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Extremis Publishing is an independent publishing house based in the heart of Scotland which is dedicated to producing the highest quality of non-fiction in the subject areas of the arts, media and culture. We are committed to the delivery of a publishing programme which is innovative, original and wide-reaching.

Founded by brother and sister publishing team Tom and Julie Christie in 2015, Extremis Publishing sources and promotes new writing by its authors with the goal of reaching a readership both in the United Kingdom and throughout international markets. We are dedicated to building the company’s portfolio of texts as we diversity our catalogue of publications.

In September 2021, Extremis Publishing was named Independent Publishing Company of the Year at the Scotland Prestige Awards 2021/22, presented by Corporate LiveWire. The judging panel based their decisions upon criteria such as service excellence, quality of the products provided, innovative practices, value, ethical and sustainable methods of working, and consistency in performance.

Extremis Publishing regularly gives public presentations throughout Scotland, and often takes part in Q&A sessions about the work of the company as well as arranging author events and book signings throughout the year. The company also produces a monthly podcast and frequent video features, using a multimedia approach to promote our authors and their work worldwide.

‘Julie and Tom Christie embrace the world of writing, publishing and blogging with relish, and their positive attitude is contagious. It has been nothing but a pleasure working with them.’
Edward Small, Lecturer in Creative Writing and Public Engagement Officer, The University of Dundee.

 ‘Extremis Publishing can help every writer. They know every aspect of the publishing business, from commissioning to sales promotion.’
Dr Elspeth King, Director Emerita, The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

 ‘Absolutely no doubt that Scotland has some rare talent: Tom and Julie Christie are living proof, and seeds hopefully of a new Age of Enlightenment for us – at least north of Edinburgh. Extremis Publishing is a professional and highly competent Scotland-based publishing enterprise.’
Robert A. Cairns, Managing Director, Heart 200 Scot Ltd.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), was founded in 1923 as the Scottish Country Dance Society by Jean Milligan and Ysobel Stewart, who wanted to preserve country dancing as performed in Scotland.

The RSCDS publishes Scottish country dance books, music books and music recordings as well as a biannual magazine for members. It also collects dances from living memory as well as from old (17th – 19th C.) manuscripts and republishes them in a series of books. Today, the catalogue exceeds 200 titles, including music and eBooks.

The RSCDS has around 10,000 members worldwide with a central office located in Edinburgh which includes an extensive Archive of materials related to Scottish country dance and music.

Arkbound is a publishing social enterprise based in Glasgow. Their aim is to support authors from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds to get their voices heard, especially for writing that covers important social and environmental themes. They are one of the very few publishers to actively support people from disadvantaged backgrounds and all of their proceeds go back into the Arkbound Foundation charity.

Since 2015, they have published a range of books in fiction and non-fiction. Their published books are diverse and feature authors from across Scotland, the UK and beyond. New book submissions are always welcomed – they are particularly interested in publishing work that has a social or environmental message of some kind, by people who would otherwise face difficulties getting published simply by virtue of their background.

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.

Knight Errant Press is a queer, intersectional micropublisher.

They saw a definite lack of distinctly queer publishing and decided to step up. We want to empower writers to write more openly and more queerly and to not shy away from drawing on and portraying experiences that are important to them simply because the majority of the publishing is failing to represent them in their full glory.

Knight Errant publishes a variety of work – fiction, poetry, flash fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and comics. They are particularly keen on short form and on work that is intersectional and challenges literary genres and societal norms.

Their ultimate aim is to bring to the world more stories written by, from and about LGBTQIA+, BAME/POC, working class folk, people with disabilities as well as migrants and the displaced.

Leamington Books’ current list profiles both alternative and mainstream voices; Lesley Storm, poet and performer; Jim Ferguson, performer, dissenter and one of Scotland’s most powerful working class voices; as well as republishing the works of Scottish literary figurehead, John Herdman.

Rymour Books is a small but fast growing publisher of, primarily, titles of Scottish interest. Their books have received excellent reviews and been nominated for awards, and in the short time since its formation it has established a growing reputation, attracted grants from, for example, The Doric Board, and worked 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, have published works by Spike Munro, Kirsti Wishart and Calum Smith which have been enthusiastically received.

