Emu Ink started out as an independent publishers bridging the gap between self publishing and traditional with a new type of format - Assisted Publishing. The company was officially launched on March 27th, 2013, in the Irish Writers' Centre, by the then Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.
Essentially what we did was assist people to publish. Those looking to take publishing into their own hands but not specifically self-publish, and seeking the professional service you would expect from a traditional company, were our target market.
And we published a lot of books!
During our time in Assisted Publishing we had the opportunity to publish the youngest independent author in Ireland, Joe Prendgergast. At nine years old Joe wrote a trilogy of books - The Great Fragola Brothers - and he donated the proceeds to the Cancer Clinical Research Trust, in memory of his father.
After Joe we published more child authors. We also ran a programme in schools, which our founder, Emer Cleary, delivered personally and after which pupils' became real published authors.
The demand increased so much and so quickly for this programme, however, that it was impossible for Emer to reach all of the schools during requested terms. So we developed it online and the Emu Ink Schools' Publishing Programme was born.
Today we have published thousands of primary school pupils across Ireland and there are many exciting plans for rolling our programme out in the near future.
Founder and CEO
With an Honours Degree in Journalism and Editorial Design Emer worked for 10 years in the newspaper and magazine industry between the UK and Ireland. In 2006 she started as a Senior Reporter for The Echo, Tallaght; where, within 1.5years, at 27, she became the youngest ever, female Editor, on a title belonging to Scotland's Johnston Press Group - which owned circa 300 newspapers, at the time.
Emer runs the publishing business as well as edits, sells and takes schools from pitch through to purchase.
As a child Emer loved to write. Since she was able to, she wrote her own "books" complete with illustrations and drawings. She always knew she wanted to be a writer and has a copybook from 2nd class (about 8 years old) at school, declaring this.
Emer knows what it is like to have always wanted to be a writer and is passionate about encouraging children to follow their dreams - as well as rewarding them through publication, for doing so.
Co-Founder and CTO
With a Bachelor of Science in Computing, he spent 12 years designing, coding and programming IT solutions, as well as project managing, for some of Ireland's largest corporations like AIB and Citi bank. In 2013 he set up his own IT company, which now supplies Emu Ink with sites and tech support.
At Emu Ink Brian deals with all things digital, from building and developing the sites to maintenance and tech expertise, as well as business development and customer relations.
He is instrumental in dealing with the books getting to print and the logistics of delivery.