TLC October Newsletter
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Dear Friends of TLC,

Welcome to TLC's October Newsletter. It's been a grey start to October - so we hope that this month's newsletter brightens up your day!

We have a couple of really nice announcements to share this month, starting off with the news that the first ever recipient of our inaugural TLC Scholarship has been chosen. Daniel Adediran beat out strong competition for the Scholarship, which includes a funded Premium Mentorship with esteemed publisher and editor, Ellah P. Wakatama. Please do join us in congratulating Daniel on his Scholarship, and read more about his work below. 

We're also excited to announce a new opportunity for British East and South East Asian (BESEA) writers working on fiction projects, with our BESEA Free Read. Thanks to a generous donation by Indonesian writer Jessica Ginting, one writer will be selected and awarded a free manuscript assessment and follow-up one-to-one session with a professional editor through TLC, to support the development of their writing. Submissions open on 12th October, so do help us spread the word about this opportunity, if you can.

Our latest TLC Showcase comes to you this month from long-time champion of TLC, and newly-published author Sharon Duggal. Read an extract from Sharon's new novel Should We Fall Behind, which is being published by the fantastic Bluemoose Books later this month. We also bring you our TLC Blog, which is from poet David Herring, who used TLC as part of an experiment in Patreon poetry - trying to monetise his work, and taking learnings from this process - earlier this year. Finally, we round up with a collection of inspirational links and advice from around the web as always.

And finally, we're an extending an invitation to our Being Writer Write Club, which takes place online every last Sunday of the month. A time for focussed writing, alongside your peers.

Don't forget, if you're looking for some direction on where to head on your writing journey next, do give our Writers' Journey Wizard a try, to see if any of our services might be of help to you!

As always, happy writing, and reading. 


TLC Scholarship Winner Announced

The winner of the inaugural TLC Scholarship, run by The Literary Consultancy in partnership with Canongate editor-at-large Ellah P. Wakatama, has been announced. 

Daniel Adediran will be working one-to-one with Wakatama through TLC’s Chapter and Verse Premium mentoring programme on his manuscript Xenopolis, an urban fantasy novel about a young Black man, Dolapo, who finds himself pulled into London’s supernatural underworld after being rescued from death by a female wizard in charge of an ancient and sacred pact that is now under threat. As part of the Scholarship, Daniel also receives a year’s free membership to TLC’s Being A Writer platform.

Daniel’s work was chosen from a list of 46 applications to the Scholarship. Ellah P. Wakatama, who selected her winner from a strong shortlist of five, found the extract submitted by Adediran to be “confident, assured and immediately seductive..."

On his win, Adediran said: “I am ecstatic about winning the inaugural TLC Scholarship. It feels like a validation of the years of hard work I had put into my craft and a sense of belief in the direction my novel is supposed to take...This means so much to me.”

The TLC Scholarship is open to low-income and marginalised writers and will be funded by TLC on an annual basis. Submissions for the 2021 Scholarship will open in the Summer next year. We are delighted to have had strong interest from a number of literary agents already, and are excited to see Daniel progress.

Read more about Daniel's success, and the TLC Scholarship here.

BESEA Free Read Opportunity

We're thrilled this month to announce a new opportunity for British East and South East Asian (BESEA) writers working on fiction projects. An open submission period will invite submissions from BESEA writers working on full-length novels. One writer will be selected and awarded a free manuscript assessment and follow-up one-to-one session (worth £790) with a professional editor through TLC, to support the development of their writing. They will also be invited to a virtual session with an agent and editor and fellow writers.

The initiative has been made possible thanks to a donation by Indonesian writer Jessica Ginting, and supports the TLC
Quality Writing for All Campaign which creates opportunities for writers currently underrepresented in the publishing industry, giving them access to high level editing services. The Quality Writing for All Campaign focuses on supporting writers on low income, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, and writers with caring responsibilities. This Free Read report will be provided by Singaporean editor and writer Yu-Mei Balasingamchow.

