EALA Fall 2021 Fiction Rights Guide is here!

The EALA Fall 2021 Rights Guide is here!

Our titles represent the best in literary fiction and in Nordic Noir, Crime and Thrillers in the Crime Fiction category with awarded authors.

Browse the catalogue here. We have chosen two titles for you to enjoy, read along….

Guide Me, Butterfly
By Martta Kaukonen

An addictive psychological thriller in the spirit of Gillian Flynn! It’s a sensational debut that has a new take on suspense.

Ida, 20, a serial killer who was abducted as a child, starts therapy with celebrity therapist Clarissa. Only one of them knows that they share a mutual secret from the past. Will the other one realize it before she gets murdered?

Clarissa is a middle-aged psychotherapist, the best in her field. She is familiar to everyone from her TV appearances and from glossy magazines. For her, every patient is a princess. And someone only she can save. Or can she? Clarissa already has one suicide to answer for; a teenage boy’s death never seizes to haunt her.

When Ida becomes Clarissa’s patient, a cat-and-mouse game begins in which rules are followed by no one. The kind of game that never ends well.

Praise:
“Martta Kaukonen has already been named as Finland´s own Gillian Flynn and undeniably there’s a truth behind the statement. This hooking thriller spins you masterfully! Guide Me, Butterfly is a dizzening work! While reading one presumes that everything is as presented in the beginning of the book, only to realize, on the final page, that nothing was as the reader imagined! The most baffling bit is that in her debut Martta Kaukonen succeeds in spinning a most intricate plot from one surprise to another, and on to the next one, yet keeping the story logical and —–credible.”-Kirsi’s Book Club

More Crime Fiction titles in our new catalogue: click here

The Storm Flute
By Johanna SinisaloA masterful novel about the thin line between knowledge and belief, the Storm Flute is a love letter to the weather – a fierce, global story of the destructive power of the human desire for control. Predicting or altering the weather is the eternal dream of humanity. A merchant named Jonah, living in Assyria 600 years before the common era, gets caught in a storm. Is the storm a curse from God, or is it his own doing? In Finland in the 2010’s, Leena Lind loves her job as a meteorologist, but the activities of an aggressive finance company have her wasting her expertise at menial tasks. When her daughter Leia plays a game that involves making a video of a thunderstorm, Leena’s life is blown irretrievably off track and soon no one is safe anymore.More Literary Fiction titles in our new catalogue: click here
… but that is not all! We have plenty of more: mesmerizing, intruiging, captivating books for you in our Fall 2021 digital catalogue, browse the full list here.

It would be great to talk about these and other titles with you!
Book an EALA Zoom meeting for the fall season via e-mail: info@ahlbackagency.com

See you soon!

Team EALA,
Elina, Toomas, Ebba and Linda

Elina Backman’s STILL WATERS RUN DEEP sold to Russia!

We are very excited to let you know that the second title in Elina Backman’s Cozy Nordic Crime series –  STILL WATERS RUN DEEP –  has now been acquired by a Russian publisher Mann Ivanov Ferber and they have nothing but huge praise for it:

We are beyond happy that we will be publishing STILL WATERS RUN DEEP. We liked the second book of Elina Backman even more than the first one (and we are in love with the first one as well!). Events are unfolded richly and dynamically. The book pays a lot of attention to the human side: old acquaintances are revealed more fully, the reader receives an opportunity to look into the inner world of the characters.

She writes not only about the case, but about the people who are involved.

Moreover, in this book the location plays an important role. This is an amazing place – the island of Lammassaari, a corner of wild nature in the middle of Helsinki. There is an atmosphere of paganism, and nature is also the character of this book!

Backman’s books are cozy, “human” detectives. Many of the characters are simple people with understandable problems – and it is wonderful!
-Sofia Shramko, Rights Manager, Mann Ivanov Ferber, Russia

Download the English synopses for both titles and the 200pp English sample for the first book ALL THE KING’S MEN here!

The series has publishers in 13 territories and an international TV series is in development. The first book is also:

  • Winner of the Storytel Audio book Award 2020 for the Best Crime Novel
  • Winner of Elisa Kirja book Award, Best Newcomer 2020.

The rights have been sold to 13 territories, but are still available in the US, UK, Denmark, Hungary, Turkey, Latvia, Romania, France, Bulgaria, Spain etc.


ALL THE KING’S MEN (#1)
by Elina Backman
Saana has been fired from her job as a click-bait journalist, so she decides to spend a summer with her aunt in a small-town Hartola. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to take it easy and recover. But when Saana begins to dig into a case of a teenage girl who died 30 years earlier, the peace of the small town is shaken.Meanwhile in Helsinki a fire-marked body is found at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and crime investigator Jan Leino and his team have a new case in their hands. However, the investigation isn’t going anywhere, and Jan fears that the murder at King’s Gate a is just the beginning…Saana and Jan continue working on their own cases until their paths cross – for more than one reason. 

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP (#2)
by Elina Backman

Is evil lurking beneath the calm waters? The Isle of Sheep is an awaited sequel to the bestselling All the Kings Men!

Three young men are making a documentary film about a mystical hermit, living in the Isle of Sheep in Helsinki. First one of them disappears, then another one. When one of them is found dead in the nearby nature reserve, the police becmes involved.

Saana Havas, recovering from burnout, hears that her  colleague’s younger brother has gone missing and decides to set up a true crime podcast to help with the search. Meanwhile, police commissioner Jan Leino and his team are investigating the disappearance and possible murder of the documentary makers.

When young men disappear and die, it’s ofter regarded just an accident. But could it be that someone is actually hunting for them?

ALL THE KING’S MEN
(aka When the King Dies)

by Elina Backman
Otava, 2020, 495 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Dritan
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
ESTONIA: Varrak
GERMANY: Piper
ITALY: Newton Compton
LITHUANIA: BALTO
NETHERLANDS: Cargo
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm
POLAND: Czarna Owca
RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber
SLOVAKIA: Arkus Vydavatelstvo
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken

TV: Aurora Studios

 

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP
(aka The Isle of Sheep)
by Elina Backman
Otava, May 2021, 450 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers
GERMANY: Piper
NETHERLANDS: Cargo
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm
RUSSIA: Mann Ivanov Ferber
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken

Elina Backman


Elina Backman is a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki, in an old wooden 1920 house with a family of two kids and a husband. Elina loves books (all sorts), travelling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally – her dream is a tv series based on her novels.

Her debut novel When the King Dies was published in May 2020 and has immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and becoming an immediate bestseller in Finland with 10,000 copies sold in all formats. When the King Dies has been to-date sold in 13 territories and international TV series is in development.

Bibliography


Elina Backman

Still Waters Run Deep (a.k.a The Isle of Sheep)

2021, Crime & Suspense


Elina Backman

All the King's Men (a.k.a. When the King Dies)

2020, Crime & Suspense

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FOLIO acquires French paperback rights to Mia Kankimäki’s THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT

We are very happy to share the news that the leading French paperback publisher Folio has acquired paperback rights to Mia Kankimäki’s internationally bestselling The Women I Think About At Night (Ces héroïnes qui peuplent mes nuits). The original French hardback edition will be published in September 2021 by ÉDITIONS LEDUC.

Download Full English manuscript from here

Mia Kankimäki’s second book The Women I Think About at Night has sold over 45,000 copies in all formats in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 17 territories, including USA and China.

The Independent’s ”Best Travel Books of Year 2021″:
“Packed with emotions, this book is like reading a travelogue, feminist’s manifesto and a self-help guide in one.”

