It’s not often that Amazon is beaten into second place, but that’s exactly what has happened in the self-publishing sector. Matador has been ranked as the best self-publishing service provider, knocking Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) off the top spot for the first time, and being rated ahead of big names like IngramSpark, Kobo and Smashwords by The Independent Publishing Magazine (see: www.theindependentpublishingmagazine.com/2018/11/publishing-service-index-november-2018-with-notes.html).
With over 25 years in the industry, Matador, part of Troubador Publishing Ltd, offers authors a range of self-publishing services, from editorial and production, marketing and distribution to ebooks and audiobooks. As the UK’s most widely recommended self-publishing services provider, Matador has moved up to the top spot in the Independent Publishing Magazine’s Publisher Index, which rates self-publishing companies on measures such as customer feedback, the quality of books published, the range of services and the quality of customer service.
The Independent Publishing Magazine produces a ‘Publisher Service Index’ twice a year, in which it independently ranks over 80 self-publishing companies worldwide. Matador have consistently been in the top three of the rankings for five years, alongside the industry ‘big boys’, but in November last year they took the coveted top spot for the first time.
‘We offer a bespoke and high-quality self-publishing service, with a wide range of options for authors, with a team of 24 committed professional staff and a strong emphasis on customer service, quality and producing books that are indistinguishable from those published by mainstream publishers. We are delighted that we have been recognised as the top choice for self-publishing authors serious about their writing and publishing projects. We’ve been helping authors for over 25 years and the publishing landscape has changed significantly since then, so we are thrilled to be at the forefront of helping authors produce and sell quality books. We’ve always been one of the most highly recommended companies, but now it’s wonderful to be recognised as such by an independent industry source too.’ comments Jeremy Thompson, Matador’s Managing Director.
Matador publishes over 600 new titles a year for self-publishing authors, but also offers bookshop distribution and trade and media marketing to its authors. The company is selective in what it takes on for self-publishing, preferring to concentrate on quality rather than quantity. Matador is part of Leicestershire based Troubador Publishing, an independent UK publisher offering a range of publishing options to authors. They also organize a range of events for authors, including the annual Self-Publishing Conference (April 27th 2019)