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23 September 2018

Welcome to the Publishing Scotland website

Publishing Scotland provides support, training, funding and advocacy for the book publishing sector in Scotland.

More about us

Latest jobs and advice on finding a job in publishing


Here are quick links to the answers to some of the questions we get asked most frequently

  • How do I get my book published?

    You can research publishers and submit your book for consideration or you can publish it on your own (see Getting Published).

  • I've self-published a book - how do I get it distributed?

    For small publishers and self-publishers especially with just one book, doing it yourself is sometimes the only option. Read more about distribution.

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Get information on joining, search lists of publisher membersnetwork members & catch up on members' news.


Typesetting and design services for independent publishers, academic institutions and heritage bodies.

Frankfurt Book Fair

We'll be attending the 2018 Fair along with some of our members. Visit us on Stand E91 in Hall 6.

Publishing and Writing

Our new rights publication with Creative Scotland is available at book fairs and to download as a PDF.

Training courses

Book now for our InDesign Foundation (2 October) and Welcome to Proofreading (7 November) courses.

Apply by 19 October

The Go-See Fund - for publishers' first time visits to book fairs - is open for applications.

Book distribution partner

Publishing Scotland's distribution service BookSource is one of the UK's fastest growing distributors.

Scottish books showcase

Visit our curated online showcase of thousands of Scottish books.

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Our location

Publishing Scotland is based at Scott House, 10 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ. Our training also takes place there.

The latest news about publishing and books in Scotland

  • The Donald Meek Award shortlist 2018

    11 September 2018
    Six new Gaelic books have been shortlisted for the 2018 Donald Meek Award. The Gaelic Book of the Year will be presented with the Donald Meek Award, and additional literary prizes funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig will also be awarded. The prize-winners will be announced at a special reception in the National Piping Centre in Glasgow on Thursday 4 October 2018.
  • Lagg Poetry Competition

    6 September 2018
    Isle of Arran Distillers have teamed up with Scottish Field to find the official poem for their new Lagg Distillery. The winning entry will take pride of place onsite at the new distillery that is due to open in the spring of 2019. The closing date for entries is 14 December and the winner and two runners up will be announced on Burns Night, Friday 25 January 2019.
  • New joint Publishing Scotland and Harper Collins sponsored PhD researcher

    5 September 2018
    Alice Piotrowska will start a fully-funded publishing PhD studentship - 'Publishing in Scotland 1968-2018: From Cultural Heritage to Digital Engagement' in October 2018. The PhD at the University of Stirling will include placements at both Publishing Scotland and HarperCollins.
  • McIlvanney Prize shortlist 2018

    4 September 2018
    Congratulations to Lin Anderson, Chris Brookmyre, Charles Cumming and Liam McIlvanney for making the McIlvanney Prize 2018 shortlist for best Scottish Crime Book of the Year. The winner will be announced on 21 September at the start of Bloody Scotland.