PRAISE:
“[E]nlightening…[A] patchwork study of the many hurdles women artists faced—and still face.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The stories are complicated and inspiring, and Kankimäki’s experience unwinding each one to help understand her own life reminds us of the power of using travel for self-discovery.” —Travel + Leisure

“Complicated and engaging … Through each chapter, you’ll learn about women who went against the grain and set out on personal adventures to unapologetically live their lives with passion and fervor. You’ll read about a woman who ran a coffee plantation in Kenya; a travel writer who suffered from depression until she took the advice of a doctor to explore the high seas; a Buddhist nun who became the first white woman to enter Lhasa, a forbidden city in the mid 1920’s; an inventor who traveled around the world with just a handbag; and many more.” —Forbes

“Astute, entertaining….This insightful book will appeal to adventure enthusiasts and be an inspiration for those with an eye on hitting their stride later in life.” —Publishers Weekly

 

THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT
by Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki leaves her job, sells her apartment and travels to Africa to see where Karen Blixen – the Danish author, baroness and coffee farmer – lived in the 1920s. She goes to Japan in search of a cure for her depression, and to research Yayoi Kusama, the world-renowned artist, and around the world in the footsteps of 19th century women explorers. In Italy, she spends days looking for forgotten Renaissance women painters of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. If these women could make it in the world hundreds of years ago, why couldn’t she?

The Women I Think About At Night is part travelogue and part biography: in clear prose Kankimäki writes about the lost women adventurers of history – perfect reading for adult fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and anyone who’s ever wanted to travel to all the places they’ve ever read about.

Mia Kankimäki is the author of two best-selling books which blend travelogue, memoir, biography and women’s history. After taking a master’s degree in comparative literature at the University of Helsinki and working diligently in Finnish publishing, in 2010 she left her job and traveled to Japan to write her first book. Her books have received several literary awards, for example the Best Travel Book of the year 2013, the HelMet Award 2015, and Otava Book Foundation’s Non Fiction Award 2020. She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland, whenever she’s not traveling for her next book project.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
CHINA: Winshare Books Co., Ltd.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media / Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav
ESTONIA: Varrak
FRANCE: Editions Leduc
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House
ITALY: Neri Pozza Editore
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Orlando
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
RUSSIA: Eksmo
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
USA: Simon & Schuster (World English)

Mia Kankimäki


Mia Kankimäki is the author of two best-selling books which blend travelogue, memoir, biography and women’s history. After taking a master’s degree in comparative literature at the University of Helsinki and working diligently in Finnish publishing, in 2010 she left her job and traveled to Japan to write her first book. Her books have received several literary awards, for example the Best Travel Book of the year 2013, the HelMet Award 2015, and Otava Book Foundation’s Non Fiction Award 2020. She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland, whenever she’s not traveling for her next book project.

Mia has been enthusiastic about Japanese culture for years, and is a qualified ikebana teacher of the Sogetsu school. Her first book Things That Make One’s Hear Beat Faster took her to Kyoto where she has spent long periods of writing and making research ever since. Kankimäki’s second book The Women I Think About at Night has sold over 45,000 copies in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 17 territories, including USA and China.

Bibliography


Mia Kankimäki

The Women I Think About At Night

2018, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction


Mia Kankimäki

Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster

2013, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

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LITTLE MOUSE GOES CAMPING now sold to France!

We are very excited to announce that LITTLE MOUSE GOES CAMPING, the 7th title in the LITTLE MOUSE series by Riikka Jäntti is now traveling to France!
Publisher Cambourakis has now acquired the newest title of the series and is happy to recommend the Little Mouse series.

The wonderful series by Riikka Jäntti has sold to 15 territories, but rights are still available in United States, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, etc.

Download the illustrated English pdfs for the whole Little Mouse series here


PRAISE FOR LITTLE MOUSE:

English readers will see something of Beatrix Potter’s poetry and precision in the Helsinki-based illustrator and author’s retro ink and watercolour illustrations.
William Yeoman, The Weekend West

Drawings are Scandi sublime.
Alex O’Connell, Times (Children’s Book of the Week)


LITTLE MOUSE SERIES
written and illustrated by Riikka Jäntti

A 7-book series about a little mouse living with a single mother mouse, acting as all little persons do – in the first book, it says NO to everything – to broccoli, getting dressed, washing teeth, sleeping. Other parts talk about Christmas, winter, having guests, having a holiday, summer vacation and going on an island.
This universally loved little character will be published everywhere from Nepal and Russia to France and Australia

Book 1: Little Mouse
A day in the life of a toddler is a busy one and Little Mouse’s is no exception. Between getting dressed, going to daycare, eating dinner, and splashing in puddles, Little Mouse has a lot to do … and a lot to say ‘no’ to!

Book 2: Little Mouse Helps Out
Little Mouse’s friend Pip is coming over to visit. But first, there are chores to do around the house, like cleaning, laundry and cooking lunch. Little Mouse is determined to help Mummy Mouse with all of them.

Book 3: Little Mouse’s Christmas
Christmas is coming and Little Mouse can’t wait for Christmas Eve. Luckily there are all kinds of wonderful preparations to be made, from cooking to choosing the Christmas tree.

Book 4: Little Mouse’s Holiday
Little Mouse and Mommy Mouse take the train together to the countryside to stay at their cottage on an island, pick berries, heat the sauna and cook sausages over a campfire under the starry skies. It’s a real treat for a little city mouse!

Book 5: Little Mouse’s Winter
Winter is here and Little Mouse enjoys playing outside. But his fun is interrupted by piano lessons. And why do all the other kids have
phones and lots of collectable toy figures? Luckily mom has lots of fun activities that will make him happy again.

Book 6: Little Mouse’s Summer

Summer holiday is full of fun: going to the amusement park, playing by the beach and visiting the art museum. Buying strawberries and ice cream, and going to the cinema when the weather is too hot. Little Mouse knows that one must enjoy the summer, because it doesn’t last forever.

NEW: Book 7: Little Mouse Goes Camping

One beautiful summer’s day, Little Mouse’s goes camping with mom.

Little Mouse helps their mother set up the tent, light the grill and prepare sausages and vegetables wrapped in foil. When it gets dark, Little Mouse listens to the sounds of the night in the tent.  In the morning, they are both very hungry but luckily the island’s restaurant is open!

Download the English pdfs for the Little Mouse series here


The author Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has been sold to 13 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

Read the interview with Riikka Jäntti here!

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

AUSTRALIA:
Scribble/Scribe
CHINA:
Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK:
ABC Forlag
ESTONIA:
Rahva Raamat
FRANCE:
Cambourakis
GERMANY:
Cross Cult
NEPAL:
Kathalaya
NEW ZEALAND:
Scribble/Scribe
PORTUGAL:
Harper Collins Iberica
ROMANIA:
Editura Paralela 45
RUSSIA:
Strecoza
SLOVAKIA:
Fortuna
SPAIN (Spanish):
Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan):
Harper Collins Iberica
UK:
Scribble/Scribe

Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of University of Industrial Art of Helsinki, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has publishers in 16 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Bibliography


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Goes Camping

2021, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Summer

2020, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Winter

2019, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Holiday

2018, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Christmas

2017, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Helps Out

2016, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse

2015, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

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Max Seeck topping bestseller lists – already 50.000 copies sold in Finland!

THE WITCH HUNTER, Book 1 in the Jessica Niemi series, is topping the bestseller lists in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and is already a New York Times and Spiegel Bestseller. Max Seeck’s WITCH HUNTER aka FAITHFUL READER has sold already 50.000 copies solely in Finland!

