• Estelle Maskame shortlisted for a Romantic Novel Award 2016

    Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame has been shortlisted in The Young Adult Romantic Novel Award of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards. This category features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults. The teenage author is from Peterhead and built up a huge following on Wattpad before being published by Edinburgh-based Black & White Publishing (see The Guardian 25 June 2015).

    Fern Britton, television presenter and author, will present the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Awards for 2016 during a glittering ceremony in London on 7 March.

    The awards comprise six categories - Contemporary Romantic Novel, Epic Romantic Novel, Historical Romantic Novel, Romantic Comedy Novel, the RoNA Rose Award (for shorter and category romance) and Young Adult Romantic Novel - with five authors shortlisted for each one.

    The winners of the six categories will be announced during the evening and those six authors will then go forward to compete for the overall prize of The Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Fern Britton will then reveal the author whose book has won the RNA's most prestigious and coveted award, along with a cheque for £5,000 (five thousand pounds).

    For the full shortlists, see the RoNA website.

  • Laura Nicol Shortlisted for Best Newcomer Award

    A massive congratulations to our Press Officer, Laura Nicol, who has been shortlisted for the 'Best Newcomer of the Year' for her work on the publicity campaign of Did I Mention I Love You? By Estelle Maskame at the Publisher's Publicity Circle annual awards.

    The Best Newcomer award is sponsored by The Bookseller Association and the PPC Award for Hardback Non-Fiction is sponsored by Waterstones. The full shortlists can be found on the PPC website.

  • New Sales Representation Arrangements

    From 1 March 2016, Black & White Publishing has new sales representation arrangements for the UK. Distribution remains with Grantham Book Services (GBS).

    UK sales are now handled by Publishers Group UK (PGUK), excluding Scottish independents which will be handled by Daiden O’Regan at Black & White Publishing.  In Ireland and Northern Ireland, we will continue to be represented by Gill Hess Ltd.

    Full sales and distribution contact details can be found on our website at:

    Should you have any further questions, please get in touch with Daiden O’Regan, Sales Account Manager (

  • Her Sister's Gift Blog Tour

    Her Sister's Gift Blog Tour

    Join us for the blog tour for Isabel Jackson's stunning debut, Her Sister's Gift from 15-22 February! Keep checking back every day for a new review or feature on the book.

    Her Sister's Gift is the debut novel from Isabel Jackson, and was runner-up in our Sunday Mail Fiction Competition in 2015! A tale of family tragedy and the struggle to let go of the past,Her Sister’s Gift is a heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting debut.

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    For more information about the book, and to read a free preview, click here.

  • Advent Calendar Competition Winners

    Congratulations to all of the winners of our 2015 Advent Calendar competitions. All of the winners have now been contacted and have claimed their prizes.

    14 December – Horace the Haggis – Debbie Ruppenthal

    15 December – F**K Up This Book – Julie Hancock

    16 December – Dogs in Snow – Rachel Collins

    17 December – Knit Your Own Britain – Cristina McDowall

    18 December – Bake with Maw Broon – Sarah Tilley

    19 December – The Gruffalo in Scots – Pamela Robertson

    20 December – WTF: Why Parents Should Never Text – Russell Hide

    21 December – The Herald Diary 2015 – Elizabeth Cowley

    22 December – The Broons/Oor Wullie Calendar & Diary (5 Prizes) – Sue Harrison, Rachaell Maclennan, Chris Burgess, Michael Lomazow, Elizabeth Bevins

    23 December – Lullaby Girl / The Ballroom Café – Tanya Phillips

    24 December – Glen Avich Series – Kayley Hill

    Grand Prize: Kindle Fire – Firstname Surname

  • Irvine Smith QC

    We are very sad to learn of the passing of the remarkable Irvine Smith QC. He was a man of real substance and a joy to work with. Our condolences to his family.


