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24 February 2019

Project: Accelerate Programme for Emerging Publishers

This exciting programme of advice, training and support from Publishing Scotland is for publishing companies who are in the early stages of their development and want a helping hand to grow their business. Applications for the 2017-18 Programme closed in February.

We are delighted to announce that 9 companies are taking part in the Accelerate Programme of training and support for emerging publishers. They are: 404 Ink / Cranachan / Curly Tale Books / Little Door Books / Rowan Tree Publishing / Sainted Media / Scotland Street Press / Stòrlann / Swan & Horn.

By taking part, the participating companies will fast track their growth by acquiring knowledge, contacts and confidence that usually take years to build. With that as the guiding principle, we've built a programme that incorporates the essentials and is delivered by some of the most knowledgeable, experienced and inspiring professionals we've come across.

The programme is set out below with dates (some still to be confirmed).

 * If there are spare places on the Marketing, Copywriting and Contracts courses, they will be opened to members at the usual fee of £90+VAT (half day) and £175+VAT (full day). Contact Joan Lyle for more information or to register your interest:



April to June 2017

  • Publishing needs audit - individual date in April/May to be agreed with each participating company (Marion Sinclair and Joan Lyle of Publishing Scotland)
  • Finance workshop - Kate Gibb (Canongate Books): 10 May 2017
  • Nielsen Publisher Seminar (Edinburgh): 15 June 2017
  • Rights workshop - Lynette Owen: 20 June 2017

September to December 2017

  • Business plan workshop - Martin Redfern: Tuesday 5 September
  • *Introduction to Marketing workshop - Gill Tasker: Tuesday 3 October
  • *Copywriting workshop (afternoon) - Hilary Phillips: Tuesday 3 October
  • *Contracts workshop - Kevin Stewart: Thursday 26 October 2017
  • Production and print talks - Caroline Gorham (Canongate Books) and Clays: Thursday 23 November 2017
  • Distribution and sales - BookSource (Cambuslang): by individual arrangement

January to March 2018

  • Editorial Project Management workshop - Margaret Aherne: date tbc
  • Final session with Publishing Scotland Chair, staff and guest publishers: date tbc