If you’re a first-time author in Scotland who has written your maiden book, or if you’re an established author in Scotland who has just completed another book, and in either case are looking for a publisher close by, this post is especially for you.
Below we’ve put together a list of 13 top Scottish publishers accepting submissions.
Continue reading to learn about who they are, the genres of books they publish and how you can submit your manuscript to them.
This is an independent press based in Edinburgh and founded in 2015 by author Francesca T. Barbini. They are a member of Publishing Scotland and have housed many top-sellers, like One Cog Turning by Anthony Laken and The Forever Man by Allen Stroud. They are looking for similar works of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy. They would also accept academic non-fiction on the subject.
They have plenty of contests and accept submissions year-round, and you can see which genres they are accepting submissions in at which time period here. For general submissions they ask you give them a paragraph about you and your writing experience, as well as your social websites. They would also like that you write the title of your work, how many words it has, and which of their projects you think your work is the best fit for. Send it all in the body of the email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1973 and based in Edinburgh, Cannongate’s very beginnings were tied to one successful title – Lanark by Alasdair Gray. It was an early milestone for the company, and a renowned piece of prose, the kind that they are still looking to publish today. They have also housed a number of best-selling titles, like How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb, The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and are a go-to publisher for many public personalities like presidents, comedians, politicians etc. Submit by mail to: Canongate Books Ltd, Submissions, 14 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1, 1TE. Include a synopsis, three sample chapters and a cover letter. For more visit their submissions guidelines.
3. Luath Press
Established in 1981 and based in Edinburgh, Luath Press is a project by Tom and Rene Atkinson. They are most known for Luath Guides Series, Mountain Days and Bothy Nights. They are a renowned name in descriptive guides through some of the most visited parts of Scotland. They are looking for a variety of genres, and are interested in anything well-written that is worth reading, but preferably in relation to Scotland. Send them a clear synopsis of up to 250 words ,which genres would you consider your work to be a mix of, sample chapters or manuscript, a short bio, and any other information you consider relevant. Send to: Luath Press Ltd. 543/2 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND, United Kingdom, or to: email@example.com.
Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999 by Campbell brown and Alison McBride It is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They have housed some of the best books by some of the most well-known and brilliant writers, like Richard Gordon, James Robertson and Estelle Maskame. They are looking for titles in the vain of the aforementioned, in non-fiction, biography, humor and sport. The only fiction they will consider is young adult and children’s. They ask that you write them a covering letter with a little bit about yourself, and what makes your work special. Either send them the first three chapters, or 30 pages of your manuscript in this submissions form.
5. Floris Books
Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland and founded in 1976. There are the leading children’s publisher in Scotland, and have housed such diverse authors from Elsa Beskow to Kelpies and the works of Astrid Lindgren. They are looking for similar children’s fiction, usually for kids aged 6-10, and non-fiction for adults with a bend towards spirituality, holistic living, alternative medicine etc. If you think this is the publisher for you, they ask that you send them a synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript to: Children’s Editor OR Non-Fiction Editor, Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh EH11, 1SH, UK.
6. Birlinn Ltd.
This company is based in Edinburgh and was founded in 1992 by Hugh Andrew. Today, it has many imprints under many names, but its most famous one, Birlinn, is your best bet as it accepts the widest variety of genres and titles. If you are wondering what they are looking for, your best bet is to refer to their titles: The Little Book of Scottish Rain by Tim Kirby and Ardnish Was Home by Angus MacDonald. Any quality works of fiction, non-fiction and/or poetry will be considered. Post a synopsis and three chapters of your manuscript or half a dozen of poems and mail it to: Submissions (Fiction), Submissions (Non-Fiction), OR Submissions (Poetry) Birlinn Ltd, West Newington House, 10 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9, 1QS.
DAP is based in Edinburgh and was founded in 2000. It publishes academic titles across disciplines. They are a member of Publishers Scotland and Publishers Association. They have housed titles like: The Norns in Old Norse Mythology by Karen Bek-Pedersen, and A Systems Approach to Environmental Management: It’s not easy being Green by Tim O’Higgins and Mohammed Saif Al-Kalbani. It publishes authors and perspectives across the academic world, not just from Scotland. They are looking for works in the fields of geology, environmental sciences, Earth sciences and geography. If this is you, pitch them they need you to answer quite a lot of questions about yourself, the project, and the possible market. For their comprehensive set of demands visit their submissions guidelines, and follow them closely, as this is an academic publication.
