Breaking news! Yellow Kite, Hodder & Stoughton has acquired World English rights for HOT AND COLD by Katja Pantzar and Carita Harju!

We are now sharing our secret to how the world’s happiest nation, Finland, keeps calm and carries on – no matter what life throws at us. Now you too can learn our secrets, as we are sharing this brilliant news from the UK:

World English rights of the Finnish hot and cold method boosting happiness, a title called HOT AND COLD. From Sauna to Sea: The Finnish Way to a Happy, Healthy Life were today acquired by Liz Gough at Yellow Kite, Hodder & Stoughton for publication in 2024. The deal was negotiated by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

This definitive guide is written by two experts. Katja Pantzar is a Helsinki-based writer and journalist who swims in the Baltic Sea almost every day – all year round. Katja is the author of The Finnish Way, translated into 24 languages. Carita Harju is a Finnish sauna experience expert and marketing professional whose mission is to share the Finnish sauna’s positive health and wellness benefits with the world. Congratulations, Katja, Carita and Yellow Kite!

Yellow Kite Executive Publisher Liz Gough said:
I have been so struck by the growing interest in cold-water swimming and saunas and the powerful health impact of contrast bathing to help promote happy hormones, soothe away stress, build resilience and enhance wellbeing and encourage good mental health. When I started to explore this area more, what became clear was that the Finns have had the right idea all along! Alternating between hot and cold environments is a way of life in Finland and in Hot and Cold Katja Pantzar and Carita Harju will explain the science, give insights into their own experiences, and offer readers practical guidance so that they too can reap the benefits and improve their health. I am really excited about this acquisition and about helping Yellow Kite readers build some Finnish fortitude into their own lives to help them thrive.

Hot and cold contrast therapy is fast becoming the must-do wellness experience. Be among the first ones, forerunners of this trend, and acquire the rights to HOT AND COLD to boost wellness and happiness around the world!

Download the materials for HOT AND COLD here!

Hot and Cold. From Sauna to Sea: The Finnish Way to a Happy, Healthy Life

Katja Pantzar and Carita Harju

Hot and cold contrast therapy is fast becoming the must-do wellness experience. This new book inspires readers with insights into the powerful Finnish method of alternating between a hot and cold environment in order to boost health and happiness and delves into how experiencing these contrasting extremes of temperature can change your outlook, your wellbeing and your life.

  • Inspiration and practical tools for creating a wellness retreat at home using the Nordic contrast bathing method, wherever you are in the world.
  • The Finnish hot and cold method boosts happiness by increasing wellbeing and encouraging connection with nature

The sauna was recently ranked as the No. 1 global wellness trend by the Global Wellness Summit. Cold-water swimming is also a growing trend and is being proposed as a cure for all manner of things – from improving mental health to boosting immunity. But why is being hot good for you, and why is submerging into icy water good for you? And what about alternating between the two? What exactly is hot and cold therapy and why is it so vital for physical and mental health?

Dive into the unique world of hot and cold via Finland, where a good steam and an icy dip in a lake or the sea are the foundations of wellbeing for mind, body and soul.

HOT AND COLD. From Sauna to Sea: The Finnish Way to a Happy, Healthy Life
Yellow Kite / Hodder & Stoughton, 2024, approx. 45,000 words

READING MATERIALS
Book proposal
Sample chapters in Spring 2023
Full English manuscript in Fall 2023

RIGHTS SOLD:
WORLD ENGLISH: Yellow Kite / Hodder & Stoughton (orig.)

About author


Carita Harju

Carita Harju is a Finnish sauna experience expert and marketing professional whose mission is to share the Finnish sauna’s positive health and wellness benefits with the world. She is the founder and executive director of Sauna from Finland, which represents an international network of more than 200 sauna industry companies. The organization’s mission is to create the world’s best sauna experiences, and Harju loves her work, because it allows her to advance an idea that she is personally so passionate about. Carita Harju has always enjoyed saunas, goes to sauna with her family nearly every day and gives talks all over the world.

Her first illustrated guide, Sauna - The Way of Finnish Life (2016), has been published in four languages, including German and Chinese. Her second book, Soul of the Sauna, was released in Japanese and Hungarian, while her newest title Saunafulness (Hyvää oloa saunomalla/2021) was published in Finnish and will be published in Estonian in 2023.

About author


Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and broadcast journalist Katja Pantzar was raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK. Pantzar’s The Finnish Way has been translated into 24 languages. She is the author of three guides to the Finnish capital city Helsinki: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Pantzar’s writing has appeared in a wide range of media, from The Globe and Mail to Elle. Her work has been widely covered around the world, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue, Real Simple, and more.

MARESI RED MANTLE by Maria Turtschaninoff sold to Lithuania!

