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Waverley Books

Quirky, special, niche and Scottish, Waverley Books publish well-designed, high-quality books and gift stationery with Scottish connections – history, nostalgia, fiction, humour, travel writing and cookery. Geddes & Grosset publishes reference, educational and children’s books. Waverley produces high-quality notebooks made with British cloth supplied with the authority of Kinloch Anderson.

These imprints are part of The Gresham Publishing Company Limited, an independent company based in Glasgow, and have been publishing books for over 25 years. /

Established: 1988 as Geddes and Grosset, Waverley established 1997

Types of books published: High-quality books on Scotland, history, trains, nostalgia, fiction, cookery

Submission details: Non-fiction/general reference by letter and synopsis with sample chapter to Ron Grosset


SP SQUARE cic has taken on the list of Squaw Pies, and in December 2020 established fully as a reverse-action publisher.

We work with a wide range of communities to create books that mirror their experience and promote their interests. We are particularly interested in ways to connect books to people, in particular populations that may not ordinarily use them.

In 2020 we began working with Glasgow Life – pairing books with food and undertaking live cooking workshops in libraries, now extended to video archive for the library service. Book titles with the Scottish prison population is another of our projects. Work with the local Pantry service is leading to that community representing themselves through a book, as 25 diverse nations and cuisines come together to create a record of their lives, their journeys and their kitchens. Incredible Edible have charged us with representing their vision and their worldwide network of members through a book for COP26 in November 2021. All of these projects show reverse-action publishing as a vehicle for community empowerment and social justice.

The name SP SQUARE builds on Squaw Pies, SQUAW to honour the indigenous blood of our First Nations’ grandmothers and granddaughters. PIES to grandly propose the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual nature of humankind, or more simply to celebrate the bare pleasures of cooking, perhaps the last great oral tradition of the West. SP SQUARE is also a nod to the Spinning Plates of community, entrepreneurship and learning, coined by Incredible Edible, the unity of which is at the root our work.

Established: 2020 as SP SQUARE CIC
Publications (yearly average): 1–3
Types of books published: Cookbooks, community anthologies, community generated manuals, memoirs and poetry
Submission details: people are invited to contact us via the website.

Kitchen Press

Kitchen Press is an independent publisher specialising in restaurant and market cookery books. We collaborate with chefs, illustrators, photographers and writers throughout the UK to create beautiful books, celebrating just some of the innovation happening in our neighbourhood eateries every day.

Established: 2011
Types of Books Published: Cookery Books
Submission details: unsolicited submissions accepted

Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Floris Books is the largest children’s book publisher in Scotland and previous winner of the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. We’re well known for our Kelpies range of Scottish children’s books, which include Wee Kelpies board books, Kelpies World non-fiction and activity books, Picture Kelpies picture books for 3-6 year olds, Young Kelpies illustrated early readers, Kelpies novels for 9–12 year olds and KelpiesEdge novels with attitude for young teens.

Our Floris children’s collection also features board and picture books for 0–7 year olds (including international stories in translation, nostalgic classics from illustrators such as Elsa Beskow, as well as beautiful, handcrafted picture books originated here, in Scotland) and story books and anthologies for 6–10 year olds. We also publish a wide range of craft and activity books suitable for children and adults.

On the adult side we publish an extensive list of non-fiction, focusing on quality books which look at the world a little differently. Our books cover all aspects of holistic and alternative living, including Steiner-Waldorf education, biodynamics and organics, holistic health, philosophy of the natural world, mind body spirit, parenting and child development, philosophy of human life and religion & spirituality.

Submission details: Please see our website for guidelines on submissions. We do not accept submissions via email.

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.

Black and White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999 by Managing Director Campbell Brown and Publishing Director Alison McBride. Since then, the business has grown into one of Scotland’s leading publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres and, in 2021, we became part of Bonnier Books UK. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in Scotland, the UK and beyond, some of our bestselling authors include Andrew Cotter, Estelle Maskame, Coinneach MacLeod, Peter Sawkins and Donna Ashworth. We publish an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as fiction, young adult and children’s books.

Established: 1999

Publications (yearly average): 50-60

Types of books published: General non-fiction; memoirs; biographies; sport; true crime; cookery; humour; fiction; YA (15+); Children’s

Submission details: For full submission guidelines, please visit our website.