The Literary Consultancy, Editorial and Manuscript Services


TLC's readers combine decades of industry experience to provide writers with the feedback they need to move their writing projects forward.
TLC is the UK's first and leading editorial assessment service,

Manuscript Assessment

providing honest feedback and market advice for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, scripts and screenplays.


Chapter and Verse offers the opportunity for exclusive online tuition by an experienced mentor, a TLC read and Industry Day.
Online mentoring for writers wanting world class one-on-one tuition,

Chapter and Verse

for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories.

Writers' Day 2016

Come and learn How to Pitch, How to Publish and How to Market, and enter the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition

TLC Writers' Day 2016

Saturday June 11th, Free Word Centre
Come and learn How to Pitch, How to Publish and How to Market your work, with key industry speakers, and enter the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition

Literary Adventures

TLC's annual writing retreat to Casa Ana in Spain, with workshops led by acclaimed writers and tutors.

Literary Adventures

Find space, time and inspiration in the Andalucian mountains.
TLC returns to the idyllic Casa Ana for its Guardian-recommended writing retreat. September 10th - 16th 2016 with acclaimed novelist Jacob Ross.



  • Rhiannon Lewis

    “William was called away by one of the crew before he could respond. For a moment, Davy stayed at the rail watching the shadow…

  • Andrew Malcolm

    “I wanted to know if Martyn and Spry were involved at all. In a really tight group like theirs it’s hard to tell the…

  • Deirdre Shanahan

    "If it were not for the sun glinting on the pool of rainwater in the slight dip of the lawn, John would have thought…



  • Quality Writing for All Launch 2015

    TLC launched its Quality Writing for All Campaign in 2015. Hear from Director and Founder Rebecca Swift, novelist, publisher and TLC editor Jacob Ross, and TLC Free Read recipient, novelist Liam Brown.

  • Editing Matters: First Drafts

    'Editing Matters' is a series of podcasts from The Literary Consultancy and Free Word, for writers who want to further develop their manuscripts. Each week, we'll be looking at different aspects of the editing process,…

  • Editing Matters: The Myth of the Lone Writer

    In episode two of 'Editing Matters' we muse on the myth of the lone writer, and hear why even great writers need great editors. Our guest is Tom Bromley, a TLC manuscript assessor, editor, ghost…