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.

Over 30 years of experience.

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.

The company aims to provide authors with a range of publishing options, with an emphasis on quality of production, marketing, distribution and customer service. We pride ourselves on offering good honest advice based on many years of experience in the publishing field.

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 and the Environment

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 2005, all of the waste paper that we produce has been sent for recycling, and certified as being destroyed to comply with the Data Protection Act. We also work 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), to minimise our impact upon the environment.

For all authors who publish with Troubador, we will plant a tree, which offsets 0.3 tonnes of CO2, helping to minimise our impact on the environment as a business and combat climate change. We’ve partnered with More Trees to plant trees where they are most needed in projects around the world.

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