Darryl Samaraweera

Darryl Samaraweera – Editor

Editor, literary agent, and published novelist with 20 years' experience, working across all genres of fiction and non-fiction.


Having represented new and established non-fiction and prize-winning fiction authors for over 15 years (as well as high profile Instagrammers in the lifestyle market), I have worked with a full range of writers, from leaders in their fields of non-fiction to novelists.

As a freelance editor I have helped debut and established writers looking to polish manuscripts ahead of self-publication, or to deliver on a commissioned work.

As an agent I have worked with Booker Prize shortlister Fiona Mozley, leading international affairs scholar Samir Puri, and Rebecca Wilson who launched What Mummy Makes on Instagram and now has close to 500,000 followers. In an editorial advisory capacity I have enjoyed working with Telegraph columnist and novelist Celia Walden and Helen Fielding (whom I assisted early on in my career in quite a varied role!).

*Please note my job as an agent and my freelance editorial work are quite distinct.*

Although I like to share the benefit of my industry knowledge, and do advise authors if I feel a book would benefit from traditional representation (where fees should never be charged), I feel there is a need in itself for the kind of pre-publication editorial support that most agents and publishers simply haven't the time or capacity for during a busy working week - from initial editorial assessments and full structural/developmental edits to fine-tune copyediting and proofing, which all require a lot of dedicated work.

I continue to write creatively myself and my first novel was called a 'literary tour de force' by the Sunday Telegraph (UK). I currently have a couple of new ongoing projects I am working on and know well the difficulties of fulfilling the dream of seeing your book(s) published, in what is always a tough market!


I follow Reedsy's own guidelines for fees and base mine strictly on word count (and am happy to advise before we work together if I think a manuscript is simply too short or too long). I also advise if I feel a manuscript is at too early a stage for a proofread and needs a copyedit, or indeed would first benefit from an editorial assessment. Reedsy's pricing calculator can be found on their blog here:

Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits History Political Science & Current Affairs Travel
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Aug, 2007 — Present

Starting out by offering copywriting and editorial support to the marketing and advertising industry I soon aligned my work with my agenting career to offer writers - from household names and leaders in their fields (history, current affairs and contemporary fiction) - editorial support. My work has included first read assessments and structural notes to help redrafting, to providing a keen eye to copyedit and proofread authors' manuscripts ahead of self publication.

Artellus Ltd

Mar, 2004 — Present

Salaried part-time literary agent looking after a backlist of approximately 75 authors, while handling a small roster of my own authors as part of the company's stable.

Darryl has 5 reviews





Su S.

Su S.

Sep, 2023

Darryl provided thoughtful, insightful, detailed and very helpful feedback on time and to budget. He also suggested what sort of collaboration would be most useful, and was spot on with that. I would have no hesitation in working with him again and indeed I very much hope to. Highly recommended. Thank you Darryl!
Pete S.

Pete S.

Sep, 2022

Darryl offered a report on my agent query letter, synopsis and first few chapters. This was a couple of pages long, thorough and insightful. I agreed with most of the points he made and was able to ask questions to clarify a few things I wasn't quite sure about, which he answered clearly and promptly. He then followed this up with a 45 minute Zoom session to really clarify the report and dig de...
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Julian D.

Julian D.

Aug, 2022

I chose Daryll because from the start he showed sensitivity to what I was trying to achieve in my writing. He knew what I needed in an editor, and customised his initial report towards that, including tips on playing the 'publishing' game, general proposals of how to structure the book better, notes on weaknesses and how to improve them, and line by line points on things he liked and disliked. ...
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Jordan S.

Jordan S.

Jul, 2022

Darryl was an extremely helpful collaborater, offering a lot of advice and sparing no punches. I would 100% work with him again
Jessica H.

Jessica H.

Jul, 2022

Darryl was wonderful to work with! He tailored his services to meet my specific needs and provided clear feedback and guidance. I emerged from our session with detailed notes about how to improve and begin to market my manuscript.

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