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

We understand that submitting to a literary agency can be a daunting task! We have tried to make our guidance as accessible as possible.

Clare, Lydia, Becca and Chloe are all taking on clients, so if you feel that your work is a particularly good fit for them you can contact 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. Please note that if you do submit to more than one of our agents separately, you may receive more than one reply.

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 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.

In order to make sure that your submission goes to the correct person, please email Clare (clare@darleyanderson.com) Lydia (lydia@darleyanderson.com) and Chloe (chloe@darleyanderson.com).  To submit to Becca, you will need to submit via her Querymanager page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you acknowledge receipt of my submission?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide receipt of submission.

When will I hear back from you?
We read every submission that comes to us and aim to respond within 8-12 weeks.

Who should I send my submission to?
Please find full agent wishlists on their profiles. If an agent receives a submission that is better suited to another agent, we will share this internally.

Can I submit to more than one agent?
We ask that you only submit to one agent. We discuss and share submissions internally to ensure that the every submission is given the best possible consideration.

Can you provide feedback on my submission?
Unfortunately, due to the number of submissions we receive each week, we are unable to provide personalized feedback to individual submissions.

What font and formatting do you require?
We don’t specify exact formatting requirements, but please choose a font and line spacing that allows for easy reading. Where possible, please include your synopsis and chapters as attachments, rather than in the body of the email.

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