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Scottish Mountaineering Press

Launched in 2020, the Scottish Mountaineering Press exists to promote and share Scotland’s natural wonders, embracing the creativity born out of an explorer spirit and celebrating the joy and endeavour in a life lived outdoors. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, a Scottish-registered charity, and we channel all our profits back into Scotlands wild places.

Our first book, The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland, won the Mountain Image category at the 2021 Banff Mountain Book Festival—considered by many to be the international competition for mountain related literature. Our second book, The Fox of Glencoe, a collection of memoirs from Scottish mountaineering legend Hamish MacInnes, won TGO’s 2021 ‘Outdoor book of the year’ award.

We have long enjoyed a relationship with the Scottish Mountaineering Club, which has published information about climbing in Scotland for over 100 years, and we are proud to produce climbers’, hillwalkers’ and scramblers’ guidebooks on their behalf. Our most recent guidebook, The Munros, is considered the go-to source for information about Scotland’s 282 mountains over 3000 feet.

In 2022, we launched Scottish Mountaineering Press Creatives, a vibrant, innovative and thought-provoking digital publication that promotes, reimagines and is inspired by the beauty of the Scottish landscape. This diverse, community-oriented platform is a place for writers, painters, poets, photographers, musicians and filmmakers to collaborate, showcase their work and develop their crafts.

Taking inspiration from the mountains of Scotland and the culture and communities embedded within them, we work with authors and artists to realise their vision in print and on screen. Through imagery and prose, our publications capture the moments when nature stops us in our tracks and stuns us into silence; when time slows down, and we look up and out with a sense of freedom.

Whittles Publishing

Whittles Publishing continues to expand its established lists in geomatics including remote sensing, civil/structural engineering, geotechnics, fuel and energy science and offshore engineering. In addition a number of titles are being generated in materials and manufacturing technology and nanotechnology.

Our quality general list has grown appreciably over recent years with very successful titles in ornithology, military history, maritime, diving, wildlife and outdoors. The forward programme is building on these strengths with a number of ornithological books and development of existing themes.

The story of shipbuilding in Leith continues with vol. 3 of the highly-praised series, Leith-Built Ships by R O Neish and our lists in exploration continue to expand with The Magnetism of Antarctica.

Established: 1986

Publications (yearly average): 30

Types of books published: civil and structural engineering; geomatics; geotechnics; fuel and energy science; offshore engineering; nature and exploration; maritime; pharology; military history; ornithology; wildlife and diving

Submission details: Please contact Dr Keith Whittles with a brief synopsis and sample writing

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.

www.waverley-books.co.uk / www.geddesandgrosset.com

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

Serafina Press

Based in the Borders seaside town of Eyemouth, Serafina Press aims to produce art-driven children’s picture books. The books have a strong sense of their Scottish location, but are not limited in appeal to the region – they sell around the UK, and abroad. The stories are aimed at children up to eight years, with illustrations on every page. Cards featuring some of the characters are available.

Serafina Press has a particular interest in working with young illustrators, as well as its long-standing work with acclaimed author and illustrator, Cara Lockhart Smith.

Our publications include Glasgow’s Welcome and Paxton the sheepdog who couldn’t … . The Mouse of Gold and its sequel, The Fierce and Gentle Wolf have been translated into Arabic.

Established: 2006

Types of books published: Children’s full colour picture books

Submission details: We have a very limited list, and several new titles planned, so we’re not looking for story ideas at the moment. Illustrators are welcome to send samples of work for consideration for future projects.

Saraband

Saraband is an award-winning independent publisher of outstanding fiction, absorbing nature and place writing, important environmental debate and compelling life writing. We publish authors with deep knowledge of the culture, landscapes, wildlife, folk traditions and history in regions around the UK. Our fiction includes literary, historical and contemporary stories reflecting UK and international perspectives. From our inception, we have provided a platform for underrepresented and marginalised voices that are often overlooked.

Our authors include Graeme Macrae Burnet, Jim Crumley, Roy Dennis, Karen Lloyd, J.A. Mensah, Ewan Morrison, Stephen Moss, Donald S Murray, Chitra Ramaswamy, Amanda Thomson and Olga Wojtas. Collectively, these and others have won and been shortlisted for many prestigious literary prizes on local, national and international levels.

Established: 1994

Publications (yearly average): 15

Types of books published: Literary fiction and narrative non-fiction

Submission details:  Accept unsolicited non-fiction submissions, but not fiction. Submissions by email only.

Sandstone Press

Sandstone Press is an independent publisher based in Scotland, with an international outlook. We aim to publish thoughtful, intelligent and emotionally engaging narratives, both fiction and non-fiction, from unique voices, which engage strongly with the contemporary world.

Award-winning literature from an award winning publisher
Sandstone Press was selected as Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the year in 2014 and 2019, the first company to win the award twice, Nibbies Small Press of the Year in 2019, and short listed as IPG Trade Independent Publisher of the Year in 2020. Sandstone Press employees and authors have won or been listed for many prizes including Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year, the International Booker and Booker Prizes.

Sandstone Press is represented by Inpress Books, with eBook distributed by Faber Factory.

Established: 2002

Publications (yearly average): 25–30

Types of book published: Fiction and non-fiction

Submissions: See the website www.sandstonepress.com

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.

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.

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.