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In 2016, TLC’s 20th anniversary year, we launched a blog as a space for thoughtful and challenging pieces on all things writing, editing and publishing. If you’d like to pitch a piece, please email Aki Schilz on aki@literaryconsultancy.co.uk. We’d love to hear from you, and please feel free to comment on the blogs here.

Are Plays Literature?

June 01, 2017 | Blog, Other News

The above is a thorny question. If you ask it amongst writers they tend to get twitchy. Some might wonder if it matters anyway? It matters to me, as a playwright, to see the craft of playwriting treated with as much respect as other forms of writing. Plus my day job,

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My First Job in Publishing - Joe Sedgwick

April 01, 2017 | Blog

One year after being made a full-time member of staff at TLC, Joe Sedgwick, our Editorial Services Assistant, reflects on what he has learned in his first job in the publishing/literature development sector

What have you learned about publishing as an industry, since starting work with TLC?

I think the answer to this applies to all companies and industries,

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On Literary Fiction, and Literary Snobbery

March 01, 2017 | Blog | 1 comment

Recently I read an article dating back to 2014 where novelist and journalist Will Self posed the question “is the novel dead?” The inference being that literary works, unlike genre specific fiction, had not transitioned well into the age of digital media. Throughout the article, Self makes several valid and interesting points,

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Craft: Why It Matters

February 01, 2017 | Blog | 5 comments

I run a local writing group – Wear Valley Writers – and we’ve occasionally had new members who’ve turned up, said they’re poets, and read us a few of their poems. We’ve listened politely to their heartfelt navel-gazing odes to love, illness, death and general misery, filled with generic abstractions,

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The Tricky Question of Genre

December 01, 2016 | Blog | 5 comments

Emily Brontë never worried whether Wuthering Heights fell into New Adult or Adult, Jane Austen didn’t lose sleep about whether her tone was too literary for her target market. So, why are we so obsessed with identifying our ‘writing type’ before lifting a single key-tapping finger, and what does it mean for debuts just dipping the tip of their shiny wellies into the quagmire of genre-classification?

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Writing from the Periphery

November 01, 2016 | Blog | 2 comments

Writing is a lonely business, especially when you are a BAME poet writing from an island, far away from mainstream UK connections. Island life has its own idiosyncrasies; you are not able to fly off the rock that easily, in order to participate in UK literary festivals and events, you are part of a periphery of the literary centre.

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Types of publishing: Small and Independent Presses

September 01, 2016 | Blog

TLC Reader and co-founder of independent publisher Galley Beggar Press Sam Jordison sat down to talk with co-founder of Influx Press Kit Caless. Here they discuss the role of indie presses in the modern publishing landscape, risk-taking, and the role of the writer in the editing process. 

1) Where does a small publisher like Galley Beggar sit on a line with mainstream (Big 5) publishing houses at one end and self-published (and self promoted) books at the other?

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TLC Introduces: Davinia Andrew Lynch, Literary Agent, in conversation with Imogen Russell-Williams

August 02, 2016 | Blog

TLC Reader and children’s/YA fiction journalist Imogen Russell-Williams sat down with fellow TLC Reader, literary agent Davinia Andrew-Lynch. Davinia is the founder of Andlyn, an independent literary agency representing children’s and Young Adult fiction including picture book writers and illustrators. Imogen and Davinia discuss Davinia’s work as a literary agent and the current state of the children’s book market.

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TLC Writers' Day 2016 - 20th Birthday celebrations & TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition

July 04, 2016 | Blog | 1 comment

Saturday June 11th 2016

The speakers were sparky, the pitches gleamed, the cake was sumptuous.

TLC’s Writers’ Day drew a driven bunch of writers, creatives and industry pros to celebrate The Literary Consultancy’s 20th birthday with a breathless programme of publishing advice and writerly inspiration.

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