Blog

In 2016, TLC’s 20th anniversary year, we launched a blog as a space for thoughtful, non-promotional 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.

How Funding Can Provide Vital Access Support for Marginalised Voices

May 01, 2019 | Blog, Other News
As a writer myself, I understand how a publisher’s rejections can be debilitating. As a freelance creative writing practitioner, I get frustrated when vocational learners report back that they feel there are limited opportunities to pitch their writing.
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Why Writers Need a Business Mindset

April 01, 2019 | Blog | 2 comments

A steep learning-curve

As well as writing all my life, I’ve also spent all my working life in education, in some form or another. This meant that when I left my full-time teaching job a couple of years ago, I didn’t have first-hand business experience. In fact, I regarded business skills with the same suspicion that many creative people I know exhibit.

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“I’m a Writer, capital W [ignore what’s below the waist, please]”

March 01, 2019 | Blog | 2 comments

I’m often asked how I manage to do so much, or receive glowing compliments about being a “such a trooper” and the amount of achievements accomplished in the five years since I started writing. There are no easy answers and many variables that a physically disabled writer with a degenerative spinal and auto-immune joint disease has to contend with.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing

February 01, 2019 | Blog | 1 comment

‘I’m looking for someone to proofread my book.’

When a freelance proofreader or copy-editor receives an enquiry along these lines, the first thing we’re tempted to ask is, ‘Are you sure that’s what you’re looking for?’ What we actually ask, if not in so many words, is what they mean by ‘proofread’.

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Tales from TLC Mentoring: Pitching Your Work to a Room of Peers

January 01, 2019 | Blog

Saturday 27th September 2018. Farringdon. Everywhere the plant of brick on brick, where screaming cutting machines scythe through the clank of construction. We are all builders here, a collection of mentees constructing our stories with the help of The Literary Consultancy. Ensconced in The Free Word Centre, we met, swapped experiences and heard from industry professionals,

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Journey Into Sound: Writing for Radio

December 01, 2018 | Blog, Other News, TLC Talent

A few weeks ago, at a writing event, I heard again those familiar and chilling sounds that pursue me wherever I go, never still, never ceasing in their torment. On this particular occasion they issued from a spectre sporting Roosevelt glasses and a baseball cap. Whilst this literary phantom is a serial master of disguise,

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The Joy of Journaling as a Writer

November 01, 2018 | Blog

My journaling adventure began officially on the 28th day of the second month of the year 1986. And like that first sentence my first entry spelled out a seemingly unnecessary amount of information that involved birthdays, family names and rooms. I was eight years old.

I don’t know what possessed me to pick up a biro that day and begin my relationship with the written word,

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Stepping Stones to Success

October 01, 2018 | Blog | 1 comment

Stepping Stones to Success

When I first started writing, I thought there were three steps to getting published:

  1. Write a novel
  2. Get an agent
  3. Get a publishing deal

Sounds easy when you put it like that, and they are the three big steps,

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Raising the Visibility of Women in Non-fiction

September 01, 2018 | Blog, Other News, TLC Talent | 1 comment

The Literary Consultancy is delighted to be supporting The Thinking Woman’s Writing Award, set up by author Kate Jegede. Applications will open 14th September for the Award, which will gift a free full manuscript assessment to a woman writer writing a non-fiction work with a philosophical theme. The winner will also receive a free year-long membership to the RSA’s coveted Fellowship scheme, 

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Always Another Twist – Journeys, Outlooks & Curves in the Path

August 01, 2018 | Blog

It’s a hot day when I finally emerge from the forest, sunlight and shadow leaves dripping from me. I look back and see the path’s curves that I didn’t notice while I was walking. My start point’s there, the finish and my route in between…

I cycle and walk a lot – to keep fit and also for inspiration,

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