It's been a very busy year for our
members and for us. We've listed some of the highlights below.
ANNUAL REPORT 2017
Our latest annual report covers 13 months from the beginning of
November 2016 until the end of November 2017: download the PDF version.
SOME MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
- Seven new publisher members - 404
Ink, Barrington Stoke, BHP
Comics, Charco Press, Kessock
Books, Little Door Books and
Sainted Media - and five new network members -
Biblichor Book Production,
Emergents, Sharon McTeir (Creative
Publishing Services), Anne Milligan and
Sylvia Pegg - joined Publishing Scotland in
- 404 Ink, BHP Comics,
Canongate Books, Handspring
Publishing and Vagabond Voices were our
members shortlisted for the Saltire Society
Publisher of the Year 2017.
- 404 Ink topped The List's Hot 100, won the
Creative Edinburgh Startup Award 2017, was Highly Commended in the
FutureBook Campaign of the Year 2017 for Nasty Women, shortlisted
for the Scottish Magazine Awards and New Launch 2017, and
longlisted for the Most Innovative Publisher and Best Magazine at
the Saboteur Awards 2017.
- Laura Jones and Heather
McDaid of 404 Ink are the joint Emerging Saltire Society
Publishers of the Year 2017. Both were listed in the Young Women's
Movement 30 Inspirational Women under 30. Heather also won a London
Book Fair Trailblazer Award and was one of The Drum's 50 under 30.
Laura was also shortlisted for a PPC Award for Generic Campaign
- Members Kirstin Lamb (Barrington Stoke) and
Laura Waddell (HarperCollins) were also
shortlisted for the Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year
- Stornoway-based publisher Acair celebrated its
- BHP Comics are included in The
List's Hot 100 of 2017.
- Black & White Publishing launched Ink Road a new imprint for Young
- Canongate Books was shortlisted for the
Saltire Publisher of the Year 2017, bought Severn House Publishers
and Jamie Byng, Canongate's Chief Executive,
appeared in The Bookseller 100 lists of the most influential people
in the book trade in 2017 as an Evergreen (due to regular
appearances on it) and a leader.
- Anna Frame (Canongate Books) won the
Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC) award for Second Edition
Paperback: Fiction or Non-Fiction for her campaign for The
Outrun by Amy Liptrot and was shortlisted for Best Debut
Campaign for the same.
- Jaz Lacey-Campbell was shortlisted for the
PPC's Children's Book Award, for Matt Haig's The Girl Who Saved
- Jenny Fry and Vicki Watson
were Highly Commended in The Book Marketing Society summer awards
2017 for their campaign for Robert Webb's How Not to Be a
- Becca Nice (Canongate Books) was shortlisted
for the PPC Best Newcomer Award, for her work on Lemn Sissay's
Gold from the Stone.
- A special edition of Columba's Iona by Rosalind K
Marshall was produced by its publisher Sandstone
Press at the request of the Church of Scotland to be
presented to His Holiness, Pope Francis, on the occasion of a visit
from present Moderator, Dr Derek Browning in 2017.
- Saraband was shortlisted for the IPG
Independent Publishing Awards Trade Publisher of the Year
- Craig Hillsley, Editorial Director at Saraband
was listed as one of The Bookseller's 2017 Rising Stars.
- Gillian Macrosson took over as the Managing
Director of the Witherby Publishing Group in September 2017.
SOME MEMBERS' BOOK HIGHLIGHTS
This was another bumper year for awards and
listings. Here is a selection of just some of the books that won or
were listed for awards or made the news.
- Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell
(Luath Press) won the Saltire Society Scottish
First Book of the Year 2017.
- Goblin by Ever Dundas (Saraband,
first published by Freight Books) won the Saltire Society First
Book of the Year 2017.
- The Light Blue Book: 500 Years of Gaelic Love and
Transgressive Verse Edited by Peter Mackay and Iain MacPherson
(Luath Press) won the Saltire Society Scottish
Research Book of the Year Award 2017.
- Matt Haig's How To Stop Time (Canongate
Books) won the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Fiction
- Fallow by Daniel Shand (Sandstone
Press) won the Betty Trask Prize 2017 and was shortlisted
for the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year 2017.