Jasami Publishing takes talented new writers on the journey to becoming published authors. By publishing a myriad of genres Jasami offers a stellar variety from contemporary writers; From Scotland these include a crime writer, poet, photographer, and children’s author. While, England offers our youngest teen talent with a fantasy series, as well as an artistic illustrator in both fantasy and children’s books. Internationally, from Zambia a children’s author as well as a fantasy writer.

Our titles include a Scottish crime series from a different view, Scottish mystery, photographic book (with a twist) to excite the imagination; fantasy titles which will transport the reader to unearthly and mystifying worlds; poetry for reflection and contemplation; as well as anthologies to thrill and entertain in those brief moments of quiet.

Jasami is dedicated to publishing titles that give voice and opportunity for the fresh, modern, talented writer.

Frontline Noir, founded in 2008, is a publisher of current affairs and recent history titles covering controversial topics and events, often written by people who were participants or otherwise affected. Our aim is to ensure such subjects are given a human and personal touch as often such important events are viewed without due appreciation of the human story. Based in Aberdeenshire.

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

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

In 2020 they 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 their 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.

The name SP SQUARE builds on Squaw Pies, SQUAW to honour the indigenous blood of their 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 their work.

Quality Chess is the world’s leading publisher of high-quality chess books. Ranging from books for beginners to books used by and endorsed by World Champions, Quality Chess puts its stamp of quality on every aspect of the production, from conception to the final print. Since 2019 Quality Chess has branched out into other aspects of publishing, starting with children’s books.

The Gaelic Books Council (Comhairle nan Leabhraichean) is the lead organisation with responsibility for supporting Scottish Gaelic authors and publishers, and for raising the profile and reach of Scottish Gaelic books in Scotland and internationally. It is a registered charity (registration number: SC025026), funded by Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and its own book sales, with a board of nine trustees and a paid staff of five. The Council provides publication grants (paid to the publisher) for individual Gaelic books submitted before publication and operates a scheme of commission grants for books as yet unwritten. Its bookshop in Glasgow and website (www.gaelicbooks.org) stock all Gaelic and Gaelic-related titles in print. A free editorial and advisory service is also available.

Publisher of European comic books in Gaelic and Scots, as well as in other Celtic languages.

DC Thomson is one of the leading media organisations in the UK. Our headquarters are in Dundee but we also have offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and London – in the world-famous Fleet Street. We publish newspapers, magazines and have diversified into new media, digital technology, retail, radio and books.

Our Group includes global genealogy company Findmypast, leading IT business services provider Brightsolid, premium gifting business Wild & Wolf, multimedia studio Beano Studios and, alongside DC Thomson Media, magazine publishers Puzzler Media and The Stylist Group.

DC Thomson is often called the Home of Annuals as we have been publishing annuals for over 80 years and our portfolio includes best-loved titles connected to our newspapers and magazines: The Broons and Oor Wullie, Beano, The People’s Friend – to name just a few. We have also recently started publishing non-fiction books and graphic novels using material from our archives.

Clan Books publishes Walking Scotland – a series of books written by Mary Welsh. Christine Isherwood, artist and walking enthusiast, now helps with the research and creates the detailed maps and illustrations.

The series has proved increasingly popular over the last few years. For a modest price, readers can select from routes ranging from the simple stroll to the exhilarating high-level ridge walk.

The publisher is happy to respond to queries about titles in the series already available, and about further planned volumes for future publication.

The Wee Book Company Ltd wus incorporated in 2018 wi’ the aim o’ producing quality, modern non-fiction Scottish humour an’ children’s fiction. We’re a’ aboot the funny but we underscore wur books wi’ messages o’ love, positivity, confidence an’ resilience. Aye, it’s important tae us tha’ laughter an’ love go haund in haund.

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.

thi wurd began in 2006, a Glasgow based publisher, dedicated to quality fiction. It owes its name to the generosity of Tom Leonard, who agreed thi wurd could take its name from one of his poems.

From the beginning, thi wurd has aimed to be an outlet for committed writers and artists. It has published magazines and anthologies of new writing since 2012, and since 2019 has been publishing new work by James Kelman.

thi wurd is supported by an editorial team, and has strong links with other independent publishers across the UK. Its calendar of events, and open submissions policy, has helped in the discovery and liberation of original voices, and it continues to be an outlet for great art.

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.

Forthcoming books from Scotland 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.

Sainted Media create family friendly books and apps for a global community. Their mission is to create beautiful digital products for the whole family to enjoy. In the fulfillment of their mission they work with the best talent in the world, from recent graduates to international broadcasters.