Managing Director

Jeremy Thompson,
Managing Director

Jeremy has over 30 years experience publishing, having worked for Elsevier, Wiley, CUP and many other companies. He founded Troubador in 1996, publishing book lists in various subjects, and launched the Matador self-publishing imprint in 1999. Jeremy flies a light aeroplane, when the weather allows.



EBooks

Megan Lockwood-Jones, Ebook Manager

Megan has worked at Troubador since 2013, and now leads the Ebook Department. She advises authors at events such as the London Book Fair, the Self-Publishing Conference and at Matador Experience Days. Megan coordinates the publishing of ebooks and is a first point of contact for ebook authors.



Stephanie Carr, Publishing Assistant

Stephanie joined Troubador’s Ebook Department in 2016, where she works on the production and marketing of ebooks. She graduated from the University of Northampton in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in English, and worked as a Literacy Ambassador in local schools. Before joining Troubador she worked in credit control, and enjoys swimming, playing squash and reading in her spare time.



Andrea Johnson, Publishing Assistant

Andrea worked at WH Smith for eight years, running various departments including Children's Books and the Kobo Ereader department. She joined Troubador in 2017.



Production

Chelsea Taylor,
Production Manager


Chelsea joined Troubador in 2014 after graduating with a degree in English from the University of Leicester. Initially beginning in the Ebook Department, Chelsea moved on to roles in production, and is now Head of Production. Chelsea particularly enjoys cover design, and has given talks on the subject at numerous publishing events.



Jack Wedgbury, Production Controller

Jack joined Troubador shortly after graduating from De Montfort University with a first class degree in Creative Writing and English Literature. He was awarded the Creative Writing Portfolio Prize for his final year project and continues to write in his spare time. Jack coordinates book production for The Book Guild, and specialises in cover design. He recently chaired the SciFi and Fantasy panel at the Triskele LITFEST.



Rosie Lowe, Production Controller

Rosie joined Troubador in 2016 as the Production Administration Assistant and was soon promoted to Production Controller. She coordinates the production process for many of our authors and specialises in cover design. Rosie graduated from De Montfort University with a degree in Media Communications and Film Studies.



Joe Shillito, Production Controller’

Joe started working at Troubador in 2016 after graduating from the University of Warwick with a degree in History. While at university, he also worked as a duty editor for OurWarwickshire, an online self-publishing heritage resource. He now specialises in typesetting. In his spare time he enjoys reading and writing, as well as playing trombone with a number of local groups.



William Kelly, Publishing Assistant

William studied for four years at the University of Leicester, graduating with a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History and an MA in Archaeology of the Roman World. Prior to joining Troubador in 2016, he worked in a number of customer service roles. William specialises in typesetting, co-ordinates amendments, and assists in cover creation



James Collier, Publishing Assistant

Before joining Troubador in 2017, James graduated from De Montfort University with a BA degree in Journalism and Media. He worked in a variety of customer services roles whilst working towards his degree, and currently assists in production department specialising in typesetting, amendments and style proofs.



Hannah Virk, Publishing Assistant

Hannah graduated from De Montfort University with a degree in English Literature. She worked in various customer service roles before joining Troubador in 2015. Hannah works closely with the initial enquires and production teams, and is experienced in self-publishing and partnership publishing. You may spot Hannah at writing events and fairs as she often attends to represent Troubador.

Operations Director

Jane Rowland, Operations Director

Jane has worked at Troubador since 1999, following a career in radio production. During this time she has held a variety of roles within the company, including Director of Academic Publishing, Editor of The Self Publishing Magazine and as the Marketing Manager, before becoming the Operations Director in 2013. Jane has ben commissioned to write about self publishing for a wide range of publications and websites including contributing the chapter on self-publishing to the Handbook of Creative Writing (Edinburgh University Press), Writing for Writers’ and Artists’ Website the BookMachine Blog and Writing Magazine. In 2017 she contributed an article to the Kingston University Press title: Snapshots IV - which explores contemporary issues in publishing.


