“The fabulous team at Darley Anderson Children’s are simply the best in the business! Their commercial awareness, friendliness and publishing knowledge make them a dream to work with.”A.M. HOWELL Find Out More
The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency specialises in children’s books for all readers. The DACBA list includes picture books, younger fiction, middle grade, YA and crossover fiction and non-fiction titles for all ages.
The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency was founded by CEO Darley Anderson in 2008, and is based in London. Under MD Clare Wallace the agency has become one of the largest and most exciting specialist children’s agencies in the UK.
“My every dealing with this agency has been efficient, professional, creative and kind.”LINDSAY GALVIN FIND OUT MORE
“The DA Children’s Agency’s incredible track record speaks for itself, but just as important in the tricky world of publishing are the team’s kindness and unwavering support for their authors”CAROLINE CROWE Find out more
Meet Our Team
Clare joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011. Clare is building both the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency and the Darley Anderson Illustration Agency lists.read more
Since joining the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency in 2018, Lydia has built a wide-ranging list of dynamic and diverse writing and illustrating talent.read more
Chloe is the Agency’s Associate Agent, having joined as an assistant in 2019.read more
Kristina heads up International Rights working with both authors and illustrators to secure translation rights deals and illustration projects in global markets.read more
Becca joined Darley Anderson as a literary agent in October 2021 and is now building a list with a particular focus on the US market.read more
The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency: Internship
Our internship is a three-month commitment, for two days a week. Working from our busy office in Parsons Green, you’ll be introduced to both primary agenting and international rights sales. You’ll support us across our lists of authors and illustrators, and there will be opportunities to learn more about international rights fairs, attend author events and meet with editors and scouts as appropriate.
This would be a great fit for someone with office experience and a passion for children’s books who would like to find out more about publishing and agenting. No publishing experience is necessary.
Our next internship will run from May 2024 until the end of July 2024. Please check back in April 2024 for information about applications.
Introducing SUPERSAUSAGE TO THE RESCUE! So excited to be sharing @jennytaylordraw’s incredible cover art for the first book in our new SUPERPETS series. Get ready for a pawesome adventure with a chatting, flying dachshund; out with @PuffinBooks this May!
With our shiny new #MSWL on our shiny new website, we've been thinking hard about what sort of stories we want to represent. But what sort of authors do we want? Today's #DATips are about how to be our dream client - ie, a pro author
📣 Announcing… AMAZING ASIA: AN ENCYLOPAEDIA OF AN EPIC CONTINENT. Art by the immensely talented Jason Lyon, design by the wonderful Myrto Dimitrakoulia. It’s out on 3rd October 2024 and it is MAGNIFICENT. 🌏📖 ✨🎉
So happy to share the cover reveal of One Day At A Time: A Reassuring Story About Separation and Divorce, beautiful illustrations by @NatelleQuek. Thanks to my wonderful editor @KatieSassienie, designer @Katie_M_illo and my amazing agent @LitAgentClare & @HachetteKids! 🌱🌻🌱
We are utterly thrilled that @NateLessore's debut STEADY FOR THIS has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Writing! Mega congrats to Nate and Growls, and the funniest book you'll read this year 🌟
We also have to prioritise by money-earning. That means contracts and invoices come first, then work under contract, then work to send out, then submissions. (Also an order of least to most fun, so we feel your pain, but we have to!) #DATips
Agents can't always predict their workload - an auction happening means you have to drop everything, a mind-blowing sub means weekend reading, and sometimes projects veer wrong unexpectedly. That means even our best guesses on speed are sometimes wrong #DATips
Time of year is also a factor - right now, we're up to our eyeballs in Book Fair prep. While we want to read, we have guides to write, materials to print and meetings to schedule, and we have to do that first #DATips
Tips time everyone! From the depths of our overfilled inboxes, we're going to be talking about why an agent might be taking a long time to get back to you... #DATips
Delighted to have THREE books shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2024!
