It's been another very busy year for our members and for
us. We've listed some of the highlights below.
ANNUAL REPORT 2018
Our latest annual report covers 12 months from the beginning of
December 2017 until the end of November 2018. Download the PDF.
SOME MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
Four new publisher members - Handsel Press,
Luna Press Publishing, Stewed Rhubarb and
Stirling Publishing - and three new network
members - Indie Authors World, Simone
Hutchinson and Miriam Rune PR - joined
Publishing Scotland in 2018.
In 2018 the Gaelic Books Council commemorated
50 years since its establishment. Over the years, it has supported
many writers and publishers to grow the number of Gaelic books in
print. A series of events took place throughout the year and two
anniversary booklets were published.
The 'Scottish Issue' of The Bookseller featured
many of our members.
Canongate's Claire Maxwell and
Jenny Fry were shortlisted in PPC Awards 2017
Waterstones Hardback Fiction Award category (for How to Stop
Time by Matt Haig) and
Anna Frame and Jenny Fry were
shortlisted in The London Book Fair Award for Hardback Celebrity
category for How Not To Be A Boy by Robert
Prepress Projects gained the Investors In
Young People (IIYP) Good Practice Award at Gold level.
Laura Jones of 404 Ink was one of the
publishing professionals under 30 shortlisted for the London
Bookfair Trailblazer Awards 2018.
British Book Awards
Edinburgh University Press was shortlisted for
Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year.
Canongate Books was shortlisted for Independent
Publisher of the Year
Francis Bickmore (Canongate Books) was
shortlisted for Editor of the Year
Andrea Joyce (Canongate Books) was
shortlisted for Rights Professional of the Year
Laura Jones and Heather McDaid
of 404 Ink were on the first ever FutureBook 40 list of industry
James Crawford, Publisher at Historic
Environment Scotland (HES) and Publishing Scotland's Chair, wrote
and presented the excellent new three-part BBC series Scotland from
the Sky. There's also an accompanying book published by
HarperCollins won the British Book Awards
Publisher of the Year.
404 Ink won the Saboteur Award for Most
Rosie Howie took up the post of Publisher at
Hodder Gibson after 6 years at Bright Red Publishing.
Witherbys the Livingston-based publisher broke
through the £10 million turnover mark with its 300th publication in
the last 10 years.
404 Ink were recipients of a Young Edge grant,
for Scotland's most promising young entrepreneurs. 404 Ink is the
first publisher to receive the accolade.
Jenny Brown, literary agent at Jenny Brown
Associates, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by
the University of St Andrews
404 Ink won the One to Watch category of the
Sunday Herald Culture Awards 2018.
Laura Jones and Heather
McDaid of 404 Ink were shortlisted in the Creative
Industries Entrepreneur of the Year category of the Royal Bank of
Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2018.
Bright Red Publishing celebrated 10 years of
successful business publishing study guides.
Charco Press founders Samuel McDowell and
Carolina Orloff were nominated for The Hospital
Club h100 award in the Publishing and Writing category.
Charco Press was also mentioned an interview with
and tweet by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
Jenny Brown, of Jenny Brown Associates, and
Rosemary Ward, of Scottish Book Trust, were
inducted into the Outstanding Women of Scotland community.
Heather McDaid and Laura Jones
of 404 Ink were finalists in the Business Women Scotland and
Women's Enterprise Scotland Awards 2018 (Rising Star category)
Canongate Books won the Saltire Society
Publisher of the Year 2018 and Historic Environment
Scotland was Highly Commended and runner-up. The other
members shortlisted were 404 Ink, BHP
Comics and Luath Press.
Carolina Orloff of Charco Press won the Saltire
Society Emerging Publisher Award 2018 and Alan
Windram of Little Door Books was Highly Commended and
runner-up. The other members shortlisted were: Charlotte
Brady (Canongate Books); Heather
Palmer (BHP Comics); James T.
Harding (Stewed Rhubarb Press); and Megan
Reid (Canongate Books).
The joint winners for the Non-fiction category of the Summer BMS
awards were Jamie Norman, Alan
Trotter and Vicki Watson from Canongate
Books for their campaign for Room to Dream by David
404 Ink was number 7 and BHP
Comics was number 17 on The List Hot 100 of 2018.
The Bookseller published its annual list of the 100 most
influential people in UK publishing which featured Jamie
Byng, Chief Executive of Canongate Books.
SOME MEMBERS' BOOK HIGHLIGHTS
This was another great year for awards and listings. Here are
just a few of the books that won or were listed for awards or made
Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher (Sandstone
Press) selected by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as her
first book recommendation of the year.
Glasgow Museums: Tapestries from the Burrell
Collection by Elizabeth Cleland and Lorraine Karafel
(Glasgow Museums in association with Philip Wilson
Publishers) named as one of the best art books of 2017 in the
London Evening Standard.
Die, My Love by Argentinian writer Ariana Harwicz,
translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff (Charco
Press) was longlisted for Man Booker International Prize.