    Law Life and Laughter, A Personal Verdict; Irvine Smith QX
  • Free Handpicked Book with Every Order

    Free handpicked book with every order

    For days 11-13 of our advent calendar (11th to 13th December), we have a very special treat in store! With every order through our website, we will send you a free additional book we think you may enjoy based on your purchase!

    And the good news is, with this promotion, if you order £20 or more of books you can also still claim 20% off your purchase by simply signing up to our newsletter, and you will be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning a Kindle Fire Tablet! More information on how to claim your discount can be found here.

    Please note that the free book may be sent separately to your other items, and will not appear on your order confirmation. Free items are non-returnable, but if you return your main item, you must return the free book in an as new condition.

  • Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Commendation

    We're delighted to have received a commendation at this year's Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Awards, alongside fellow Edinburgh publisher Floris Books. A huge congratulations to the winners, Freight Books, and all of the other shortlisted publishers.

    More information on the 2015 Saltire Society Literary Awards can be found here.

  • Christmas Gift Guide

    Are you as excited as we are for the upcoming holiday season? We have a whole lot of Christmas inspiration for you, whether you’re already fretting about what gifts to give all those people who never seem to know what they want, or just want to get into the spirit!




    Dogs just love the snow; it’s a fact. This wonderful collection brings dogs from all walks of life together, big and small, long and short-haired, to enjoy themselves in the wintry weather! Experience a whole new d’aww moment every time you turn the page – dog catching a Frisbee in snow? Check. Dog standing up in snow? You got it. Dogs hugging in snow? Nothing has ever been so cute. Dogs shovelling snow? No, of course not, they’re too busy playing in it!



    We’ve all been there. ‘There’s been a horrible accident. LOL Mum.’ These are the kind of mistakes made every day when a parent gets hold of a mobile phone. WTF is perfect for anyone with a particularly text-phobic mum or dad, so they can share in the tragic hilarity of them falling prey to autocorrect, misusing internet slang, or forcing them to fake-laugh at dad jokes.



    Colouring is cool. Inside the lines, outside the lines, in black and white or colour. What makes colouring cooler? Colouring Scotland, that’s what. Create and Colour Scotland lets your imagination run free as you colour in beautiful Scottish scenes, recreate some of Scotland’s famous faces and animals, create your own tartan and fuel any suspicions you might have about the existence of the Loch Ness Monster as you make your own fingerprint Nessie. Colouring and Scotland have never been more creatively intertwined!




    You know those people who get angry when you borrow a book from them and give it back with one tiny bend in the spine? Yeah, this book is definitely not for them. This destructive therapy book works by encouraging you to take out all your frustrations and angst on it – run it over, tear it to shreds, take a hammer to it, answer its annoyingly insightful questions and feel all that stress melt away. Want to see a dog doing it? Of course you do.

  • Black & White Shortlisted for Saltire Society Publisher of the Year

    We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s annual Scottish Publisher of the Year Award for 2015!

    The panel commended Black & White for their strong editorial focus and good digital marketing practices.  The panel also noted that Black and White had a good understanding of their target readerships and audiences.

    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. Organised by independent charity the Saltire Society as an integral part of its annual programme of awards and events, the Award aims to recognise and promote the work of Scottish publishers as a critical component of Scotland’s modern literary landscape.

    The shortlist includes last year’s winner, Dingwall-based Sandstone Press alongside 2013 winner Saraband, based in Glasgow. Also featured on the list are a trio of Edinburgh based publishing companies including Black & White Publishing, founded in 1999, children’s book and adult non-fiction specialists Floris Books and Luath Press, originally established in 1981 in the heart of Burns country but more recently relocated to the capital. The list is completed by Glasgow-based Freight Books, a relative newcomer to the Scottish publishing market, set up in 2001.

    This year’s winner will be announced as part of the Saltire Literary Awards ceremony on the 26thNovember.

    More details on the awards and all of the shortlisted publishers can be found here:

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