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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.

Raspberry Creative Type

Raspberry Creative Type offers cover design and typesetting services. This involves the internal and external design of books and all promotional material from concept through to final print-ready artwork, including creating e-books.

Heather has over 12 years experience in publishing, working in a variety of sectors and can therefore offer a bespoke package to suit your requirements. Her client base includes major UK publishers and self publishers.

Raspberry Creative Type is also involved in the project management of books organizing editors, proof readers, picture research, photographers and printers.

Heather has experience in many packages ie InDesign CS5.5, Photoshop CS5.5, Illustrator CS5.5, xml into InDesign, Acrobat, e-book software.

The subject range of books that Raspberry Creative Type has typeset and covers designed for include:
• photobooks • reference • education • fiction • workbooks • catalogues • thesauruses • artbooks • dictionaries • journals • foreign languages • plays • crosswords.

Raspberry Creative Type also has extensive experience in the graphic design of:
• logos and letterheads • advertising • annual reports • brochures • posters • magazines.

To see examples of Raspberry Creative Type’s work please visit the Raspberry Creative Type website

Prepress Projects

Company overview: We produce books, reports, journals and magazines for publishers and public sector organisations. We specialise in science, medical and humanities publishing and, in addition to clients in the UK, we have clients in many other countries around Europe and further afield. Our staff have extensive experience of managing print and digital projects from raw copy to final publication. We are resourceful and able to put together a team of knowledgeable editorial or production staff to meet the needs of unusual projects.

Clients include: Audit Scotland, BMJ Publishing Group, eLife, Environmental Protection Agency Ireland, European Environment Agency, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, European Spatial Planning and Observation Network, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, National Institute for Health Research, Office of the Auditor General and Ombudsman of the Cayman Islands, Publications Office of the European Union, Royal Society, Scottish Natural Heritage, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, United Nations Population Fund, UN Women, World Organisation for Animal Health and World Health Organization.

Services offered: We provide a full publishing project management service including editorial office management, copy-editing, design, typesetting, illustration, proofreading, indexing and XML creation. We can also provide technical writing and copy-writing, science/technology journalism, picture research and print and distribution management services.

Sharon McTeir, Creative Publishing Services

Design and typesetting:

  • I have 20+ years experience in designing and typesetting books, including fiction, non-fiction, reference, educational and foreign language books.
  • Other subject areas include: art, craft, gardening, environmental, puzzles, poetry, novels, biography and different types of books for children.
  • I typeset in Adobe InDesign and Arbortext 3B2.
  • I can work from a variety of original data formats including Word, Excel and coded data like XML.
  • I work with a variety of plug-ins for InDesign when typesetting scientific and maths projects, and right-to-left languages.
  • Good understanding of automation techniques including grep functions, and the creation of templates.
  • I have worked on a number of publishing-related branding projects – books, logos, stationery, website etc.


Picture research:

  • Experienced in clearing print/digital rights and negotiating fees/rights from a wide variety of sources, and have a large list of industry contacts.
  • Commissioning of illustrators and photographers.
  • Very experienced in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Metadata input.
  • Can work with publishers’ in-house DAM systems, including remotely.
  • Experience of visiting organisations to explain how copyright and image permissions work.


Languages I have experience in typesetting:

English, Scots Gaelic, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Hindi, Norwegian, Polish, Latin, Greek, Romanian, Ukrainian, Indonesian, Turkish, Russian, Thai, Hebrew, Turkmen, Kurdish.


Clients include:

Hodder Education, Harper Collins, Oxford University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Rising Stars, Chambers, Harrap, Canongate, Birlinn, Bloomsbury, Larousse, Houghton Mifflin, Leckie & Leckie, Whittles.

Lumphanan Press

The Lumphanan Press is a publishing house for self-publishers. We help to guide authors through the many different and specialised elements to self-publishing, providing the advice and skills necessary to produce a professional final publication.

We’re a small and friendly company, based in rural Aberdeenshire but covering the whole of Scotland, who offer a full range of publishing services from editorial through to design, sales and marketing. We’re flexible in our approach and are happy to take on anything from a quick short-story proof-read to a full publication package.

We also have experience of copy-editing for university academics and doctoral students, and can offer book-design & typesetting services to clients in the publishing trade. We have a particular speciality in the design and typesetting of poetry, although we work across all genres of fiction and non-fiction.

Please get in touch for an informal discussion of your project and to find out how we might be able to help.

Services include:
Editorial & proof-reading (covering both English and Scots), copywriting, indexing, book-design, typesetting, cover design, sales and marketing, ebook creation and more.

Kerrie Moncur Design & Typesetting

Kerrie Moncur Design & Typesetting has over ten years experience in the publishing industry providing internal and external design of books and all promotional material for both companies and self-publishers. Over five years experience working with local companies to produce logos, promotional material and maps. Subjects include natural history, wildlife, local history, military history, fiction and children’s revision papers to technical dictionaries and conference proceedings.

Recent titles include Flight from the CroftThe ArcticThey Were Just SkullsHitler’s Early RaidersConcrete for the Modern AgeReading the Gaelic LandscapeNatural history of TenerifeNature of Manor plus leaflets for the Caithness Broch Project, Scrabster Harbour Trust and logos for The Teuchters Comedy Club and Thurso Foot Clinic.

Clients include Whittles Publishing, HarperCollins/Letts and self publishers, Caithness Broch project and Dunnet Bay Distillery (Rock Rose Gin).

Jane’s Studio

Jane Cornwell is an illustrator, designer & typesetter, she has four years of experience providing illustrations and design (including ‘nose art’ for aircraft) internal and external design of books, EPUB, website design & promotional material for both companies and self-publishers. Jane’s produced fiction, non-fiction, verse, text-book and academic titles. She recently set up a micro press, Jane’s Studio Press, she enjoys working with her favourite authors and poets to produce and publish beautiful books.

Recent titles include The Wonderland in AliceKeeping AfloatMax the Rabbit’s Close EncounterThe Adventures of Zak and Rory seriesThe Darker Half seriesThe Sweet Nightmares TrilogyThe Exile WaitingMacmoley Moves Home… for a full list please visit Jane’s website:

Clients include Handheld Press, CTS group, Austin Macauley, Beech London, The Wee Book Company and independent authors.

Biblichor Book Production

Established in 2016, Biblichor provides typesetting and design services to independent publishers, academic institutions and heritage bodies.

We produce many fiction, non-fiction, verse, text-book and academic titles. Our particular expertise is in design-led and image-heavy projects and we are experienced working in foreign languages including Gaelic, Russian, Japanese and the languages of China, Oceania and the Middle-East.

Our other services include the creation of facsimile content for out-of-print analogue titles, eBook/epub, open source, reprographic, art-working and data entry/conversion.  We can offer cost-saving advice on unusual or complex projects and we’re happy to tackle messy, fragmented or heavily copy-edited manuscripts.

Titles which give a good example of our work include Native and Roman on the Northern Frontier (Society of Antiquaries), Purgatory and The Story of Looking (Canongate Books), Poets of the Chinese Revolution (Verso), the Muriel Spark Centenary Editions (Polygon), 101 Problems and Solutions in Historical Linguistics (EUP) and If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection (EUP).

Clients include: Birlinn, Canongate Books, Dunedin Academic Press, Edinburgh University Press, John Donald, Polygon, Sandstone Press, Society of Antiquaries, Thi Wurd, University of Wales Press and Verso.