Rachel Ip’s Top Tips for Picture Book Writing

Want to write a picture book, but don’t know where to start? As any experienced writer knows, 500 words can be just as difficult to write as 50,000. How do you build a story? How do you create a character? How do you create your world? And all of that with fewer words than a…

Expectation vs Reality with LV Matthews

As any author will tell you, finding the right agent for their work can be a long and arduous a process. After the months or years spent writing their novel and honing their craft, securing an agent is a huge milestone in their dreams of publication. But then what? As agents one of the main…

Submissions: Lockdown and Submitting

Submissions: Lockdown and Submitting With the continued presence of Covid and Government restrictions affecting our day to day lives, the Darley Anderson Agency is continuing to work remotely. But how does this affect your submission? We have received numerous questions about how we are operating during the pandemic and the UK’s third national lockdown. So…

Mega Middle-Grade Competition Shortlist Announced!

Over the past eight weeks, we at the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency have had a fantastic time reading all the entries to our Mega Middle-Grade Competition.  At a time when we are all in need of a little escapism, you have transported us to countless worlds and introduced us to many fabulous characters. We’ve…

Beth O’Leary: Do I need an Agent?

Are agents really necessary? What would an agent do for me and how could they help me reach my goal of being published? These are all valid questions for any prospective author. While not everyone goes down the traditional route of getting an agent, we thought we’d ask Sunday Times Bestseller Beth O’Leary to tell…