Mentors for SYP Scotland’s Mentorship Scheme

Posted on September 28, 2020 in Scotland

This week each SYP branch announced their mentors for the upcoming mentorship scheme.
On the 23rd it was the turn of the Scotland team. Below are just some of our mentors volunteering their time this year.
If you are based in Scotland, you could be paired with one of the mentors listed below. Applications open on Monday 28 September and close at 11:59pm on Thursday October 8. Details on how to apply will be available on the SYP homepage soon.
But for now, let us introduce you to our first batch of mentors taking part in the 2020 SYP Scotland Mentorship Scheme…
Rosie Howie
First up is Rosie Howie, Senior Publisher at Hodder Gibson. Rosie joined Hodder Gibson – Scotland’s leading educational publishing house – as Publisher in 2018. Rosie has led the Gibson editorial team to produce a fantastic array of new books, acquired some exciting new publishing for the Scottish curriculum and, has on-boarded the popular TeeJay Maths list following acquisition in 2019 publishing resources from Early Level, right up to Advanced Higher and further education. She previously worked at Bright Red Publishing in Edinburgh where she was Publishing Manager, working directly with the owners to commission and produce new resources for Scottish schools.

Katalina Watt
Katalina Watt is Audio and Online Assistant at Canongate Books, with previous roles in Audio for Little, Brown Book Group and bookselling and events for indie bookshops. She is Podcast Director at khōréō, a speculative fiction magazine elevating immigrant and diaspora stories, and an author Longlisted for Penguin WriteNow 2020. She holds a degree in English Lit from The University of Glasgow and an MSc in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier.

Alice Hamilton-Cox

Alice Hamilton-Cox is Sales Executive at Sandstone Press. After completing her joint-honours undergraduate degree of English and History at the University of Aberdeen (MA), Alice went on to get her masters in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling. She joined Sandstone Press in 2018 and is now their sales executive, where she builds and maintains relationships with booksellers, reps and distributors.

Leah McDowell

Leah McDowell is Art & Production Director at Floris Books. Leah is an award-winning book designer and art director who is passionate about opening up the publishing industry to aspiring designers and illustrators, and developing their talent. She leads the Design & Production team at Floris Books in Edinburgh, an independent publisher of award-winning Scottish children’s books.

Emma Hargrave

Emma Hargrave is Editorial Manager at Black and White Publishing. Emma’s role includes the editorial management of manuscripts: liaising with authors, agents, freelancers, designers and colleagues throughout the publishing process to create high-quality titles. As an editor Emma is dedicated and resourceful with a keen attention to detail and commitment to authors and readers and is particularly passionate about independent publishing!
Ann Crawford
Ann Crawford is Publisher at the National Galleries of Scotland. Ann studied Publishing at Napier and has worked in non-fiction throughout her career. Main genres have been maps and guides; dictionary and reference; academic; spirituality; art. Ann’s publishing experience is with HarperCollins, Chambers Harrap, Edinburgh University Press, Saint Andrew Press, Birlinn, Muddy Pearl and National Galleries of Scotland, and is a member of the Board of Publishing Scotland.
Joanna Lord
Joanna Lord is Head of Audio and Online at Canongate Books. Joanna has worked at Canongate for almost six years, and runs their audiobook list as well as managing all online and digital sales, including Amazon, Apple, Audible and Book Depository. Canongate Books’ audio publishing has expanded significantly in recent years and they have recently published some backlist gems, such as Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain and Scarlett Thomas’ The End of Mr Y., in audio for the first time. as well as producing more of their new titles as audiobooks than ever before. Prior to Canongate, Joanna ran the Guardian’s online bookshop, so also has experience of e-commerce and direct-to-consumer marketing.
Megan Reid

Megan Reid is Assistant Editor at Canongate Books. She joined Canongate in 2016 and works closely with the Publishing Director on his titles. In 2019, she co-founded the Nan Shepherd Prize to find new voices in nature writing.

Fiona McGlade is Associate Publisher at Collins Learning. Fiona started her career as an editorial assistant at Leckie in Edinburgh and has worked as a development editor, commissioning editor and publishing manager in London, mostly at HarperCollins. As Associate Publisher, Fiona has strategic publishing responsibility for 3 lists in Collins: Home Learning, Collins Primary Revision and Leckie primary. In addition, Fiona works on special projects such as adaptive learning, audio and license publishing.
Please continue to check back on SYP Scotland’s Twitter for further mentors and details of applying!