Fees - The Literary Consultancy


Fee structure

Due to our company turnover, we are obliged to include VAT costs within our fees. All the below fees are inclusive of VAT.

Payment can be made via cheque payable to The Literary Consultancy Limited or via a bank transfer. Once we have received your manuscript we will email you our bank details.

If you have any questions, please contact us

Fiction/children’s/non-fiction Prices (vat inc.)
Up to 50 double-spaced pages (opening extract) £180
Up to 100 double-spaced pages (opening extract) £300
Full manuscripts of 101-205 double-spaced pages £360
Manuscripts longer than 205 pages @ £1.75 per double-spaced page for the first 300 pages and £1.20 per page thereafter £1.75/page + £1.20/page
Illustrated children’s books (up to 4000 words or max. 3 picture books) £120
Short Stories Prices (vat inc.)
Up to 3000 words  £90
Each additional 2000 words (over 3000) £12

Please note: Stories are charged individually

Poetry Prices (vat inc.)
Up to 300 lines £145
Each additional 100 lines (over 300 lines) £45

Re-reads for returning clients are charged at 5% off the prices as outlined above. This only applies if the re-written work is sent back within a year from your first submission and if you are submitting an equal number of pages from the same work.

Fees for film/theatre/radio/TV scripts are on the Scriptwriting page.

Arts Council Bursaries

In addition, our services are recommended by Arts Council England, and we are delighted to be able to offer a quota of free reads for high quality writers from low-income households. Please see ACE Free Reads Scheme for more information. The Guardian also recognise our commitment to quality and honesty, and in 2011 formally recommended TLC as their consultancy of choice.

Quick turnaround

We can provide feedback within 7-10 working days for an additional third of the standard fee added onto the overall cost. If you require this service, please contact us first so we can check editor availability.

Overseas clients

We prefer overseas payment by bank transfer. An additional bank charge of £8 is required for all clients within the E.C. Please contact us for bank details. We do not accept cheques in a foreign currency. While we understand that overseas clients who live outside the E.C. are exempt from V.A.T., we have kept the prices the same to cover additional bank and administrative costs.