We are thrilled to announce that the Lithuanian rights for MARESI RED MANTLE (Breven från Maresi), book #3 in THE RED ABBEY CHRONICLES by internationally bestselling and award-winning author Maria Turtschaninoff have been acquired by Aukso pieva! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

The Red Abbey Chronicles is a historically inspired feminist fantasy series which has been sold to 30 territories!

The rights for the series are still available in Czech Republic, Japan, Greece, Slovakia, Iceland, Portugal…

Download the materials for THE RED ABBEY CHRONICLES here!

Maresi Red Mantle

Maria Turtschaninoff

The third book is an epistolary novel that follows Maresi after she leaves the Red Abbey to establish a school in her oppressed home province of Rovas. The return to her Northern home, and fitting in, is not easy even with all the knowledge she’s bringing with her, but she is determined to triumph over the difficulties. However, she does not need to make it alone, for life has yet another surprise in store: love.

PRAISE FOR MARESI RED MANTLE:

“Maresi: Red Mantle is a stirring epistolary novel that presents a young woman caught between two homes, cultures, and communities. It is the concluding title in the Red Abbey Chronicles trilogy, but we were very impressed with how beautifully it works as a stand-alone title.
Committee Chair Annette Y. Goldsmith, The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative, Translated YA Book Prize 2020

Naondel

Maria Turtschaninoff

An independent prequel to Maresi, Naondel tells the story of the First Sisters – founders of the Red Abbey. Imprisoned in a harem by a dangerous man, with a dark magic that grants him power over life and death, the women must overcome their mistrust of each other in order to escape. But they can only do so at a great cost, both for those who leave and those left behind.

PRAISE FOR NAONDEL:

“…complex, multilayered, and wholly believable. […] Feminists of all ages will appreciate this positive portrayal of a matriarchy.”
– Booklist

A prequel that introduces the founding sisters of the all-female Red Abbey… their interwoven stories told with unflinching clarity, rise to a vengeful climax with the glow of the red moon, and will stay with the reader long after the book is closed.
The Guardian

“An unforgettable feminist epic, shot through with hypnotic dark charm.
– The Bookseller

Maresi

Maria Turtschaninoff

The Red Abbey is a refuge for women and girls, where everyone pursues their own areas of interest. Maresi prefers to spend her time reading and learning. Everything changes when the frightened Jai arrives on the island. She has seen her sister get buried alive for speaking to a young man, and her father and a crew of thugs are after her. Maresi and her friends have to fight to defend both Jai and their community.

PRAISE FOR MARESI:

Dark, powerful and original… it really stands out in a very crowded YA marketplace. Thrilling, suspenseful and gloriously feminist.
– The Bookseller

Beautifully written… Maresi has a touch of Katniss about her, and although the target market is different, female lovers of dystopian fantasy adventures will enjoy the journey.
– The School Librarian

It’s hard not to be impressed with Turtschaninoff’s magical world.
– The Times 

MARESI RED MANTLE
BREVEN FRÅN MARESI
Förlaget, 2018, 300 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English edition
Swedish edition
Finnish edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish)
FINLAND: Tammi (Finnish)
BRAZIL: Editora Morro Branco
BULGARIA: Izida
CANADA (English): Abrams
CHINA: Shanghai 99 Readers’ Culture
HUNGARY: Scolar Kiado
ITALY: Atmosphere Libri
KOREA: Gimm Young Publishers
LITHUANIA: Aukso pieva
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Sonia Draga
RUSSIA: Eksmo
UNITED KINGDOM: Pushkin Press
UNITED STATES: Abrams Children’s

 

NAONDEL
NAONDEL
Förlaget, 2016, 400 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English edition
Swedish edition
Finnish edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish)
FINLAND: Tammi (Finnish)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BELGIUM: Clavis Books
BRAZIL: Editora Morro Branco
BULGARIA: Izida
CANADA (English): Abrams
CHINA: Shanghai 99 Readers’ Culture
ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers
FRANCE: Rageot
HUNGARY: Scolar Kiado
ITALY: Atmosphere Libri
KOREA: Gimm Young Publishers
LATVIA: Izdevnieciba Petergailis SIA
LITHUANIA: Aukso pieva
NETHERLANDS: Clavis Books
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Sonia Draga
ROMANIA: Univers
RUSSIA: Eksmo
SWEDEN: Berghs
UNITED KINGDOM: Pushkin Press
UNITED STATES: Abrams Children’s

 