The submission window for the Free Read will open at 9am, 12th October 2020 until 12pm (midday) 13th November 2020.

Read more about the opportunity and how to submit here.

TLC Showcase: Sharon Duggal

“Should We Fall Behind is my second novel, published in October 2020. It is a story about people who live side by side in a busy city but hardly seem to notice each other until, one day, someone called Jimmy arrives in their midst and things begin to change. Really, it is a book about the stories behind the stories of ordinary people. As a writer, this is what I am interested in - the often hidden stories of people who could be any of us, people we walk past everyday, and the universal human experiences which connect us all regardless of who we are or what our backgrounds are.”

We are delighted to showcase the work of Sharon Duggal this month, with an extract from her new novel Should We Fall Behind, which is about 'the passing of time, and the intricate weaves of joy and suffering, love and loss which shape human life along the way.' We've been in touch with Sharon for a number of years, and it's been a delight to see her career go from strength to strength. The book is being published by fantastic independent publisher Bluemoose Books, and is available to buy via their website here.

You can read the full extract of Sharon's novel, and more about her writing, in the October Showcase.

TLC Blog: 'Putting It Out There'

"The idea to set up a Patreon page came from my wife. I had posted a poem called 'Putting it out there' on Facebook. It spoke to her and received good comments (and a few likes) from friends (and friends of friends I didn’t know I knew!)  Why not put more of your poems on-line? she wondered. I was resistant at first, but when I saw the look of the Patreon page she came up with, I realised its potential."

Our Blog this month comes from another writer-client, poet David Herring. David first approached TLC at the end of last year, with an innovative idea about getting some feedback on his poetry. In an experimental model with us, David commissioned monthly feedback from TLC Reader Ahren Warner, on a Patreon webpage - sharing his editorial feedback with a public audience of subscribers. Read about why he decided to embark on this journey, and how he found receiving feedback on his poetry in an online forum in our October TLC Blog.

Read the full blog here.

Do you have something on your mind, about books, literature and the value of literature, or publishing, that you'd like to blog about for us? We are actively seeking pitches to:

Online Write Club, October 25th 10am-12.30pm GMT

Every last Sunday of the month, Being A Writer hosts an online write club from 10am to 12.30pm (UK time). We understand that time is precious, and we want to offer a no-pressure space for writers wanting to check in once a month for some quality writing time. Log in at 9.50am for a 10-minute briefing session, and to fill out a goal-setting worksheet for the morning. Then, use the time to write alongside your peers. We will check in with everyone at the midway point, and at the end of the session, to share how we’ve got on and to set goals for the coming month. Otherwise, this is time for you to write in a supportive space alongside your peers. It’s surprising how motivating this can be! 


Write Club is open to members of Being A Writer. If you are thinking of becoming a member and would like to attend a free ‘taster’ write club, simply email us at 


Writing Inspiration

Are you on Twitter? If so, make sure you're following our page @TLCUK for all the latest news, tips and inspiration, including our #TLCTips series of writing tips.

Remember to also follow us on Instagram.

Other things from around the web to inspire you this month...

* The Royal Society of Literature are hosting a celebration of Zora Neale Hurston, with Jackie Kay and Saleena Godden as part of Black History Month.
* The Margate Bookie are running a host of book events through October.

* The 2020 National Poetry Competition is open for entries until midnight 31 October 2020.
* A handy book list of Autumn Reads from the Guardian.
* As always, our handy TLC Press Craft and Creativity Mini Guides are on sale and cover such craft elements as 'Dialogue', 'Plot' and 'Voice'. Pick them up for just £1 each (or the full bundle for £8) here.
Thank you for reading this newsletter. For further information on TLC's core services including manuscript assessment, mentoring, and other editing services including copy-editing and proofreading, do visit our website. All general enquiries and manuscript submissions should be sent to Editorial Services Assistant Nelima Begum at

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