DINGWALL publisher Sandstone Press has again been shortlisted as the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year, having already been named last year’s winner.
Also shortlisted are 2013 winner Saraband from Glasgow, Edinburgh’s Black and White Publishing and children’s book and adult non-fiction specialists Floris Books, Luath Press, which has also recently relocated to the capital, and a second Glasgow company, Freight books.
Established in 2013 and supported by Creative Scotland, the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the Scottish publishing industry.
This year’s winner will be announced as part of the Saltire Literary Awards ceremony on Thursday 26th November and will receive £4000 to assist their business in its further development.
The judges also have the option to award a commendation to a second shortlisted publisher, accompanied by prize money of £500.
The shortlist was drawn up by a judging panel including representatives of Creative Scotland and Publishing Scotland alongside a number of stalwarts from the Scottish publishing industry.
Since winning the Saltire Publisher of the Year award in 2014, the panel recognised the ongoing commitment of Sandstone Press to expanding diversity in Scottish literature via the publication of translated titles and its use of new marketing methods.
"The purpose of this award is to celebrate and support the recent achievements and future ambitions of Scottish publishers," Saltire Society Executive Director Jim Tough said.
"We are looking for companies that can demonstrate innovation and boldness, strong relationships with authors and readers, a successful and effective business strategy, proven success in entering new markets and high production values.
"Once again, this year’s shortlist is very strong and demonstrates the huge diversity within the Scottish publishing industry in terms both of scale and style. My congratulations to everyone shortlisted for this year’s award and I wish them all the very best of luck as we await the announcement of the winner later this month."
Sandstone Press managing director Robert Davidson was delighted to be shortlisted again.
"It has been a particularly difficult year in the book trade generally, but we have managed to stay ahead of the curve with such brilliant books as Keith Partridge’s The Adventure Game and Ronnie Browne’s autobiography, That Guy Fae the Corries," he said.
"Almost as I write we have Clifton Bain’s The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland going out of the warehouse, to be immediately followed by Jennifer Morag Henderson’s biography of Josephine Tey.
"Since both Jennifer and Josephine (actually Elizabeth McKintosh) are (or were) residents of Inverness, this books works for us both locally and internationally. The Saltire Society has been doing great work for the country with these awards for many decades. For us to be listed in consecutive years is a signal honour for us and serves to increase our enthusiasm and energy in the service of readers everywhere."