MARESI
MARESI
Schildts & Söderströms, 2014, 180 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English edition
Swedish edition
Finnish edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Schildts & Söderströms (orig. Finland-Swedish)
FINLAND: Tammi (Finnish)
ALBANIA: Dritan
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BELGIUM: Clavis Books
BRAZIL: Morro Branco
BULGARIA: Izida
CANADA (English): Abrams
CANADA (French): Editions de la Bagnole
CHINA: Shanghai 99 Readers’ Culture
CROATIA: Naklada Ljevak
DENMARK: Turbine
ESTONIA: Varrak
FRANCE: Rageot
GERMANY: Random House/Heyne
HUNGARY: Scolar Kiado
ITALY: Atmosphere Libri
LATVIA: Izdevnieciba Petergailis SIA
LITHUANIA: Aukso pieva
NETHERLANDS: Clavis Books
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND: Wydawnictwo Debit
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
RUSSIA: Eksmo
WORLD SPANISH: Penguin Random House/Alfaguara
SWEDEN: Berghs
TURKEY: Altın Kitaplar
UNITED KINGDOM: Pushkin Press
UNITED STATES: Abrams
FILM & TV RIGHTS: tba

About author


Maria Turtschaninoff

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize. Her Red Abbey Chronicles YA trilogy has been sold into 30 languages. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.

INHERITED LAND, Maria Turtschaninoff's first adult fiction novel, has been awarded the prestigious Swedish YLE Literature Prize 2022! This award is annually given to the best Finnish-Swedish book of the year during Helsinki Bookfair and is regarded as one of the most important award for Finnish-Swedish authors.

Bibliography


2022, Literary Fiction

Inherited Land

Maria Turtschaninoff


2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Maresi: Red Mantle

Maria Turtschaninoff


2016, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Naondel

Maria Turtschaninoff


2014, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Maresi

Maria Turtschaninoff

THE ARCHIPELAGO by Max Seeck sold to Latvia!

We are happy to announce that the Latvian rights for THE ARCHIPELAGO (Loukko), the fourth title in the Jessica Niemi series by The New York Times bestselling author Max Seeck have been acquired by Latvijas Mediji! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

THE LAST GRUDGE, book #3 in the Jessica Niemi series, will be published in the US next week, February 7, 2023 by Berkley Penguin Random House. A Hollywood TV series, based on THE WITCH HUNTER, is in development.

Helsingin Sanomat, the leading newspaper in Finland, has praised THE ARCHIPELAGO, published in Finland in 2022, as Seeck’s finest to date:
Max Seeck’s earlier novels in the Jessica Niemi series have been impressive, but the series’ fourth book, THE ARCHIPELAGO, is the best to date. This is because it is a seamless and constrained whole that works superbly and also because in this work Seeck imbues his protagonist’s character with new, deeper sides.
– Pertti Avola, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

Max Seeck continues to be one of the bestselling authors in Finland – in 2022, his books sold over 100,000 copies across all formats in Finland! In addition, Max’s books have been sold to 40 countries and a Hollywood TV series is in development, based on THE WITCH HUNTER.

Download the materials for THE ARCHIPELAGO here!

The Archipelago

Max Seeck

The fourth title in the NYT-bestselling Jessica Niemi series!

A month after solving the Zetterborg case, Jessica Niemi is ordered on paid leave after an altercation, and she decides to travel to a small island in the Åland archipelago to escape the attention and find some peace. Meanwhile, a group of old people arrive on the same island, and Jessica learns that they are the remaining members of the Doves, the people who had to flee from Finland to Sweden during World War II and ended up living in an orphanage on the very same island.

One evening, Jessica hears a local legend about a girl who also inhabited the orphanage once, but who was mentally ill. Every night at two o’clock, the girl put on her blue coat and went to stand on the pier, waiting for something that never showed up. One night she disappeared and was never found. That same night, one of the remaining Doves dies.

Jessica soon finds out that two other people have previously faced the same fate on the same island, and all three people seem to have something to do with the girl in the blue coat. A chain of events starts to escalate, and we don’t know whether we’re facing a killer or – just like the legend says – a ghost, the girl in the blue coat.

Jessica Niemi is once again facing a scary mystery where the stakes are considerable. Whilst battling her own demons, uncertain what is real and what is not, she needs to find out the truth.

 

The Last Grudge

Max Seeck

A prominent business executive Eliel Zetterborg is found brutally murdered in his home in Helsinki. The company he led has just announced drastic cutbacks and Zetterborg gained hundreds of enemies and death threats in the process.

But the murder motive become less clear, when the police finds out that the murderer had other targets as well. The only clue the police has is a photo of Zetterborg with three other men, whose faces are all scratched off. Who are the faceless men, and why can’t the police identify them? Are they other victims? Or something more sinister?

While Jessica Niemi suffers from a mental breakdown after her encounter with the witch coven, Jusuf gets a chance to lead the investigations and prove his skills as a police officer, while helping Jessica battle her demons that seem to come closer and closer…

 

The Ice Coven

Max Seeck

Standalone sequel to The New York Times bestseller, The Witch Hunter – rights sold to 40 countries and Hollywood!

Jessica Niemi has another mystery on her hands: Two famous Instagram bloggers go missing, and a strange picture is uploaded
on both of their accounts. It’s a picture of an old lighthouse on a rocky island. And underneath there’s a poem. A poem that describes their deaths…

Jessica starts to investigate the disappearances and soon she finds out that the two bloggers have been sharing a secret that got them involved in something very mystical and dark.

