Written by Philippa Iliffe on September 27, 2021

Suhail Aziz, the author of Breakthrough: Memoir of a British-Trained Bangladeshi launched his book at the Royal Air Force Club, Mayfair, London on the 4th of September.                

Here, he shares his speech from the day:

“I am very pleased to see you all here this afternoon. I extend a very warm welcome to all of you: my family members, my friends who I have known for many years; friends I made since my wife passed away: the bereavement group from St Christopher’s Hospice, the …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on September 20, 2021

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

Opening a new book can mean a wealth of different things; diving into a new world with an exciting story and compelling characters to get stuck into, to expanding your knowledge in a particular area with the benefit of a specialist's expertise.

If you can think of a subject, there will be a book of some kind that exists about it, and the possibilities that that opens up to readers is endless.

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on May 28, 2021

Sales & Marketing Manager Jonathan White attended the IPG Spring Conference, which this year was a digital event. Here he reports back on how it all went.

Troubador is part of the Independent Publisher’s Guild (IPG) which we find hugely beneficial as a way of keeping up with all that is happening in the publishing world. Twice a year the IPG holds conferences for its members. Since the start of the Pandemic, these have had to move to be online events, but they have still happened and are still a great way …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

It would seem obvious that authors are great at writing wouldn’t it? Well, yes. They’re fantastic at writing stories; creating a whole new world and a host of entertaining characters that readers just can’t get enough of. But, working closely with authors on the marketing and publicity of their book, we know just how difficult writing marketing copy can be – it’s a whole different ball game and one that authors can often struggle to get to grips with.

So, what exactly is marketing copy? Marketing copy can be anything from press releases to email pitches, and from a blurb …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

Editorial Coordinator, Hayley Russell, writes about her favourite female writers and the importance of the stories they tell:

Recently I’ve been enjoying historical novels about heritage and history, and the female authors that I’ve been reading are fantastic at showcasing the history of a country and intertwining that with their characters, creating a richly human perspective of a culture.

Homegoing was the first novel I read along these lines. It’s a brilliant novel from Ghanian-American author Yaa Gyasi which follows the descendants of two half-sisters. The half-sisters are separated in the eighteenth century, with one sister sold into the slave trade …

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