We have over 30 years of experience producing quality books for authors looking to publish their work to the highest possible standard. We use the same design, production and printing processes as mainstream commercial publishers in the UK, ensuring that our authors get the best quality printed book possible that looks right at home on bookshop shelves, giving it the best chance of selling.
While nobody knows your work better than you, a copy edit and/or a proofread can ensure that your work is presented in the best possible way…
A copy edit involves checking through your manuscript to look for errors in spelling, grammar, sense and consistency. A proofread ensures that your manuscript is correct from a grammatical and spelling perspective.
We have a skilled in-house editorial team working on our authors’ manuscripts, making sure they are of the highest quality. You get to approve any changes made during the copy edit and proofread processes before publication.
The look of your book is crucial in ensuring it is of the same standard as a commercially published book. Text design and typesetting are central to this…
When you look at any two books on your shelf, you'll notice how the appearance of their text is different. So how do you decide what font to use, what size, how large the pages should be and what makes the page pleasing to the eye? Text design is an art form which should not be overlooked. We design your book's text and ensure that you're happy with that design before typesetting begins.
Typesetting is the process of page layout, where we place images and lay out the text to give it that professional polish. Then we send you the typeset proofs to check and approve.
While a book cover is not the only important design element of a book, it is the thing that will catch the eye of readers first...
We have skilled in-house cover designers who can design your book's cover from scratch, using either your own images or by sourcing photographs or illustrations for you.
Our cover design process is collaborative, where you can either bring the ideas and our professional designers can turn those into cracking covers, or you can leave it to us to get inspired by your book and produce a sparkling cover that will help sell your book.
It may not be the most exciting part of an author’s self-publishing journey, but an ISBN and its associated metadata are crucial to getting books into retailers and discoverable by readers…
An ISBN enables a bookshop to identify a book's publisher, and thus be able to order it. We supply ISBNs under our Troubador imprint for books published in the UK, or we can source an ISBN for you if you wish to publish under your own publishing imprint.
How do booksellers know your book is available? They use bibliographic databases run by companies such as Bowker and Nielsen, which supply metadata to bookstores. Troubador supplies enhanced bibliographic data through an industry-standard Onix-3-based system, giving our books the widest possible chance of being found. We also hold a BIC Basic and Digital Tick award for the quality of our data, helping us sell more books for our authors.
Finding and working with an illustrator can be a complicated process for an author to navigate alone. With our illustration service, we do the heavy lifting and you get the illustrations you want for your book…
Utilising our network of talented illustrators, we will work with you to match you with the perfect illustrator to bring your vision to life. We can cater to most styles of illustration and will work to ensure that the end product you receive is of the highest possible quality.
Following a briefing with a Troubador team member, we’ll select an illustrator from our network that most suits your requirements and we will manage the administration of the process from start to finish. Alongside facilitating the creation of the illustrations themselves, we will ensure that you retain the full copyright of those images to use as you wish in your future work.
The process of printing can be a minefield. Printers vary in the equipment they use, and costs can be wildly different. An author working alone can struggle to know which quote is best for them...
We use a wide range of printers in the UK, each with its own strengths and specialisms, so we can take over that lengthy hunt for the right printer at the right price. We can also advise on the correct form of printing and distribution bearing in mind your aims in self-publishing.
High-quality ebook and audiobook publishing and distribution worldwide through ebook and audio retailers including Amazon, Apple, Everand, OverDrive and Spotify.
A full range of active trade, retail and media marketing services to get your book in front of trade buyers and talked about in the media.
Start a no-obligation conversation with one of our publishing experts to discuss what your self-publishing goals are and how best you can achieve them.