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Darley Anderson is an absolute powerhouse of an agent. Since setting up the agency in 1988, Anderson has gone on to become one of the most successful agents in the UK. He represents both the best-selling adult fiction hardback novelist in the UK, Martina Cole, as well as Sunday Times bestseller Lee Child. Other big name authors represented by Darley include John Connolly, Lesley Pearse, and Tana French. 

As you can imagine, Darley is hugely sought after as an agent. Not only is he known for spotting and cultivating unpublished talent, he also has a reputation for getting the best possible deals for his clients (including numerous six-figure deals for debut authors). Given how long he's been in the industry, and just how successful he is, you may be better off submitting to some of the newer agents at the agency. But do keep in mind that the entirety of the agency follows Darley's focus on commercial viability. He articulates this with the agency slogan 'Our writers mean business.'

If you do wish to submit directly to Darley, note that he only accepts submissions by post. For the time being, he is only interested in commercial crime/thriller fiction, particularly those based in the America or Ireland. He loves an 'international' location to widen the audience appeal. Look no further than his top-selling writers Martina Cole and Lee Child for an idea of the kind of thing he likes and what sells in that market. 



Detailed data

Agency:
Darley Anderson Literary TV and Film Agency
Agent since:
1988
Short biography:
Darley Anderson is the founder and proprietor of the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. He is an ex-publisher who has almost twenty years experience in all aspects of general trade publishing. He was also the pioneering creator of the highly successful Overcoming Common Problems series from Sheldon Press, a UK brand leader in popular health book publishing. He started his Agency single-handedly in 1988, beginning with three writers and a bank overdraft. Over the years, Anderson has gained an international reputation as one of the very best, if not the best, talent spotter in the book business. Almost all Anderson's writers were unknown and unpublished when they sent their first ms to him. In many cases, Anderson negotiated six figure deals for these debuts. In some cases though, he had to persevere for many, many months when US and UK publishers failed to recognise a writer's sales potential. Scrupulous in all business matters and a tough dealmaker, Anderson has negotiated some of the highest seven and eight figure advances ever achieved for British and Irish writers. All those whom he represents would echo the words of the UK's biggest selling hardback adult fiction writer Martina Cole, who has said of Anderson: 'I have the best Agent in London'.
Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction
Authors & books liked:
I'm interested in great story telling, and interested in authors whose books will sell a lot of copies and will give a lot of pleasure to readers. Lee Child is one of my most successful writers, and from the start he worked out what would work commercially and structured his writing to take advantage of that. He's both pacy and a story teller; the important qualities for a commercial writer. Literary agents and editors can help technically. But story telling is everything. If I gave Martina Cole, another of my mega-selling authors, a piece of paper and a pen, she could write the outlines for 5 novels in almost as many minutes. I certainly couldn't do that. Having said that a great story on its own is not enough to guarantee commercial success. Writers need to create great characters above all. Think James Bond, Harry Potter and all the great characters in Shakespeare and Dickens et al. Darley Anderson represents a wide range of bestselling writers including Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Lesley Pearse, Tana French, Constance Briscoe, Chris Carter, Carmen Reid, Clare Dowling, Jane Costello, Tara Hyland, Alex Barclay, Chris Mooney, Adrian Plass, Lucy Summers, Anne Baker, Annie Murray, Lynda Page, Margaret Dickinson, Elizabeth Waite, Michelle Harrison and Cathy Cassidy.
Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Please post submissions to the relevant Agent at, Darley Anderson Literary, TV & Film Agency, Estelle House, 11 Eustace Road, London SW6 1JB Or email: General fiction to Clare Wallace: Clare@darleyanderson.com, Camilla@darleyanderson.com and crime thrillers to: crimethrillersmysteries@darleyanderson.com
Other advice and background:
When authors write a novel, they don't give sufficient thought to the market place. They tend to finish their manuscript and send off the first draft. I understand why they do it. They're often desperate. But they should never send off their first draft. It almost always needs reworking before sending. That's the real difference between the amateur and professional. It's being aware of the market that you're writing for and structuring your story to suit, and developing the quality of the novel by writing a number of drafts.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.mr-edit-literary-services.co.uk/darley-anderson-interview.htm
Clients:
The following names represent the full agency client list. Fiction: Liz Allen, Louise Anderson, Anne Baker, Alex Barclay, Tessa Barclay, Tracy Bloom, Constance Briscoe, Paul Carson, Chris Carter, Lee Child, Karen Clarke, Kira Cochrane, Martina Cole, John Connolly, Gloria Cook, Jane Costello, A J Cross, Jason Dean, Margaret Dickinson, Nell Dixon, Clare Dowling, Carrie Duffy, Patrick Dunne, Jane Elmor, Victoria Fox, Tana French, Emma Garcia, Helen Grant, David Hewson, Tara Hyland, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Bernadine Kennedy, Almas Khan, Ella Kingsley, James Leighton, Patrick Lennon, Claire Lorrimer, Rani Manicka, Maureen Martella, Martel Maxwell, Chris Mooney, Annie Murray, Lynda Page, Lesley Pearse, Carmen Reid, J. J. Salem, Rebecca Shaw, Sean Slater, Cally Taylor, Linda Taylor, Elizabeth Waite, Tim Weaver, Lee Weeks, David Wishart, Patrick Woodrow. Non Fiction: David Alderton, Barbara Baker, Constance Briscoe, Thomas Bryne, Tom Cassidy, Emily Cleaver, Sarah Dobbyn, Nadia Finer, Daniel Freeman, Jason Freeman, Nicola Hodgkinson, Pea Horsley, Ken Leech, James Leighton, Astrid Longhurst, Deborah McKinlay, Adrian Plass, Andrew Tawn, Robert Way, Justin Scroggie, Kwong Kuen Shan, Peter Sheridan, Graeme Sims, Lucy Summers, Kimberly Willis. Estates: Billy Bunter, Denise Robins, Joan Jonker. Children's: Jenna Burtenshaw, Anne Cameron, Cathy Cassidy, John Connolly, C. J. Daugherty, Phil Earle, Helen Grant, Michelle Harrison, S. B. Hayes, Lucy Jones, Dave Lowe, Adam Perrot, Carmen Reid, Rob Stevens, Ahmet Zappa.
Full client list:
http://darleyanderson.com/authors
Email address:
enquiries@darleyanderson.com