 

The Witch Hunter

Max Seeck

Detective Jessica Niemi is called to investigate a murder case that is out of ordinary. The wife of a famous writer, Roger Koponen, seems to have been killed in a bizarre ritual. As more ritual murders occur, it becomes obvious that Jessica is after a serial killer.

But the murders are not random – they follow a pattern taken from Roger’s bestselling trilogy. Has a fan gone mad, or is this case more personal? How can Jessica stop a criminal who knows every detail of the book even better than the author?

THE ARCHIPELAGO
LOUKKO
Tammi, 2022, 358 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English manuscript

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
NORWAY: Aschehoug
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
UK: Welbeck
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House
TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures

 

THE LAST GRUDGE
KAUNA
Tammi, 2021, 390 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: EMAS
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
HUNGARY: Animus Kiadó Kft.
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna
NORWAY: Aschehoug
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
UK: Welbeck
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House
WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific
TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures

 

THE ICE COVEN
PAHAN VERKKO
Tammi, 2020, 370 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: EMAS
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
GREECE: Livanis
HUNGARY: Animus
ITALY: Piemme
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna
NORTH MACEDONIA: Matica Makedonska
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Sonia Draga
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora Lda
ROMANIA: Litera
SERBIA: Vulkan
SLOVAKIA: Motýl
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
UK: Welbeck
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House
WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific
TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures

 

THE WITCH HUNTER
USKOLLINEN LUKIJA
Tammi, 2019, 400 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English edition

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
ARMENIA: Guitank
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BULGARIA: EMAS
CROATIA: Fokus
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
GREECE: Livanis
HUNGARY: Animus
ICELAND: Forlagid
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books/Steimatzky
ITALY: Piemme
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna
NORTH MACEDONIA: Matica Makedonska
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Sonia Draga
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora Lda
ROMANIA: Litera
RUSSIA: AST Publishers
SERBIA: Vulkan
SLOVAKIA: Motyl
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SOUTH KOREA: Cheongmirae
SPAIN & LATIN AMERICA: Maeva Ediciones
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
TURKEY: Doğan Kitap
UK: Welbeck
UKRAINE: Family Leisure Club
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House
WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific
TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures

About author


Max Seeck, New York Times Best Selling Author

Max Seeck - New York Times Bestselling Author of THE WITCH HUNTER.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” announced Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four years and four books later, Max Seeck’s novels have been sold to more than 40 countries, including US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Nordic countries and as far as Korea!

His debut trilogy following protagonist Daniel Kuisma sold over 40,000 copies in Finland. His new Jessica Niemi series landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list! In Faithful Reader, AKA The Witch Hunter (US title), book 1 of the Jessica Niemi series, Helsinki Police Detective Jessica Niemi hunts an occultist serial killer. In Evil’s Net, AKA Ice Coven, Jessica and her team follow clues hidden on Instagram to solve the disappearance of a young influencer and a manga artist.

Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes.

Bibliography


2022, Crime & Suspense

The Archipelago

Max Seeck


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Last Grudge (a.k.a. Bad Blood)

Max Seeck


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ice Coven (a.k.a. Evil's Net)

Max Seeck


2019, Crime & Suspense

The Witch Hunter (a.k.a. Faithful Reader)

Max Seeck


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Mephisto Touch

Max Seeck


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Call of Hades

Max Seeck


2016, Crime & Suspense

Angels of Hammurabi

Max Seeck

LAND OF SERPENTS by Eeva Louko sold to Estonia!

We are happy to announce that the Estonian rights for LAND OF SERPENTS (Käärmeiden maa), the second title in the Ronja Vaara crime novel series by Eeva Louko, published in Finland in January 2023 by Otava, have been acquired by Hea Lugu! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

In the second book of the series, a woman is found dead on Serpent Isle, just next to Isle of Bliss, poisoned by strychnine. Just a few days later, a similar murder takes place at a wedding on Isle of Bliss, leading the residents of the island to suspect that a serial killer is terrorizing their neighborhood. Police detective Anton Koivu starts to investigate, as does Ronja Vaara, now living on Isle of Bliss and working at a local newspaper.

LAND OF SERPENTS has also received its very first praises, such as the following:
“[—] the resolution of the events remained well-hidden until the very last meters. The reader is shown only small, indefinite puzzle pieces at a time. Sometimes, wrong pieces are flashed and then retracted. [—] The plot was suitably twisty and, in many places, surprising. [—] This was a fine crime novel with a plot that gripped and carried well all the way to the end. The setting was relatable, yet not too detailed. The narration was clear and thrilling. The array of characters was appropriately varied and one could set oneself quite deep in their shoes.
– Aarne Pohjois-Koivisto, Mesta.net

Eeva Louko’s debut novel MURDER ON THE ISLE OF BLISS, published in Finland in January 2022, has been a critical and commercial success, with more than 15,000 copies sold!
The rights for the title have already been sold to 5 territories (Finland, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Poland) and are available in all other territories.

