Darley Anderson

CEO & Founder

Darley Anderson is the Founder and Proprietor of the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. He is an ex-publisher who has fifty years experience in all aspects of general trade publishing.

He started his Agency single-handedly in 1988 beginning with three writers, a large bank overdraft and no financial backing. 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 Lee Child, Martina Cole, John Connolly, Tana French, Chris Carter, Adrian Plass, Annie Murray, Margaret Dickinson, Jacqui Rose, Stephen Spotswood, Anna-Lou Weatherley, and Hazel Prior.

Almost all his writers were unknown and unpublished when they sent their first manuscript to him. Darley worked editorially with them before selling their work and in many cases he negotiated six and seven figure deals for these debuts. 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.

My Wishlist

Favourite Genres
  • Psychological Suspense
  • Crime
  • Thriller

Darley Anderson is one of London’s most commercially successful Literary Agents.

He is the long-term Agent for; the Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child; the Charlie Parker Series by John Connolly; The Robert Hunter Series by Chris Carter; The Pentecost and Parker Series by Stephen Spotswood; and The Detective Dan Riley Series by Anna-Lou Weatherley.

Darley now takes on very few writers, but he is actively looking for a talented, focused, commercial fiction writer who has created a potentially iconic series character who will appeal equally to all commercial readers.