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Ms. Lydia Silver

Darley Anderson Literary

Estelle House, 11 Eustace Road

London SW6 1JB



Website: darleyandersonchildrens.com/

Twitter: LydiaRSilver

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from katine
Nov 22, 2022 12:05 pm


EQ: 11/7/22
FR: 11/22/22

MG Fantasy 64K
from Writinglu
Nov 17, 2022 10:43 am


Queried 28th October
Very personalized pass 17th Nov

“You're a talented writer and I really enjoyed your opening chapters - there's a great energy to your voice, and some beautiful imagery! But this feels quite upper-end YA to me, and your comparison titles are adult fantasy. I think you'd be better served by an agent who works more into the adult fantasy space - my connections are all YA, and although I have sold upper-end/crossover YA fantasy it's a little harder for me and I have to be completely head-over-heels in love with it to take the risk.”

Both times I queried her she gave personalized responses for passing. I really appreciate them because she says lovely things about my writing and opening pages :) This one shows there’s not a thing wrong with my query package at all, but she’s just not the best fit for YA/Adult crossover! Thanks Lydia
from samihainlove
Sep 13, 2022 11:31 am


FQ: 9/7/22
FR: 9/13

YA Muslim (BIPOC) Contemp Romance
from morningstar21
Aug 03, 2022 3:04 pm


FQ: 7/07
FR: 08/03
Thank you for giving the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency a chance to consider your work.

Unfortunately this is not right for us. We are replying as soon as possible to give you the best chance of finding the right agent.

We receive over 300 submissions a week and can only take on a handful of new writers and illustrators every year. The result is that we have to be incredibly selective, so please do not be too disheartened. This is an incredibly subject industry and another agent may well feel differently.

We wish you the very best of luck in the future.

Best wishes,
Lydia
from Writinglu
Aug 03, 2022 11:25 am


Queried : 6th July
Nudged after DVPIT with list of interested editors: 3rd August
Pass: 4th August

Thank you for giving the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency a chance to consider your work. I loved your pitch and your concept and really enjoyed reading this opening, but I'm afraid I didn't fall quite a deeply in love with it as I would need in order to take it on. I didn't really get much of a sense of your wider world, and I think I wanted to be submerged in that, whereas somehow this felt a little more surface-level, perhaps because the action moves so quickly. I'm not surprised you've had editor interest though - the pitch is utterly brilliant!
from xabiso21
May 16, 2022 8:53 am


FQ: 15/05/2022
YA Urban Fantasy Romance 78k
from RCrawford
Mar 04, 2022 8:49 pm


EQ: 2.2.2022
Rej: 3.3.2022

YA Paranormal Romance 105k

She does accept email and form queries! I withdrew my email query so I could formally query her through the form but she emailed me back saying she accepts both!
from AmberMHerbert
Feb 04, 2022 9:52 am


EQ: 10/21/21
FR from assistant: 02/04/22

New Adult Contemporary 70k
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 15, 2022 9:18 am


Profile Update: Genres updated.
from CRogers
Jan 11, 2022 9:13 am


Form Query: January 10th
Rejected: January 11th

YA Contemporary Romance 79k
from vrubo0
Jan 11, 2022 5:36 am


Query sent: January 10th
Rejection received: January 11th, by 10 a.m.

I used Query Manager and the response time is much quicker (like, within hours), at least right now. Do use Query Manager to submit to speed things up. Best of luck
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 10, 2022 4:25 pm


Profile Update: Now using QueryManager. Genres updated.
from Zooks3
Dec 09, 2021 9:04 am


11/8/21 - EQ re: Moody's Bluff -Contemporary YA - 45K
12/9/21 - form rejection from Chloe Davis
from LouiseCottrell
Aug 13, 2021 10:51 am


EQ: 7/21/21
ER: 8/11/21
MG Literary 44,000 words
Standard rejection sent by her asst Chloe Davis
from bubblyian
Aug 12, 2021 4:27 am


Emailed query July 20
Standard rejection August 11
"Thank you for giving the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency a chance to consider your work.
Unfortunately this is not right for us. We are replying as soon as possible to give you the best chance of finding the right agent. We specialise in commercial fiction and illustration tailor made for the mass market and therefore we have to be confident of substantial sales quantities before taking on a new project.

We receive over 300 submissions a week and can only take on a handful of new writers and illustrators every year. The result is that we have to be incredibly selective, so please do not be too disheartened. Another agent may well feel differently.

We wish you the very best of luck in the future.

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