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 .

We’d love to hear from you, and please feel free to comment on the blogs here.

Rejection: The elephant in the writing room

October 01, 2021 | Blog

It can take us weeks, months or years to birth a new piece of writing; work that means the world to us and which we hope one day might mean the world to others too.

We move from idea to realisation, following inspirations and urges along the way until we have what looks like a novel or a story,

...
READ MORE

Moving with the Times: the evolution of a literature festival

September 01, 2021 | Blog

The birth of StoryTown, a literature festival whose home is the Wiltshire town of Corsham, was in 2018. For a good while, the town council had wanted to host a festival which played to the many creative strengths of the town, from the home of the prestigious BathSpa University MA courses,

...
READ MORE

How to Write Your First Page

August 04, 2021 | Blog

Mslexia magazine has teamed up with top Readers from The Literary Consultancy and Gold Dust to bring you the definitive guide to writing a first page that will hook potential readers and agents alike.

The How to Write Your First Page ebook, due for release on 9 August,

...
READ MORE

Fiction vs Non-Fiction Pitches... What's the Difference?

July 02, 2021 | Blog

One of the things we most regularly get asked at TLC is, ‘What is the difference between a fiction pitch and a non-fiction pitch, when I’m sending my work to an agent or publisher?’

There are increasingly lots of creative ways to get your book into the hands of readers,

...
READ MORE

Twenty Years a TLC Reader

June 01, 2021 | Blog

It was the summer of 2001. I’d recently finished working as a writer at Emmerdale. For several years I’d been teaching creative writing in Adult Ed, and had picked up some work as a correspondence tutor for the Open College of the Arts at Barnsley. My course leader there, Sara Maitland,

...
READ MORE

Turning Down a Publishing Contract to Become an Indie Entrepreneur

May 01, 2021 | Blog | 2 comments

How I Learned What Made Me Tick as a Writer

I once started Haruki Murakami’s autobiography. His career as a writer started with a literary competition in Tokyo. He chiselled away at his first book every night for a month or three, sent off the manuscript and,

...
READ MORE

TLC Online Writers' Day Write-Up 2021

April 01, 2021 | Blog

This month, we’re pleased to feature a write-up of our recent Online Writers’ Day, from friend of TLC Ciara Holly. We were grateful to Ciara for stepping in as a ‘roving reporter’ on the day and capturing the key parts of the day, so that those of you who may not have been able to attend can catch up!

...
READ MORE

Where Words Come From

March 01, 2021 | Blog

This month’s TLC Blog is from writer, Free Read receipient, and soon-to-be published author Jon Ransom. An early draft of his forthcoming novel ‘The Whale Tattoo’ (Muswell Press, Spring 2022) first appeared in the TLC/AM Heath Free Reads Anthology in 2019. This is his first piece of non-fiction,

...
READ MORE

What Winning TLC Pen Factor Meant to Me

February 01, 2021 | Blog

So, this is all mine? I thought, scanning my list of prizes. I had just won TLC’s Pen Factor Competition 2019. In addition to winning a full manuscript assessment and two 1:1s with experts in the publishing industry, I’d won a one-year membership to a number of valuable organisations,

...
READ MORE

My Mentoring Journey with TLC

January 04, 2021 | Blog

A wonderful blog to kick off 2021, from TLC Mentee, and NHS worker Rose McGinty. Rose wrote this blog at the end of last year, after her experience working with TLC Mentor and Associate Editor, Anna South.

When I signed up to the TLC mentoring programme in November 2019 I’d spent two years struggling with that notorious tricky second novel and was at the point of ditching it,

...
READ MORE