Marketing

Jonathan White, Sales and Marketing Manager

Before joining Troubador in 2017, Jonathan worked for many years, and in many different roles, within the book industry. Before moving over to publishing he ran several different major bookshops in London. In the publishing world he has worked for OUP, Chrysalis Books, Anova Books and Phaidon. Having finally managed to move out of London he is hugely enjoying living in the countryside, and enjoys cycling in the Vale of Belvoir.



Jasmin Elliott, Marketing Controller

Jasmin graduated from the University of Leicester with a degree in French and English. She lived in Lyon, France for a year as part of her course. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, playing the guitar and learning new languages.



Alexa Davies, Marketing Controller

Alexa graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in English and Classical Studies. She joined Troubador in 2016 as a Marketing Controller before moving into the role of Social Media Controller in 2017. Alexa now runs Matador’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, and carries out Social Media Marketing on behalf of authors.



Emily Castledine, Marketing Controller

Emily graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from Sheffield Hallam University. Before joining Troubador, she interned at various publishing houses in London in their marketing and publicity departments, including Hodder & Stoughton and Atlantic Books. She has also worked in events as a Conference Assistant for a scientific company. Emily likes living in the countryside, enjoys running, and writes her own short stories in her spare time.



Editorial and Customer Services


Lauren Bailey,
Group Customer Services Manager


Lauren has worked at Troubador since 2011 after graduating with a degree in Journalism. Originally trained as a copy editor, Lauren has held a variety of roles including Editorial Manager. Lauren manages the submissions team at Matador, as well as handling quotations and publishing contracts. Her past experience also includes working for an independent children’s bookshop, which started her ambition to work in the publishing industry.


 

Hannah Dakin, Customer Service Assistant

After leaving college, Hannah worked in a variety of customer service and sales roles for several years, before joining Troubador in 2017. In her spare time she enjoys socialising and reading.




Katherine Ward, Editorial Assistant

Katherine has worked at Troubador since graduating in 2015, where she left the University of Leicester with a First Class Honours degree in English. Katherine works as a copy editor and proof reader for the Matador self publishing imprint and coordinates all of the editorial services at Troubador.



Hollie Dodson, Office Administrator

After studying at college, Hollie worked as a Receptionist and Clinical Assistant at an Optometrists for nine years. She joined Troubador as Receptionist in 2016, and was promoted to Office Administrator shortly afterwards, making sure the office runs smoothly.


 

Distribution

Sam Copson, Distribution Manager

Sam spent ten years working in manufacturing, undertaking several roles from project management to warehouse supervisor, before joining Troubador in 2010. In his spare time he likes painting and cross country running.



Emily Dakin, Reception

Before joining Troubador, Emily worked as a senior sales advisor, where she developed her passion for providing excellent customer service. In her spare time she enjoys reading and cooking.

Contact Troubador

Troubador Publishing Ltd
9 Priory Business Park,
Wistow Road,
Kibworth Beauchamp,
Leicester
LE8 0RX
T: 0116 279 2299

Email: enquiries@troubador.co.uk

Troubador Offices and Warehouse
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Payments to Troubador

If you wish to make a payment to Troubador for an invoice that has been issued, as a deposit or payment for services, then you can do so in the ways outlined below. (If you are ordering books in our online bookshop then payment is taken at the bookshop's checkout as part of the ordering process.) Payment by electronic bank transfer is preferred as that involves no bank fees to you or us, so in order or payment preference:

Bank transfer: payments may be arranged by bank transfer to our bank. Our bank details are as given on your invoice, or please request these from us by emailing books@troubador.co.uk. Note that if you make an international payment to us then any bank charges from your bank should not be passed on to us. Please give your name or invoice number as reference.

Debit card: payment by debit card may be made either by telephone (please call Reception) or via our online payment portal (see below). 

