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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.

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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How I Got Published: Self-Publishing

June 11, 2016 | Blog

“You’ll never be taken seriously as an author.”

“If you self-publish, you’ll never be accepted by a traditional publishing house.”

These were just a small selection of the comments I received when I was thinking of self-publishing my debut novel Girl Gone Greek. To be honest,

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How I Got Published: Traditional Publishing

June 11, 2016 | Blog

I always wanted a “publishing deal”.

I started writing in 2004; a time when self-publishing was in its infancy. I had read The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen and was hooked. I read she was a doctor who loved writing and realised anybody could try it.

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TLC Blog: 20th Birthday and Welcome

May 31, 2016 | Blog

This is an exciting moment in TLC history. We are celebrating our 20th birthday this year (2016) and as part of our celebrations we are introducing our first official blog. Please bear with me while I give a bit of background to those who do not know us, and welcome to you all.

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