THE WITCH HUNTER, Book 1

The rights have been sold in 40 countries and a TV show is in development in Hollywood by Stampede Ventures’ Greg Silverman.

The rights are still available in Japan, China, Ukraine, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Georgia etc.

Download the full English ms for THE WITCH HUNTER here.

Praise

The Witch Hunter, translated with icy precision by Kristian London, is written in short, sharp, present-tense chapters, a technique which adds to its relentless tension. Flashbacks to earlier episodes in Jessica’s life suggest that the strangeness currently unfolding is tied to her personal history. Discovering the how and why of it brings a resolution as bleak as anything Poe might have conjured.”–Wall Street Journal

THE ICE COVEN, Book 2 

will be published in the US and UK in September 2021 and rights have been sold to 24 territories around the world, the rights are still available in Russia, Lithuania, Turkey, Italy, Iceland, Korea, Spain, Croatia etc. 

Download the full English ms for THE ICE COVEN here.

BAD BLOOD, Book 3 

will be published in Finland this fall 2021 and has been acquired by publishers in the US, UK, Norway, Germany, Denmark and Estonia.

Download the short English synopsis for BAD BLOOD here.</a


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR MAX SEECK

“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, book 1 of the Jessica Niemi series, Helsinki Police Detective Jessica Niemi hunts an occultist serial killer. In Ice Coven, Jessica and her team follow clues hidden on Instagram to solve the disappearance of a young influencer and a manga artist. He is currently writing the 3rd book of Jessica Niemi series.

Max Seeck devotes his time to writing professionally. An avid reader of Nordic noir for personal pleasure, he listens to film scores as he writes. His accolades include the Finnish Whodunit Society’s Debut Thriller of the Year Award 2016. Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing and loves to promote his works, and is fluent in English and German.

THE WITCH HUNTER
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
ARMENIA: Guitank Publishing
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BULGARIA: EMAS
CROATIA: Fokus
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG
GREECE: Livanis
HUNGARY: Animus
ICELAND: Forlagid
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books/ Steimatzky
ITALY: Edizioni Piemme S.p.a
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna
NORTHERN MACEDONIA: MATICA MAKEDONSKA dooel
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Sonia Draga
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora Lda
ROMANIA: GRUP MEDIA 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 Publishing
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House
WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers, Inc.

THE ICE COVEN
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: EMAS
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG
GREECE: Livanis
HUNGARY: Animus
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna
NORTHERN MACEDONIA: MATICA MAKEDONSKA
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Sonia Draga
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora Lda
ROMANIA: Litera
SERBIA: Vulkan
SLOVAKIA: Motýľ
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
UK: Welbeck Publishing
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House
WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific

BAD BLOOD
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
HUNGARY: Animus Kiadó Kft.
NORWAY: Aschehoug
UK: Welbeck

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 is currently finalizing the third book of the Jessica Niemi series, which is to be published in Finland in September 2021.

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


Max Seeck

Bad Blood

2021, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2020, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2019, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Mephisto Touch

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Call of Hades

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

Angels of Hammurabi

2016, Crime & Suspense

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Now 7 territories for MABEL MERRYWEATHER series!

We are really excited to let you know that Znak Emotikon from Poland has now pre-empted the rights for Noora Kunnas’ MABEL MERRYWEATHER series!

Natalia Sikora from the Polish publisher Znak Emotikon was really glad and said:

We really loved all the characters from Noora Kunnas’s series, but our absolute favorite is Mabel – this quirky, funny lady! These books have everything the good book for children should have – exciting action, humor, mystery, magic and a bit of… anarchy. We are sure Polish kids will love it as we do!
– Natalia Sikora, Acquisition Editor, Znak Emotikon, Poland on Mabel Merryweather series

MABEL MERRYWEATHER series by Noora Kunnas and illustrations by Teemu Juhani will be published in 7 countries, but is still available in Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Czechia, Romania, US, Turkey, Latvia etc.

Download the English samples for the Mabel Merryweather series here

 

About the books:

Book 1: Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates
Otava 2019, 140 pp.
Nick and Lily are spending their summer with uncle Jim, who doesn’t like children. Luckily his neighbor, Mabel Marryweather, can guarantee the their summer will be filled with adventures, mysteries and hilarious encounters, when they start to figure out who is sabotaging the yearly flower arrangement competition.

Book 2: Mabel Merryweather and the King of Thieves
Otava 2020, 140 pp.
The kids are back at uncle Jim’s – and seems like they are attracting trouble. Or is it Mabel Merryweather who makes everything happen? This time the town is terrorized by an art hustler, but luckily Nick and Lily are there to stop him.

Book 3: Mabel Merryweather and the Cheesy Mystery
Otava, May 2021, 140 pp.
Mabel Merryweather’s friend Bruno and his goat have arrived from Switzerland to perform at the Dalton cheese festival. This fragrant event has attracted a lot of people to the venue, but for the horror of the townspeople mysterious holes have started to appear on streets and courtyards at night. Who digs them – and why?

Rights sold for MABEL MERRYWEATHER series:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

DENMARK: ABC Forlag
GERMANY: Mixtvision
HUNGARY: Pagony
NETHERLANDS: Veltman Uitgevers
POLAND: Znak Emotikon
RUSSIA: Eksmo

Noora Kunnas


Noora Kunnas (born in 1987) is a children’s author from Helsinki, Finland. She has the knack for making both children and grownups laugh while they’re immersed in her zany books. She loves animals and British humor – she grew up watching Jeeves and Wooster and eating ice cream straight from the container. Kunnas draws her inspiration from the world of Roald Dahl. The trademark of her books is a nutty humor, spiced with quirky characters, as well as the titillating mood of various settings, where anything – and we mean anything – is possible.

Noora Kunnas has published seven children’s books at Otava (2015 – 2021),  and her works have been nominated for the prestigious Tiiliskivi and Lukuvarkaus literary prizes in Finland. She graduated from the Turku Academy of Arts with a degree in film, and she worked in television since.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

MONSTER NANNY trilogy to be published in Russia as a bind-up edition!

We are really excited to let you know that Rosman from Russia has acquired bind-up edition rights for the Tuutikki Tolonen’s Monster Nanny series. All of the three Monster Nanny titles will now also be available in Russia in a single book!

The series has now 31 publishers around the world and a feature film in development by Scott Free Productions.
The rights are still available in the UK, Japan, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Slovakia, Iceland, Croatia, Israel etc.

If you are interested, download the English materials for the Monster Nanny trilogy by clicking here.

The three books are all illustrated by Pasi Pitkänen.

PRAISE for MONSTER NANNY:
I was fascinated by the characters who were taking matters into their own hands and getting over their difficulties. The setting of Nanny Monster is enough to interest children, and the unique setting inspires courage and wisdom in children. I am sure it is a must-read book for parents who make their children enterprising as well as for their children. – Jang, Sunhee, President of Seosawon, South Korea.

MONSTER NANNY TRILOGY:

Book 1: Monster Nanny
Mörkövahti. Tammi 2015, 300 pp.

The Hellman children must make do with a nanny while their mother is away at a spa. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster.

Grah is hairy, dusty, and doesn’t talk. When the siblings discover that other neighbourhood kids have been left with similar creatures, they start to wonder where the monsters came from. With the parents away, the kids work together (between bickering) to figure out the mystery of the monsters.

Book 2: Monster Route
Mörköreitti. Tammi 2016, 280 pp.

