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The Unbound office


Hello. We're Unbound.

We're a London-based crowdfunding publisher and our goal is to break down the barriers between authors and readers. We believe that both deserve a greater say in which books get published, and we're building a platform to help them do that. What we’re doing is being recognised and we’ve been covered by TechCrunch, Wired, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Financial Times, and others.

Right now our team is an exciting mix of people from publishing and tech, with editors, designers, customer support, PR and co-founders all in the one place. We are situated next to a canal, near Angel and Old Street, in a large open plan office. Our developers are based in London and Dublin.

We are currently accepting applications for the following:

Crowdfunding Assistant

Unbound is a uniquely innovative, award-winning and rapidly growing publisher and platform. We publish a broad range of books from established literary names to bloggers and YouTube stars. All our titles are crowdfunded by an audience passionate about making them available to the general reader.

We're seeking an enthusiastic candidate to join our crowdfunding team, helping authors to work with their networks to get the support to help them get their books funded.

You will be a key link in the process that gets great writing published, working within our crowdfunding team and with authors to create, and help implement, crowdfunding strategies.

You will help teach authors the key skills in crowdfunding and understand the key elements of marketing campaigns through email, social media and direct contact. You’ll undertake audience research, locate the key communities and the people who influence them, create and distribute content. You’ll work with authors to handle their queries, create campaigns, build an understanding of what works when it comes to getting books funded, and have the technical skills to deliver.

Key skills:

  • An interest in pursuing a career in publishing
  • Highly organised, with excellent administrative abilities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • The ability to create exciting and engaging new content across a range of platforms
  • Resourceful and able to demonstrate initiative, especially on digital platforms
  • Fluency in social media and, ideally, the data that drives it
  • A keen interest in technology, innovation and the future shape of publishing
  • Passion for all sorts of books and the many and varied communities that love reading them
  • Confidence in identifying and contacting relevant, influential bloggers and audiences

Please apply with with Crowdfunding Assistant in your Subject Line to jobs@unbound.co.uk.

The Unbound Team.

P.S. Principals only. No recruiters please.

New Projects Editor

We are looking for an experienced editor to join our small, entrepreneurial commissioning team.

We need someone with the vision and experience to look beyond the traditional publishing channels to find and develop new book projects that fit Unbound's crowdfunding model. This will mean working with creative talents – bloggers, designers, graphic artists and curators, as well as writers – to turn their knowledge and ideas into books.

Key responsibilities:

  • Identifying and working with writers and creative directors who have the vision and the network to fund a book project
  • Being able to translate ideas into fundable, market-focussed books
  • Overseeing the launch of projects on the Unbound platform
  • Managing projects through the funding process to the delivery of a finished book to our Managing Editor

You will report to John Mitchinson, Unbound’s Publisher, and will be based in our new canalside offices in a converted Victorian factory on Wenlock Basin, near Angel.

Please apply with NEW PROJECTS EDITOR in your Subject Line to to jobs@unbound.co.uk.

The Unbound Team.

P.S. Principals only. No recruiters please.

Freelance Book Scouts

Are you fanatical about graphic novels? Do you know everyone on the tech scene? Do you live and breathe literary fiction?

The award-winning crowdfunding publisher, Unbound, is expanding. We are looking to grow our network of scouts: people that bring us new projects, new authors and new books.

Experience of the publishing world would be helpful but is not essential. We are looking for people bursting with enthusiasm for both books and technology that have a large network of contacts with whom they would like to help us develop books. Please send your CV and a brief letter explaining the sort of books you could bring to Unbound to jobs@unbound.co.uk with the subject line Scouts Honour.

The Unbound Team.

P.S. Principals only. No recruiters please.

Rails Developer—Dublin, Ireland

As part of our growth plan, we’re seeking to enhance our application in order to improve its effectiveness, usability and scalability.

We are looking for an experienced Rails developer to work in our Dublin office.

The Person

We are looking for the right person rather than someone with a prescriptive set of skills. If:

  • you enjoy and excel in developing high quality, testable, maintainable code
  • you are diligent and self-motivated
  • you keenly follow advances in web tech
  • you care about business goals, and enjoy coming up with novel solutions to achieve them
  • you are interested or have experience in the publishing industry
  • you enjoy working in a team, with people of varying disciplines
  • you contribute code to open-source projects

then you're quite likely to fit the bill.


In order to hit the ground running you should be proficient in the following:

  • Developing usable, secure, scalable web applications
  • Ruby & Ruby on Rails
  • Integrating with third party services - E.g. databases, CDN, search, analytics, media codecs, email, CRM, etc
  • Test-driven development using RSpec or similar
  • Relational databases
  • JavaScript using jQuery or similar

By “proficient” we mean at least three years demonstrable experience, ideally in a commercial setting.


Our stack includes the following technologies. Experience with these will be looked on favourably:

  • Rackspace cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Mailchimp, Mandrill
  • Ubuntu Linux, MySQL
  • Twitter Bootstrap, Backbone, jQuery, JWPlayer
  • Stripe, Paypal, BitPay
  • Lucene, SOLR, WebSOLR
  • Git/Github, Capistrano, RSpec, Pivotal Tracker
  • Mixpanel, Google Analytics

The exact size and shape of the role will be largely be defined by you. What we can guarantee is that your responsibilities will be broad and varied with the work very much hands-on.

Remuneration will be commensurate with relevant experience.

If you want to apply, please send a cover letter and C.V. to kieran@unbound.co.uk with the subject line Rails developer.

The Unbound Team.

P.S. Principals only. No recruiters please.