Written by Emily Harstone February 9th, 2015

Black & White Publishing: Accepting Submissions

Updated August 2023

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1995 and is now one of the largest Scottish publishers. They currently have over 200 books in print. They are based in Scotland, but they are open to publishing work by authors of any nationality or geographical location. They are an established publisher; among the many books they have published is the “Scots” edition of the first Harry Potter Book.

They have good distributors, and they are starting to break into the e-book publishing world. They publish general nonfiction, biography, sports, and humor, as well as selected fiction, crime novels, young adult, and children’s books.

They are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts that are nonfiction. They say they re-open to fiction occasionally, but I have never seen them do this. They have published a number of established authors of various nationalities. Their covers are generally well designed and appealing.

The nonfiction they are interested in, includes the following:

  • celebrity memoirs
  • sports books (with a particular focus on the UK and Ireland)
  • lifestyle, humour, gift and activity books
  • food and drink titles
  • Scottish non-fiction
  • Irish non-fiction
  • nature and wild places

They prefer receiving submissions by email. Attach to your email (that contains a query letter) a detailed synopsis outlining the whole manuscript and the first three chapters or first thirty pages of your manuscript. Attachments should all be Word documents.

They try to respond to all queries within three months. If you have not heard from them by that time, you must assume that your work has been rejected.

To learn more about Black & White Publishing, visit their website here. To learn more about submitting work, visit their submission guidelines here.


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