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09 March 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 are here

Doing business with Europe has changed. You need to follow new rules on exports, imports, data, tariffs & hiring.

Deadline 22 March

Creative Freelancers

The Hardship Fund has been paused due to the volume of applications. It reopens at 2pm on Tuesday 15 March.

Hardship Fund Freelancers feature box

A Publishing Journey

24 March 2021

Douglas Stuart talks about his publishing journey from debut writer to Booker Prize winner. Reserve your free ticket.

Douglas Stuart and Jamie Crawford in conversation March 2021

For children

Find out about books and resources from Scotland's publishers of educational and children's 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

  • International Women's Day 2021

    8 March 2021
    International Women's Day on 8 March 2021 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. And there are of course many women's achievements to be celebrated in writing and publishing!
  • World Book Day 2021

    4 March 2021
    World Book Day takes place on Thursday 4 March 2021. Exciting new developments include the World Book Day Book Club and Share a Story corner, as well as the exciting new line-up for 2021's £1 books.
  • Alan Bett appointed as Head of Literature and Publishing

    26 February 2021
    Alan Bett has been appointed as the Head of Literature & Publishing at Creative Scotland. (Image of Alan Bett by Kat Gollock.)
  • Kelpies Prizes shortlists announced

    25 February 2021
    Almost a year later than anticipated due to Covid, Edinburgh-based publisher Floris Books has announced the shortlists for the delayed Kelpies Prizes for Writing and Illustration 2020. The prizes aim to recognise new Scottish writing and illustration for children.
  • Inaugural Gray Day

    25 February 2021
    25th February 2021 is the first GRAY DAY, a celebration of the writer and artist Alasdair Gray, on the 40th anniversary of his masterpiece Lanark.
  • Best Bird Book of the Year 2020

    22 February 2021
    Cottongrass Summer (Saraband) and The Ring Ouzel: a View from the North York Moors (Whittles Publishing) were shortlisted for Best Bird Book of the Year 2020.
  • Small Press of the Year 2021 finalists

    19 February 2021
    Congratulations to Charco Press, Cranachan Publishing, Little Door Books, Rymour Books, Sandstone Press, Scotland Street Press and The Wee Book Company – all finalists for Small Press of the Year Scotland 2021 at the British Book Awards. Congratulations to Saraband too (North England finalist).