Job listing: Temporary Agency Assistant

The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency: Temporary Agency Assistant   The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency represents bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators for children. As the most commercial children’s agency in London, our clients work across the whole of the children’s market, from picture books to YA. We represent bestsellers like Beth Reekles, Rachel Morrisroe and Claire Powell, as well as rising stars like Nathanael Lessore, Laura Noakes and Ryan Hammond. Having grown rapidly in the last few years, we’re excited to be able to offer a temporary placement for an Agency Assistant.   This is a six-month placement, for four days per week. Working from our busy office in Parson’s Green, you’ll assist the team across both primary agenting and international rights sales. You’ll support us across our lists of authors and illustrators, assisting with contracts management and invoicing, creating rights guides, managing social media and generally assisting with the smooth running of the agency.   This would be a great fit for someone with office experience and a passion for children’s books. Someone who has done an internship and is looking for a first role in publishing would be well-suited to the job, but we are also open to people from other industries looking to make the move into agenting. This is an entry-level role and training on our systems will be provided.   The role includes:
  • Keeping our website updated and current
  • Putting contracts onto our systems, raising and tracking invoices and payments
  • Social media management
  • Supporting us with the administration created in a busy office
  • Submissions: assisting in the reading of submissions, and sending rejections
  • General support
  • Reading manuscripts and providing editorial reports
  The ideal candidate will:
  • love reading all types of children’s books
  • have a passion for characters and stories alongside a love of children’s/YA/illustrated books
  • be confident with social media
  • be a self-starter, and take a pro-active approach to their work
  • have experience working in an office environment
  • have excellent organisation and time management skills
    This is based at the Children’s Agency office – Unit 19, Matrix Studios, 91 Peterborough Road, London. Given the nature of the job, we will need candidates to be able to be in the office.   Salary: £24,000 per annum, pro-rata across four days.   To apply, please email your CV, a covering letter and notice period to   The closing date for this role is Monday 1st April, and we are looking for candidates who can start as quickly as possible.   We welcome applications from any individual regardless of ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation or age. All applications will be considered on merit.