Download the English materials for MURDER ON THE ISLE OF BLISS and LAND OF SERPENTS here!

Land of Serpents

Eeva Louko

Death by poison and the possibility of a serial killer shake the community and the personal relationships within

A woman’s body is found on a small island near the Isle of Bliss. A few days later, another woman collapses and dies at a high-society wedding on the isle. Anton Koivu begins to investigate the cases with his partner Oona Laine. Is there a serial killer on the loose, or why do these murders resemble each other so much?

Ronja tries to get accustomed to being back in Finland and starts as a journalist at the local newspaper whilst also searching for her secret sibling. Ronja learns of the recent deaths and gets irrevocably mixed up with the police investigations. Ghosts of the past begin to appear… How is Anton’s long-lost sister Aurora related to the investigation? And what happened to her on a heated summer’s night twenty years ago?

Murder on the Isle of Bliss

Eeva Louko

Father found dead by the shore. A community where everyone knows everyone. Secrets of the past. Will the answers be found before it is too late?

After living abroad for many years, thirty-something Ronja returns to her childhood home on Isle of Bliss, Helsinki after her father is found murdered by the seaside. Welcoming her back are a group of old friends whom it’s both comforting and painful to see again, and the young police officer assigned to the case who does not seem to be doing his work properly.

Unsatisfied with the police, Ronja decides to start investigating the background of her distant father. In the process she uncovers the old secrets of the community that have been kept under wraps until now, and puts her own life on the line. When everyone knows everyone, each person becomes a suspect.

LAND OF SERPENTS
KÄÄRMEIDEN MAA
Otava, January 2023, 364 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English synopsis
English sample in February 2023

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Hea Lugu

 

MURDER ON THE ISLE OF BLISS
ONNELLISTEN SAARI
Otava, January 2022, 396 pp.

READING MATERIALS
English sample and synopsis

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Hea Lugu
GERMANY: Heyne
ITALY: Newton Compton
POLAND: Czwarta Strona

About author


Eeva Louko

Eeva Louko (b. 1982) is a reporter and communications professional who loves literature, music and all things creative. Becoming an author has been Eeva’s dream since she learned how to read, and she is especially drawn to crime fiction and horror. Eeva plays the saxophone and piano and always drinks her coffee from the biggest cup possible in her garden surrounded by vines.

Murder on the Isle of Bliss (Otava, 2022) is Louko’s debut novel which was published to rave reviews. Eeva’s dream is to find readers globally and create a long-lasting crime fiction series.

Bibliography


2022, Crime & Suspense

Land of Serpents

Eeva Louko


2022, Crime & Suspense

Murder on the Isle of Bliss

Eeva Louko

Putin’s Trolls inspires international TV series!

We are thrilled to let you know that production company Onerva Pictures, whose feature documentary “Brainwashed” is listed among DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS ELIGIBLE FOR 95TH OSCARS®, is developing a TV Series “KOMPROMAT” (8 x 54´) as an European co-production, inspired by Jessikka Aro’s international bestseller PUTIN’S TROLLS. Producers are from Germany, Kathrin Lohmann (K+J Entertainment), from Norway, Gudny Hummelvoll (Hummelfilm) and Finland, Tanja Rusi (Onerva Pictures).

Here is the series pitch from Onerva’s website:

The international spy game has new, daring players: citizen spies. KOMPROMAT – The Truth is Under Attack (working title) is a tense psychological thriller set in the Nordics, Europe and the UK, on the frontlines of Putin’s Information War against the West. The series follows a Finnish investigative journalist who risks her life as she uncovers and exposes cases of Russian active measures in the Nordics, Eastern Europe and beyond. 

The TV series will further contribute to the success story of PUTIN’S TROLLS, which has been sold to a total of 16 territories!

The rights are still available in Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, France, Spain, Egypt, Greece, etc. – now is the time to snap them up! 

Download the materials for PUTIN’S TROLLS HERE!

Putinin trollit
Tositarinoita Venäjän infosodan rintamilta
Johnny Kniga, November 2019, 453 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Johnny Kniga/WSOY (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Ciela Norma
CZECH REPUBLIC: Denik N
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
GEORGIA: Media Development Foundation
GERMANY (Print and e-book): Goldmann Verlag
GERMANY (Audiobook): Sound Neverrest
HUNGARY: Corvina
LATVIA: Pētergailis
LITHUANIA: Briedis
NORWAY: Mangschou Forlag
POLAND: Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH: Ig Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (Audio): Blackstone Audio
TV & FILM: Onerva Pictures

Reading materials: English edition

About author


Jessikka Aro

Jessikka Aro is an award-winning reporter with Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializing in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 and 2015, she published a series of articles on pro-Kremlin social media trolls and their influence outside of Russia’s borders. Due to her investigations, Jessikka became the target of a severe and still ongoing international propaganda and hate speech campaign, which she recounts in Putin’s Trolls.

