Agency Newsletter

Hello everyone,

This month’s agency newsletter is full of numbers – wonderful numbers.

From half and whole millions, to No.4, No.2 and No.1. We have some great news to shout about as our authors have earned and enjoyed some fantastic successes this month.

We hope you like the monthly roundups, presented in such a lovely format*, but for those of you who like up to the minute news, please be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and to check out our news page on the Darley Anderson Agency website.

Have a happy Friday and even happier bank holiday weekend.

Kristina

 

*said me, the designer.

 

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Agency Newsletter

Hello!

It’s time for our monthly newsletter and my word do these seem to come around fast now.

April has been a fantastic month for the agency with new faces, bestsellers and, best of all, the Bologna and London Book Fairs.

The Olympia centre was turned into Book Kingdom for three days and the buzz of excitement was electric…and exhausting!

We’ve got lots of good book news for you to read about this month just in time for the bank holiday weekend. Please do follow our Facebook and Twitter pages if you haven’t already, our authors have some fantastic (many bestselling) novels you need to know about.

Happy Friday!

Kristina

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Agency Newsletter

Hello everyone

It’s beautiful today here in London, I think that we are finally seeing the back of winter, hurrah!

This is the agency newsletter for March (a little late, sorry). We’ve had a brilliant and busy month with a wealth of fantastic books launching and excitement building up to the Bologna and London Book Fairs.

Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for news about our talented authors, so you can keep up to date with all of that good book news.

If you think of anything you would like to see in the newsletter or on the blog, please do leave your comment below. I will be sure to read and write back to all of them!

Happy Friday!

Kristina

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Arise, Knights of the Borrowed Dark!

On Tuesday night we had the pleasure of attending a very special launch for the highly anticipated Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden.

For those of you who have not yet heard about KOTBD, you are in for a real treat. It tells the story of orphan Denizen Hardwick who discovers that he is part of a secret army that protects the world from an evil shadow realm.

It’s a fantastical, thrilling adventure of light versus the darkness. It’s a timeless yet contemporary classic and the world that Dave Rudden has created firmly imprints on all who read it. Trust me, you will never think of the ticking of a clock the same way again…

The wonderful people at Puffin Books and FMcM put on an unbelievable show recreating Seraphim Row, the safe house of the Order of the Borrowed Dark, in an eerie, candlelit Georgian house. Guests were free to explore the rooms and meet the characters, training with weapons expert Corinne D’Aubigny and even coming face-to-face with a Tenebrous, a monster from the shadows.

Puffin will publish in the UK on 7th April so you have plenty of time to get your pre-orders in, and if you’re lucky enough to live in Ireland, you can go out and get your copy today!

The response so far has been incredible and can all be attributed to the phenomenally talented author. Eoin Colfer, Irish Children’s Laureate, says ‘Dave Rudden is more than a rising star – he is a shooting star.’

Be sure to check out the other outstanding early reviews here and follow Dave and all the KOTBD news @d_ruddenwrites

Here’s Dave with an extremely proud agent, Clare, and some pictures of a real night to remember.

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Dave, the team at Puffin Books and Malleus Vivian of the Order of the Borrowed Dark!

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Stationary headed with the Order of the Borrowed Dark emblem

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Mary getting her book signed by man of the night, Dave Rudden

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Agency Newsletter: February

Hello all you bloggers out there,

I am very pleased to present you with the first Agency Newsletter, a roundup of all the exciting things that have been going on at the agency and with our lovely authors.

I’m Kristina, I recently joined the agency as the Rights Assistant, supporting Mary and Emma who work incredibly hard securing the foreign rights for our talented writers.

There is so much amazing stuff going on at the moment we couldn’t fit it all in! So make sure to follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We would love to hear from you, feel free to leave comments below and let us know what you would like see in the newsletter or on the blog.

Happy Friday!

Kristina

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ERIK STOREY: NEW TALENT AT THE DARLEY ANDERSON AGENCY

Why send your submission to our agency? It’s all in the name.

Darley Anderson is personally well known for talent spotting debut writers who have become top bestsellers worldwide. Amongst others these include Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Lesley Pearse, Tana French and Chris Carter.

His latest major discovery was an unknown, unpublished 36 year old thriller writer living in Colorado whose first novel, an adventure thriller, had been turned down by 50 New York Agents.

Darley was the only London Agent to show interest in the MS and to promptly sign up the writer, Erik Storey.

Darley then worked editorially with Storey before submitting it to all the major UK publishers. All but one of these publishers turned down the novel. And the only offer Darley received was so derisory that he refused to accept it.

Knowing he had something special, Darley then chose his ideal NY Editor, Rick Horgan at Scribner’s, and sent it exclusively to him.

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Erik Storey, debut author at the Darley Anderson Agency

Rick was the first person in publishing to share Darley’s belief and enthusiasm for Storey. Now his Clint Eastwood-like central character called Clyde Barr will feature in a series of novels by Storey.

Rick paid a very substantial six figure advance for Storey’s first two novels and worked tirelessly with Storey to make a ‘good’ novel ‘great’.

Says Anderson: “If there is a better Editor in World Publishing than Rick Horgan I certainly haven’t met him/her. Rick has been simply outstanding. He’s the Max Perkins of our time.”

Erik’s novel now entitled NOTHING SHORT OF DYING is being readied for publication in the US for August this year.

Anderson is pleased to announce that Simon and Schuster in the UK have now bought the British and Commonwealth Rights for a substantial advance. And Foreign Rights are being snapped up.

