Publishing Scotland has launched an inaugural international fellowship programme and relaunched its Books From Scotland website.
Senior publishing figures from the US, Canada and across Europe have accepted invitations to visit Scotland from Monday 24th-Friday 28th August where they will meet writers and publishers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.
The inward trade mission will run after funding help from Scottish Development International and Publishing Scotland, with Emergents helping to facilitate relationships.
Publishers signed up so far include Peter Borland from Atria, Simon and Schuster, USA, Claire Wachtel from Harper, USA, Sarah MacLachlan from House of Anansi, Canada, Eduardo Rabasa from Sexto Piso, Mexico, Halfdan Freihow, from Font Verlag, Norway, Enrico Racca from Mondadori, Italy, Markus Naegele from Heyne, Germany and Lina Muzur from Aufbau, Germany.
The aim of the fellowship programme is to facilitate relationships, rights selling and exposure of Scottish books to an international market.
The scheme has been announced at the same time as Publishing Scotland revealed a re-launch of its Books from Scotland website.
The new platform curates around 8,000 Scottish books “in a way which simply isn’t available elsewhere,” Publishing Scotland said.
The new website will feature books by Scottish publishers, written by Scottish authors or of Scottish interest, whereas other websites throw up suggestions with Scotland in the book title when they are searched for.
The new magazine format site will be channel neutral, Publishing Scotland said, linking to independent retailers and established on-line booksellers.
To celebrate the launch leading Scottish authors, Janice Galloway, Chris Brookmyre and Kirsty Logan have provided their top 10 Scottish books which Publishing Scotland will be tweeting at the time of the launch with the hashtag #ScottishTop10Books, with readers encouraged to join in.
Marion Sinclair, c.e.o of Publishing Scotland, said: “The Scottish publishing market is a mature one, but it is also one that needs to develop on an international scale. We have established several initiatives to help the industry promote itself to the international market over the years and we are starting to see positive effects: BooksfromScotland.com is a showcase for the best of Scottish books, and the inaugural International Fellowship Programme sees visits from influential editors from North America, Central America and Europe to experience the best of what the Scottish literary scene has to offer.”