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Martins the Printers

Martins the Printers is an independent family-owned book printers with a history dating back to 1892. They have operated from Berwick-upon-Tweed, in the North East of England since this time. In the 1950s the company started to concentrate on its book publishing connections and has remained dedicated to book printing ever since.

Most of their turnover comes from major international publishers, where, without exception, they have a close working partnership based on successful trading together. Of course, they also work with smaller publishers and welcome new business.

Over recent years, the company has made significant investment in pre-press, presses, folding and binding to meet increasing customer demand and to give rapid turnaround times with excellent service.

They now print in full colour or black and white both on litho utilising CTP or on the latest digital presses. All binding and finishing is performed on site.

Booksellers Association

The Booksellers Association represents and promotes retail bookselling in the UK and Ireland and encourages best practice and excellence. Their membership ranges from bookselling chains like Waterstone’s and Blackwells, to supermarkets, academic booksellers, wholesalers, school and library suppliers, Christian and children’s booksellers and over 1100 independent bookshops.

The BA provides a wide range of products and services, ranging from National Book Tokens and the payments clearing system Batch.co.uk, advice and information on legislation, trade and retail matters, a free Business Support Helpline, marketing initiatives for the industry, such as World Book Day, and also for specific sectors, like Independent Booksellers Week.

They keep a close eye on developments in technology, and have a raft of advice and information on ebooks and all the technologies that underpin the 21st century book trade.

The BA’s website has a Bookshop Search page, where you can find all the bookshop members of the Booksellers Association in the UK & Ireland. You can search all members, or by a range of filters. You will find helpful information about all bookshops listed, as well as website and telephone numbers. You may also be interested in their Bookshop Search App, which you can find on both the Apple Store and for Android devices too.

ThunderPoint

ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd publishes high quality fiction, in paperback and ebook format, that inspires and enthrals.

The Peat Dead by Allan Martin was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland MacIlvanney Debut Scottish Crime Prize 2019. The Birds That Never Flew, by Margot McCuaig, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and Toxic, by Jackie McLean, was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize.

ThunderPoint titles are distributed by Bertrams.

Established: 2012

Publications (yearly average): 3

Types of book published: Fiction

Submissionswww.thunderpoint.co.uk/contact

Salamander Street

Salamander Street is an independent publisher specialising in theatre and performance, run by staff with nearly two decades’ worth of experience in publishing.

Founded in Leith, Salamander Street’s first published book was a dual volume of Peter Arnott’s Tay Bridge and The Signalman.

Other books include the first collection of plays from Glasgow’s A Play, a Pie and a Pint, an anthology of plays from The Village Pub Theatre in Leith and an oral history of legendary Glaswegian venue The Arches by Kirstin Innes.

As well as script publishing, Salamander Street actively promotes and administers the amateur rights to its plays.

Established: 2019

Publications: 20–30 per year average

Types of books published: Contemporary drama and play scripts, theatre-in-education, theatre biography and history.