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TLC Power Hour

Do you feel stuck with your writing career?

Would you like to talk to someone about the next steps for your writing?

Are you looking for advice on where to go next?

TLC Power Hour is for writers who are looking to get advice and speak to someone about what it takes to make a career as a writer. Whether you’re looking for advice on how to publish a book, how to deal with rejection, creative writing courses, the publishing industry or the different routes to publication – a TLC Power Hour session can give writers the power to talk through their current difficulties and offer them a structure for their writing life.

TLC Power Hour is not an editorial service like our Editor One-to-one, or Submission Package Report service and writers will not receive editorial feedback or advice. Rather, TLC Power Hour gives writers the space to discuss their writing journey with a senior member of the TLC team, as well as how TLC can help with guidance, support and practical suggestions.

Inject some energy into your writing career with a Power Hour from The Literary Consultancy.

What is a Power Hour?

The TLC Power Hour is a one-hour online Zoom call with a senior member of the TLC team for writers to discuss their writing journey and how we can help with guidance, support and practical suggestions.

I found my TLC Power Hour extremely insightful and informative. I was able to flesh out the root of the challenges that I faced in a very practical way and as a result I feel confident that I finally “get it.”

Michelle S

What do I get?

  • One-hour dedicated Zoom call with a senior member of the TLC Team to discuss your writing career. 
  • A goal-setting template to use after your session to help you implement your next steps.
  • An audio recording of your session.

What does it cost?

The cost for this service is £99 (inclusive of VAT). Our fees include VAT which is applicable to all UK residents. If you are ordinarily resident outside of the UK, there is no VAT payable. The payment portal will automatically calculate your tax rate for you based on your country of residence.

How to Book

You can book a Power Hour session with TLC using the secure online portal, by clicking ‘Book Now’ below. Once you have paid through the portal, you will be directed to a page where you can choose who you’ll be talking to, and book a slot for the Power Hour session (availability below in the ‘Who will my Power Hour be with?’ section). You’ll then receive an automated Zoom link by email, and a calendar reminder, ahead of your session.

If you encounter any technical difficulties or run into any issues whilst booking, please contact and we will aim to rectify the issue as soon as possible.

Who will my Power Hour be with?

You have a choice of who you’d like to have your session with.

Aki Schilz – TLC Director

Aki Schilz

Aki Schilz is the Director of The Literary Consultancy. She has featured in the Bookseller 150, a list of the most influential figures in UK publishing, twice: in 2020 and in 2021. At TLC Aki is in charge of all business strategy, programming and partnerships. She oversees all editorial service provision, and curates the events programme. She also manages TLC’s Quality Manuscript writers whom she represents to literary agencies TLC has a working relationship with. Aki’s work to improve representation and accessibility in the literature sector has been recognised by the Kim Scott Walwyn and h100 awards, and includes her #BookJobTransparency campaign, her work and research on creativity and wellbeing through TLC’s Being A Writer platform which she launched in 2020 with the novelist and coach Julia Forster, and the Ethical Editing training workshops for publishers which she co-devised and runs with Dr Kavita Bhanot. In 2023 Aki was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature for her contributions to literature. She is the current Vice Chair of the human rights charity English PEN, and is a coach-in-training with the Center for Executive Coaching. She regularly gives talks at festivals and conferences about editing, writing, and publishing, and particularly enjoys chairing panel discussions on the latest issues in publishing. 

Joe Sedgwick – Head of Writing Services


Joe Sedgwick has worked at TLC since 2015, beginning as a paid intern, and working his way up to Head of Writing Services. He manages TLC’s core editorial and operational services, looking after its team of readers and mentors and overseeing all in-house processes. Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and American Studies from Manchester University, and an MA in Publishing from Kingston University. He is on the Board of Trustees at Spread the Word, London’s literature development charity. Joe has undertaken internships at Palgrave MacMillan and Bloomsbury, and lead seminars on synopsis writing at Manchester Metropolitan University for Comma Press and New Writing North. He has read for Spread the Word’s London Short Story Prize & Life Writing Prize, and Joe has spoken at the Southbank Centre at London Lit Fest, Kingston University, The Asian Writer Festival, & New Writing North’s Newcastle Writing Conference. He enjoys reading literary fiction, commercial fiction, and non-fiction.

Terms & Conditions

Full Terms & Conditions for TLC Power Hour can be found here.