We welcome submissions across all areas and genres of children’s books, and we read and consider everything that comes into the agency.
We are always on the look out for exciting, inspiring and original children’s books. For novels aimed at Young Adult or Middle Grade readers, we want a strong voice, excellent characters and a plot that keeps you turning the pages late into the night. We’re also interested in warm, inventive picture books, chapter books that will inspire children to take the first steps into reading on their own, and non-fiction that shares a child’s curiosity with our incredible world.
For more guidance on what each of our agents are looking for, you can visit their specific pages on our About Us section.
We are actively looking for submissions from all under-represented writers. Please include the hashtag #diversevoices in the subject line of your email when you submit.
How to Submit:
We understand that submitting to a literary agency can be a daunting task! We have tried to make our guidance as accessible as possible.
Both Clare and Lydia are taking on clients, so if you feel that your work is a particularly good fit for them you can email them directly. If you are unsure, you can email our Children’s submission inbox and address your submission FAO The Darley Anderson Children’s Agency. We work closely together and discuss all promising submissions as an agency, so please don’t submit to more than one agent.
We can only accept submissions by email. We are happy to read either Word Documents or PDFs as attachments, but suggest sending your covering letter as the body of the email. Our requirements and guidelines vary slightly depending on what type of book you’re submitting, so do check the specifics before sending us anything!
If you are submitting a novel…
We would like to see the first three chapters of your story, or the first twenty pages. We would also like a one-page synopsis – and please do include all your spoilers!
If you are submitting a picture book…
We are happy to look at up to three full picture book texts. Please include each text as a separate attachment, and don’t include pictures unless you are also submitting as an illustrator.
If you are an illustrator or an author/illustrator and would like to be represented by us, please click here to go to our illustration agency website.
If you are submitting a non-fiction book…
We would like to see your proposal, a full chapter list, and up to three sample chapters of your writing, but these do not have to be consecutive.
Your Covering Letter:
As part of your submission, we want to see a covering letter from you. It’s really useful to us to see your pitch and to find out a bit about you before we start reading. This is your chance to get us excited before we look at your manuscript!
Some things that we want to see included in your covering letter are:
- A short biography – who are you? How long have you been writing? Is this your first book?
- A pitch – think of this as your blurb. How can you make us desperate to read this in just a few lines?
- Some context – we need to know who the book is for (for example, if it’s a middle grade title) and it can be useful to know what books you see it sitting alongside.
- Any additional information you think might be helpful.
We aim to respond to all submissions within 8-10 weeks. As we receive a high number of submissions we can’t confirm receipt, but we read all submissions ourselves and aim to do so as quickly as possible.
We can only accept submissions via email, so please do not send postal submissions. We do not accept any hard copy submissions or submissions bound into self-published books. The Darley Anderson Children’s Agency cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage, destruction or delay in return of any hard copy submissions, whatever the cause of such issue.
We are unable to download web-hosted attachments or click on links in emails. Please only send your work as a Word Doc or PDF.
We do not charge a reading fee and will not ask you for any money upfront. We don’t get paid until you do.
Regretfully, we are not able to offer personal feedback on all the submissions we receive.
In order to make sure that your submission goes to the relevant person, please email:
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.