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training and development 

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 16 June

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

Apply by 4 August

The Go-Digital Fund is now open for applications for digital training, development etc.

Course dates

Book now for writing digital content, proofreading and advanced editorial courses in June.

15 June 2017

Publishing Seminar in Edinburgh. Places are free but book in advance as space is limited.

Apply by 4 August

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

New Books Scotland

Publishing and Writing

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

Part of cover of New Books Scotland publication
  • 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.

  • Our newsletters

    Sign up to receive Publishing Scotland's monthly 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

  • Jamie Byng changing his look to help change lives

    19 May 2017
    On his next birthday Jamie Byng, Chief Executive of Canongate Books, will be chopping his locks in support of the Howard League for Penal Reform. How extreme the cut is - trimmed, pruned, chopped or scalped - depends on how much money he raises. He is aiming for £50K which will see him scalped!
  • Edinburgh Napier Publishing Degree Show 2017

    19 May 2017
    The Edinburgh Napier Degree Show is an annual showcase of the creative talent including publishers. This year the students all had to produce their own individual book and the standard was very impressive. Gill Tasker, Book Marketing Manager at Publishing Scotland presented the publishing award on 18 May to William Holt. The showcase is open 19-28 May 2017 from 10am to 5pm at Merchiston campus.
  • Acair celebrates 40th anniversary

    18 May 2017
    Acair Books, based in Stornoway, are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a festival of books and writing - ‘Fèis Litreachais Acair @ 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Publishing’ - on Wednesday 24 May in Stornoway. All events are free and members of the public are welcome to attend throughout the day or choose to attend in the afternoon or evening. Some events are in Gaelic and they will be simultaneously translated into English, so all should feel welcome to come along.
  • Alice Curry awarded the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2017

    12 May 2017
    Congratulations to Alice Curry, founder of Lantana Publishing, who was announced as the winner of The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize at a ceremony on Wednesday 10 May 2017. The Prize recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing and is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years.