In 2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump. On December 1, 2020 Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. Jessikka lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliography


2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

Putin's Trolls

Jessikka Aro

INHERITED LAND by Maria Turtschaninoff sold to Hungary! Now 19 territories!

We are thrilled to announce that the Hungarian rights for INHERITED LAND (Arvejord) by internationally bestselling and award-winning author Maria Turtschaninoff have been acquired by L’Harmattan Publishing House! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

L’Harmattan Publishing House, established in 1999 and part of the French Groupe L’Harmattan, is a publishing house with a mission to encourage reader immersion. Their titles range from the latest gems of world literature to scientific progressivity. Not only is L’Harmattan the leading science publisher in Hungary, but it also features two series of literary fiction titles from authors all over the world. Their authors include Dag Solstad, Olga Tokarczuk, Jean Rouad, Muriel Spark, Kjell Westö, Miguel de Unamuno, W. B. Yeats, etc.

The international success story of INHERITED LAND continues, as the rights for the title have now been sold to 19 territories!

If you want to join the rapidly growing international publishing family for INHERITED LAND, we recommend you read quickly and get in touch with us! Rights are still available in Greece, Spain, Japan, China, Portugal, Latvia, Iceland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Turkey…

Download the materials for INHERITED LAND here!

Inherited Land

Maria Turtschaninoff

The roots of man and forest are intertwined in the depths of the earth.

Inherited Land tells multiple enchanting stories about short human lives on a small farmstead in the north of Finland with its golden cloudberries and the mythical woodland animals. The hub of the narrative is a marsh close to the farmstead, and nature is the constant while humans are like dragonflies: here one day, gone the next. Across four centuries, the people face wars, epidemics, and heartbreaks, but from the woods they find shelter and a place to be themselves.

Inherited Land is a novel about the climate crisis without ever mentioning it by name. Instead, the novel explores what people have thought about their environment, how they have used it and why. The novel is a reminder of where we have come from, and what a relationship between humans and nature could look like in the future.

INHERITED LAND
ARVEJORD
Förlaget, 2022, 371 pp.

READING MATERIALS
Swedish edition
English sample and synopsis

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish)
FINLAND: Tammi (Finnish)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
CROATIA: HENA COM
CZECH REPUBLIC: ARGO
DENMARK: Alpha Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Éditions Paulsen
GERMANY: Rowohlt
HUNGARY: L’Harmattan
ISRAEL: Hakibbutz Hameuchad – Sifriat Poalim
ITALY: Bompiani
NETHERLANDS: Atlas Contact
NORWAY: Bonnier Norsk Forlag
POLAND: Poznańskie
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
SWEDEN: Förlaget
WORLD ALBANIAN: Shkupi Publishing House
WORLD ENGLISH: Pushkin Press

About author


Maria Turtschaninoff

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize. Her Red Abbey Chronicles YA trilogy has been sold into 30 languages. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.

INHERITED LAND, Maria Turtschaninoff's first adult fiction novel, has been awarded the prestigious Swedish YLE Literature Prize 2022! This award is annually given to the best Finnish-Swedish book of the year during Helsinki Bookfair and is regarded as one of the most important award for Finnish-Swedish authors.

Bibliography


2022, Literary Fiction

Inherited Land

Maria Turtschaninoff


2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Maresi: Red Mantle

Maria Turtschaninoff


2016, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Naondel

Maria Turtschaninoff


2014, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Maresi

Maria Turtschaninoff

AGNES AND THE SHADOW IN THE WINDOW by Tuutikki Tolonen and Kati Vuorento sold to Estonia!

We are thrilled to announce that the Estonian rights for AGNES AND THE SHADOW IN THE WINDOW by internationally bestselling children’s author Tuutikki Tolonen and illustrator Kati Vuorento have been acquired by Eesti Raamat! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

AGNES AND THE SHADOW IN THE WINDOW is the 3rd part in the AGNES series. In this book, Agnes and her mother have offered rooms in their manor house to be used for children’s summer classes. However, new mysteries continue to pop up in the manor and Agnes decides to investigate, uncovering even more previously unknown stories about the past of her family.

Written by award-winning and internationally bestselling children’s author Tuutikki Tolonen and beautifully illustrated by Kati Vuorento, the AGNES series has so far been sold to 8 territories!

Rights are still available in Sweden, Norway, Poland, UK, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, France, Turkey, Lithuania, Slovakia, etc.

Download the materials for the AGNES series here!

