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Tippermuir Books Ltd

Tippermuir Books Ltd is a book publisher based in Perth. Established in 2009, Tippermuir seeks to add to the cultural life of Scotland by publishing interesting and worthy books in English and Scots. Our strength is our smallness and love of the written word. Our published titles to date have been purposefully broad in theme – we publish books that appeal to us and/or we feel are important culturally and socially. These include our brilliantly successful The Tale of the Wee Mowdie by Werner Holzwarth, illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch and translated by Matthew Mackie; Hunters Wee Stories from the Crescent by Anthony Camilleri (with a foreword by Stuart Cosgrove), and Trust by Ajay Close.

We welcome submissions which will receive swift, honest, and supportive responses. Our name comes from the Battle of Tippermuir (1 September 1644), which saw an army of Irish mercenaries and Highland troops led by the 1st Marquis of Montrose and Alasdair Mac Colla rout a numerically-superior government army. Tippermuir lies just to the west of Perth.

Established: 2009

Publications: 5/6 per year currently

Types of books published: Biography and memoirs, History, Local History, Military History, Non-fiction, Poetry, Scots Language (children’s and adult – poetry and prose), Scottish interest, and more.

Submission details: Accept submissions by email mail@tippermuirbooks.co.uk

Scotland Street Press

Scotland Street Press is a small, independent publisher of fiction, history, poetry, biography and translation based in Edinburgh. The Press was founded in 2014 in Scotland Street, Edinburgh after Head of Publishing Jean Findlay returned to Scotland wanting to publish work that was exciting, challenging, grounded in literary history and a sense of place.

We publish seven books a year and promote books through live events. We have been nominated three times for the Bookseller’s Small Press of the Year Award and as Scottish Publisher of the Year by the Saltire Society. Our books have been recipients of the PEN translates award and two books have been celebrated as Winner of the English Pen award. In 2020 Alindarka’s Children, translated from Belarusian and Russian into Scots and English, was longlisted for the prestigious Republic of Consciousness prize.

We celebrate individuality, prioritise women’s writing and continually seek to include more diverse authors. In 2021, we produced our first ever themed publication list, International Women 2021, celebrating women from all over the world specialising in different kinds of writing.

We publish varied, challenging voices who have good stories to tell, and in doing so bring Scotland into an international conversation. We create books that not only read well but look beautiful, combining the visual design, binding, and cover with the literary merit of the contents; we have published several artists as well as authors. We seek to be brave and take risks by publishing new and unheard voices, we have an open submissions policy, because we believe it is worth it.

Polaris

Established in 2011 and based in Edinburgh, Polaris Publishing Ltd are immensely proud to publish award-winning works by world-class authors. We are committed to unearthing exciting voices and publishing important, thoughtful and gripping stories with passion, skill and dedication. Focus on sports titles.

Established: 2011

Types of books published: Sports, autobiography, non-fiction

Submission details: We are always looking for inventive new ideas, so if you feel that your work would be suitable for publication with us – or if you are a publishing house looking to explore the possibility of working together on a creative collaboration – we would love to hear from you.

Pipin’s Book

The beginnings of publishing house Pipin’s Book go back to 2011 and our Slovenian roots. We are a sister company of the Slovenian Publishing House Pipinova Knjiga – which literary translates to Pipin’s Book.

We are primarily dedicated to Slovenian – British alliance, bringing Slovenian books to the UK market and bringing books of British authors to the Slovenian market.

Our focus area is educational publishing. This could be in the form of expanding the richness of vocabulary for young readers; raising environmental awareness among children; presenting ideas on how to lead a healthier life style; or following the development of professional athletes through their sport. We are constantly looking for innovative programs and teaching approaches and we are continuously preparing a variety of material which supports education from pre-school years onwards, helping teachers, children and parents to navigate through the guidelines of educational systems.

Established: 2016

Publications (yearly average): 1–3

Submission Details: We are always open to fresh ideas from new and already accomplished authors. Initial ideas transferred onto a couple of pages of paper, or the entire book, we are always happy to read it and see if it would be of our interest to progress with the publication.

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.

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

Fledgling Press

Fledgling Press was founded in 1993 by Zander Wedderburn to make talented new authors available to readers quickly and effectively in a variety of formats. In September 2010 the company was restructured with a view to expanding the business and encouraging new talent in both the writing world and associated fields. We produce both printed books and ebooks, distributed through Faber Factory.

Fledgling Press is an independent publisher based in Edinburgh, publishing historical fiction, life stories, crime fiction, literary fiction and young adult fiction, including award-winning authors Helen Grant, Philip Caveney and Alex Nye. We are committed to publishing work by debut authors, emerging talent and new voices in the literary world.

We like to publish new Scottish writing talent, but this does not preclude writers of other nationalities submitting work – we read all submissions.

Established: 2000 (imprint established 1993)
Publications (yearly average): 8 to 12
Submission guidelines: Email submission of a synopsis and first three chapters to submissions@fledglingpress.co.uk is required plus a short author biography. Paper submissions are no longer accepted.

Canongate Books

Canongate is an independent publisher: since 1973 we’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, innovative voices we can find, wherever they come from, and we’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, life-changing…

Along the way there have been landmarks of fiction – including Alasdair Gray’s masterpiece Lanark, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the best-ever-selling Booker winner – and non-fiction too. We’ve published an American president and a Guantanamo detainee; we’ve campaigned for causes we believe in and fought court cases to get our authors heard. And twice we’ve won Publisher of the Year.

We’re still independent, and we’re as committed to unorthodox and innovative publishing as ever.

Established: 1973

Publications (yearly average): 45 originals

Types of books published: Fiction, General Non-fiction, Children’s, Poetry

Submission details: We don’t accept unsolicited submissions. (Sorry.) We work with lots of brilliant literary agents who do invaluable work, and we like hearing about new writers from them. So if you are interested in being published by us, we’d recommend finding yourself an agent first. There are some tips on how you can do this on our website.