Unlike most other companies that will offer to publish your book, we are discerning. Your book is important to us, but we will only take on books and ebooks that we feel are good from a content point of view. In practice, this means that we turn down around 25% of the fiction and poetry titles we are asked to publish. We also don’t believe in producing books with poor production standards. So if you are looking for a company that will just print what they are given, no questions asked… that is not us. We are looking for quality of content and quality of presentation… both of which are essential if a book stands a chance in a tough commercial world. As a result, Matador has been ranked as the best self-publishing company by the Independent Publishing Magazine in its Publisher Service Index, above Amazon KDP, Smashwords, Kobo and IngramSpark and 80 other companies evaluated by the magazine.

At Matador we've been publishing books for more than twenty years. Everything from a few copies of a book published for personal satisfaction through books in all genres that their authors want to sell locally, nationally, even internationally… we have extensive experience in taking manuscripts (and their authors) through the publishing process. Our experience is put to good use in a collaborative arrangement with our authors, because we believe in working with you to achieve the best possible publication. We want you to be satisfied with your book, so we work with you every step of the way.

From ebook publication and distribution worldwide to Print On Demand book publication, from a few hundred copies of a book to many thousands, Matador has unparalleled experience in production. But far more, we have a retail trade and PR marketing department that can actively promote your book or ebook; and we have real bookshop distribution (including a sales team) for books, and full international distribution for ebooks.

For authors whose work we are happy to publish, we undertake as much or as little of the publishing process as required. From design, typesetting and printing through to marketing and distribution (direct and through our sales reps, Star Books, and our distribution chain and PubEasy membership); our aim is to publish a book that you are proud of... and then to get it sold. We offer a range of publishing, marketing and distribution services to authors, which include:

  • Advice… we’re honest about the options you have as an author!
  • Book production, from manuscript through to printed book
  • Ebook production, from manuscript through to ebook formats
  • Active marketing to retailers and the media, for both books and ebooks
  • Book distribution through high street bookshops or using Print On Demand (POD)
  • Ebook distribution worldwide through our unparalleled network.

Matador is part of Troubador Publishing Ltd, so all of our self-publishing authors have the knowledge that their book is in the hands of an experienced, professional publishing house with in-depth industry knowledge and contacts.

Guide to Self-Publishing
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Why not find out more about the extensive range of author services that we offer?

Matador is a friendly, approachable service where advice is readily available and freely given. We are happy to talk to you about your work, whatever stage your manuscript is at, with no obligation (or hard sell!) at all.