Author @ayaan_moham for #YouThinkYouKnowMe
Illustrator Sally Agar for #TheQueenNextDoor by Marcela Ferreira
Illustrator @misspowellpeeps for #TheSwifts by Beth Lincoln
📢 Cover reveal!
Two interns. One job. Who will get the last laugh? Find out in THE FUNNY THING ABOUT LOVE by @TomEllen7, out July 4th!
Happy Publication Day to KEISHA JONES IS A FORCE OF NATURE! You won't want to miss this second book in the amazing series written by @Natalie_Denny_ and illustrated by @sayheychante 🙌 @LittleTigerUK
GRANDMAS ARE THE GREATEST is out today! Huge congratulations to @NiaTudor and @benfaulks 🤩 @KidsBloomsbury
Our NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE! ✨ We’re very excited to be sharing our new website across our social media platforms - we’ve been planning this for a while and can’t wait for you all to take a look!
Big thanks to @And_Agency for their lush design!
We've been longlisted...
We've been shortlisted...
We've been a finalist...
AND NOW WE'VE WON!💥😱😭🍾
I am honoured that The Bravest Word was chosen for such an important book award. Beyond grateful. And so chuffed!!!💕
@WalkerBooksAus @WalkerBooksUK @Candlewick @DA_Childrens
Today's #DATips are courtesy of DA Intern Maleeha @Mmir08 - we're talking about how to throw off the cobwebs after a break and get back into writing, perfect for starting a new 2024 project
Thrilled to have our authors included in the Longlist for the 2024 #BranfordBoaseAward! Congratulations to @NateLessore, @JoyceEfia & @ayaan_moham and their editors for being included in this great list that celebrates the most talented debut children's writers & their editors🎉
And to see @NateLessore on this one! We're one very proud agency 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
So brilliant to see @EfuaTraore on this shortlist 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
It's #DATips time! Looking at the questions we got on our open call, there were several about resubmitting. What do you do if you've sent something out, but want to do it again? You've got options... let's discuss!
BEHOLD the cover for Villains Academy: How to Win the Gruesome Games! Expect:
👻 The founders of the school returning from their graves
🎂 3 fun games
💨 Silly pranks
📕 The Book of Bad (a yearbook for the most evil villains)
🏆 The Trouble Trophy
🖤 The floor is lava
Time to head back to Little Spellshire for the final instalment of @perditact & @HonorCargillM’s DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WITCH series! A brilliantly magical adventure that will make you laugh at every turn - the perfect series for readers who love witches & wizards! OUT NOW 🧹
We're turning the tables to writers for today's #DATips! Got a burning question about publishing? Hop over to our senior agent @LydiaRSilver's post and ask away!
We’re delighted for our illustrator, @misspowellpeeps 🎉 THE SWIFTS written by @bethatintervals is @waterstones Book of the Month for January! ✨ A brilliantly gothic murder mystery adventure, with gorgeous illustrations. Pick up your exclusive copy at Waterstones all month!
Back at my desk, new notebook open, working on a sub list for a gorgeous illustrated cosy MG and looking through the publication schedule for 2024, and I still have to pinch myself that this is my job 🎉
Hello everyone! It’s Maleeha (@Mmir08) here, an intern working at DACBA 📚 I’ll be taking over today's #DATips to discuss a question that many authors ask while navigating their way through the world of #publishing: “Should I get a Literary Agent?” 📖
Today's #DATips are for anyone who finished #NaNoWriMo yesterday - you've done 50,000 words! Amazing! So what comes next?
NINA PEANUT is AMAZING - and she wants you to know it! She's taking over the Scholastic warehouse with her brilliant new cover, and you can get your hands on the equally brilliant insides in March! @bowie_sarah
Over the moon that my book is THE Times Children's Book of the Year
ONE CHANCE DANCE is about believing in your dreams no matter how impossible they may seem..
@NicoletteJones for choosing #OneChanceDance
Happy #WorkInPublishing Week everyone! It’s the perfect time to share what advice we had for those trying to find their way into the world of publishing.