Success Stories

The Literary Consultancy is very proud of the talented writers it has helped over the years. Whilst TLC did not set up as a talent scouting operation, but rather to provide informed editorial advice to people writing at all levels, we are well-positioned to keep a steady eye on real writing talent, whilst writing markets fluctuate. We have been instrumental in helping many writers find their place with publishers. We thought it would be of interest to potential clients to list some of the authors who have been published and hear what they have to say about TLC.

“The TLC read was a brilliant opportunity to get detailed and useful feedback. Evie Wyld’s report was comprehensive and thought-provoking. Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love has now sold in fifteen territories, and was selected as book of the week on Oprah.com after it was published by Penguin Press in the US.”

Sarah Butler, Ten Things I've Learnt About Love


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“Not only did I get candid, insightful and actionable editorial advice, but TLC also picked it out as a manuscript to pitch directly to agents – and my road to publication began. I cannot thank them enough.”

Tina Seskis, One Step too Far


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“TLC’s editorial advice was outstanding, as was their support through the traditional publishing environment, out in to self-publishing which seemed the best place for my hybrid memoir/inspirational business book ‘All you Need is Love.’ ”

Pete Smith, All you Need is Love


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“The most difficult thing to find as an unpublished author is an objective and authoritative opinion on the merits – or otherwise – of your work. The Literary Consultancy’s report made all the difference in gettingThe Golden Pig published.”

Mark Penny, The Golden Pig


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“Their comments were entirely supportive and constructive, all the way from detail to structure, and it was obvious that thought and experience had been put into them.”

Allan Hendry, Seeds of Destruction


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“Having my manuscript assessed by TLC was the best investment I’ve made in years. Christopher Wakling was absolutely brilliant. He sent me a report of incredibly helpful and encouraging comments”

Kerry Young, Pao


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“I owe a huge thanks to The Literary Consultancy. This book would not have been completed without Alan Wilkinson whose guidance, re-writing and all round incomparable brilliance turned my words from a muddled mishmash into something publishable.”

Barbara Want, Why Not Me? A Story of Love and Loss


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“I am convinced my book’s success is due to the down to earth, practical advice The Literary Consultancy gave me.”

Tony Booth, Cox’s Navy


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“Just about the best money I ever spent. The quality of advice I received from The Literary Consultancy was outstanding.”

Leaf Fielding, To Live Outside the Law


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“I sent my first draft to The Literary Consultancy for a critique and was really impressed with the insightful report I received. My reader pulled no punches; she thought the novel needed a complete restructuring – and she was right.”

Shelley Harris, Jubilee


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“I’m absolutely sure Rory’s Boys would never have been published without Sara Maitland’s expert assessment, constructive suggestions and, above all, enormous encouragement to keep working at it. It was worth every penny of the fee.”

Alan Clark, Rory’s Boys


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“The guidance I received from TLC at this early stage of my writing career has proved invaluable.”

Catherine Pearson, E. J. Rudsdale’s Journals of Wartime Colchester


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“The feedback I had from Alan Wilkinson about structure and presentation came at a time I was uncertain about how to proceed in the writing of a quite complicated book. The final structure owed much to your reader’s comments.”

Ronald Ram, The Thread of Identity


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“TLC introduced my work to agents and publishers on my behalf. I suspect no-one would have looked at it otherwise.”

Jenny Downham, Before I Die


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“TLC’s report was very honest and highlighted key strengths and weaknesses which can be overlooked whilst in the midst of writing. All in all, my report really helped me to stand back and simplify and clarify my writing, to give what is hopefully now a good and compelling read.”

Amanda Addison, Lost for Words


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“I had my children’s novel Edwin Spencer Mission Improbable critiqued by TLC (Kelly McKain) about five years ago. It definitely gave me the jump start I needed to get an agent, and I’m glad to say Edwin is being published by Catnip Publishing Ltd in January next year.”

Julie Irwin, Edwin Spencer Mission Improbable


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“TLC gave me the expert and impartial commentary needed by a first-time novelist to validate their work. Before the reader’s comments I had no way of knowing whether I could write, apart from my own hubris, and family and friends are not impartial. The reader gave me the confidence to send my book out into the world happy in the knowledge that I wasn’t deluding myself.”

Mischa Hiller, Sabra Zoo


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“The great advantage that an author enjoys when using The Literary Consultancy is the power of an objective and dispassionate view of his or her work from talented and knowledgeable people. The guidance and positive criticism I received from TLC played a major part in the market’s acceptance of The October Killings. I am truly grateful for the help given to me.”

Wessel Ebersohn, The October Killings


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“The immense encouragement and sound practical advice I received from The Literary Consultancy proved to be the bridge between the dream of being a published author and the reality of becoming one.”

