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23 October 2017

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.


Get information on joining and browse or search our lists of publisher members and network members.

Apply by 24 November

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

Publishing Study Day

Booking is now open for our publishing study day in Glasgow for PS and ACE members.

New Books Scotland

Publishing and Writing

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

New Books Scotland Autumn Winter 2017

Booking open

Book your place now at our introductory and further level proofreading and copy-editing courses.

Apply by 5 January 2018

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

Book distribution partner

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

Portal of Scottish books

Visit our curated online showcase of thousands of Scottish books.

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Sign up to receive Publishing Scotland's regular emails with news on books, publishing, jobs and training.

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

  • Saltire Publishers of the Year 2017 shortlists

    12 October 2017
    The six publishers on the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award shortlist are: 404 Ink, BHP Comics, Birlinn, Canongate, Handspring Publishing and Vagabond Voices. The Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year Award sees four publishers shortlisted: Heather McDaid (404 Ink), Kirstin Lamb (Barrington Stoke), Laura Jones (404 Ink) and Laura Waddell (HarperCollins). The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on 30 November 2017.
  • Saltire Society Books of the Year 2017 shortlists

    12 October 2017
    Multi-award winning writers and household names James Kelman, Bernard MacLaverty and Denise Mina feature alongside emerging talents Ever Dundas and Kate Hunter in the 2017 Saltire Literary Awards shortlists unveiled on 12 October at Waterstones. Our members are well represented with titles from Canongate, Cranachan Publishing, Edinburgh University Press, Fledgling Press, Freight Books, Luath Press (3) and Sandstone Press (2). Edinburgh-based Birlinn have an impressive 4 books on the shortlists. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on 30 November 2017.
  • Iain MacRae wins the Donald Meek Award 2017

    6 October 2017
    The winner of the Donald Meek Award 2017 is Taigh Sheonachain by Iain MacRae.
  • Kazuo Ishiguro awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

    5 October 2017
    The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".