TLC Children’s Fiction Assessment

For many years, we’ve been providing writers of children’s fiction and children’s illustrated fiction with expert feedback on their work via our manuscript assessment service. Our dedicated team of children’s fiction Readers are on hand to guide you through the ins and outs of what has become a competitive market, helping you self-edit and polish your Illustrated Picture Book, educational material for children, Children’s novel, or Middle-Grade fiction to make it as strong as it can be. Below is a list of Readers that specialise in children’s fiction for TLC.

Fees for Children’s Illustrated picture books can be found below, and children’s prose fiction and non-fiction (including YA and Middle Grade fiction and no-fiction) is costed using our standard fee structure, which can be found here.

You can submit your work using our online submission portal.

Picture Books  Prices (VAT inc.)
1 or 2 Picture Books £150
3 or 4 Picture Books £200
Non illustrated children’s fiction/non-fiction Prices (VAT inc.)
Short extract (first 15,000 words) £225
Longer extract (first 30,000 words) £385
Full manuscript (up to 60,000 words) £450
Manuscripts longer than 60,000 words £450 base rate + £6 for every 1,000 words thereafter
Submission Package Report (first 8,000 words, ‘Dear Agent’ letter and one-page synopsis) £280

Noga Applebaum

Noga Applebaum, TLC Reader, book cover

Noga Applebaum has a PhD in Children’s Literature from Roehampton University. Her book, Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People, was published by Routledge in 2009. She currently lectures on Children’s Literature at the Open University and teaches creative writing for people wishing to write for children and teens at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute. Noga participated in the three volumes of the Ultimate Book Guide and regularly interviews children’s authors and reviews new titles for several websites. In the past Noga worked for Booktrust and piloted a national creative writing programme for teenagers. She is twice winner of the London Writers’ Competition and is currently working on a YA novel.

For TLC Noga reads children’s and YA fiction

Martyn Beardsley

Gadabout - Martyn Beardsley, TLC Reader

Martyn Beardsley is a writer of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. His Sir Gadabout books have been published in several countries, and were turned into an award-winning series for CITV. Several of his other children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, also have a historical theme. Smuggler! and The Last Duel were both published by Barrington Stoke, who specialise in books for children who are reluctant readers, or suffer from dyslexia or other reading difficulties. Martyn is a Buddhist, and practices Yoga and Tai Chi. Martyn won the 2018 Holyer an Gof Young Adult Fiction award run by Gorsedh Kernow, an organisation devoted to Cornish language and culture, for his children’s book The Ghosts of Blackbottle Rock, Our Street Books (John Hunt Publishing).

For TLC Martyn reads children’s and YA fiction

Kieron Connolly

Kieron Connolly is a writer, editor and journalist. A graduate in screenwriting from the National Film & Television School and in history from the University of Edinburgh, he writes non-fiction for children and adults. For children, his books include Stories of the ConstellationsDisasters and World’s Worst Monsters & Villains. For more than a decade he worked on the Mail on Sunday’s books desk, finding non-fiction books to serialise. He has also written for the Daily Mail and The Times. He is currently an editor at Amber Books Ltd.

For TLC, Kieron reads non-fiction for children

Heather Dyer

The boy in the biscuit tin – Heather Dyer, TLC Reader

Heather Dyer writes picture books and novels for children aged 7-11. The Girl with the Broken Wing was one of Richard and Judy’s ‘Best Children’s Books Ever’, and The Boy in the Biscuit Tin was nominated for the Galaxy Best British Children’s Book Award. Her books have been broadcast on Radio 4, and are studied in schools at Key Stage 2. Heather also teaches creative writing at Aberyswyth University, where she is the current Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

For TLC Heather reads children’s fiction

Susan Milord

Susan Milord is an award-winning author and illustrator. Born in Connecticut, Susan spent her childhood in New Mexico, and went to school in both England and Mexico. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1977 with a degree in graphic design, before starting work at Family Circle magazine in New York, then went on to be a freelance graphic designer. Since 1989, she has published 15 books for the American market with worldwide distribution to English-speaking countries. Several of her books have been translated worldwide, including into German, Chinese, Korean and French. Her work includes hands-on learning books for early readers, picture books, and re-tellings of folk tales. She is particularly interested in fiction for young readers with an international context, and especially in stories that take inspiration from folk tales.

For TLC, Susan reads children’s fiction, educational material for children, and picture books

Emma Pass

Emma Pass is an author, creative writing workshop facilitator and mentor. Her debut novel for teenagers, ACID (Random House Children’s Publishing), won the 2014 North East Teenage Book Award and was picked as a YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audiobook. It was shortlisted for the Doncaster Book Award and a Silver Inky Award, longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her second novel, The Fearless (Random House Children’s Publishing), was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal and won the Concorde Book Award. Emma runs regular workshops in school and community settings, is the co-founder of Author Allsorts, a popular blog showcasing over 50 UK-based children’s and YA authors and illustrators, and co-organiser of the UKYA and Children’s Extravaganza, a regional event bringing authors and readers together to celebrate UK children’s and YA literature.

For TLC Emma reads YA, children’s fiction and middle grade fiction

Antonia Prescott

Antonia Prescott has worked for several years as a children’s book editor at Frances Lincoln Publishers. She has a wide range of expertise covering poetry, story books and fiction and non-fiction picture books. She is also a freelance writer of educational books for children and a translator. Among her recent publications are translations of Jacques Duquennoy’s award-winning French picture books, Ghost Party and Loch Ness Ghosts. She lives on the Wirral with her family.

For TLC, Antonia reads children’s illustrated fiction, children’s fiction, and children’s poetry

Imogen Russell-Williams

Imogen Russell Williams is an arts journalist and editor, with a BA in Classics and English and an MA in Text and Performance Studies. She writes a regular blog on contemporary and classic children’s literature for The Guardian, as well as articles about reading in general. She also reviews books, usually YA and fantasy/SF, for The Metro. Imogen has worked for three years as a freelance editor and as a consultant to the Andrew Nurnberg Agency, helping writers refine their manuscripts.

For TLC Imogen reads children’s fiction, picture books and YA fiction

Hala Saadani

Hala Saadani is a bilingual (English and Arabic) editor and writer who has headed the Children’s and Young Adult Publishing division at Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation (subsequently Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press) for the past three years. She works to identify and mentor rising stars in C/YA literature, pair them with award-winning illustrators, and to find gems of C/YA literature that would work in translation. With a keen eye for talent and a deep respect for her audience, Hala can guide aspiring authors to achieve the highest accolades, such as the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, which was awarded to one of her authors, Ibtihaj Al-Harthi, for her first book (Mah and Me) in 2015.

For TLC Hala reads children’s fiction, middle grade and YA

Hannah Sheppard

Hannah Sheppard is a Branford Boase Award nominated editor who has worked in trade publishing for over a decade. She started her career at Macmillan Children’s books before moving to Headline Publishing Group to run the YA and crossover list where she published Tanya Byrne’s HEART-SHAPED BRUISE and Julianna Baggott’s PURE trilogy. She is now a literary agent with the D H H Literary Agency representing authors such as Abi Elphinstone, Keris Stainton, Adam Hamdy and Chris McGeorge. She edits children’s fiction from 9 upwards with a specialism in young adult and crossover fiction.

For TLC Hannah reads children’s, crossover and YA fiction