Online Mentoring Industry Day
16 Oct 2021 at 10:00 am
16 Oct 2021 at 02:00 pm
£Invite Only

Online Mentoring Industry Day

THIS IS AN INVITATION-ONLY EVENT, exclusively for TLC Chapter and Verse mentees and included within TLC’s mentoring programme offer, which covers 12 months of one-to-one support, a full manuscript assessment, and this all-day event.

Twice a year, TLC opens its (virtual!) doors to a small cohort of TLC mentees for an intimate and relaxed all-day event to help writers better understand the ins and outs of the publishing process. Mentees enrolled on the 12-month Chapter and Verse programme will have been working on their book project with their TLC mentor over several one-to-one feedback sessions, and this day offers the opportunity for them to meet with a literary agent and an editor, and fellow mentees. The aim of the day is to demystify some of the in-house processes around submissions, acquisitions, rights, publicity and marketing, sales and distribution, and other elements that often remain hidden from view, as well as to get first-hand insight from those working within the industry and learn from their experiences.

TLC mentees will be invited to this event on a rolling basis, usually towards the end of the six feedback sessions with their TLC mentor. Occasionally, writers may be invited in to this process from prizes we support, or initiatives we partner on, for example the Bridport Prize and the SI Leeds Prize.

This Industry Day will be held online.


Ansa Khan Khattak, Picador

Ansa Khan Khattak joined the Picador editorial team in 2014, having worked in the Rights Department at Penguin. Commissioning across both literary fiction and narrative non-fiction, Ansa is in particular drawn to stories that offer a different perspective – introducing fresh voices to an audience who might otherwise miss out on them is something about which she feels passionately. Her authors include Dima Alzayat, Julia Armfield, Graham Caveney, Wendy Erskine, Danielle Evans, Kim Hye-jin, Neema Shah, Mary South, and Éric Vuillard.

Abi Fellows, The Good Literary Agency

Before joining TGLA, Abi worked as a literary scout at Rosalind Ramsay Ltd for seven years. She has incredibly broad experience in the industry having been a literary agent at Georgina Capel Associates prior to becoming a scout and having also worked as a bookseller at Blackwell’s and on the sales team at Faber and Faber. Abi has a BA in English Literature from Bristol University and an MA in English Literature from UCL. Outside of being an agent, she volunteers as a governor for five London primary schools, with particular involvement in the schools literacy programmes and their work with children who have special educational needs and disabilities.