Founded in 1957 and based in Edinburgh, Banner of truth is a non-profit charity organization. They have published popular titles such as: Marching to Zion by Rhett Dodson, and Is All Scripture Inspired? by Ryle, J.C. They are looking for Christian-themed books, either about Christian living, philosophy, history etc. If you think they are the best fit for you, feel free to visit their page and fill out their comprehensive submissions form.
Based in South Uist, Scotland, and founded in 2012, Thunderpoint Publishing has housed many acclaimed titles and authors. Some of their most popular titles are: The Birds That Never Flew by Margot McCuaig, and Huw Francis’ Mule Train. They publish both fiction and non-fiction, in the vein of the aforementioned authors. Submit by PDF format only to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each fiction submission should include a synopsis of no more than two pages, the first 40 pages, and a short bio, and a non-fiction proposals should have a two-page outline and a chapter list.
This book publisher was founded in 2005 and is based in Glasgow. They gained recognition soon after their conception, when they published two titles: Lee and the Consul Mutants and Lee Goes For Gold, both by a Keith A Charters, which won the first and fourth place on the children’s best-seller list. They are looking for similar titles to publish, either illustrated or no=illustrated fiction for children ages 5-8, and fiction for ages 8-12. Fiction for ages 7-10. They can be illustrated or non-illustrated. They will also take up YA, similar to Kirkland Ciccone‘s Endless Empress, Janne Teller‘s Nothing and Gillian Philip‘s Bad Faith.
Send them a submission to: email@example.com. State the genre, the age range, why you think it will stand out, what are some other similar titles, possibly by them, your version of the book blurb and the word count.
11. Fledgling Press
Fledgling Press was founded in 2000 by Zander Wedderburn in Edinburgh. Zander wanted to make sure that new and emerging voices in literature have a platform in which to flourish, and made it his mission to promote the new authors. They ended up working with award-winning titles, like The Darkest Walk and Life Behind Bars: Confessions of a Pub Landlady and The Darkest Walk. They will take up fiction, biography, poetry, historical and crime fiction. If you wish to submit your work, please send a synopsis and the first three chapters of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can mail them at: Fledgling Press, 39 Argyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH15 2QE.
12. Sandstone Press
Founded in 2002 by Robert Davidson and based in Dingwall, Sandstone Press is an independent publisher with a taste for international and diverse perspectives, and is looking fisrt and foremost for innovation. This is a number one thing they want from their authors. They have housed many literary works that gained them esteem, like The Tyranny of Lost Things by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Goldstein by Volker Kutscher and Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi – Winner of the 2010 Best Omani Novel Award. If you believe that your work would fit in well with these literary giants, query them at email@example.com.
Make sure to include a short cover email to introduce yourself and the work you are pitching. They ask that you attach the submission form, a synopsis, and no more than 5,000 words of the manuscript as a Word document. The manuscript sample must contain your first chapter. All attachments should be renamed so that they contain the title of your work, and also make sure to mention which genre you are submitting in.
Ringwood Publishing is based in Glasgow and is focused on putting out quality works of Scottish fiction and non-fiction, and they especially like it if the themes of their titles are around football, religion, money, sex and crime – things they consider to be specifically Scottish. Some of their most famous titles include The Full Bhoona –or, as it’s subtitled: History, Recipes, Memories from the Koh-I-Noor. This masterpiece was penned down by Amy Glasgow, and Jinx Dogs Burns Now Flu – a title by Alex Gordon. They are looking for both fiction and non-fiction similar to the aforementioned titles, so long as they find it has that Scottish spirit in it. In fact, in order to make sure that your work really does have that Scottish spark, they require all their authors be Scottish, either by birth, heritage or spirit !If you think this that your manuscript can find a home with Ringwood Publishing, they require you pitch them by sending a cover letter, details on how to contact you (preferably contained within the cover letter), your full name, address, ohone, email, and, of course, a brief synopsis or a sample chapter. You should send it all to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to review their submissions guidelines for more details on what they’re looking for, how to submit, and what to do to better your chances of acceptance (and lower the chances of ending up in spam).
Do you know of any other Scottish publishers accepting submissions? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
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