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Andrew Sharp, Rights Professional

Publishing Rights professional with a proven track record of success and 24 years’ experience. Founder of Sharp Rights publishing consultancy and formerly group rights director for Hachette Children’s Group.  Sharp Rights publishing consultancy offers a range of services covering rights, editorial and contracts with a focus on commercial and strategic opportunities within the book industry.

I have worked with publishers in pretty much every rights market during my career, have experience selling to special sales customers in the English language markets and was the digital director responsible for establishing the digital offering for Hachette Children’s Books from 2012 until 2016.

Services offered include:

  • Selling sub-rights and coeditions
  • Assessing the commercial viability of new projects
  • Optimising the potential of backlist projects
  • Consultation on publishing and rights strategies
  • Research into specific markets and potential new areas of publishing
  • Proof reading and copyediting
  • Training on various aspects of the publishing industry, including sub-rights and coeditions, negotiation, acquisitions, and contracts
  • Refinement of systems and processes, and reviewing resources
  • I’m open to suggestions on any bespoke projects I might undertake

Prepress Projects

Company overview: We produce books, reports, journals and magazines for publishers and public sector organisations. We specialise in science, medical and humanities publishing and, in addition to clients in the UK, we have clients in many other countries around Europe and further afield. Our staff have extensive experience of managing print and digital projects from raw copy to final publication. We are resourceful and able to put together a team of knowledgeable editorial or production staff to meet the needs of unusual projects.

Clients include: Audit Scotland, BMJ Publishing Group, eLife, Environmental Protection Agency Ireland, European Environment Agency, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, European Spatial Planning and Observation Network, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, National Institute for Health Research, Office of the Auditor General and Ombudsman of the Cayman Islands, Publications Office of the European Union, Royal Society, Scottish Natural Heritage, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, United Nations Population Fund, UN Women, World Organisation for Animal Health and World Health Organization.

Services offered: We provide a full publishing project management service including editorial office management, copy-editing, design, typesetting, illustration, proofreading, indexing and XML creation. We can also provide technical writing and copy-writing, science/technology journalism, picture research and print and distribution management services.

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

Rymour Books

Rymour Books is a small but fast growing publisher of, primarily, titles of Scottish interest. Our books have received excellent reviews, been nominated for awards, and in the short time since Rymour’s formation we have established a growing reputation, attracting grants from, for example, The Doric Board, and working in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library, The Royal Scottish Geographical Society and others.

Rymour Books are committed to supporting new writers and first-time authors and, in this category, we have published works by Spike Munro, Kirsti Wishart and Calum Smith which have been enthusiastically received.

People: Ian Spring, Ruby McCann

Established: March 2020

Publications: 12 per year average

Types of books published: Poetry, ficton, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, academic, historical, anthologies

Submission details: Please refer to Rymour Books JOIN US page