Elina Ahlback Literary Agency is looking for new passionate Literary Agents with a growth-mindset

Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency Oy Ltd. is one of the leading literary agencies in the Nordic countries, selling Finnish and Nordic authors’ translation and media rights worldwide.  Founded in June 2009 by Elina Ahlbäck, CEO and owner, the Agency has offices in Helsinki, Amsterdam, New York and Los Angeles. The existence and brand of the Agency are well known and identified both in international markets and in Finland. In 2020, the Agency was selected among the top three literary agencies in the world and shortlisted for The 2020 International Excellence Awards at The London (Virtual) Book Fair. In 2019, the founder of the agency was selected as the Agent of the Year at the 10th Anniversary Gala of the Association of Agents and Managers in Creative Industries (AGMA).

The Agency represents authors from all Finnish publishers including over 80 active writers and illustrators with translations into more than 50 languages. Our fastest growing business area is selling stories and media rights to the Hollywood entertainment industry and to other production companies in film, TV and streaming industries. In our Agency we highly value the long-term personal contacts created with the world’s leading publishers who are great influencers in the publishing community.


We are looking for new passionate Literary Agents to join our great team and raise the pioneer of Finnish literary exports with 11 successful years to a new international level. Our goal is to ten-fold the exports of Finnish literature and to become the leading Literary Agency in Northern Europe. We offer a truly innovative, international and passionate working environment in the global publishing industry.

The Literary Agent we are looking for

  • Has experience and skills in the publishing, gaming, film, TV or entertainment industries
  • Has a proven record in sales, especially new business
  • Has excellent communication skills & a growth mindset
  • Is passionate about stories, Finnish & Nordic books and reading
  • Is digitally oriented, savvy with social media with interest in growing our digital & social media presence
  • Has experience in utilizing digital sales and marketing tools
  • Is an agile, trustworthy team player

The appointed Literary Agent will be responsible for selling Finnish authors’ works to international publishers in specific geographical areas. Being successful in the work requires excellent cooperation with the Agency’s team, authors, international publishers and local agents. The passion for exporting Finnish literature to the world is reflected and included in the performance and sales skills of the Literary Agent, as well as in encounters with international customers, publishers and buyers. In addition to customer orientation, the Agency’s core values and brand cornerstones include: How to create buzz, excitement and momentum in selling rights to publishers and producers face-to-face as well as digitally!

“The future of agency business is here”

Please send in your application and motivation letter to rekry@ahlbackagency.com by 15th September, 2020. In case of questions, you may call on Thursday 3rd September at 13:00 – 15:00 at +358 400 548 402 (CEO Elina Ahlbäck). For more information, visit our website: https://www.ahlbackagency.com/