Proprietor and Agent
Darley Anderson is the founder and proprietor of the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. He is an ex-publisher who had 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.
He represents a wide range of bestselling writers including Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Tana French, Constance Briscoe, Chris Carter, Clare Dowling, Tara Hyland, Adrian Plass, Lucy Summers, Annie Murray, Margaret Dickinson and Cathy Cassidy.
Almost all his writers were unknown and unpublished when they sent their first ms to Anderson. He worked editorially with them before selling their ms. In many cases he 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 his writers' 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”.
Camilla joined the Darley Anderson Agency in 2007 and was named as a publishing Rising Star by The Bookseller in 2013. At the Agency she represents The Sunday Times and The New York Times bestsellers and critically acclaimed authors.
Overall her list features ebook bestsellers, established authors and debut authors including Tom Bale, James Carol, Gloria Cook, A J Cross, Jason Dean, G R Halliday, Egan Hughes, Emma Kavanagh, T M Logan, Imran Mahmood, Phoebe Morgan, B A Paris, Jo Platt, Rebecca Shaw, Rob Sinclair, Sean Slater, Catherine Steadman, Lee Stone, G X Todd, Tim Weaver and David Wishart.
Camilla represents crime, thriller, suspense and women’s fiction. She loves working editorially with her authors and is looking for new talent.
Camilla co-founded Pitch An Agent in conjunction with CrimeFest. This annual event gives new writers the exciting opportunity to meet agents and discuss their work. Camilla studied English Literature and Psychology at Cardiff University, specialising in Novel Writing. After gaining a distinction from the University of the Arts, Camilla went on to work for a national newspaper before joining the Darley Anderson Agency.
Clare joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011. Clare is building the children’s list and is scouting for new authors of picture books, middle grade, teenage, YA and illustrators. Clare also represents a boutique list of commercial and accessible literary women’s fiction but is closed to new submissions.
At the Agency Clare represents authors both in the UK and the US including Rosie Blake, Caroline Crowe, Kerry Fisher, Martyn Ford, Helen Grant, Polly Ho-Yen, Cesca Major, Gillian McAllister, Olivia Hope, Adam Perrott, Beth Reekles, Dave Rudden, Stewart Foster, Phaedra Patrick, Vanessa Altin, Sophie Cousens, Olivia Levez and illustrators Claire Mackie, Claire Powell and Lorna Scobie.
Clare formerly assisted the Luxton Harris Ltd literary agency. Graduating with a first from a BA in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University, Clare went on to gain a distinction on the MA in Creative Writing. She has proof-listened to hundreds of adults and children’s audio books for AudioGO and worked for Cardiff University as a research assistant and coach to international students.
Tanera joined the Darley Anderson team in early 2017 and is building the women’s fiction list. She is a huge fan of commercial romances, and is open to all submissions within the genre: she has a particular passion for strong female leads and authors with a unique voice. She currently represents authors both in the UK and US, including: Beth O’Leary, Sandie Jones, Mandy Baggot, and Lauren North.
Tanera studied at Exeter University where she gained a BA in English Literature before she went on to join the Lovereading team. Here, she spent much of her time doing what she loves most: reading books and discussing them with like-minded people. She then went on to work within the production team of a well-known publishing house, which gave her a good grounding in the world of publishing.
Lydia has recently joined the Darley Anderson Agency and is looking to build the children’s list. With a background in middle grade and YA fiction, Lydia is particularly looking for magical middle grade adventures, funny contemporary stories and YA novels with an unusual voice.
She’s also got an eye out for clever, engaging picture books and is developing the non-fiction side of the children’s list. She loves working editorially with writers and is always on the lookout for new talent.
Dramatic Rights Agent
Sheila David handles dramatic rights for the DA Agency in the UK and in conjunction with the DA book agents, represents clients including John Connolly, James Carol, Tim Weaver, Lesley Pearse, Dave Rudden, Emma Kavanagh & Cathy Cassidy.
Before joining the DA team, Sheila worked in Business Affairs at the BBC and at Hachette Livre Children’s Books. She was apprenticed in the craft of agenting at leading boutique literary firm, The Agency (London) Ltd, where she spent 4 years.
She read History at the University of Edinburgh and recently completed her diploma in Law from BPP.
Head of Rights
Mary is the Head of Rights at Darley Anderson and oversees all translation rights for the agency's authors all over the world, for both the Adults and Children's lists along with Kristina Egan.
Mary joined Darley Anderson as Rights Assistant in February 2011 after working with the Rights Department at Bloomsbury and as a book seller at Stanfords Map and Travel Book Shop in Covent Garden.
Kristina joined the agency as the Rights Assistant in February 2016. She assists Mary Darby in all translation deals and administration, and manages select territories of her own.
Kristina has a first class degree in English & Media. During her time at university, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and wrote ‘Bad Bone Structure for Bald’, a chronicle of her experiences. She was named Student Blogger of the Month for her ‘poignantly funny’ work by The Huffington Post and was asked to write think pieces for their Young Voices section; she later interned as an editorial assistant at their offices in London.
Rosanna became the Agency’s Financial Controller in 2008.
After graduating in English Literature at the University of Nottingham Rosanna joined a dynamic new finance house and fell in love with deal making, deadlines and pressure, finding work more fun than fun.
She won Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Cook of The Year Competition and took up the prize of the one year Diploma Course at Leith’s School of Food and Wine which also included the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Intermediate Course. She then passed the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. She has worked in farming, banking, law, hotels, catering, the wine trade, import, export, retail, wholesale and fashion.
She takes great delight in all aspects of the Agency and thoroughly enjoys being, in the words of Lee Child, The Money Lady.
Peter Colegrove has been the company accountant since 1992. He is also a director and company secretary of the Darley Anderson Childrens Book Agency Ltd.
US Film Associate
Steve began his career in television journalism in New York, working for ABC News and CNN. At ABC he worked for World News Tonight as Head of the Research department and an Off Air Reporter and worked closely with then host Peter Jennings. At CNN he wrote anchor copy and field produced.
Turning to Hollywood, Steve trained at ICM, then began his agenting career at the venerable H.N. Swanson Agency, the oldest literary firm on the West Coast. Specializing in representing books to the film and TV business, he represents such authors as Lee Child, John Connolly, Tana French, the estate of Patrick O'Brian, Robert Stone, Gregory Maguire, Peter Matthiessen, James Sallis, and many others.
His current company, Agency for the Performing Arts, has offices in Beverly Hills, New York, and Nashville.
Pippa joined the agency in August 2015 and is the literary assistant to Darley Anderson.
After leaving school she took a gap year, during which she taught English in Sri Lanka for 5 months. She then went on to complete the Oxford Media and Business School Executive PA Diploma.
She is thrilled to be able to work at the Darley Anderson Agency.
Samantha joined the Darley Anderson Agency in September 2016.
She is a graduate in Business Studies from London University. She has worked in interior design, property development and an Art Gallery and has travelled extensively in the course of business. She has a sports background in tennis, golf and swimming and taught Pilates for 8 years.
Samantha is in charge of the smooth running of the office and premises and takes particular care of new authors.
Roya joined the Agency in January 2017 as Camilla Wray's assistant.
Roya studied French and German at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2016. She enjoys reading submissions and offering advice to new authors.