Mimi 6 years, has snuck into the monsters’ underground world after her monster friend Grah. She travels in their tunnels, led by the odd Gate Keeper. Back at home, Koby and Halley put their heads together and manage to get in touch with Mimi. But who is the mysterious and frightening ruler of the monster world?

Book 3: Monster Message
Mörköviesti, Tammi, March 2020, 250 pp.

Hellman kids face new troubles. Mom and Dad want to move into a bigger home on the other side of the city. Mimi’s talking bathrobe feels strangely shrunk, and drops hints of leaving. Monstrologist Runar Kalli is starting to act his age without his rejuvenating root potion – and he’s 122. Something must be done. When Mimi finds crumpled leaves with strange markings in her room, they look like messages from underground, but who’s delivering them and why? And why does the Gatekeeper of the underground world appear in their bathroom?

 

Rights sold for the MONSTER NANNY seires:

FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)

AUSTRALIA, Allen & Unwin
BOSNIA, Šahinpašić
BRAZIL, DarkSide Books
CHINA, Beijing Children’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC, Portál
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
FRANCE, Editions Robert Laffont
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon
ITALY, Salani/Mauri Spagnol
KOREA: Seosawon
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NETHERLANDS, Luitingh-Sijthoff
NEW ZEALAND, Allen & Unwin
NORWAY, Gyldendal Norsk
OCEANIA, Allen & Unwin
POLAND, Vesper
PORTUGAL, Asa Editiones/Leya
ROMANIA: Editura Univers SRL
RUSSIA, Rosman
SLOVENIA, Mladinska knjiga
SPAIN (Spanish), La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan), La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TURKEY, SEV Redhouse Kidz
UKRAINE: School Publishing House
VIETNAM, Nha Nam
UNITED STATES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
FILM RIGHTS, Scott Free Productions

Pasi Pitkänen


Pasi Pitkänen has become known for his richly detailed illustrative work on several children’s books such as the Monster Nanny duology by Tuutikki Tolonen. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer and graphic designer; Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes (Rovio Books 2012), illustrated by Pitkänen, was named Best First Cookbook of the Year at 2012’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Among Pitkänen’s hobbies are quantum physics, people-watching, B-movies, insects and baking.

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, Finland’s only literary journal 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 2020 nominated for both Runeberg Junior and Arvid Lydecken Awards and won LukuVarkaus 2020 award!

Polish rights pre-empted for LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series!

We are really excited to let you know that Znak Emotikon in Poland pre-empted the rights for all 3 titles in the LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series!

Natalia Sikora from the Polish publisher Znak Emotikon was really happy and said:

As we all know children like to be scared a bit. Especially when these scary things are funny at the same time. And this is the case of Little Shop of Nightmares. Funny illustrations, hilarious characters, lot of imagination. From now on NO monsters will be found under the bed. Unless the really entertaining ones 😉
– Natalia Sikora, Acquisition Editor, Znak Emotikon, Poland on Little Shop of Nightmares series

THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series by Magdalena Hai has now sold to 22 countries but is still available in United States, Iceland, Spain, UK, Japan, Slovenia, China, Croatia, Taiwan etc.

Download the Full English pdfs for the Little Shop of Nightmares series here

 

The Little Shop of Nightmares is a new early readers’ series about a strange little shop and its employees… who are even stranger. You might need some untickling powder to stop laughing while reading this series!


 

LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES 1: THE TERRIBLE TICKLING POWDER
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

When Nina, 9 years, enters The Little Shop of Nightmares in hopes of getting a job, she is greeted by an odd sight: shopkeeper Mr. Kook is rolling on the floor, unable to stop laughing. With a little help from a ghost called Paddy, they start looking for the untickling powder to help him, but things are certainly not made easier by Mr. Kook’s world-domination-planning pet octopus Squishy McGoo, who is a bit too quick about getting into trouble with rollerblades on its tentacles.

LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES 2: THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING TEETH
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Nina goes to buy ice cream after her first work day at The Little Shop of Nightmares. But at the ice cream shop she discovers a vampire – without teeth! Nina decides to help vampire Lucas, and find him new teeth from Mr. Krook’s shop. But while they look for the teeth it turns out that other things have gone missing too…

LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES 3: STICKY THE HORRIBLE SNOWMAN
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

The Little Shop of Nightmares is getting buried in snow! Nina and Paddy are trying to find the cause of the snowstorm, but that’s easier said than done. A well-meaning but horribly clumsy snowman keeps getting in their way and stopping their every effort to stop the snowing inside.

Rights sold for LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series:

FINLAND:
WSOY (orig.)

ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Emas
CZECH REPUBLIC: Euromedia
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
ESTONIA: Postimees Publishing
GERMANY: Egmont Schneiderbuch
GREECE: Dioptra
HUNGARY: Cerkabella
ITALY: Terre di Mezzo
KOREA: Gilbutschool
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA: Briedis
NETHERLANDS: De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY: Fontini
POLAND: Znak Emotikon
RUSSIA: KompasGuide
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
SERBIA: Odiseja
SLOVAKIA: Ikar
SWEDEN: Hegas
TURKEY: Epsilon

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

Elina Backman’s STILL WATERS RUN DEEP now TOP 9 in the Finnish official bestseller list! See the new video!

Elina Backman’s debut Nordic Crime novel ALL THE KING’S MEN was published in May 2020 and gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish mediabecoming an immediate bestseller, and now has reached 20.000 copies sold in all formats!

Download the 200pp English sample for ALL THE KING’S MEN here!

We are glad to let you know that the second title in the series STILL WATERS RUN DEEP has also started very strong and is now TOP9 title in Finnish official bestseller list!
The series has publishers in 13 territories and an international TV series is in development. The first book is also:

  • Winner of the Storytel Audio book Award 2020 for the Best Crime Novel
  • Winner of Elisa Kirja book Award, Best Newcomer 2020.

The rights have been sold to 13 territories, but are still available in the US, UK, Denmark, Hungary, Turkey, Latvia, Romania, France, Bulgaria, Spain etc.

Download the English synopses for both titles and the 200pp English sample for the first book here!

We are also happy to let you know that there is now a new video for STILL WATERS RUN DEEP!

Click here to see Elina Backman presenting Book #2 – STILL WATERS RUN DEEP
 

ALL THE KING’S MEN (#1)
by Elina Backman

Saana has been fired from her job as a click-bait journalist, so she decides to spend a summer with her aunt in a small-town Hartola. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to take it easy and recover. But when Saana begins to dig into a case of a teenage girl who died 30 years earlier, the peace of the small town is shaken.Meanwhile in Helsinki a fire-marked body is found at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and crime investigator Jan Leino and his team have a new case in their hands. However, the investigation isn’t going anywhere, and Jan fears that the murder at King’s Gate a is just the beginning…Saana and Jan continue working on their own cases until their paths cross – for more than one reason.

 

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP (#2)
by Elina Backman

Is evil lurking beneath the calm waters? The Isle of Sheep is an awaited sequel to the bestselling All the Kings Men!

Three young men are making a documentary film about a mystical hermit, living in the Isle of Sheep in Helsinki. First one of them disappears, then another one. When one of them is found dead in the nearby nature reserve, the police becmes involved.Saana Havas, recovering from burnout, hears that her  colleague’s younger brother has gone missing and decides to set up a true crime podcast to help with the search. Meanwhile, police commissioner Jan Leino and his team are investigating the disappearance and possible murder of the documentary makers.When young men disappear and die, it’s ofter regarded just an accident. But could it be that someone is actually hunting for them?

