For 40 years my friend from the post-war bomb-sites of Birmingham had an abiding ambition to become a published author.

Ever since eccentric Mike Leaver was paid to write a magazine article while living destitute on a derelict houseboat, he dreamed of being a wordsmith to fund his mountaineering expeditions.

That article led the editor to refer Mike, then 30, to meet a famous author at his home in the North Wales mountains. So inspired by the writer's way of life, he decided to emulate it by moving to Snowdonia himself.

But aspiring Mike was a part-time handyman living off-grid in …

Read more
Written by Philippa Iliffe on July 08, 2022

Editorial Controller Hayley Russell was recently invited to deliver a talk at Literaturhaus in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here, she recounts her experience of the trip.

It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to Copenhagen to give a talk to Danish academics in the publishing industry, organised by the Danish Association of PhDs and Masters, known as DM. I was asked to speak about the UK publishing industry and give attendees an insight into the publishing industry beyond Danish borders.

My talk covered a wide variety of topics, including the growing importance of the self-publishing industry in the UK and issues …

Read more
Written by Philippa Iliffe on June 21, 2022

The Independent Publishers Guild Spring Conference took place in Nottingham on the 8th and 9th June. Sales & Marketing Manager Jonathan White and Digital Manager Megan Lockwood-Jones attended the conference for Troubador. Here Jonathan shares his thoughts about this year's conference.

The IPG 2022 Spring Conference took place in Nottingham this year. This was the first time the conference was able to take place as a ‘live’ event since the pandemic, but it was also possible for delegates to attend virtually for those who were not ready or able to …

Read more

As part of Troubador’s continued commitment to supporting the community, we have partnered with two charities in 2022: LOROS, who we support via fundraising, volunteering, and donations; and the Leicester South Food Bank, for whom we act as a food donation point – as well as giving our staff the opportunity to volunteer in the food bank itself.

Helping local people in crisis, the Leicester South Food Bank provides three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to …

Read more

Without Let or Hindrance by Geoffrey Charin has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2022. 

Geoffrey’s book is a finalist in the Historical Fiction category in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The winners and finalists will be honored on the 24th June at a gala event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, coinciding with the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Without Let or Hindrance – Blurb

It’s the summer of 1938 and Veronica and her fascist …

Read more