Reminder: The FILI translation grant application round is ongoing! FILI provides grants that can cover up to 70% of the costs of translating Finnish and Finland-Swedish titles to other languages. The deadline for the current application round is February 1st. You can find more information here: Translation and printing grants for publishers outside Finland – FILI

Agnes and the Shadow in the Window (#3)

Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Kati Vuorento

Third title in the Arvid Lydecken and Runeberg Junior nominated series!

Agnes and her mother have moved into their mysterious manor where summer camps are held. Suddenly, drawings that no one claims to have drawn appear during an arts summer camp. A strange shadow is captured by Agnes’s camera, as if someone is standing next to the window in the empty room. Does the manor have more secrets to share?

Agnes and the Garden of Dreams (#1)

Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Kati Vuorento

Moving to a new city is frightening enough for 11-year-old Agnes. But when she makes an exciting discovery at the local cemetery, the summer isn’t the same anymore!

Everything began on that one summer day when Agnes walked through the cemetery gate. She had just moved to a boring new town and left behind her old home and friends. But then something strange happened and her life became more exciting than ever!

She finds a tombstone that has the name Agnes on it – and the same birthday as hers! From that day on, Agnes keeps having dreams of a girl who hides a key in a beautiful garden. When Agnes stumbles upon the same garden, she knows she must find the key. But what will it open?

Agnes and the Mysterious Manor (#2)

Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Kati Vuorento

Agnes’ adventures continue in this sequel that is both a ghost story and a family mystery

Agnes and her mother have inherited a beautiful old villa, but there seems to be something strange about it. There is a lovely scent of flowers in the air, even though there aren’t any flowers in the houses. Every morning, the lid of an old piano is found open even though no one has been playing it. More importantly, why can they hear steps on the staircase to the attic?

AGNES AND THE SHADOW IN THE WINDOW (#3)
AGNES JA VARJO IKKUNASSA
WSOY, 2022, 168 pp.

READING MATERIALS
Finnish edition
English sample and synopsis

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat

 

AGNES AND THE GARDEN OF DREAMS (#1)
AGNES JA UNIEN AVAIN
WSOY, 2020, 200 pp.

READING MATERIALS
Finnish edition
English sample and synopsis

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Portál, s.r.o.
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: Carlsen Verlag
HUNGARY: Cerkabella
ROMANIA: Editura Paralela 45
RUSSIA: Rosman

 

AGNES AND THE MYSTERIOUS MANOR (#2)
AGNES JA HUVILAN SALAISUUS
WSOY, 2021, 180 pp.

READING MATERIALS
Finnish edition
English sample and synopsis

RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Portál, s.r.o.
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
ROMANIA: Editura Paralela 45

About author


Kati Vuorento

Kati Vuorento is an illustrator living and working in Espoo, Finland: ”In small details there is an infinite magic. I want my illustrations to stir emotion in the audience. Empathizing is important to me. In my illustrations, I always include approachable characteristics to even the most hardened anti-hero. This is how I mold the characters into personalities with depth and dimension.”

She is the illustrator of middle-grade Agnes Series by Tuutikki Tolonen that in 2021 was nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Award, received an honorable mention for the Runeberg Junior Award, and won the Luku Varkaus Award!


About author


Tuutikki Tolonen

Tuutikki Tolonen is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, plays and academic articles. For Monster Nanny she received the Arvid Lydecken award. She teaches creative writing and has worked as an editor and reporter at Vinski, a Finnish literary magazine for children. Her inspiration for the Monster Nanny trilogy sparked during a family breakfast. “My son Leo, then six, said: ‘I heard on the radio yesterday that all moms have to go on vacation and monsters will take their places,” she says.

Tolonen is currently writing the Agnes series, of which the first book "Agnes and the Garden of Dreams" was in 2021 nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Award, received an honorable mention for the Runeberg Junior Award, and won the Luku Varkaus Award.

FILI GRANTS For Translations Of Finnish Literature Application Period Is Now Open!

FILI grants application round has started! 

New Year, New Books!

We wish to inform you that the FILI grants first application round for 2023 started on January 1st and deadline for the applications is February 1st.  FILI offers grants to support the translation of Finnish literature. These grants are intended for publishers outside Finland who can apply for a grant to publish Finnish literature in translation if they have acquired translation rights for the work and signed an agreement with a translator. Grants are awarded for translating works of fiction and general non-fiction, children’s and young adult (YA) books, and comics and graphic novels from the Finnish, Finland-Swedish and Sámi languages. Grants are awarded to cover part of the translation cost, on average, 50 to 70 per cent. Read more here: FILI Grants.  See the previously awarded projects here: Fall 2022 FILI Grants

This is the perfect time to acquire new Finnish titles among our bestselling and award-winning books – see some of our hottest titles right now highlighted below, and browse our latest catalogue here:  Ahlback Agency Rights Guide

Sang by Elina Pitkäkangas

An epic novel about love and power in a fictional East Asia of the future!

