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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 17 June

Scottish publishers can apply for a grant to attend an international book fair through the Go-See Fund.


Get Further Proofreading & Copy-editing training on 9 June for £100+VAT. Only a couple of places left.

Apply by 12 August

Support for non-UK publishers who want to translate Scottish writers' work from English, Scots or Gaelic.

What's On

For an overview of what's coming up in publishing, see our lists of festivals, fairs, prizes, events and dates of note.

New course and dates

Further Proofreading & Copy-editing (9 June), Coding (23 June) & Writing Digital Content (13 September)

Portal of Scottish books is back. Visit our online showcase of thousands of Scottish books.

Book distribution partner

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

Our newsletters

Sign up to receive Publishing Scotland's monthly emails with news on books, publishing, awards, 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

  • Freight Design win three Scottish Design Awards 2016

    26 May 2016
    Many congratulations to Glasgow-based Freight Design (the sister company of Freight Books) which won the Scottish Design Awards Design Grand Prix 2016 and two other awards. The awards were announced in Glasgow on Wednesday 25 May 2016.
  • The Caveman wins the Petrona Award 2016

    23 May 2016
    The Caveman by Norwegian crime writer Jorn Lier Horst has won the prestigious Petrona Award for the best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. The English translation is by Anne Bruce and it is published by Sandstone Press which also publishes the other books in the series. The books are to be made into a television series by Cinenord and Good Company Films.
  • HMRC asks publishers to pay VAT on colouring books for adults

    23 May 2016
    HMRC has been in touch with several publishers to ask for payment of VAT on sales of colouring books for adults. The request is being challenged but if HMRC is successful, it will result in publishers having to pay millions of pounds in VAT.
  • EU membership debated at PA's AGM

    20 May 2016
    Lord Mandelson and Sir William Cash MP represented the 'remain' and 'leave' sides respectively at an EU referendum debate at the Publishers Association's AGM on 18 May in London. The unreformed Scots law of defamation also got a mention at the AGM.