CRITICAL READING SERVICE
We work in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (TLC) to provide writers with detailed, written reports of their work from experienced editors.TLC’s Readers are editors and writers with in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and are experts across a wide range of genres. Many are working novelists, teach Creative Writing on University courses, or have extensive experience of script reading. Writers can be confident that their work will be allocated to a reader who will best meet their needs.
The Literary Consultancy Free Reads Scheme offers talented, low-income writers the opportunity to apply for bursaried (i.e., non-fee paying) access to their valuable commercial services for writers. Established in 1996 as the first service of its kind in the UK, The Literary Consultancy (TLC) offers writers the opportunity to receive an honest, market-aware appraisal of their work through its long-running manuscript assessment service, available for extracts or full manuscripts across fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, scripts and screenplays. TLC has helped a number of writers on to publication, but its main aim is to support writers in developing their work. TLC hand-matches each incoming manuscript to a suitable reader from its list of 80+ professional editors, and writers can expect to receive feedback in the form of a written critique, sent within 4-6 weeks of the application being processed. The Free Read scheme particularly welcomes applications from writers belonging to groups currently under-represented in publishing including women writers, disabled writers, BAME writers, and members of the LGBQT community.
To be eligible for this service you can write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays or theatre plays, however you must be on a low income. This could mean you are a full-time student, retired or on income support, or in receipt of Job Seekers’ Allowance or disability benefits. But if none of the above applies to you, we will also consider other financial factors – just tell us what they are.