Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency to open an office in New York

Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency will expand to New York in the summer of 2014. Elina Ahlbäck will open a New York office with Laura Palotie (MA in journalism), who will be starting as an agent at the Agency’s Helsinki office on January 3, 2014.

”It is essential for us to be located close to our customers and clients in the United States, selling rights to the works of our Finnish authors and collaborating with our U.S clients from our office in New York”, says literary agent Elina Ahlbäck. She was in New York last week with the author Leena Lehtolainen, visiting U.S editors and marketing Lehtolainen’s Maria Kallio crime novels Copper Heart, Her Enemy and My First Murder.

Next year, several books by Finnish authors will be published in the United States, including Snow Woman (Luminainen, Tammi 1996), the fourth novel in Leena Lehtolainen’s internationally acclaimed Maria Kallio Mystery Series, and the first entry in the Bodyguard Trilogy, The Bodyguard (Henkivartija, Tammi 2009), by the same author. Other forthcoming books include Salla Simukka’s As Red As Blood (Punainen kuin veri, Tammi 2013), the first entry in the massively successful Snow White Trilogy, for which translation rights have already been sold in 37 territories, and Emmi Itäranta’s award-winning debut Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012). English editions of The Life and Art of Tove Jansson (Tove Jansson – Tee työtä ja rakasta, Tammi 2013) by Tuula Karjalainen and The Blood of Angels (Enkelten verta, Teos 2011) by the award-winning author Johanna Sinisalo will be published in the fall of 2014.

In the Agency’s Helsinki office, Elina Ahlbäck and agents Päivi Ruottinen and Melanie Schmitt will continue selling foreign rights in fiction, children’s books and non-fiction to publishers around the world on behalf of its clients including Tammi Publishers, Rovio Entertainment and North American publishers Amazon, Little Brown, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and several others.   See a full list of clients here:

Authors: http://www.ahlbackagency.com/authors/

Publishers & Agents:  http://www.ahlbackagency.com/publishers-agents/

For further information and rights enquiries contact:

Elina Ahlbäck, Literary Agent, CEO – Elina@ahlbackagency.com – tel. + 358 400 548 402