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12 May 2021

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 by midnight on Wednesday 12 May 2021 for this mentoring and tailored training programme for arts professionals.

  • Apply for this full-time position in Edinburgh by Friday 14 May 2021.

  • The Scheme offers 18 six-month paid traineeships at Penguin Random House to people who identify as one, or both, of the following: Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group / From a lower socio-economic background. Apply by Sunday 16 May 2021.

  • Apply by midnight on Sunday 16 May 2021 for this paid three-month mentorship programme (with additional accommodation stipend) aimed at anyone from an underrepresented background. It is based in Oxford.

  • Apply by 5pm on Monday 17 May 2021 for this freelance position with Aberdeen's International Crime Writing Festival.

  • Apply by 5pm on Friday 21 May 2021 for these full-time, fixed-term contracts in Glasgow (currently working from home). Note that priority may be given to early respondents.

  • This Orkney-based freelance residency is for a fixed term of 12 months. Applications should be submitted by 9am on Monday 24 May 2021.

  • Apply asap for this Edinburgh-based job. The closing date is Tuesday 25 May 2021 but the recruitment process may end earlier if a suitable candidate is found before then.

  • Apply by 23:59 on Thursday 27 May 2021 for this 12-month internship in Edinburgh. This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries.

  • Apply by 23:59 on Thursday 27 May 2021 for this 12-month internship in Edinburgh or London. This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries.


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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Introduction to Copy-editing (May) and Proofreading (June), and Further Copy-editing and Proofreading (June).

New Books Scotland

Spring Reading 2021

Our new catalogue with the Booksellers Association is full of Scottish books and available now to download.

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Apply by 20 August 2021

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