Elina Ahlbäck
CEO, Literary Agent

U.S., UK & Commonwealth, Scandinavian territories
French, Italian, Spanish & Latin American territories
Film & TV rights in collaboration with Agency’s media rights representative

Elina is the founder of the Agency, and has enjoyed a successful career in publishing and bookselling since 1982. She has built an extensive personal network in the international publishing community, and holds a Master of Science degree in international economics. She loves Shakespeare and Jane Austen – and enjoys Agatha Christie.

Lotta Dufva
Literary Agent

Dutch, German, Asian and Eastern European territories
Press and communications, Submissions

+358 400 512101

Lotta holds an MA degree in Literature with a minor in Business Studies, and has lived in Germany and the U.S. before settling in Helsinki. She grew up reading speculative fiction and comics, and studied literary classics in the university: she still appreciates the Aristotelian structure and expects the unexpected.

Nicole Herbst
Rights Coordinator

Contracts and royalties
Helsinki office administration

Nicole is our rights coordinator and she assists the agents in sales and material requests.  Originally a bookseller, she majored in Finnish and Nordic studies and translates from Finnish and Swedish into German. Nicole enjoys Icelandic sagas and contemporary urban literature with a weakness for family novels exploring paradigm shifts and social issues.

We work in collaboration with co-agents in Brazil, China, Japan and Korea.


Elina Ahlback Literary Agency sells book, film and TV rights in fiction, children’s books and non-fiction to publishers and producers all around the world and negotiates the best possible contract, including a marketing plan, for its clients. We are regular participants at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Gothenburg Book Fair and we have representation at international film & TV festivals.

The Elina Ahlback Literary Agency was established in June 2009 by Elina Ahlbäck, who has enjoyed a successful career in publishing and bookselling since 1982. Our Agency’s head office is located in the heart of Helsinki, and we have offices in Los Angeles and New York City.

Read our story here.

If you are a Finland-based author looking for an agent to represent your book in foreign markets, please send a short introduction together with a full manuscript and some press reviews to We will get in touch within 60 days if we are interested. Please note that we do not return manuscripts or reading copies, so do not send us originals. Good luck!

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