Elina Backman


Elina Backman is a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki, in an old wooden 1920 house with a family of two kids and a husband. Elina loves books (all sorts), travelling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally – her dream is a tv series based on her novels.

Her debut novel When the King Dies was published in May 2020 and has immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and becoming an immediate bestseller in Finland with 10,000 copies sold in all formats. When the King Dies has been to-date sold in 13 territories and international TV series is in development.

Bibliography


Elina Backman

Still Waters Run Deep (a.k.a The Isle of Sheep)

2021, Crime & Suspense


Elina Backman

All the King's Men (a.k.a. When the King Dies)

2020, Crime & Suspense

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Norstedts acquires Swedish rights to CHARMING DUKE and CHARLOTTA by Sara Medberg, and Varrak Estonian rights to CHARLOTTA!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce two foreign sales for Sara Medberg’s bestselling series pitched as “Bridgerton meets Jane Austen”: Swedish rights for CHARMING DUKE and CHARLOTTA have been acquired by Norstedts for publication in 2022. Estonian rights to CHARLOTTA have been sold in pre-empt to Varrak.

Praise from the Swedish publisher:“We’re very excited to introduce Sara Medberg to the Swedish readers. Her eye for historical details is impressive, and we love the Nordic setting for her books.”  – Jennifer Lindström, Senior Editor, Norstedts Förlag

Sara Medberg’s series consists of six books, which are also standalones. In each book the main heroine reads one of Jane Austen’s novels. The novels’ events take place in the years 1815 and 1816. The genre is regency romance, as in the popular series Bridgerton. Places visited are the still standing Royal Palace of Stockholm and the imposing castles of Drottningholm and Strömsholm.

The book series takes us to an era where the European aristocracy travelled and mingled. The young offspring of the high class sought out adventures and new fashions on their grand tours in the courts of Europe. Love, danger, royal ties, intrigue, and passion intermingle in this captivating and buoyant series.

Book 1: Charlotta: Jane Austen’s newly published ‘Pride and Prejudice’ alters the way Charlotta sees her role as a woman. But the book’s ideas of modern love, marriage and early feminism are put to the test as the bitter war-torn baron Ridderlöw becomes romantically interested in Charlotta. Can an ordinary lady’s maid have it all: a meaningful life and the man of her dreams?

Book 2: Charming Duke: a story about the mistress of Blackthorn Castle, Arabella Öhrnmarck. She becomes widowed after an unhappy marriage and travels home to Stockholm to be near the Royal Court. But something strange is going on. Mystical incidents and threatening situations occur non-stop. It seems that somebody is out to silence her. But what is the secret they are searching? Then a fascinating English duke starts to court Arabella…

More about Sara Medberg’s series, historical background of the books, the upcoming titles: click here for the reading materials of Charlotta and click here for the reading materials of Charming Duke.

CHARLOTTA
Rights sold
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak
SWEDEN: Norstedts

CHARMING DUKE
Rights sold
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
SWEDEN: Norstedts

Sara Medberg


Sara Medberg is a historian currently writing her doctoral dissertation about the education of highborn girls in the18th century. The ideas for her novels come from her research. In her thesis she studies young womens' conduct manuals in Sweden in the 18th century from the perspective of the modernising ideals for women and the upbringing of girls.

Sara has received academic scholarships from the Swedish Cultural Foundation, Waldemar von Frenckell's Foundation and the Swedish Literature Society. Including others, her literary work is sponsored by the Finnish Author Association and Otava's Book Foundation.

Medberg enjoys costume dramas, fashion from the past, castles, mansions, shopping and running. In Finland, her novels have already sold over 20,000 copies.




Bibliography


Sara Medberg

Charming Duke

2021, Romance


Sara Medberg

Charlotta

2020, Romance

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LITTLE MOUSE series now sold to Germany!

LITTLE MOUSE series now sold to Germany! Rights sold to 15 countries and counting!

We are very excited to announce that LITTLE MOUSE series by Riikka Jäntti is now traveling to Germany!
Publisher Cross Cult  has acquired the first three titles of the series and recommends it wholeheartedly:German readers, children and parents alike, will easily be able to relate to the everyday adventures of LITTLE MOUSE and Mother Mouse. The art style is very cute – but also has a classic look and feel and a touch of realism. This is a great combination.
– Andreas Mergenthaler, Cross Cult, GermanyThe wonderful series by Riikka Jäntti has sold to 15 territories, but rights are still available in United States, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, etc.Download the illustrated English pdfs for the whole Little Mouse series here


PRAISE FOR LITTLE MOUSE:

English readers will see something of Beatrix Potter’s poetry and precision in the Helsinki-based illustrator and author’s retro ink and watercolour illustrations.
William Yeoman, The Weekend West

Drawings are Scandi sublime.
Alex O’Connell, Times (Children’s Book of the Week)


LITTLE MOUSE SERIES
written and illustrated by Riikka Jäntti

A 7-book series about a little mouse living with a single mother mouse, acting as all little persons do – in the first book, it says NO to everything – to broccoli, getting dressed, washing teeth, sleeping. Other parts talk about Christmas, winter, having guests, having a holiday, summer vacation and going on an island.
This universally loved little character will be published everywhere from Nepal and Russia to France and Australia

Book 1: Little Mouse
A day in the life of a toddler is a busy one and Little Mouse’s is no exception. Between getting dressed, going to daycare, eating dinner, and splashing in puddles, Little Mouse has a lot to do … and a lot to say ‘no’ to!

Book 2: Little Mouse Helps Out
Little Mouse’s friend Pip is coming over to visit. But first, there are chores to do around the house, like cleaning, laundry and cooking lunch. Little Mouse is determined to help Mummy Mouse with all of them.

Book 3: Little Mouse’s Christmas
Christmas is coming and Little Mouse can’t wait for Christmas Eve. Luckily there are all kinds of wonderful preparations to be made, from cooking to choosing the Christmas tree.

Book 4: Little Mouse’s Holiday
Little Mouse and Mommy Mouse take the train together to the countryside to stay at their cottage on an island, pick berries, heat the sauna and cook sausages over a campfire under the starry skies. It’s a real treat for a little city mouse!

Book 5: Little Mouse’s Winter
Winter is here and Little Mouse enjoys playing outside. But his fun is interrupted by piano lessons. And why do all the other kids have
phones and lots of collectable toy figures? Luckily mom has lots of fun activities that will make him happy again.

Book 6: Little Mouse’s Summer

Summer holiday is full of fun: going to the amusement park, playing by the beach and visiting the art museum. Buying strawberries and ice cream, and going to the cinema when the weather is too hot. Little Mouse knows that one must enjoy the summer, because it doesn’t last forever.

NEW: Book 7: Little Mouse’s Goes Camping

One beautiful summer’s day, Little Mouse’s goes camping with mom.

Little Mouse helps their mother set up the tent, light the grill and prepare sausages and vegetables wrapped in foil. When it gets dark, Little Mouse listens to the sounds of the night in the tent.  In the morning, they are both very hungry but luckily the island’s restaurant is open!

Download the English pdfs for the Little Mouse series here


The author Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has been sold to 13 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

Read the interview with Riikka Jäntti here!

