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19 December 2018

Welcome to the Publishing Scotland website

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

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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.

Simone Hutchinson

Freelance Editor (academic, non-fiction and professional publications) and Director of Hedera Felix.

Apply by 7 January 2019

International publishers are invited to apply for funding support to translate works by Scottish writers.


Annual Report 2018

Our Annual Report has an overview of our projects and members' highlights in 2018.

Publishing Scotland annual report 2018

Publishing and Writing

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

International Fellowship

Apply by Friday 25 January for our International Fellowship Programme in August 2019.

Training courses

Booking is now open for our 2019 writing digital content and editorial courses and Harper Macleod legal sessions.

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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

  • Industry Commitment to Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing

    7 December 2018
    The first Industry Commitment to Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing was published on 7 December 2018. The intention is that the commitment is meaningful, helpful and makes people feel seen and supported. It is also hoped that businesses will use it alongside any existing policies they have or to help develop these if they don't have them.
  • The Bookseller 100 of 2018

    7 December 2018
    The Bookseller has published its annual list of the 100 most influential people in UK publishing. Among those on the list are: Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival; Jamie Byng, Chief Executive of Canongate Books; Rosamund de la Hey, Owner of The Mainstreet Trading Company; Robert Macfarlane, author, and Jackie Morris, illustrator; and Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland.
  • New Director for the Gaelic Books Council

    6 December 2018
    Alison Lang has been announced as the new Director of The Gaelic Books Council, Scotland's flagship organisation for Gaelic books and writing. She will take up the post in January 2019 and succeeds Rosemary Ward, who held the position since 2010.
  • Saltire Society Publishers of the Year 2018

    30 November 2018
    Many congratulations to the Saltire Society publisher award winners 2018. Canongate Books is Publisher of the Year and Historic Environment Scotland was runner-up and Highly Commended. Carolina Orloff (Charco Press) is the Emerging Publisher of the Year.
  • Saltire Society Literary Awards winners 2018

    30 November 2018
    All That Remains: A Life in Death by forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black (Transworld) is the winner of the coveted Saltire Society Book of the Year award 2018. Sal, the debut novel by Fife-based writer Mick Kitson (Canongate Books) won the Saltire First Book Award, and Louise Welsh was the Most Inspiring Saltire Society Scottish First Book Award Winner.