Year of Martina Cole: Nielsen|Specsavers Bestseller Award

‘Martina Cole’s success must be a source of envy for many’ –  Independent, 2016

Not many people would argue with that. This year marks 25 years since Martina’s debut novel Dangerous Lady was published. 25 years, 22 novels, 22 bestsellers and of those at least 15 No.1 Sunday Times Bestsellers. How could this consistent and ever-growing success not make others envious?

At the start of this anniversary year, the Queen of Crime was awarded an Honorary Platinum Sales Award at the Nielsen|Specsavers Bestseller Awards.

The awards are unique in their recognition of success through sales, sadly something often overlooked in other literary prizes.

Martina received the Platinum award for over 9 million copies sold of all her titles since Nielsen began records 20 years ago. She also received 4 Gold awards for Revenge, Faces, The Business and Faceless which sold over 500,000 copies in the UK in 2016.

With her unique, powerful storytelling, acclaimed for its hard-hitting, true-to-life style – there is no one else who writes like Martina Cole.

Unmatched in talent and unstoppable in success.


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Darley ‘the Deal’ does the Double with Lee and Martina

Lee Child’s Night School is the No.1 Bestselling Hardback Fiction title of 2016. And Martina Cole’s Betrayal is the No.2 Bestselling Hardback Fiction title of 2016.

Nicknamed Darley ‘the Deal’ by Martina many years ago, Darley discovered Lee and Martina when they were unpublished.

Their success is no flash in the pan. They have both delivered a succession of No.1 Bestsellers over a period of many years.

We think this is an awesome achievement!


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The Phenomenal Martina Cole – 25 years of record-breaking bestsellers

2016 has been another exceptional year for Martina Cole. Her most recent release, Betrayal, went straight to No.1 in hardback. With this she notched up her 15th original fiction No.1 in 16 years. Martina has had more No.1 original fiction bestsellers than any other author and Betrayal is on course to be the 2nd bestselling original fiction hardback of 2016. Her Christmas chart position sees her back in the top three.

2017 will mark a very special year for Martina, Headline and Darley Anderson: it’s the 25th anniversary of Dangerous Lady, Martina’s first novel. Headline have an entire year of special events planned to celebrate, including a 25th anniversary UK tour.

Over the course of her illustrious career since Dangerous Lady, more than sixteen million print copies and 1.2 million e-books have sold. Truly Martina Cole is the Queen of Crime.



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Agency Newsletter

Hello there!

This month our newsletter covers the all the news from the lead up to Christmas and celebrates a fantastic year for our authors.

The Bestseller lists have been rounding up the top titles of the year and we are very pleased to see both our debut and experienced authors make the cut, several times!

There are awards, milestones and exciting film news included and we look to 2017 to show you which new titles you must look out for the in coming year.

Wishing you all a restful and happy holiday. We’ll be back in 2017!

DA Agency


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Agency Newsletter


Another month has whizzed by and another newsletter is filled up. We had so much news this month that I couldn’t put everything in it. Seriously.

The Frankfurt Book Fair was a brilliant success and Mary and Emma, from our amazing Rights team, took around 150 back-to-back meetings over the week, meeting with editors and agents from around the world, securing deals and showcasing the ample talent that our agency has to offer. Thank you so much for the hard and exhausting work!

In this month’s newsletter, we have two powerhouse bestsellers in the UK and US. There’s the release of the 2nd Jack Reacher movie featuring Tom Cruise. And there are SO many award wins and nominations.

Congratulations to all our authors who won and are nominated, particularly the DA Children’s authors who have take up a big chunk of the page!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and for all you writers thinking about submitting, take a look at our submission pages to familiarise yourself with the process. We’re ready to read it whenever you are!





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Agency Newsletter


Here is the roundup from the last month at the agency which is slightly later than usual, apologies. This is because it’s Frankfurt season! And there is lots of exciting work to be done in preparation for the fair.

For those of you who don’t know, the Frankfurt Book Fair is primarily a rights fair where publishers and rights teams meet for, quite often, back-to-back meetings over the week, selling and acquiring book rights. These fairs are a great opportunity for publishers, agents and editors to discuss the kind of books they are interested in acquiring or, for us, pitch books they are representing.

Foreign rights are a hugely important part of the industry and the fair is one of the few times in the year when agents and publishers from all around the world can meet face to face.

Look out for next month’s newsletter with a roundup of all the news from the fair.

In this month’s edition, I nearly ran out of room as we had so many bestsellers, award wins, new languages and brilliant endorsements from powerhouse authors. It’s all good news!

Remember to download the PDF for best quality. It also looks great if you print it out…

Very best wishes,


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Agency Newsletter


There’s always a lot going on at the agency, with authors, rights, submissions etc. but we always want to keep you in the loop.

The newsletter is, again, packed with news. August is usually a quiet month in publishing – but not for the DA Agency.

Our debut authors are enjoying immense success around the world, our much-loved established authors continue to grow from strength to strength and we welcome new faces to our DA Children’s Book Agency.

We have a brand new Twitter account for DA Children’s so make sure your following (and on Facebook too).

Enjoy the rest of sunny summer days!



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