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

AUSTRALIA:
Scribble/Scribe
CHINA:
Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK:
ABC Forlag
ESTONIA:
Rahva Raamat
FRANCE:
Cambourakis
GERMANY:
Cross Cult
NEPAL:
Kathalaya
NEW ZEALAND:
Scribble/Scribe
PORTUGAL:
Harper Collins Iberica
ROMANIA:
Editura Paralela 45
RUSSIA:
Strecoza
SLOVAKIA:
Fortuna
SPAIN (Spanish):
Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan):
Harper Collins Iberica
UK:
Scribble/Scribe

Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of University of Industrial Art of Helsinki, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has publishers in 16 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Bibliography


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Goes Camping

2021, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Summer

2020, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Winter

2019, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Holiday

2018, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Christmas

2017, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Helps Out

2016, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse

2015, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

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Croatian rights sold for FACELIFT!

Croatian rights sold for FACELIFT!

Now the rom-com with a male lead will be published in 8 countries with 95 000 copies sold in Finland!

We are really happy to let you know about the seventh foreign rights sale for Miika Nousiainen’s bestselling FACELIFT! This excellent title has now been acquired by Znanje in Croatia!

Znanje is also the Croatian publisher for John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, Stephen King, Gail Honeyman, Robert Bryndza, Lee Child etc.

FACELIFT was published in September 2020 and has amazingly in 8 months sold over 95 000 copies in all formats. This is the second rights sold this week – on Monday we were happy to announce the Czech rights sold to Host!

If you like Scandi-humor authors like Fredrik Backman and Jonas Jonasson, you will love this!

Download the English sample by clicking here
CROATIAN PRAISE:“Facelift” is an enjoyable funny read about life, love, and difficulties of finding “the one” (and keeping them). It is crude and hilarious, but at the same time it can provide clever advice for anyone having relationship problems.
-Dijana Orsolic, Editor-in-Chief, Znanje publishing, Croatia
CZECH PRAISE:Miika Nousiainen’s Facelift is first and foremost a fantastic humorous novel full of wit and charming characters. Moreover the author does not shy away from more serious issues and offers a refreshing perspective on many clichés and stereotypes. Reading Facelift is an experience not to be forgotten.
-Lucie Bregantová, editor, HOST – vydavatelství, s. r. o., Czech Republic
GERMAN PRAISE:
“I must say that this new book really exceeds our expectations. I loved each character of the book, I loved its subtle humour, its lightness while at the same time it manages to address difficult and quite topical subjects. I think that this is quite a strength of the book: it works as entertainment, but it is also psychologically smart and social criticism in its most wonderful, discreet form.”
– Patrick Sielemann, Editor, Kein & Aber AG
FINNISH PRAISE:

Facelift is a perfect feel-good novel. It meets the high expectations that we have learned to expect from Nousiainen: it’s funny, dark, entertaining and very timely.
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland


FACELIFT 
by Miika Nousiainen
Tragicomic tale of life’s biggest questions and their surprisingly simple answers.

Sami has a dream: he desperately wants to be a father. His biological clock has been ticking for the past 15 years so loudly that sometimes it’s hard to hear his own thoughts. But it’s not so easy to become a father, first of all, you need to find a suitable future mother candidate.

But when Sami’s latest future-mother-candidate rides off with a biker guy, he makes a series of bad choices that cause him to anger the local motorcycle gang. How to fix a life where everything seems to go wrong? Sini, a wellbeing blogger with perfectly instagrammable life arrives to offer a solution.


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He is one of the bestselling Finnish writers of the last decade. Miika works as a journalist and writes also for television.

 

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

CROATIA: Znanje
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: Kein & Aber
NORWAY: Vigmostad & Bjørke
RUSSIA: Livebook Publishing
SERBIA: Odiseja

Miika Nousiainen


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.

Bibliography


Miika Nousiainen

Facelift

2020, Commercial/Upmarket, Humor


Miika Nousiainen

Roots

2016, Humor


Miika Nousiainen

Raspberry Boat Refugee

2007, Humor

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Serbian rights sold for MONSTER NANNY! Now it has 31 publishers around the world!

Serbian rights sold for MONSTER NANNY!
Now it has 31 publishers around the world!

We are really happy to let you know that Serbian publisher Laguna has acquired the first title of Middle-Grade MONSTER NANNY trilogy by Tuutikki Tolonen.

The series has now 31 publishers around the world and a feature film in development by Scott Free Productions.
The rights are still available in the UK, Japan, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, Iceland, Croatia, Israel etc.

If you are interested, download the English materials for the Monster Nanny trilogy by clicking here.

The three books are all wonderfully illustrated by Pasi Pitkänen.

SERBIAN PRAISE for MONSTER NANNY:

„Monster Nanny“ is a sweet & surprising book that shows us that children are the best guardians of curiosity, a skill that adults forget about while making money all the time. This novel reminds us of the most important lesson in our lives: imagination is the path to accept diversity and the path to finding home.
-Zoran Penevski, senior children’s editor, Laguna, Serbia
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MONSTER NANNY TRILOGY:

Book 1: Monster Nanny
Mörkövahti. Tammi 2015, 300 pp.

The Hellman children must make do with a nanny while their mother is away at a spa. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster.

Grah is hairy, dusty, and doesn’t talk. When the siblings discover that other neighbourhood kids have been left with similar creatures, they start to wonder where the monsters came from. With the parents away, the kids work together (between bickering) to figure out the mystery of the monsters.

Book 2: Monster Route
Mörköreitti. Tammi 2016, 280 pp.

Mimi 6 years, has snuck into the monsters’ underground world after her monster friend Grah. She travels in their tunnels, led by the odd Gate Keeper. Back at home, Koby and Halley put their heads together and manage to get in touch with Mimi. But who is the mysterious and frightening ruler of the monster world?

Book 3: Monster Message
Mörköviesti, Tammi, March 2020, 250 pp.

Hellman kids face new troubles. Mom and Dad want to move into a bigger home on the other side of the city. Mimi’s talking bathrobe feels strangely shrunk, and drops hints of leaving. Monstrologist Runar Kalli is starting to act his age without his rejuvenating root potion – and he’s 122. Something must be done. When Mimi finds crumpled leaves with strange markings in her room, they look like messages from underground, but who’s delivering them and why? And why does the Gatekeeper of the underground world appear in their bathroom?

MONSTER NANNY SERIES:

Rights sold:

FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)

AUSTRALIA, Allen & Unwin
BOSNIA, Šahinpašić
BRAZIL, DarkSide Books
CHINA, Beijing Children’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC, Portál
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
FRANCE, Editions Robert Laffont
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon
ITALY, Salani/Mauri Spagnol
KOREA: Seosawon
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NETHERLANDS, Luitingh-Sijthoff
NEW ZEALAND, Allen & Unwin
NORWAY, Gyldendal Norsk
OCEANIA, Allen & Unwin
POLAND, Vesper
PORTUGAL, Asa Editiones/Leya
ROMANIA: Editura Univers SRL
RUSSIA, Rosman
SERBIA: Laguna
SLOVENIA, Mladinska knjiga
SPAIN (Spanish), La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan), La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TURKEY, SEV Redhouse Kidz
UKRAINE: School Publishing House
VIETNAM, Nha Nam
UNITED STATES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
FILM RIGHTS, Scott Free Productions

Pasi Pitkänen


Pasi Pitkänen has become known for his richly detailed illustrative work on several children’s books such as the Monster Nanny duology by Tuutikki Tolonen. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer and graphic designer; Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes (Rovio Books 2012), illustrated by Pitkänen, was named Best First Cookbook of the Year at 2012’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Among Pitkänen’s hobbies are quantum physics, people-watching, B-movies, insects and baking.

