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20 August 2019

Round up of 2018

21 December 2018

It's been another very busy year for our members and for us. We've listed some of the highlights below.


Our latest annual report covers 12 months from the beginning of December 2017 until the end of November 2018. Download the PDF.



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 Webb. 


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 innovators.

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 HES. 


HarperCollins won the British Book Awards Publisher of the Year.

404 Ink won the Saboteur Award for Most Innovative Publisher.

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 Lynch.

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.



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 the news.

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 2018.

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 Taylor.

The Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicholson (Collins) won the Wainwright Golden Beer Prize 2018

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 2018.

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 2018.

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).



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 Manager).

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 XpoNorth.

London Book Fair 10 to 12 April. We hosted the Books from Scotland stand for our members at Olympia in 2018 and launched New Books Scotland 2018 (our rights publication in conjunction with Creative Scotland).

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 publicists.

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 Scotland.

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 2018.

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 2018.

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.