- Expecting by Chitra Ramaswamy
(Saraband) (a joint winner of the Saltire Society
Scottish First Book of the Year 2016) was shortlisted for the
Polari First Book Prize 2017.
- Highland Survivor by David Spaven (Kessock
Books)was awarded '2017 Railway Book of the Year' by the
Railway & Canal Historical Society (RCHS).
- The Abyss of Time by Paul Lyle (Dunedin
Academic Press) won the ASE Science Book of the Year Award
- Library Cat by Alex Howard (Black and White
Publishing) won the People's Book Prize First Time Author
- The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (Canongate
Books) won the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017. It was also
shortlisted for the 2017 Ondaatje Prize.
- His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
(Saraband) (winner of the Saltire Society Scottish
Fiction Book of the Year 2016) was the Netherlands Crime Thriller
of the Year 2017.
- Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ (Canongate
Books) was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction
- Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Canongate Books) was
longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.
- Nasty Women (404 Ink) was the
bestselling book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES WE LOST IN 2017
We said goodbye to:
Zander Wedderburn of
Murray, co-Founder of Canongate Books
Mo Siewcharran, Director of Marketing and Communications at
former Publisher at the National Galleries of Scotland
PUBLISHING SCOTLAND'S YEAR
Here are some of the things that Publishing Scotland worked on
in 2017 (and some highlights):
- We held our
Scottish Book Trade Conference with the Booksellers Association
in Edinburgh on 22 February. It was followed by a trade reception
for publishers and booksellers.
- London Book Fair 14 to 16 March. We hosted the Books from
Scotland stand for our members at Olympia in 2017 and launched
the spring/summer edition of New Books Scotland (our rights
publication in conjunction with Creative Scotland).
- Sponsored by Publishing Scotland, the closing event of Aye Write! 2017 saw two
teams of Scottish authors battle it out in a book quiz.
- In April we launched our
Accelerate Programme for nine emerging publishers. The
programme of training and advice will run until 31 March 2018.
- Our Scottish
Parliament Book Trade Reception with the Booksellers
Association took place at the Scottish Parliament on 19 April.
- We held several Open Book and other trade events for members
including a session with Waterstones; selling into
academic libraries and Open
Access; Audible; and BookBub.
- We worked with Nielsen and Edinburgh Napier University to bring
Nielsen Publisher Seminar to Edinburgh in June.
- In June we took part in a panel discussion - 'Publishing and
Writing in the Highlands and Islands'- along with members and
authors at XpoNorth in Inverness.
- Many of our members had books for sale in the Edinburgh
International Book Festival (EIBF) bookshop tents (12 to 28 August)
and we hosted an event Culture versus
Commerce(22 August) there.
- The autumn/winter edition of New Books Scotland (our
rights publication in conjunction with Creative Scotland) was
launched at our summer reception in August.
- Our third International
Publishing Fellowship took place 21 to 27 August with a group
of nine publishers from across Europe, North and South America and
- In September in partnership with the Scottish Libraries
Information Council (SLIC) we facilitated a
Libraries Day for publishers and librarians in Edinburgh
(sponsored by Bertram Library Services).
- Our Chief Executive Marion Sinclair delivered the
inaugural Jim Douglas Lecture in Vancouver in September.
- Lots of Scottish writers were translated from English to
another language with the assistance of grants from the
Translation Fund that we administer.
- In partnership with Cove Park we brought two translators for
residencies at Cove Park.
- There were two rounds of
our funds: the Go-See Fund (for attending book fairs for
the first time) and the Go-Digital Fund (supporting digital
training and projects).
- We hosted the Books from Scotland stand with 12 members
exhibiting in Hall 6 at the
Frankfurt Book Fair 11 to 15 October.
- We ran 14 public and in-house training courses covering many
aspects of publishing.
- Marion Sinclair took part in several publishing-related events
at Wordplay, the Shetland Books Festival, two of which also
involved members Bob Davidson of Sandstone Press and Chani McBain
of Floris Books.
- This year Book Week Scotland the annual week-long celebration
of books and reading ran from Monday 27 November to Sunday 3
December. Publishing Scotland's contribution was ScotBookFlood - a campaign to
encourage thoughtful book giving.
- Marion Sinclair was listed as an industry leader in The
- We held our AGM on 19 December and produced an annual
report covering the period November 2016 to November 2017.