 

PRAISE FOR ‘NOTHING SHORT OF DYING’

Top selling authors, including Lee Child and Jeffery Deaver, who have read early proofs of NOTHING SHORT OF DYING, have been raving about Erik’s talent!

“Very, very good. It’s all here. Reacher is keeping an eye on this guy. In the rear-view mirror for now, but that’s closer than most.”
–Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Me and other books in the Jack Reacher series.

“A singular new talent! Storey’s Nothing Short of Dying is nothing short of brilliant. It grabs you from page one and simply doesn’t let go. This man is a born storyteller!”
— Jeffery Deaver, #1 international bestselling author of The Bone Collector and The Coffin Dancer.

Nothing Short of Dying is a relentless thrill ride that hurtles the reader into dark and interesting places. Erik Storey’s somebody to watch…and read.”
— Robert Ferrigno, New York Times bestselling author of Prayers for the Assassin and The Horse Latitudes.

“Nothing short of thrilling… Erik Storey is a gene splice of Lee Child and Joe Lansdale.  In this modern-day gunslinger classic everyone is a bad guy and Clyde Barr is the baddest of them all.”
–Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Contagious and Alive.

“Jack Reacher fans will delight in meeting the shrewd loner Clyde Barr, but it’s his fearless companion Allie who will sass her way into readers’ hearts. Highly recommended!”
–Kira Peikoff, author of Living Proof and No Time to Die

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Delving into the DA Authors’ Inspiration – Part Two

Now it’s Friday, and we are officially starting to count down to Christmas (!!), we wanted to continue what we started last week with all of our wonderful Adult authors… it’s time to share how some of our Children’s authors got to writing…

Cathy Cassidy, Puffin’s bestselling author for girls and of the CHOCOLATE BOX GIRLS series:

I was scraping a living as a teen mag agony aunt and freelance mag journalist but had never managed my dream of writing a book-length story – until a new friend’s disbelief that I wanted to be a writer goaded me into finally getting past chapter three. Her tough-love comments pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me to achieve that dream.

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Polly Ho-Yen, author of the award-nominated BOY IN THE TOWER (Random House Children’s Books):

It started slowly for me. I have always loved books and working with books but I simply didn’t think that I was good enough to write one, let alone for it to be published. I started writing just for my own pleasure, with no ambition of what might happen, and quickly found that I enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t stop. When ‘Boy in the Tower’ was published, I still had the nagging feeling that I wasn’t good enough to make it as an author.

However, when I was looking for a new job, I realised writing was the thing that I liked doing most in    the world. I was also encouraged by my lovely readers, who told me to keep going and who were endlessly enthusiastic. I suddenly knew that if I didn’t give writing a chance then it never would be my career and, though it was perhaps scarier than other paths, I was more afraid of not giving it a go. Now, I can’t imagine having a day without writing in it and hope that I won’t have to.

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Dave Rudden, author of the upcoming KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK (Puffin):

 I first started writing when I was seventeen. Fanfiction, actually – grimdark far future military sci-fi with lots of glorious last stands and lantern-jawed heroics. I used to lurk on a website called Imperial Literature. Reading stories graduated to the occasional comment, and the community was so welcoming that eventually I put up my very first piece of fiction. Just five hundred words, just an experiment to see if I could. Looking back, I don’t mind admitting that it was dreadful, but every comment I got was kind and constructive until finally someone commented ‘love this. When’s the next one?’

 The question had never occurred to me before. When’s the next one?

 Helen Grant, author of THE VANISHING OF KATHARINA LINDEN and THE FORBIDDEN SPACES trilogy (Random House Children’s Books):

 I’ve always wanted to write. When I was 10, our school teacher asked us what we wanted to do when we grew up, and I said very firmly that I wanted to write. He looked at me and said , “And you will.”

For a long time other things got in the way: university, first job, travelling, then two babies. Then in 2001 we moved to Germany. The children started at kindergarten and all of a sudden I had my mornings free. On the very first day they were both out of the house, I booted up my PC and started writing, and I’ve carried on ever since. My first book was published in 2009. 

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 Caroline Crowe, author of PIRATES IN PYJAMAS (Little Tiger Press):

I’ve written silly rhymes for friends since I was at school and I knew by the time I left University that I wanted to be a writer, but the two things didn’t come together to make a picture book text until a few years ago. After I graduated I was very lucky to get work experience at a national newspaper and ended up never leaving. It wasn’t until 10 years later when I decided to go freelance that I started writing texts for children. I love picture books and we have a huge collection at home. I don’t think there was one defining moment, but as soon as I had the time, writing picture books was exactly what I wanted to do.

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Olivia Levez, author of the upcoming THE ISLAND (Oneworld):

 Definitely the morning that I walked into my head’s office and asked for a sabbatical from teaching. I had a wonderful creative year in which I joined SCBWI and went on my first conference,  went to art college to do my foundation, and most importantly, wrote my first book, which I’d been trying to do for years and years.  Although that first book was pretty dreadful, it did get a request for a complete from an agent, and that gave me the confidence to carry on writing.

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Kim Slater, author of the Carnegie nominated SMART (Macmillan Children’s Books):

For the last three years since securing my first book deal, I’ve stuck doggedly to the same routine; wake up and write 6-8 am each morning, then off to my day job as a full-time self-employed school bursar.  On top of this, I’ve also written in the evenings, at weekends, on holidays (including my recent honeymoon!) and at Christmas-time.

To me, writing isn’t a chore, it isn’t a job – it’s something I love to do and I ache when I can’t do it. The greatest luxury for a writer is having the time to think, to simmer ideas and well, to write.  So, this summer, when the opportunity came to write full-time, my resounding response was, YES PLEASE!

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