Posts Tagged ‘commercial publishing’
TLC is delighted that Tina Seskis’s debut novel, One Step Too Far, has been selected for the WH Smith train stations and airport outlets’ summer charts. When Tina Seskis sent her manuscript to TLC, it was read by TLC’s reader, Deborah Wright, who thought the novel was well-written and that it had commercial viability. After failing to find an agent for the novel, Tina decided to take the matter into her own hands and set up a publishing company to do it herself, which has so far yielded great success.
After a 20-year career in marketing and advertising, Tina wrote the novel over a two-month period in the summer of 2010. The novel is about Emily Coleman, who gets up one day and walks out of her life, leaving behind her marriage, her lovely son, and a beautiful home, for a life of complete uncertainty. Why she does this no one knows and One Step Too Far takes the reader through a journey of discovering Emily’s secret.
Tina has already written a second novel A Serpentine Affair, and is currently working on her third which is due for completion this year, which sees the coming together of a key character from each of the first two novels.
TLC wishes Tina the best of luck and we have chosen to exhibit an extract of Tina’s work for our June showcase.
‘TLC’s editorial advice was outstanding, as was their support through the traditional publishing environment,
out in to self-publishing which seemed the best place for my hybrid memoir/ inspirational business book ‘All you Need is Love.’ My story ended up being featured on Amazon’s Gateway. One thing is very clear, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity to make my book work without the advice and support of TLC’
Pete Smith, All you Need is Love
I guess like everyone else writing a book I experienced those mood swings from ‘this is hopeless’ to ‘I think this could be really interesting’. Most of that you simply have to deal with on your own; maybe get some help from a writer’s group along the way. However, there comes a point when you need to know how good your work is. That point will vary from writer to writer, but there is a moment when you know you need a professional insight: a proper, independent professional assessment. That was how I first came across TLC. It was late on in the writing process. I knew I was walking a tightrope between different types of book, and that it fell between various genre stools. The initial support and advice I got from TLC was outstanding. Firstly, the TLC reader Karl French, immediately grasped the problem I had been struggling with and articulated it far better than I could. He explained that the publishing industry tends to think in terms of genres, and doesn’t really have a way of looking at books that don’t fall neatly in to one or another. He said that this attitude to genre applied in general to agents as much as to publishers. He then gave a huge amount of advice about the content and structure of the book, but was also incredibly supportive as to its underlying merit.
Karl and Rebecca Swift, Director of TLC, made it clear that although they couldn’t see a clear road to publication for what was an unusual book, they were nonetheless willing to help and advise me in the process as they liked the work. Rebecca offered excellent advice on how to target particular agents and the sort of cover letter that might work, but before long I think we both knew that Karl’s original assessment was spot-on: agents were looking for specific types of book and this didn’t fit. So self-publishing loomed as an option, and as soon as you look at that road the Amazon products Createspace and Kindle Direct Publishing stand out. Rebecca pushed me hard to get the book professionally copy-edited; something I was initially reluctant to do – partly because of the cost, but more due to the emotional side. It felt as if I was drifting towards vanity publishing and I wanted to be published. It was difficult because self-publishing was not my original goal. In the end I took Rebecca’s advice on getting it copy-edited and proofread, and was stunned at the result. My basic English is fairly good, but there was hardly a paragraph that wasn’t marked up by the copy-editor. Ouch!
My relationship with Amazon developed and I found myself being featured in their homepage Gateway. I am delighted. One think is clear I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without the advice and support of TLC. You can work out what you think for yourself here.
How is the revolution in new technology changing the commercial publishing industry?
TLC’s final event for the Flow Festival on 28th September was a cutting-edge publishing debate, chaired by Robert McCrum, associate editor of The Observer. We engaged Santiago de la Mora, Head of Print Partnerships for Europe Google, alongside Dan Franklin, Head of Digital at Canongate Publishers and Bill Thompson, technology writer and digital guru.
In this urgent debate, the panel attempted to demystify the relationship between the internet and publishing, and asked if the brave new world of free content would decimate print industries and threaten the livelihoods of emerging and established writers. The audience was full of well informed writers and agents, such as Claire Alexander and Caroline Dawnay, who helped to create a lively and fascinting Q & A at the end.
The Literateur is very pleased to announce a competition aimed at finding the best in new writing, organised jointly with The Literary Consultancy.
From today (13.08.10) The Literateur is accepting entries of short stories and poetry. Stories should be no more than 5000 words, and poems no more than 50 lines in total. The submitted works must be previously unpublished. The competition is open to any one writing in English of any age, who has not had a book of poetry, or novel of over 50, 000 words, published commercially.
Please email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is Monday 27th September. (If you have received a message with an earlier deadline date, please note that it has been extended and 27th is now the correct deadline.)
The two overall winners will be announced on the night, and their work will be published in The Literateur. The lucky winners will also receive an hour’s specialist consultation with The Literary Consultancy.