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…we’re all here!

Current Vacancies

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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.

“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

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 proofreading (with a particular love for the literary genre), creating images 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 have 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 communications, so I find it very rewarding to be a part of Inspired Quill’s story, where I can champion our commitment to diversity.

At the moment, I’m working towards a PhD on the topic of Intercultural Communicative Competence – a feat that I will be more than happy to accomplish and never perform again!

“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.

“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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