It's been a very busy year for our
members and for us. We've listed some of the highlights below.
ANNUAL REPORT 2015 to 2016
Our latest annual report actually covers a bit more than a year
running from April 2015 to October 2016. See the PDF on our
SOME MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
- Four new publisher members - Cranachan
Publishing, Quality Chess,
Scotland Street Press and Swan &
Horn - and two new network members - Helen Bleck
Editorial Services and Educational
Editing - joined Publishing Scotland in 2016.
- Floris Books is the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2016.
Floris Books is Scotland's largest children's publisher. They've
had a stellar year; their staff has expanded to 15 and their sales
and international rights deals have risen concomitantly.
- Black & White Publishing, National
Galleries Scotland Publishing and previous winner
Saraband were the other members shortlisted for
the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2016.
- Leah McDowell is the Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year
2016 sponsored by Publishing Scotland and the Society of Young
- Members Keara Donnachie (Sandstone Press
Limited) and Robbie Guillory and Laura
Waddell (Freight Books) were also shortlisted for the
Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year 2016.
- Prepress Projects achieved Investors in People Gold accreditation and
also, for the first time, received the Investors in Young People
Good Practice Award.
- Black & White Publishing's Press Officer Laura
Nicol was shortlisted for the Publishers' Publicity Circle
(PPC) Best Newcomer of the Year 2016.
- Bright Red Publishing was shortlisted for
Education Publisher of the Year at the IPG Independent Publisher Awards 2016 and
Independent Academic, Educational and Profressional Publisher of
the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. Their
Publishing Manager Rosie Howie received a
prestigious Print Futures Award.
- Fiona Brownlee of Brownlee Donald Associates
and Rafaela Romaya, Canongate's Art Director, were
included in the list of The Bookseller's Rising Stars 2016.
- Canongate's Publicity Manager Jaz
Lacey-Campbell won the PPC Award for Hardback Non-Fiction
campaign for her work on Matt Haig's Reasons to Stay Alive. Jaz was
also shortlisted for this campaign in the Publicity Campaign of the
Year category of the British Book Industry Awards 2016.
- Adrian Searle, MD of Freight Books, was a Frankfurt Fellow 2016.
SOME MEMBERS' BOOK HIGHLIGHTS
This was a bumper year for awards and listings. This selection
includes the books that won awards and some of those that were
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae
Burnet (Saraband) won the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of
the Year 2016 and was one of the six titles shortlisted for the Man
Booker Prize 2016.
A Petrol Scented Spring by Ajay Close
(Sandstone Press) was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize
The Honours by Tim Clare and Things We Have in Common by Tasha
Kavanagh (both Canongate Books) were longlisted for the Desmond
Elliott Prize 2016. Beatlebone by Kevin Barry (Canongate
Books) was shortlisted for the 2016 James Tait Black Prize and the
Irish Book Awards Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2016. It won
the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015.
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
(Canongate Books) was shortlisted for the 2016 James Tait Black
Treats by Lara Williams (Freight Books)
was shortlisted for Best Short Story Collection in the Saboteur
Walking the Lights by Deborah Andrews
(Freight Books) was runner-up in the Guardian's Not the Booker
Dirt Road by James Kelman (Canongate
Books) was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction
Book of the Year.
An Làmh a Bheir by Seonaidh Charity
(Sandstone Press) was shortlisted for the Donald Meek Prize
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (Canongate
Books) won The Wainwright Golden Beer Prize 2016. It was also
shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Non-Fiction Book of
the Year and Best Jacket/Cover Design in the British Book Design
and Production Awards.
Expecting by Chitra Ramaswamy (Saraband)
was joint winner of the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the
Year Award 2016.
Plants from the Woods and Forest of Chile
(Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) was shortlisted for a British Book
Design and Production Award 2016 in the Scholarly, Academic and
Reference Books shortlist category.
The Caveman by Jorn Lier Horst,
translated by Anne Bruce (Sandstone Press) won the Petrona Award
for the best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.
The Gathering Tide by Karen Lloyd
(Saraband) won The Striding Edge prize (a Lakeland Book Award) and
was runner up for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award 2016.
Reasons to Stay Alive also by Matt
Haig was shortlisted for Non-fiction Book of the Year (Canongate
Books) in the British Book Industry Awards 2016.
The Round: In Bob Graham's Footsteps by
Steve Chilton (Sandstone Press) was shortlisted for the Lakeland
Book of the Year Award.
Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over
Body by Jo Marchant (Canongate) was shortlisted for the
Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016.
Out There: A Voice from the Wild by Chris
Townsend (Sandstone Press) took the Best Book Award at the annual
Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Best Book Award 2016.
Fallen Glory by James Crawford (Old
Street Publishing) was shortlisted for a Saltire Society Scottish
Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award shortlist. James is Publishing
and Research Grants Operational Manager- Commercial and Tourism at
Historic Environment Scotland.
Castles in the Mist by Robin Noble
(Saraband), Oil Strike North Sea by Mike Shepherd
(Luath Press); and St Kilda: The Last and Outmost Isle
by Angela Gannon and George Geddes (Historic Environment Scotland)
were all shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish History Book
of the Year Award. St Kilda was also highly commended at the
British Archaeological Awards 2016.
Young Adult and Children's
Ross MacKenzie won the Younger Readers (8-11) category in the
Scottish Children's Book Awards 2016 for his novel The Nowhere Emporium (Floris Books).
The book also won the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story 2016.
Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle
Maskame (Black & White Publishing) was shortlisted in the Young
Adult Romantic Novel category of the Romantic Novel of the Year
Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Awful
Invasion by David MacPhail and Richard Morgan (Floris
Books) was shortlisted for Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year
olds in the Lollies Book Awards 2016.
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
(Canongate Books) was shortlisted for Children's Book of the Year
in the British Book Industry Awards 2016.
An Leabhar Liath by Peter Mackay &
John S MacPherson (Luath Press) won the Donald Meek Award 2016.
Tonguit by Harry Giles (Freight Books) was
shortlisted for The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection in
the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2016
Crotal Ruadh by Sandy NicDhòmhnaill
Jones (Acair) was shortlisted for the Donald Meek Prize 2016.
Gu Leòr / Galore by Pàdraig MacAoidh
/ Peter Mackay (Acair Ltd) and This Far Back Everything Shimmers by
Vicki Husband (Vagabond Voices) were on the Saltire Society
Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award shortlist.
PUBLISHING SCOTLAND'S YEAR
We welcomed new Book Marketing Manager Gill
Tasker in April having said farewell to her predecessor
Lindsay Terrell (now at Penguin Random House) in March. Our Chief
Executive Marion Sinclair was named as one of The Bookseller's 100 most influential figures
in the UK book trade. Marion also tok part in a sleepout to raise
funds to build homes for the homeless.
Here are some of the things that Publishing Scotland worked on
- We held our Scottish Book Trade Conference
with the Booksellers Association in Edinburgh on 25 February. It
was followed by a trade reception for publishers and
- London Book Fair 12 to 14 April - We
hosted the Books from Scotland stand for our members at Olympia in
- We held several Open Book and other trade
events for members including a session on export, a
visit to wholesaler Bookspeed, Pitching to Festivals and Getting
the most of out of the EIBF bookshops.
- We hosted a Coding for Publishers day with Emma
Barnes and her Bibliocloud colleagues in June.
- Our members were able to pitch books to tv producers from the
BBC and STV at pitching sessions
- Many of our members had books for sale in the
bookshops (13 to 29 August) and we hosted an event
Celebrating our buildings book by book (23 August)
at the Edinburgh International Book
- Our second International Publishing Fellowship
took place 22 to 28 August with a group of 10 publishers from
across Europe, the US and Canada.
- In September we facilitated a Libraries Roadshow for
publishers and librarians at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow in
partnership with the Reading Agency (sponsored by Bertram Library
- Lots of Scottish writers were translated from English to
another language with the assistance of grants from the Translation Fund that we
administer and in partnership with Cove Park we brought two
translators for a residency at Cove Park.
- There were two rounds of our Go-See Fund (for attending
book fairs for the first time) and one round of the
Go-Digital Fund (supporting digital training and
- Our second collaborative event with the Association for Cultural
Enterprises took place at the City Art Centre in
- We hosted the Books from Scotland stand with 12 members
exhibiting in Hall 6 at the Frankfurt Book Fair 19 to 23
- This year Book Week Scotland the annual
week-long celebration of books and reading ran from Monday 21 until
Sunday 27 November. Publishing Scotland organised a Design by the
Book exhibition for it and also partnered with SLIC to run a cover
design competition for children.
- We held our AGM on 22 November and
produced an annual report covering the period April 2015 to October
- We ran 15 public and in-house training courses covering many aspects
of publishing including a workshop on coding as well as our regular
editorial and web writing courses.