PayPal: payments may be made online through your PayPal account if you have one, or you can pay online by credit or debit card this way even if you don't have a PayPal account. Please ensure that you give your name or invoice number as a reference when making your payment. If you wish to pay via PayPal through your own PayPal account, then our PayPal account is in the name books@troubador.co.uk.

Cheque: cheques should be made payable to Troubador Publishing Ltd and sent to us at the address above. Please quote your invoice number if you have one, or make it clear what the payment is for in some other way. Note that cheques can take up to a week to clear, so payment received in this way may cause a delay.

Credit card: please telephone with card details if you wish to pay by credit card. Do not email card details for security reasons. We accept all major credit cards excluding American Express. Note that credit card payments for amounts over £1000 are subject to a 4% surcharge to cover the large credit card company fees involved; debit card payments or payment by bank transfer or cheque do not carry any surcharge.

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The Company

Troubador has been publishing books since the late 1980s. The company was first founded as University Texts, changing to Troubador Publishing Ltd in 1996 when the publishing focus expanded. The Troubador Italian Studies books series started in 1990, and has become established as the UK’s leading books list in this area.

During the early 1990s, the company concentrated on trade publishing for major international STM publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, and many others.

In the late 1990s, the Matador self-publishing imprint was launched, along with an academic journals programme, the T2 non-fiction imprint, an Emerging Communications (EmCOST), Communication Ethics and Social Justice book imprints.

Troubador sold its academic journals to Emerald in 2008 and, until 2009, ran the journal editorial offices for several CUP, CRL Publishing and Elsevier journals. Since 2009, we have expanded again, moving out of journal publishing and building on our own book publishing programmes.

Our Matador self-publishing imprint has gone from strength to strength, and is now widely recognized as the UK’s leading self-publishing services supplier. Troubador launched the quarterly Self-Publishing Magazine in 2006, and started the annual Self-Publishing Conference in 2012.

The company moved to its current offices in Kibworth in September 2010, having outgrown our previous offices. The move has brought administration, editorial, design and dispatch into the same premises as well as giving us larger pick and pack facilities and better meeting facilities. In 2015 we acquired additional warehousing premises next to our existing building.

In 2015, Troubador started the Indie-Go services website for independent authors, and in mid-2015 purchased The Book Guild Ltd, which it runs as a separate company.

We always welcome prospective or current authors at our offices, which are located in a very accessible village between Market Harborough and Leicester (both of which are served by good rail links). There is plenty of on-site parking, and Kibworth has lots of good restaurants and pubs if you fancy making a day of it!



Troubador, the Environment and Privacy

We are all too aware that publishing books has an impact upon the environment. The amount of waste paper that can be created during the process of creating a book is frightening. That's why we took the decision in 2004 to try to minimise the environmental impact that our company's activities have.

Since the start of 2005, all of the waste paper that we produce has been picked up and sent for recycling. In addition, it is certified as being destroyed to comply with the Data Protection Act. We are also working with our various print companies to ensure that all stocks of paper used in the manufacture of any of our books are from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sources (see http://www.fsc.org/), in order to minimise our impact upon the environment.

Troubador Publishing is also registered with the Data Protection Registrar, so all of our clients -- be they authors, book buyers, journal or magazine subscribers -- have the assurance that their personal details will not be passed on to third party companies. We pride ourselves on ensuring that any personal information we hold is kept personal.

In addition -- despite the obvious opportunities -- we do not accept any advertising on any of our web pages, as we feel that this impinges upon the integrity of our service offering to all.

For further information on the company's environmental policy, please contact the Managing Director.



Job opportunities at Troubador

Careers: If you are interested in perusing a career at Troubador Publishing and would like to know about any current opportunities, then please contact Hollie Dodson (books@troubador.co.uk). If there are no current vacancies, we can notify you should something become available.

Internships: We do offer paid internships at the company - to find out about any current opportunities, or to join the waiting list, drop us an email.

Freelance: We use a number of specialist freelance editors and illustrators as particular jobs demand. If you wish to be included on our database of freelancers, please email details to Hollie (see above