The Literary Consultancy is the UK’s leading manuscript assessment and editorial advice service providing expert, market-aware editorial appraisal and help to writers at all levels.
The Literary Consultancy provides developing writers with an honest, detailed and professional manuscript appraisal from a highly skilled editor. We help writers understand whether they stand a chance of success in the commercial literary market place and if they do, help connect them to a literary agent and publisher. We can also advise about the world of self-publishing, and help you think about the increasing number of options open to writers in online environments.
“The best advice to anyone wishing to write a novel is ‘don’t do it’. The second best is ‘send it to The Literary Consultancy.”
Auberon Waugh, author and Editor of The Literary Review
We provide detailed, critical assessments of a wide range of different writing genre including fiction, non fiction, autobiography, children’s books, film/TV/theatre/radio scripts and poetry of all stages of development.
TLC’s editorial consultancy benefits from a wealth of industry knowledge and has years of combined experience in working with writers. We have built up an extensive, highly-skilled and unsurpassed team of readers who are editors and writers with an in-depth knowledge of the UK publishing industry and expertise across a wide range of genres. Many are published novelists, teach creative writing on prestigious University courses, or have extensive experience of script reading. Writers who use our services can feel confident that their work will be matched to an appropriate reader. For more information on our expert team please see Readers.
Come for a TLC manuscript assessment if you:
- want a professional, independent editorial overview of your work at whatever stage of development
- want help with direction at any stage of your writing
- want to ascertain if you are likely to get commercially published or not
- want to be personally recommended to agents by TLC if you are considered marketable by TLC reader and in-house team
- want to know if an editor thinks it worthwhile you self-publishing
- have decided to self publish and want an editorial overview with suggestions for editorial improvements to make sure your work is as good as it can be
If you would like to go ahead with an assessment of your manuscript, please see our Fees & Submissions page.
Please note that we can also offer copy-editing and proof-reading in certain circumstances. These can help with manuscript presentation, and to make self-publishing as professional as possible. See Other Editorial Services.
Agents and publishers
TLC has established working connections with several leading publishers and agents and over the years has helped many authors get into print. For more information please see our Success Stories. However it is important to remember that getting commercially published is difficult. All developing writers should be aware that the traditional publishing industry is very market driven and is also in a state of flux as it faces challenges from alternative online platforms. Publishers and agents can only take on books that they feel confident will result in high sales. Marketing and PR campaigns are important in generating book sales, so publishers and agents also ideally need to feel a book (and its author) will be easy to promote. TLC runs publishing events to help people writing understand more about the publishing industry, see TLC Events.
“An important service which will help bridge the gap between writers, agents and publishers – and be of help to all three.”
Carmen Callil, Publisher and Booker Prize chair
TLC is aware of the demands of the industry and will not make irresponsible suggestions to clients wishing to approach agents and publishers. However, where work is deemed not only well-written, but also potentially commercial, we will have an in-depth discussion with the author about the best procedure for finding an agent/publisher and TLC’s role in the process.There is no further fee to the client for this service.
We are partially funded by the Arts Council England to provide a limited number of reads to high quality writers across the UK. You will need to contact your local regional creative writing development body in order to find out if they operate the scheme and if you are eligible.