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29 July 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


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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Get info on joining, search for publisher membersnetwork members & catch up on news.

Round up of advice

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

New rules from 1 July

From 1 July 2021 the VAT exemption for the importation of goods not exceeding EUR 22 will be removed. 

The Business of Books

Book trade events (including a Scottish Publisher Showcase) at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Apply by 30 August

This fund supports Scottish publishers with digital projects or training. Apply by 5pm on 30 August.

Apply by 20 August

International publishers are invited to apply for funding support to translate works by Scottish writers.

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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

  • Bonnier Books UK acquires Black & White Publishing

    28 July 2021
    Bonnier Books UK has acquired independent Scottish publisher, Black & White Publishing. Black & White Publishing will run as a standalone imprint of Bonnier Books UK and the team will remain based from Black & White's offices in Edinburgh.
  • Mike Miller

    26 July 2021
    We are immensely sad to learn that friend and former colleague Mike Miller (Blackie, Geddes & Grosset, former Chair of BookSource and Publishing Scotland) has passed away.
  • NLS announces new Chief Executive

    16 July 2021
    The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has appointed Amina Shah as its new Chief Executive and National Librarian. She will take up her post on 4 October.
  • New LAS chair appointed

    14 July 2021
    The Board of Trustees of Literature Alliance Scotland (LAS) has announced the appointment of Jenny Niven as its new Chair.
  • The Bookseller Rising Stars of 2021

    9 July 2021
    Many congratulations to all the Rising Stars with special mentions for Nyla Ahmad (Scottish Book Trust), Jo Dingley (Canongate Books) and Sasha de Buyl (Cúirt). Nyla is pictured on the left and Jo on the right.