WE ARE HIRING: Elina Ahlback Literary Agency is looking for new passionate Literary Agents!

Are you passionate about literature and sharing stories all around the world? Keep reading!

Elina Ahlback Literary Agency is looking for new agents to join our world-conquering team.

Being one of the leading literary agencies in the Nordic countries, selling Finnish and Nordic authors’ translation, film and TV rights worldwide, we have the perfect know-how to create future literary superstars.

Our talented authors include Max Seeck, Leena Lehtolainen, Salla Simukka, Laura Lindstedt, Johanna Sinisalo, Maria Turtschaninoff, Mia Kankimäki, Frank Martela, Katja Pantzar, Tuutikki Tolonen, Laura Ertimo, Magdalena Hai, Elina Backman, A.M. Ollikainen, Martta Kaukonen, Katja Kallio and many more.

Max Seeck is the first Finn since Mika Waltari to be featured on the New York Times bestseller list and with 40+ rights sold, one of the most widely translated Finnish authors in history. In Young Adult literature, with 52 rights sold, Salla Simukka holds the definite first place. Leena Lehtolainen’s evergreen crime novels have sold 2,5 million copies throughout the world. Each week, we are in contact with 500+ best publishers in the World and our job is to introduce to them what we already know to be the best literature in the Nordics.

What do we need from you?

  • First and foremost – passion for stories, Finnish & Nordic books, and reading
  • You are a fast, proactive, and trustworthy team player
  • Excellent communication skills and a mindset for growth
  • Excellent skills in English and Finnish, strong copywriting skills

It would be great if you had:

  • Experience and skills in the publishing, gaming, film, TV, or entertainment industries
  • Proven record in sales, especially new business
  • Excellent digital and social media skills
  • Experience in using digital sales and marketing tools

The Literary Agent we are looking for 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 co-agents.

The passion for exporting Finnish literature to the world will be reflected in meetings with international customers, publishers, and buyers.
We need the agents to be well versed in creating buzz, excitement and momentum in selling rights to publishers and producers face-to-face as well as digitally.



Please send in your application and motivation letter to recruitment@ahlbackagency.com by 30th October, 2021. If you have any questions, you may also call on Monday 11th October at 13:00 – 15:00 or Monday 25th October at 13:00 – 15:00 at +358 400 548 402 (CEO Elina Ahlbäck). For more information, visit our website: https://www.ahlbackagency.com/



Founded in June 2009 by Elina Ahlbäck, CEO and owner, Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency has offices in Helsinki, 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.

“The future of agency business is here.”