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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is one of the world’s leading botanic gardens and renowned centre for plant science, conservation and education. Its internationally acclaimed living collection of plants is located across four Gardens, Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan, which attract over one million visitors a year.

The Publications team publishes books to inspire and inform readers about the fascinating world of plants and fungi.  Topics include botany, horticulture, science, botanical art, history, gardening and children’s interest. The books offer something of interest for a wide audience from botanists and academics to the general public of all ages.

Established: RBGE was founded in 1670, the publications office opened in 1986

Publications (yearly average): 4

Types of books published: Botanical, horticultural, scientific, art, history, general interest

Submission details: Submit a book synopsis along with a book proposal outlining potential markets and 3 sample chapters.

NMS Enterprises Limited – Publishing

We produce lavishly illustrated catalogues for Museum exhibitions such as The Jacobites; Scotland’s Early Silver; Rip it up: The story of Scottish pop; Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers and Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland.

Our very varied list includes: The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked; Early Medieval Scotland; Commando Country; Scottish Photography: The First Thirty Years; Sir Walter Scott: A Life in Story, Jock’s Jocks: Voices of Scottish Soldiers from the First World War and Going to the Berries: Voices of Perthshire and Angus Seasonal Workers – these last two are co-publications with the European Ethnological Research Centre.

We also publish the Scotties activity series for young readers at home or at school. Titles currently available include The JacobitesMary, Queen of ScotsScotland’s Vikings; and Scottish Kings and Queens.

Most of our books come through Museum curators or are commissioned, but the Publishing Director is open to ideas of scholarly or popular Scottish interest in our subject areas.

Established: 1985 as National Museums of Scotland; 2002 as NMS Enterprises Limited – Publishing
Publications (yearly average): 10
Types of books published: Trade; scholarly books on history, art, archaeology, science, technology, geology, ethnography, natural history; popular Scottish history and culture; biography; photographic archive.
Submission details: Send an outline and a covering letter in the first instance.

National Galleries Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland has been publishing books for over 100 years. The publishing house of the National Galleries of Scotland publishes a wide range of high-quality titles on the visual arts, combining rigorous research, lavish illustration and engaging writing.

As well as publishing books that provide access to Scotland’s national collection and that also accompany a range of exhibitions, we publish a number of titles on different aspects of art.

Our titles are designed to delight those who are unable to come to the Galleries in person and to enhance and provide deeper information for those who are able to visit.

There is something for everyone, including those seeking a deeper understanding of art history. Whatever the topic, all of our books are accessible and underpinned by careful and scholarly research.

100% of all profits support the National Galleries of Scotland.

Types of books published: Art books, photography books, collections and catalogues of the highest quality to enhance and enrich the exhibitions and collections.

Submission details: please refer to the author submission guidelines on our website.

Luath Press Ltd

Luath Press takes its name from Robert Burns, whose little collie Luath (Gael., swift or nimble) tripped up Jean Armour at a wedding and gave him the chance to speak to the woman who was to be his wife and the abiding love of his life. Burns called one of ‘The Twa Dogs’ Luath after Cuchullin’s hunting dog in Ossian’s Fingal. Luath Press was established in 1981 in the heart of Burns country, and is now based a few steps up the road from Burns’ first lodgings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Luath Press is an independent publishing house which offers distinctive writing with a hint of unexpected pleasures. Luath Press is based in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and is committed to publishing well written books worth reading. Prizewinning books include Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (Orwell Prize 2018) and Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell (Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year 2017).

Established: 1981

Publications (yearly average): 40–50

Types of books published: Committed to publishing well written books worth reading. Subjects covered include: fiction; history; guide books; walking; poetry; art; humour; biography; natural history; politics & current issues and much more.

Submission details: Anything from a tentative phone call to a complete manuscript in English, Scots or Gaelic (including introduction, author profile, synopsis etc) welcome – we are delighted to have the opportunity to discuss/explore potential projects with any individual or organisation, preferably (but not exclusively) based in Scotland.

HarperCollins

HarperCollins UK publishes a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction, to block-busting thrillers, from fantasy literature and children’s stories to enduring classics. It also publishes a great selection of non-fiction titles, including history, celebrity memoirs, biographies, popular science, dictionaries, maps, reference titles and education books, and its digital business is thriving.

With nearly 200 years of history, HarperCollins publishes some of the world’s foremost authors, from Nobel Prize winners to worldwide bestsellers. In addition it publishes the works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. It was the first major UK trade publisher to go carbon neutral in December 2007. HarperCollins UK also offers a full range of third party distribution services including all aspects of digital delivery.

Established: 1819

Submission details: HarperCollins does not accept unsolicited manuscripts: see the HarperCollins website.

Types of books published: popular and literary fiction; non-fiction; biography; history; dictionaries and reference; children’s; bibles; educational; sport; travel; home and leisure; and cartographic

Glasgow Museums

We have a long history of publishing – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901, and people have been writing about and publishing on the city’s collections ever since. The focus of Glasgow Museums Publishing programme is naturally the one million plus objects held in these collections, but we also publish educational materials and on local history and archaeology.

Our bestsellers include 1970s’ Glasgow: Through the Lens, a collection of photographs taken around the city; Wildlife Around Glasgow: 50 remarkable sites to explore; and Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900. We welcome proposals for co-publishing projects.

Established: 1901

Publications (yearly average): 5

Types of books published: Art, guidebooks to collections, scholarly catalogues, local history and archaeology, educational materials

Submission details: Please contact us before sending any material