As part of #ScotLitFest, we’re hoping to shine a spotlight on not just the authors, but the publishers in Scotland with a five point guide. Today, we’ll be looking at Black & White Publishing.
The who, where, what and why.
Edinburgh-based Black & White Publishing are one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers, with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Their list ranges from fiction, young adult and children’s to non-fiction, biography, sport and humour. Recent e-book sales successes like Daniela Sacerdoti’s Glen Avich series, with over a million sales, have opened a new path for digital expansion, and increased access to a world wide audience.
You may know them for publishing…
The Gruffalo in Scots by Julia Donaldson (translated by James Robertson)
Did I Mention I Love You? trilogy by Estelle Maskame
Artefacts of the Dead and more by Tony Black
Don’t Be Afraid, Set Me Free and more by Daniela Sacerdoti
Mr Mingin & Billionaire Bairn by David Walliams (translated by Matthew Fitt)
What’s unique to them?
Through their award-winning Itchy Coo children’s imprint they’ve published nearly 60 books in Scots and its regional dialects, showcasing both original material from the likes of Alexander McCall Smith as well as bestselling translations of Julia Donaldson, David Walliams and Roald Dahl. They’ve also partnered successfully with DC Thomson, publishing The Broons and Oor Wullie books, calendars and diaries, achieving particular success with Knit Your Own Broons, and Bake with Maw Broon. Their review copies of books tend to come with an added flair, and they are keenly involved with book bloggers and regular blog tours as a way to involve people in promotion of their books.
Claim To Fame.
On top of an award-winning roster, Black & White received a commendation at the Saltire Society Literary Awards in their 2015 Publisher of the Year category. Press Officer Laura Nicol was also shortlisted for Best Newcomer at the Publisher’s Publicity Circle Awards this year for her work on Estelle Maskame’s DIMILY trilogy.
Due to recent successes in both print and digital B&W are expanding their fiction list. To further this aim, they’ve brought on Fiction Commissioning Editor Simon Burke (formerly of Faber) and YA Publishing Assistant Megan Duff. They are also expanding further into the Irish market, with a second book, The Judge’s Wife, from bestselling Irish journalist-turned-author Ann O’Loughlin out this summer, as well as other stellar Irish fiction from Caroline Barry, Adrian White and Caroline Grace Cassidy. They will also be publishing Sara Sheridan’s On Starlit Seas in July.