Jim Powell, The Breaking of Eggs


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“The Literary Consultancy was beyond helpful in the writing of my novel, The Hidden Dance, and at a time when I most needed sage advice and encouragement.”

Susan Wooldridge, The Hidden Dance


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“I ran my pitch past Rebecca Swift at TLC, and thanks to her well-informed advice, I was able to get an agent and a publishing deal for my book incredibly quickly.”

Tom Feiling, The Candy Machine


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“TLC chose the perfect reader for my book. He provided an in-depth and sound critique, with constructive criticism that I could apply. Thanks to the invaluable advice, my book is now proving to be a hit with children and parents alike!”

Karen Andrea, The Enchanted Library


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“I re-read the MS, and, with the help of Anna’s excellent advice, re-wrote. When my agent sent the book off again, we secured a deal with Serpent’s Tail.”

Bethan Roberts, The Pools


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“The feedback from Sara Maitland (TLC) was invaluable and gave me the confidence to begin considering myself as a writer.”

Valerie Mason John, The Banana Kid


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“Your best friends won’t tell you, agents and editors no longer have the time to tell you but, if you’re brave enough to ask, TLC will tell you what is wrong with your novel.”

Angela Young, Speaking of Love


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“As I read the advice from Alan Wilkinson it was quickly apparent that he got what I was trying to say. He was clear and perceptive with his comments and honest in his rejection of what did not work. This helped me tune my own editorial sense, and the result, according to the reviews, was a book worth writing.”

Peter Webb, Ice Bears and Kotick


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“Thanks to the Arts Council and Spread the Word, a TLC read made me aware of my ‘writing ticks’. I really appreciated having someone pay serious attention to my work. I still use the advice I was given.”

Chrissie Gittins, Family Connections


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“I am awed by your reader’s philosophical, novelistic and teaching skills. I can’t thank her enough.”

Y. J.M Bonavero, Something in the Sea


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“Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, with which TLC gave me excellent editorial help, sold 30,000 copies to the consumer in hardback. Your fine and necessary service made it possible for me as a novice to write a bestseller.”

Terry Darlington, Narrow Dog to Carcassonne


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“Editorial acumen and wisdom is difficult to find, and TLC possesses both. My first novel has found its way onto Waterstone’s Summer Reads list and it would have not got there without TLC.”

Nick Taussig, Love and Mayhem


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“I would like to thank TLC for making my book publishable.”

Pam Smart, Who’s Afraid of The Teddy Bear’s Picnic


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“I found it invaluable to receive a thoughtful and perceptive report on the strengths and weaknesses of my novel from a professional whose opinions I could trust.”

Christine Coleman, The Dangerous Sports Euthanasia Society


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“TLC’s feedback motivated me to keep going with my first novel, which is now on the bookshop shelves!”

Helen Salter, Does Snogging Count as Exercise?


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“Macmillan have commissioned my fourth children’s book in the Jammy Dodgers series. Without The Literary Consultancy’s help with the first book I would never have got this far.”

Brenda Sivers Bowering, Jammy Dodgers series


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“If it wasn’t for TLC, my novel just wouldn’t have made it.”

Heather Reyes, Zade


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“I think it’s fair to say that I owe my career to TLC, editorially and financially. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services to anyone.”

James Flint, Habitus, 52 Ways to Magic America


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“Thank you for your kindness and encouragement and for choosing such a perfect reader.”

Norman Thomas, The Thousand Petalled Daisy


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“TLC’s report and recommendation enabled me to secure an excellent agent and a superb two book deal.”

Kim Lloyd, Erskine’s Box


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“TLC turned out to be a soothingly apt acronym. Becky Swift discussed the book with me, then sent it to a reader. I spent the months that followed rewriting and adding to it on the basis of the lucid insights and recommendations in the reader’s report. A publisher subsequently made an offer and gave me a contract after reading only two chapters.”

Gloria Cigman, Exploring Evil: through the landscape of literature


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“TLC was invaluable to me for my novel. I wouldn’t dream of sending a completed novel to my publisher without having TLC look at it first.”

Prue Leith, Leaving Patrick, Sisters, A Lovesome Thing


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“Thanks to TLC I got an agent . . .”

Max Kinnings, Hitman


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“Many thanks to your excellent consultancy for its invaluable contribution to making this possible.”

Michael Richardson, The Pig Bin


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“It is no exaggeration to say that The Literary Consultancy’s advice and encouragement was invaluable to me when I was writing my first novel, Isabella. It’s always useful to have feedback on your work but with TLC you know that it is from professionals who really know what they are talking about.”

Fiona Mountain, Pale as the Dead, Isabella


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