Posts Tagged ‘showcase’
This month’s showcase author is Tina Seskis
An apparently happy marriage. A beautiful son. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life – ‘One Step Too Far’ by Tina Seskis. Extract in this month’s showcase.
This month’s showcase author is Neamat Imam
“I can’t think of many contemporary novels that have an ambitious canvas, that make political, social commentary, but also touch your heart because they are written with compassion, experience, wisdom and psychological depth.” Kavita Bhanot, TLC Reader
‘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.
“The feedback from TLC, although initially a bitter pill to swallow for an insecure first-time writer, has been invaluable in getting it to this point.”
Band-Aid for a Broken Leg is a compassionate, deeply honest and often humorous account of life on the medical frontline in Angola, Mozambique and South Sudan…
This month’s showcase author is Sarah Butler
“It was so useful to have a fresh pair of eyes on the novel and the process of thinking through Evie Wyld’s advice and deciding what I wanted to change, and what I didn’t, was a hugely valuable one that strengthened my understanding of the novel and what I wanted it to be.”
This month’s showcase author is Pete Smith
“[T]he first response from TLC was critical for me. All first writers must fear the worst, and here was I submitting a book to TLC which I wasn’t sure they’d get at all.”
The response from the TLC reader, Karl French, was however quite fantastic…
This month’s showcase author is Philip Makatrewicz
“However, good as they are, friends are still friends. There are times in life when a writer needs totally objective, expert eyes that would have no qualms about sticking the knife in, and eviscerating if necessary.”
This month’s showcase author is Ruby Cowling
“I fell in with The Literary Consultancy this autumn, as a participant in the Literary Adventure. Writing is solitary, and though actively seeking “writer friends” can be hazardous I booked this working holiday as an antidote to the creeping lonely-writer-madness, as well as hoping for a productivity boost.”
TLC is delighted to announce that Jude Cook’s novel Byron Easy has recently been picked up by Heinemann, Random House. Literary agent Anna Webber at United Agents, who first saw Cook’s work in TLC’s March showcase, sold his novel to Heinemann earlier this month.
Cook first came through TLC when he won the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook Competition in 2007. He lives in London and studied English Literature at UCL, where he graduated with a first. Originally a musician and songwriter, his band Flamingoes released two albums 12 years apart: Plastic Jewels (1995) and Street Noise Invades the House (2007). In addition to the TLC showcase, his essays and short fiction have also appeared in Staple magazine.
Click here to read Jude Cook’s showcased short story and his marvellous essay about the contemporary writing experience or click here to read our October Showcase, featuring an extract from Kate Belcher’s young adult novel.
TLC looks forward to the publication and wishes Jude all the best of luck with his next writing projects.
BBCR4 is set to broadcast Chrissie Gittins’ short story, Just One of the Girls, on 5th February. The short story, which will be broadcast for the second time on BBCR4, is set in both Lewisham and North London. The Radio Times writes, ‘Milly’s death deprives Dan of a wife, and Rich of a valued friend. After all, not every man has a companion who will help him chose a new dress. A tender story of friendship, grief, and new shoes.’
If you don’t get a chance to hear it on 5th February, it will be available on iplayer for a week. Keep an eye out for Chrissie Gittins, as she is also set to appear in our Showcase section. For more information, see Chrissie’s website .