It was also shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize
Chris McQueer's (404 Ink) won a Saboteur Award
2018 for Best Short Story Collection
Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (Luath
Press) won the Orwell Book Prize 2018.
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack won the 2018
International Dublin Literary Award. Canongate
Books publishes the UK version of this novel which was
first published by Tramp Press, an independent in Ireland.
How not to be a Boy by Robert Webb (Canongate
Books) was shortlisted in the adult category of the
Independent Bookshop Week Book Awards 2018
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
(Canongate Books) was one of the books chosen by
the Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians to celebrate its
'Reading Well for Mental Health' campaign
The Blackbird Diaries by Karen Lloyd
(Saraband) won the Bookends Prize for Arts and
Literature at the 2018 Lakeland Book of the Year awards.
Edinburgh University Press completed its
biggest publishing project (so far): Frederick Douglass letters
If I Survive by Celeste-Marie Bernier and Andrew
The Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicholson
(Collins) won the Wainwright Golden Beer Prize
One Button Benny by Alan Windram, illustrated by Chloe
Holwill-Hunter (Little Door Books) is on the
shortlist for Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2018.
The Lost Wizard of Nine Witches Wood by Hannah
Foley won the Kelpies Prize 2018 (and will be published by Floris
Books' imprint Kelpies).
My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner
(Barrington Stoke) won the Klaus Flugge Prize
Rebecca Ley's novel Sweet Fruit, Sour Land
published by Sandstone Press won the Guardian's
Not the Booker Prize 2018.
Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man by
Thomas Page McBee (Canongate Books) was shorlisted
for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2018.
Sal by Mick Kitson (Canongate Books)
won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award
The Story of Looking by Mark Cousins and Waiting
for the Last Bus by Richard Holloway (both
Canongate Books) were shortlisted for the Saltire
Society Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award 2018.
Early Cinema in Scotland by John Caughie, Trevor
Griffiths and María A. Vélez-Serna (Edinburgh University
Press) was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish
Research Book of the Year Award 2018.
The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and
Independence by Cairns Craig (Edinburgh University
Press) was shortlisted for Saltire Society Scottish
History Book of the year Award 2018.
St Kilda: The Silent Islands by Alex Boyd
(Luath Press) was shortlisted for the Saltire
Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
(Canongate Books) was shorlisted in the UK
category of the National Book Awards 2018.
Denise Mina's short story in the Bloody Scotland
anthology (Historic Environment Scotland) won the
CWA Short Story Dagger 2018 (Crime Writers Awards).
PUBLISHING SCOTLAND'S YEAR
We said goodbye to three staff members who were retiring or
moving to new jobs: Barbara Bell (Finance Manager), Eleanor Logan
(Trade Liaison Manager) and Gill Tasker (Book Marketing
Three new staff members joine us: Andrew May (Finance Officer),
Jess Walter (Programme Support Officer) and Vikki Reilly (Marketing
and Events Manager).
Our Scottish Book
Trade Conference with the Booksellers Association in Edinburgh
was on 22 February. It was followed by a trade reception for
publishers and booksellers.
Bologna Children's Book Fair 26 to 29 March. We helped
publishers attend the fair with the generous support of
London Book Fair 10 to 12 April. We hosted the Books from
Scotland stand for our members at Olympia in 2018 and launched
Scotland 2018 (our rights publication in conjunction with
We held several Open Book and other trade events for members
including a pitching day with STV, Scottish Market
Focus and event at the BBC for book
Many of our members had books for sale in the Edinburgh
International Book Festival bookshop tents and took part in the
Publishing Salons (11 to 27 August).
Our fourth International Publishing
Fellowship took place 21 to 27 August with a group of eight
publishers from across Europe, North and South America and
Australia. Events included a showcase of Scottish writing at the
University of Glasgow.
Lots of Scottish writers were translated from English to another
language with the assistance of grants from the
Translation Fund that we administer. Some members also took
part in the Lost in Translation event organised by Creative
Scotland, Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland and Publishing
There were several 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).
As usual we hosted the Books from Scotland stand with 12 members
exhibiting in Hall 6 at the Frankfurt
Book Fair 10 to 10 October.
We ran 23 public courses and in-house training courses covering
many aspects of publishing.
Nine publishers took part in our Accelerate Programme 2017 to
Alice Piotrowska started a fully-funded publishing PhD
studentship - 'Publishing in Scotland 1968-2018: From Cultural
Heritage to Digital Engagement' in October 2018. The PhD at the
University of Stirling will include placements at both Publishing
Scotland and HarperCollins.
Our Chief Executive Marion Sinclair was listed as one of the
industry's most influential people in The Bookseller 100
Our AGM was on 29 November and we produced an annual report
covering the period December 2017 to November 2018.
Sasha de Buyl took up the newly created post as Manager of
Scottish Books International, Scotland's first International book
promotion service launched jointly by Publishing Scotland and
Edinburgh International Book Festival.