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, Finland’s only literary journal 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 2020 nominated for both Runeberg Junior and Arvid Lydecken Awards and won LukuVarkaus 2020 award!

LITTLE MOUSE series now sold to Slovakia!

LITTLE MOUSE series now sold to Slovakia! Rights sold in 15 countries and counting!

We are overjoyed to announce that the whole LITTLE MOUSE series by Riikka Jäntti is now traveling to Slovakia!
Publisher Fortuna Libri has acquired the first two titles of the series and had this to say:Very cute and also educational stories of Little Mouse are full of adventures it has mostly with Mother Mouse. The stories are accompanied by beautiful illustrations attractive for small children.
– Zuzana Jancokova, Fortuna Libri, SlovakiaThe wonderful series by Riikka Jäntti has sold to 15 territories, but rights are still available in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, etc.

Download the illustrated English pdfs for the whole Little Mouse series here


LITTLE MOUSE SERIES
written and illustrated by Riikka Jäntti

A 6-book series about a little mouse living with a single mother mouse, acting as all little persons do – in the first book, it says NO to everything – to broccoli, getting dressed, washing teeth, sleeping. Other parts talk about Christmas, winter, having guests, having a holiday, summer vacation and going on an island.
This universally loved little character will be published everywhere from Nepal and Russia to France and Australia
Book 1: Little Mouse
A day in the life of a toddler is a busy one and Little Mouse’s is no exception. Between getting dressed, going to daycare, eating dinner, and splashing in puddles, Little Mouse has a lot to do … and a lot to say ‘no’ to!

Book 2: Little Mouse Helps Out
Little Mouse’s friend Pip is coming over to visit. But first, there are chores to do around the house, like cleaning, laundry and cooking lunch. Little Mouse is determined to help Mummy Mouse with all of them.

Book 3: Little Mouse’s Christmas
Christmas is coming and Little Mouse can’t wait for Christmas Eve. Luckily there are all kinds of wonderful preparations to be made, from cooking to choosing the Christmas tree.

Book 4: Little Mouse’s Holiday
Little Mouse and Mommy Mouse take the train together to the countryside to stay at their cottage on an island, pick berries, heat the sauna and cook sausages over a campfire under the starry skies. It’s a real treat for a little city mouse!

Book 5: Little Mouse’s Winter
Winter is here and Little Mouse enjoys playing outside. But his fun is interrupted by piano lessons. And why do all the other kids have
phones and lots of collectable toy figures? Luckily mom has lots of fun activities that will make him happy again.

Book 6: Little Mouse’s Summer

Summer holiday is full of fun: going to the amusement park, playing by the beach and visiting the art museum. Buying strawberries and ice cream, and going to the cinema when the weather is too hot. Little Mouse knows that one must enjoy the summer, because it doesn’t last forever.

NEW: Book 7: Little Mouse’s Goes Camping

One beautiful summer’s day, Little Mouse’s goes camping with mom.

Little Mouse helps their mother set up the tent, light the grill and prepare sausages and vegetables wrapped in foil. When it gets dark, Little Mouse listens to the sounds of the night in the tent.  In the morning, they are both very hungry but luckily the island’s restaurant is open!

Download the English pdfs for the Little Mouse series here


The author Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has been sold to 13 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

Read the interview with Riikka Jäntti here!

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

AUSTRALIA:
Scribble/Scribe
CHINA:
Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK:
ABC Forlag
ESTONIA:
Rahva Raamat
FRANCE:
Cambourakis
NEPAL:
Kathalaya
NEW ZEALAND:
Scribble/Scribe
PORTUGAL:
Harper Collins Iberica
ROMANIA:
Editura Paralela 45
RUSSIA: Strecoza
SLOVAKIA: Fortuna
SPAIN (Spanish):
Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan):
Harper Collins Iberica
UK:
Scribble/Scribe

Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of University of Industrial Art of Helsinki, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has publishers in 16 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Bibliography


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Goes Camping

2021, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Summer

2020, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Winter

2019, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Holiday

2018, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Christmas

2017, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Helps Out

2016, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse

2015, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

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Today Elina Ahlback Literary Agency celebrates its 12th anniversary!

The story of the Elina Ahlback Literary Agency began in Manhattan, New York, in February 2009. While Elina’s son was skating in the skate park under the Brooklyn Bridge, the courageous decision to establish the agency was made — with its mission to build bridges between authors and publishers worldwide and with its passion to internationalize Finnish literature.

Elina Ahlback Literary Agency is Finland’s leading and first independent, international literary agency representing Finnish and Nordic authors’ and illustrators’ book, film & TV rights in international markets. The Agency also represents U.S. publishers and their authors exclusively in the Nordic countries.

We are enormously proud of the authors we have the honor to represent and  are celebrating with some of the best praises for our excellent authors and titles this Spring:

A New York Times Bestseller

Translated with icy precision, by Kristian London, is written in short, sharp, present-tense chapters, a technique which adds to its relentless tension.

– The Wall Street Journal on
The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck

 

 

 

 

 

Best Book of the Month

This provocative Finnish author enters the fray of American literature (thanks to translation from David Hackston) with a racy, wonderfully weird novel about a therapist’s sessions with a sex-obsessed woman.

– Entertainment Weekly on
My Friend Natalia by Laura Lindstedt

 

 

 

Best Travel Book of Year 2021

Packed with emotions, this book is like reading a travelogue, feminist’s manifesto and a self-help guide in one.

– The Independent on
The Women I Think About at Night by Mia Kankimäki

 

 

 

 

Best Debut Novel of the Year

By pushing her character into a crisis, a writer can sometimes observe the abyss of the mind. How eloquently we are led from the drama of a crisis into facing the questions of domination and subjugation. The intense mood is amplified by the close-knit style of expression. The general impression of this dense novel follows along the same lines as the communication between the characters: it surely is cold but it does emit some heat.

– Parnasso on
Arctic Mirage by Terhi Kokkonen

 

 

Winner of a National Crime competition 2019

Finland is the new Mecca of crime fiction. You need proof? Just read the first novel by A.M. Ollikainen. I couldn’t imagine a better start for a series. CARGO is outstanding.

– Marco Schneiders, Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe on
Cargo by A.M.Ollikainen

 

 

 

Winner of The Best Crime Fiction Novel in 2020

This art detective thriller that is constructed around the masterpiece by Michaelangelo Caravaggio moves fluidly forward like an Italian little criminal on his scooter. The twists and turns are swift and the plot as intricate as the Sicilian courtly etiquette; yet the tranquil pace of the narration allows the reader to stay on board.

– KMV Magazine on
Lead White by Jyrki Erra

 

 

 

A national bestseller

Miika Nousiainen’s FACELIFT is first and foremost a fantastic humorous novel full of wit and charming characters. Moreover the author does not shy away from more serious issues and offers a refreshing perspective on many clichés and stereotypes. Reading Facelift is an experience not to be forgotten.

– Lucie Bregantová, Host Publishing on
Facelift by Miika Nousiainen

 

 

 

Winner of the Storytel Audio book Award 2020 for the Best Crime Novel
Winner of Elisa Kirja Book Award, Best Newcomer 2020

Our first impression after reading this wonderful book is ‘It is such a fascinating and engaging read, that your biggest challenge will be putting the book down.’ Scandinavian landscapes, 30-years old mystery, investigation, all the atmosphere – ideal mix. We even felt the True Detective vibes! We liked the masterful parallel storylines, the formed author`s style, and, of course, the perfect ending!

