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26 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. 

Apply by 20 August

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

Apply by 30 August

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

Watch again

If you missed an event or want to watch again, recordings are available until the end of July on YouTube.

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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

  • 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.
  • Maverick backs BookSource in distribution move

    9 July 2021
    BookSource, the Publishing Scotland distribution subsidiary, has announced the signing of children's books publisher Maverick Arts Publishing. The move completes a trifecta of significant new business for the Glasgow based business, and sees it build on its UK market share in the children's books arena.
  • Jenny Brown elected as RSL Honorary Fellow

    6 July 2021
    The Royal Society of Literature has elected 44 new Fellows and Honorary Fellows, and awarded the Benson Medal, for 2021. Many congratulations to all and particularly to Jenny Brown of Jenny Brown Associates who becomes an Honorary Fellow.
  • MMS moves to BookSource

    5 July 2021
    MMS, the children's publishing sales agency, has appointed Glasgow-based BookSource as its distribution partner.