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 - which we sold to Emerald in 2008. Until 2009, we ran the journal editorial offices for several CUP, CRL Publishing and Elsevier journals, before moving out of journal publishing and building on our own book publishing programmes.

Over 30 years of experience.

Since then the Matador self-publishing imprint has gone from strength to strength, and is now widely recognized as the UK’s leading self-publishing services supplier. Matador has established itself as a leading player in the market at the quality end of self-publishing (and is listed by The Independent Publishing Magazine as the best self-publishing company out of over 80 assessed). Matador publishes around 500 new titles per year. In 2013 Troubador started the annual Self-Publishing Conference at the University of Leicester, in its ninth year in 2023.

In 2015 Troubador acquired The Book Guild Ltd, which offers mainstream and partnership publishing options, and has since expanded the company’s publishing programme to 130 titles a year. The company employs 25 full time staff at its Market Harborough facility, and numerous freelance editors and illustrators.

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 industry. We always welcome prospective or current authors at our offices by appointment.

Troubador’s purpose-built office space includes fully-equipped meeting rooms, a large meeting space used to host a series of writing and publishing events, and a bookshop where titles from the company’s Matador, Book Guild and Troubador imprints are sold.

Mission and Values

Mission statement
From manuscript to market, working with our authors to publish and sell beautiful books – making publishing dreams come true.

Values statement
We work in partnership with authors to design, create, market and sell quality books across all formats, putting customers at the heart of what we do and using our expertise to give the very best publishing experience. We enjoy innovating and improving services to benefit our authors and are committed to educating through our events programme to help authors make the publishing choice that’s right for them.

Troubador and the Environment

We are all too aware that publishing books has an impact upon the environment. All of the papers used in our books are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, minimising our impact upon the environment. In addition, we plant a tree for every book that we help authors publish, through our partnership with More Trees. Each tree offsets 0.3 tonnes of CO2, helping to minimise our impact on the environment as a business and combat climate change. Since Spring 2021 we have planted over 200 trees.

We are further committed to reduce our impact on the environment through the use of solar energy (we have solar panels on our warehouse roof), recycling and reducing waste.

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

Troubador and the Community

We have partnered with two charities in 2022: LOROS, who we support via fundraising, volunteering and donations; and the Leicester South Foodbank, for whom we act as a food donation point - as well as giving our staff the opportunity to volunteer in the foodbank itself.

LOROS Hospice
LOROS provides free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers across Leicestershire & Rutland. Find out more:

Leicester South Foodbank
Helping local people in crisis, the foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. Part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. Find out more:

Visitors to our offices are encouraged to donate to either charity. If you’d like to learn more please contact our Operations Director.