Agents of: Darley Anderson Literary TV and Film Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.darleyanderson.com/
About the agency:
The Darley Anderson Literary Agency specialises in handling a broad range of bestselling commercial fiction and non-Fiction. A market leader in adult fiction, their list includes thrillers, mysteries, crime, horror, fantasy, accessible literary, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women in jeopardy, sagas and historical. Many of the fiction writers talent spotted and represented by Darley Anderson himself, are amongst the highest paid bestselling authors in the world, most notably Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Lesley Pearse and Tana French. Other top-selling fiction writers represented by Darley are Chris Carter, Jane Costello, Alex Barclay, Carmen Reid, Tara Hyland, Chris Mooney, Annie Murray, Margaret Dickinson, Clare Dowling, Lee Weeks and Adrian Plass. The agency has a reputation for discovering new talent and is always on the look out for new authors.
Address for submissions:
Estelle House, 11 Eustace Road, London SW6 1JB
Office address:
No data
Email address:
enquiries@darleyanderson.com
Phone number:
020 7385 6652
Number of agents:
3
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We welcome submissions and consider everything that comes into the agency.We accept all submissions but please note that we are currently not taking on new screenwriters, poets or short story writers. For all submissions, we currently accept either paper or email submissions. Please send: A covering letter (including a short paragraph about yourself, and one about your book); A one page synopsis. The first three consecutive chapters; A stamped addressed envelope if you would like us to return your paper submission should it not be right for us otherwise we will recycle your pages. In order to ensure that your submission goes to the relevant person please send: Crime, thrillers, mysteries, psychological thrillers and Suspense should be addressed to Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries at crimethrillersmysteries@darleyanderson.com General fiction for the attention of ClareWallace at Clare@darleyanderson.com Children's submissions (including YA and crossover) for the attention of Sophie Gordon at Childrens@darleyanderson.com. For more information about the Children's Book Agency please visit www.darleyandersonchildrens.com. We are currently not accepting email submissions. 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 six weeks, please do get in touch.
More info on this agency:
If you're a children's author you may like to check out their separate specialist children's website: http://www.darleyandersonchildrens.com/
Average response time:
6 days
Agency Transparency Index:
69/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@Darley_Anderson
Latest news:
http://www.darleyanderson.com/news.html
More about the agency:
The Darley Anderson Literary Agency specialises in handling a broad range of bestselling commercial fiction and non-Fiction. A market leader in adult fiction, their list includes thrillers, mysteries, crime, horror, fantasy, accessible literary, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women in jeopardy, sagas and historical. Many of the fiction writers talent spotted and represented by Darley Anderson himself, are amongst the highest paid bestselling authors in the world, most notably Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Lesley Pearse and Tana French. Other top-selling fiction writers represented by Darley are Chris Carter, Jane Costello, Alex Barclay, Carmen Reid, Tara Hyland, Chris Mooney, Annie Murray, Margaret Dickinson, Clare Dowling, Lee Weeks and Adrian Plass. The agency has a reputation for discovering new talent and is always on the look out for new authors.

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