Blog

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.

The Art of Letting Go, or The Strange Case of the North Surrey Gigantopithecus

January 03, 2018 | Blog, Other News | 2 comments

When novelist and TLC reader Ashley Stokes set out to write a short story, he was overtaken with a madcap story about a shouting man named Kevin, and a beast lurking in a London suburb. The story became a novel. Then, everything changed. After all the hard graft, experiments,

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Finding Your Voice through Poetry: A Conversation between JJ Bola and Jamal Mehmood

December 01, 2017 | Blog | 1 comment

We’ve been lucky enough to have writer, poet and Associate Member of Spread the Word’s Flight 1000 scheme, JJ Bola helping out in the office recently, as part of the scheme offers three London-based aspiring publishing professionals from a background underrepresented in publishing 1000 hours over a year of training,

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An Agent of Change

November 01, 2017 | Blog | 2 comments

Launching The Ruppin Agency earlier this year was a logical step for me. But it was more than just working out how best to use my experience. There are many excellent literary agents out there, so I need to be different. And that difference comes from what I’ve come to understand about not what is published,

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The Power of Words: Trick(s)y Language

October 01, 2017 | Blog

Dedicated to Rebecca Swift – who told me to be brave and to make every word choice count.

On speaking plainly…

We’re constantly reminded of the power of words. Case in point, following this summer’s tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, President Donald J Trump chose to include the phrase “on many sides,” when first called upon to condemn the violence and open displays of bigotry.  

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Being a Writer: Six Pieces of Advice

September 01, 2017 | Blog | 1 comment

 

Over the past year, Travis Elborough and I have been putting together a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite authors about the business of writing. We pored through old diaries and interviews, read memoirs, blog posts and newspaper articles, and asked some of the writers we know to share their thoughts,

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Literary Values: a Legacy, and a Commitment to the Writers of the Future

July 26, 2017 | Blog, Other News

This excerpted speech was originally presented as a keynote at the National Writers’ Conference on 10th June 2017 at the University of Birmingham, hosted by Writing West Midlands. The speech can be accessed in full at the Writing West Midlands website here

 

 

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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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