writer

If you’d told me when I was ten that I’d be working and writing for a publishing house, I’d have probably laughed at you. 

At that age, I had no interest in reading or writing beyond the bare minimum. I wanted to be a football commentator. Then I picked up a book in a supermarket, and I couldn’t get my nose out of it. Much to the chagrin of my wife, I’ve picked up quite a few more books since then. 

I’m a trained journalist with a Masters in English Literature, and I put those skills to use as a content writer for various businesses. Writing for Inspired Quill is always a pleasure; I get to write about books and writing, it doesn’t get better than that. 

Outside of writing professionally, I’m working on a couple of novels when I find the time. Away from the keyboard, I spend most of my time reading, playing games, trying to learn Turkish and going for long walks on the beach (that usually end in the pub). 

“A ‘classic’ is a book which people praise but never read.”

~ Mark Twain

Paul Salvette

Book Formatter (BBeBooks)

After growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Paul completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of California – Los Angeles in 2002. Shortly after finishing college, Paul joined the United States Navy as a submarine officer until 2008.

Recognizing the surge in popularity of eBooks, Paul published his novella America Goes On at the Amazon Kindle Store in 2011. Hoping to improve the quality in the design and layout of this new technology, Paul wrote a technical guide to help small presses and self-publishers professionally package their eBooks. Following this and under the tutelage of his wife, he decided to found a company in 2013 dedicated to book-making for authors and publishers—BB eBooks.

BB eBooks has provided thousands of eBooks and print editions to hundreds of clients, both New York Times bestselling authors and new authors alike. We endeavor to provide the highest-quality conversions, at the lowest possible rates, and as quickly as possible.

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