We welcome submissions and consider everything that comes into the agency.
More specifically, for Young Adult readers we are currently looking for psychological suspense/thrillers, high-school issue-led dramas and contemporary romance.
On the Middle-Grade side, we are looking for clean-teen romance and stories about friendship as well as adventure stories with maybe a sci-fi or fantasy twist.
It should go without saying that we are always on the look-out for excellent characters with series potential across all age groups.
When you're ready to submit
Once you've read our Advice Page and are positive that your chapters are ready to go, follow our submissions guidelines below.
We initially prefer to see a short synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters together with a covering letter. If you are posting your submission then please include an SAE for return of the material. For picture books please send us the full text or picture book in a PDF.
Notes for hard copy submissions
Submissions should not be stapled or bound into self-published books.
Authors should retain the top copy of material submitted to us. Whilst every care is taken of manuscripts/submissions we cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage, destruction or delay in their return whatever the cause.
We do not charge a reading fee. And we do not accept submissions by Fax.
While we receive over 300 submissions a week we make every effort to read material quickly, and aim to respond within eight weeks of receipt.
Regretfully, we are not able to offer personal feedback to all the submissions we receive.
In order to ensure that your submission goes to the relevant person please send:
Submissions should be made for the attention of The Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency.
Due to the volume of manuscripts we receive each week, there may be occasions where we cannot respond with our normal speed. If you have not heard from us within twelve weeks, please do get in touch.