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Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries

Scottish Universities Press is a collaborative, library-led initiative, owned and operated by 18 participating HEIs. The project is being co-ordinated through SCURL (Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries). SUP aims to provide a clear and cost-effective route for researchers to make their work freely available to a global audience, meeting the requirements of funders and realising the government ambition to extend the impact of research across society.  SUP hopes to offer a clear route to a professional standard of publishing on a not-for-profit basis. SUP will initially publish monographs by academics from our participating institutions in any discipline.

We will extend to publish other types of content, such as journals and e-textbooks, as SUP develops. Content will be published open access and will be freely available to access on our online publishing platform. We will also offer a ‘print on demand’ service for the books. The development of the press is led by a Management Board with a representative from each institution. We are in the process of recruiting our Editorial Board which will manage the publishing output, including the peer review process. Our online publishing platform is also in development with the University of Edinburgh. The aim is to launch the Press in Autumn 2022.

Portobello Literary

Portobello Literary are a literary agency based in Edinburgh, representing excellent writing from Scotland and beyond in adult fiction and non-fiction. We handle UK and international rights for our clients and regularly attend international book fairs. Our clients include Polly Atkin, Fiona Black, Gill Booles, Russell Jones, Andrés N. Ordorica, Wendy Pratt and Christina Riley. Our website includes resources for aspiring writers seeking publication.

Portobello Literary was founded by Caro Clarke who has over ten years’ experience in publishing – at Transworld (PRH) and most recently at Canongate Books as a Senior Rights Manager. They were named Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021. In 2019, they co-founded the Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented nature writers, which kickstarted a passion to demystify the publishing industry and help emerging writers to develop their craft and build their writing careers. Portobello Literary was established in 2022 to build on that work.

Lianne Walker

Lianne Walker is a Scottish Audiobook Narrator working with both fiction and non-fiction books. There is so much great writing in Scotland that deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. I work with authors and publishers to give voice to these great stories.

Palimpsest Book Production Ltd

Palimpsest Book Production Ltd are the UK’s market leader in typesetting, digital and pre-press services for the publishing world.

Our success is based on our commitment to excellence, our attention to detail and our huge love for books! These attributes have helped us to produce over 60,000 titles in the last 27 years.

From our core expertise as highly skilled typesetters, to our innovative digital workflow, we offer the complete package for publishers & self-publishing authors. We became an employee-owned company in 2018, which has allowed the management team and staff to work together and successfully move the business forward.

Examples of our titles include: The Midnight Library (Matt Haig), Tall Tales and Wee Stories (Billy Connolly), Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman), More Moaning (Karl Pilkington), Black and British (David Olusoga), Me (Elton John), The Foundling (Stacey Halls) and Word Perfect (Susie Dent).

For more title snapshots, please visit our gallery:

Our clients include: HarperCollinsPublishers, Hodder & Stoughton, WF Howes, Severn House, Pan Macmillan, Canongate, Headline, Bonnier, Arcturus and Little, Brown Book Group.

University of Stirling

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication was established in 1982, and has since developed a global reputation for its postgraduate degrees in publishing, its research activities, and its industry links. Focusing on book, magazine, journal and digital publishing, the Centre trains the publishers of the future, provides opportunities for those currently working in the industry to reflect on their professional practice, and through its research, critically analyses the past, present and future of publishing.

Postgraduate degrees in publishing, research, consultancy, knowledge transfer, short courses.

The Art of Music

Based in Dunblane, Scotland, The Art of Music was founded by Alistair Warwick in 1992 in order to provide high-quality music and text typesetting. This soon extended to include practical and reflective skills training for musicians.

Examples of their projects are on the website

The Art of Music is a member of Business for Scotland and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Mairi Sutherland

A freelance editor/proofreader, experienced in managing the editorial process from manuscript through to publication. I work on a wide range of publications: schoolbooks (mainly primary/secondary mathematics); academic books (mainly astronomy, mathematics, philosophy, history); general trade books, including highly illustrated books; corporate publications.

Clients include Atlantic Books, Birlinn, Cambridge University Press, Historic Environment Scotland, Octopus, Oxford University Press, Quercus.

Work ranges from copy-editing to project management, including: briefing and managing other freelance editors, proofreaders, picture researchers and indexers; substantive editing; on-screen copy-editing; proofreading; liaising with authors, designers and outside agencies.

The Society of Authors in Scotland

The Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS) is a regional group of the Society of Authors. If you have a Scottish postcode you are automatically added to the SoAiS when you join the SoA.

The SoAiS organises a varied and busy calendar of activities through a committee of volunteers. Group activities are reported in the SoA’s quarterly magazine, The Author. There is also discussion in their Facebook group.

SoAiS members can take advantage of a number of exclusive benefits, such as events and special discounts.

The SoAiS is a network member of Publishing Scotland, and together the two organisations have produced a good practice covenant between authors and publishers in Scotland. The SoAiS is also represented at meetings of the Literature Forum and the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Culture and Media.


The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), established in 1991, is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information related matters.

Members are drawn from the public sector, school libraries, higher education institutions, further education colleges, health libraries and special interest libraries.

SLIC is a registered charity and registered company guided by a Board with strong sector and industry representation as well as independent members. SLIC is core funded by the Scottish Government and achieves additional funding to support its purpose through its membership and projects.

SLIC aims to:

  • Provide a leadership focus for Scottish library and information services and to facilitate coordination on a national level.
  • Lead development in the library sector.
  • Promote understanding of Scotland’s library and information sector and its firm contribution to the life of the nation.
  • Monitor standards of provision and promote development.
  • Advise the Scottish Government on all matters concerning library and information services.
  • Undertake research and promote innovation.
  • Foster partnerships with relevant organisations and institutions to further SLIC’s strategic objectives.
  • Award grants to promote innovative developments in Scottish library and information services.

Andrew Sharp, Rights Professional

Publishing Rights professional with a proven track record of success and 24 years’ experience. Founder of Sharp Rights publishing consultancy and formerly group rights director for Hachette Children’s Group.  Sharp Rights publishing consultancy offers a range of services covering rights, editorial and contracts with a focus on commercial and strategic opportunities within the book industry.

I have worked with publishers in pretty much every rights market during my career, have experience selling to special sales customers in the English language markets and was the digital director responsible for establishing the digital offering for Hachette Children’s Books from 2012 until 2016.

Services offered include:

  • Selling sub-rights and coeditions
  • Assessing the commercial viability of new projects
  • Optimising the potential of backlist projects
  • Consultation on publishing and rights strategies
  • Research into specific markets and potential new areas of publishing
  • Proof reading and copyediting
  • Training on various aspects of the publishing industry, including sub-rights and coeditions, negotiation, acquisitions, and contracts
  • Refinement of systems and processes, and reviewing resources
  • I’m open to suggestions on any bespoke projects I might undertake