The first novel in a new fantasy duology by the talented YA writer and TikTok star Elina Pitkäkangas

When a person’s value is determined by money and one’s happiness by family, what will be left when both are ripped away?

The dystopian novel upholds a beautiful and dark atmosphere in the state of Fusang. Sang is an epic story about a youngster trying to fight against the impossible circumstances of a totalitarian state. Kong Dawei joins the rebels, and breathtaking events follow one another. Pitkäkangas’ skill to conjure with believable details a whole world is enchanting. Our choices create a chain which not only joins us together, but also in the end defines who and what we are. Sang is a story about love, but above all it is a story about morale: all the things we are ready to do for one another.”
-Topelius award 2023 jury

Sang
WSOY, September 2022, 496pp
READING MATERIALS:
English sample
Rights sold:
FINLAND: WSOY (orig. 2-book deal)
DENMARK: Straarup (2-book-deal)
TURKEY: Indigo Kitap

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Inherited Land by Maria Turtschaninoff

Following in the tradition of family sagas like One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

The roots of man and forest are intertwined in the depths of the earth.

Arvejord (Inherited Land) is a gem of a novel, an ambitious and exquisitely written saga in which the Nevabacka farm is a character in itself, observing from the depths of the forest the intertwined history of a land and of a family. With a magical atmosphere, bigger than life characters and incredibly evocative prose, Maria Turtschaninoff proves to be a talented storyteller and accomplishes an amazing feat by making four centuries of the history of Finland so strikingly alive. The editorial team at Paulsen is delighted to have the opportunity to share this novel with French readers as a highlight in 2023.” –Aurélie Charron and Isabelle Parent, Editions Paulsen, France

INHERITED LAND
ARVEJORD
Förlaget, 2022, 371 pp.
READING MATERIALS:
Swedish edition
English sample and synopsis
RIGHTS SOLD:
FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish)
FINLAND: Tammi (Finnish)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
CROATIA: HENA COM
CZECH REPUBLIC: ARGO
DENMARK: Alpha Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Éditions Paulsen
GERMANY: Rowohlt
ISRAEL: Hakibbutz Hameuchad – Sifriat Poalim
ITALY: Bompiani
NETHERLANDS: Atlas Contact
NORWAY: Bonnier Norsk Forlag
POLAND: Poznańskie
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
SWEDEN: Förlaget
WORLD ALBANIAN: Shkupi Publishing House
WORLD ENGLISH: Pushkin Press

Request the English materials here

The Archipelago by Max Seeck

The fourth title in the NYT-bestselling Jessica Niemi series!

Max Seeck’s fourth Jessica Niemi novel is the series’ best: The fourth instalment of the Jessica Niemi series of detective novels is the best to date and proves Seeck’s mastery of the genre’s traditions. MAX SEECK’s earlier novels in the Jessica Niemi series have been impressive, but the series’ fourth book, The Archipelago, is the best to date. This is because it is a seamless and constrained whole that works superbly and also because in this work Seeck imbues his protagonist’s character with new, deeper sides. – ”  –Starred review Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

LOUKKO
Tammi, September 2022, 358 pp.

READING MATERIALS:
English synopsis
English manuscript available

RIGHTS SOLD Max Seeck: Jessica Niemi Series
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers
ARMENIA: Guitank
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BELGIUM, A.W. Bruna
BULGARIA: EMAS
CANADA: Berkley/Penguin Random House
CROATIA: Fokus
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
GREECE: Livani
HUNGARY: Animus
ICELAND: Forlagid
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books
ITALY: Piemme/Mondadori
KOREA: Cheongmirae
LATIN AMERICA: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
MACEDONIA: Matica
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Sonia Draga
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora
ROMANIA: Litera
RUSSIA: AST
SERBIA: Vulkan
SLOVAKIA: Motýľ
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SPAIN: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
TURKEY: Doğan Kitap
UKRAINE: Family Leisure Club
UNITED KINGDOM & COMMONWEALTH: Welbeck Publishing UK
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House
FILM & TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures (Greg Silverman)

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Ella – Helene Schjerfbeck by Mari Tossavainen

The story of the most well-known Finnish artist  in the world, Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946),
supplemented by previously unpublished correspondence. Her modernist and realist works
have been on display in galleries all over Europe, North America and Asia.

Doctor of philosophy Mari Tossavainen has undertaken a huge job wading through the artist’s letters as well as the extensive research and writings that exist on the artist and providing her commentary on different interpretations. Ella – Helene Schjerfbeck provides readers with a good overall picture of what is known about the artist, and the discovery of the letters adds additional flavor. In addition …Tossavainen also focuses on, among other things, the renaissance of Schjerfbeck’s art from the 1910s and reflects on age and Schjerfbeck’s experiences as “old Ella.” – Starred review, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

ELLA
Helene Schjerfbeck
Otava, September 2022, 270 pp.

READING MATERIALS:
English sample & synopsis

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

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