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24 September 2020

Welcome to the Publishing Scotland website

Publishing Scotland provides support, training, funding and advocacy for the book publishing sector in Scotland.

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Latest jobs and advice on finding a job in publishing

  • Apply for this home-based, paid 3-month internship asap. The closing date is Wednesday 23 September 2020 or earlier if the right candidate is found.

  • Apply asap but no later than 5pm on Friday 2 October 2020 for this fixed-term contract (4 months) starting immediately. Twig Education's office is based in Glasgow but they are open to applications from anywhere - the majority of staff are currently working at home.

  • The initial deadline is 5 October 2020 for partner applications to put together proposals for Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhDs.

  • Apply to become a trustee at NLS by Saturday 10 October 2020.

  • Apply for this position by Monday 12 October 2020. The BTBS is based in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.

  • Applications should be submitted by 5pm on 1 November 2020

  • The HarperCollins Traineeship is open for applications from aspiring Black, Asian and minority ethnic talent now. Apply by 12 pm (noon) on Thursday 15 October 2020.

  • Want to learn about publishing from one the UK's largest publishers? Apply for these virtual open learning days by the Manchester based division of HarperCollins.


Here are quick links to the answers to some of the questions we get asked most frequently

  • How do I get my book published?

    You can research publishers and submit your book for consideration or you can publish it on your own (see Getting Published).

  • I've self-published a book - how do I get it distributed?

    For small publishers and self-publishers especially with just one book, doing it yourself is sometimes the only option. Read more about distribution.

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£15m fund launched

Apply by noon on 24/9/20

The Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund closes for applications at noon on 24 September 2020.

Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund

Online training

Register now for Harper Macleod's free lunchtime Employment Law Update (29 September) and our other courses.

Summer reading

Scottish Book Trust

And Scottish publishers bring you 5 EXCLUSIVE LISTS of the best new Scottish children's and teen books!

Crop of the cover of The Infinite by Patience Agbabi

Round up of advice

We have compiled a list of official and useful sources of advice on the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Book distribution service

Publishing Scotland's distribution service BookSource is one of the UK's fastest growing distributors.

Scottish books online

Visit our curated online showcase of thousands of Scottish books.

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Our location

We are working from home and our training and events are taking place online. The Publishing Scotland office - at Scott House, 10 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ - is currently closed. 

The latest news about publishing and books in Scotland

  • Booker Prize 2020 shortlist

    15 September 2020
    Among the six books shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize are The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Canongate Books) and Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador). Congratulations to both. The winner will be announced in November.
  • Edinburgh University Press results and CEO Timothy Wright to retire

    14 September 2020
    Edinburgh University Press has reported sales of £3.68 million for the period ending 31 July 2020 - a 2% increase on last year. The Press is also announcing that its CEO Timothy Wright intends to retire in July 2021 after 40 years in the publishing industry including 24 years at EUP.
  • Creative Scotland launches £15m cultural organisations fund

    10 September 2020
    Creative Scotland has launched the guidance for the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund which opens for applications on 17 September 2020.
  • IPA calls for state aid for book sector

    8 September 2020
    At the Moscow Book Fair on 3 September 2020, the International Publishers Association adopted a call to action for governments to support and invest in the book sector.
  • Programme for Government 2020 to 2021

    3 September 2020
    On 1 September 2020 the Scottish Government published its Programme for Government setting out the actions it will take in the coming year and beyond. It includes the legislative programme for the 2020-2021 parliamentary year.