– Sofia Shramko, Mann Ivanov Ferber on
All The King’s Men by Elina Backman

 

A national bestseller

The title of this book immediately caught my eye, but it’s rare that a book delivers beyond its clever name. This book does. It’s an entertaining, thought-provoking read about the world we live in and the companies that, when unchecked, will shape our future.

– Joost van den Ossenblok, A.W. Bruna on
The 50 Most Dangerous Companies by Juha-Pekka Raeste and Hannu Sokala

 

 

 

An immediate national bestseller

Love is not – although abstruse – irrational….These two things, the search for love at the same time as you are escaping from it and the process of observing and describing it, are at the core of Irrational Things. — Little by little, all these irrational things are presented by Turunen to the reader in her endearing way that takes notice of the smallest details. Time flies, the narrator changes and becomes more and more aware. As a cunning writer, Turunen has fooled the reader into fearing how a distant relationship can survive. And suddenly, I as a reader, realize that all the while I’ve been following an artist’s development story.

– Suvi Ahola, Helsingin Sanomat on
Irrational Things by Saara Turunen

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Elina Backman


Elina Backman is a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki, in an old wooden 1920 house with a family of two kids and a husband. Elina loves books (all sorts), travelling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally – her dream is a tv series based on her novels.

Her debut novel When the King Dies was published in May 2020 and has immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and becoming an immediate bestseller in Finland with 10,000 copies sold in all formats. When the King Dies has been to-date sold in 13 territories and international TV series is in development.

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala


Juha-Pekka Raeste covers international and domestic business for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He focuses on the biggest corporations and the IT industry.

Hannu Sokala works as an investigative reporter for YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. His work covers e.g. international finance and macroeconomics.

Laura Lindstedt


Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) became a critical darling with her adoption-themed debut novel Scissors (Sakset, Teos 2007), which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary honour. She is currently revising her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015) is a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death. Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, earning her the coveted 2015 Finlandia Prize. Lindstedt’s latest novel My Friend Natalia has been a critical success and the rights have been sold to 12 territories.

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 is currently finalizing the third book of the Jessica Niemi series, which is to be published in Finland in September 2021.

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.

Mia Kankimäki


Mia Kankimäki is the author of two best-selling books which blend travelogue, memoir, biography and women’s history. After taking a master’s degree in comparative literature at the University of Helsinki and working diligently in Finnish publishing, in 2010 she left her job and traveled to Japan to write her first book. Her books have received several literary awards, for example the Best Travel Book of the year 2013, the HelMet Award 2015, and Otava Book Foundation’s Non Fiction Award 2020. She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland, whenever she’s not traveling for her next book project.

Mia has been enthusiastic about Japanese culture for years, and is a qualified ikebana teacher of the Sogetsu school. Her first book Things That Make One’s Hear Beat Faster took her to Kyoto where she has spent long periods of writing and making research ever since. Kankimäki’s second book The Women I Think About at Night has sold over 45,000 copies in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 17 territories, including USA and China.

Miika Nousiainen


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.

Terhi Kokkonen


Terhi Kokkonen (1974) is a Helsinki-based musician and pop lyricist. She is known for the band Scandinavian Music Group, as well as being one of the singers of the band Ultra Bra. Kokkonen has studied dramaturgy at the Theater Academy and screenwriting and film editing at the Department of Cinematography and Stage Design at Aalto University. Arctic Mirage is her debut novel, and it was awarded as the best debut novel of 2020.

LITTLE MOUSE series now sold to Romania!

All 7 books in LITTLE MOUSE series now sold to Romania!

We are so happy to announce that the whole LITTLE MOUSE series by Riikka Jäntti has been acquired by Romanian publisher Editura Paralela 45!

Little Mouse series is beautifully illustrated and lovely written. Little Mouse’s activities are those of children ages 1-4, that is why these books are a perfect start of thrilling discussions and activities with your kids. The perfect story when you need to convince your kid to eat his vegetables 🙂
-Anda Marin, Educational Books Manager, Editura Paralela 45, Romania

The wonderful series by Riikka Jäntti has sold to 14 territories, but rights are still available in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, etc.

Download the illustrated English pdfs for the whole Little Mouse series here


LITTLE MOUSE SERIES
written and illustrated by Riikka Jäntti

A 7-book series about a little mouse living with a single mother mouse, acting as all little persons do – in the first book, it says NO to everything – to broccoli, getting dressed, washing teeth, sleeping. Other parts talk about Christmas, winter, having guests, having a holiday, summer vacation and going on an island.
This universally loved little character will be published everywhere from Nepal and Russia to France and Australia

Book 1: Little Mouse
A day in the life of a toddler is a busy one and Little Mouse’s is no exception. Between getting dressed, going to daycare, eating dinner, and splashing in puddles, Little Mouse has a lot to do … and a lot to say ‘no’ to!

Book 2: Little Mouse Helps Out
Little Mouse’s friend Pip is coming over to visit. But first, there are chores to do around the house, like cleaning, laundry and cooking lunch. Little Mouse is determined to help Mummy Mouse with all of them.

Book 3: Little Mouse’s Christmas
Christmas is coming and Little Mouse can’t wait for Christmas Eve. Luckily there are all kinds of wonderful preparations to be made, from cooking to choosing the Christmas tree.

Book 4: Little Mouse’s Holiday
Little Mouse and Mommy Mouse take the train together to the countryside to stay at their cottage on an island, pick berries, heat the sauna and cook sausages over a campfire under the starry skies. It’s a real treat for a little city mouse!

Book 5: Little Mouse’s Winter
Winter is here and Little Mouse enjoys playing outside. But his fun is interrupted by piano lessons. And why do all the other kids have
phones and lots of collectable toy figures? Luckily mom has lots of fun activities that will make him happy again.

Book 6: Little Mouse’s Summer

Summer holiday is full of fun: going to the amusement park, playing by the beach and visiting the art museum. Buying strawberries and ice cream, and going to the cinema when the weather is too hot. Little Mouse knows that one must enjoy the summer, because it doesn’t last forever.

NEW: Book 7: Little Mouse’s Goes Camping

One beautiful summer’s day, Little Mouse’s goes camping with mom.

Little Mouse helps their mother set up the tent, light the grill and prepare sausages and vegetables wrapped in foil. When it gets dark, Little Mouse listens to the sounds of the night in the tent.  In the morning, they are both very hungry but luckily the island’s restaurant is open!

Download the English pdfs for the Little Mouse series here


The author Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has been sold to 13 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

Read the interview with Riikka Jäntti here!

Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of University of Industrial Art of Helsinki, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has publishers in 16 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Bibliography


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Goes Camping

2021, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Summer

2020, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Winter

2019, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Holiday

2018, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Christmas

2017, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Helps Out

2016, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse

2015, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

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Czech rights sold for FACELIFT!

Czech rights sold for FACELIFT!
Now the rom-com with a male protagonist will be published in 7 countries!

We are really happy to let you know about the sixth foreign rights sale for Miika Nousiainen’s bestselling FACELIFT! This excellent title has now been acquired by Host in Czech Republic!
Host is also the Czech publisher for Fredrik Backman, Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson etc. 

If you like Scandi-humor authors like Fredrik Backman and Jonas Jonasson, you will love this!

Download the English sample by clicking here
CZECH PRAISE:
Miika Nousiainen’s FACELIFT is first and foremost a fantastic humorous novel full of wit and charming characters. Moreover the author does not shy away from more serious issues and offers a refreshing perspective on many clichés and stereotypes. Reading Facelift is an experience not to be forgotten.
.-Lucie Bregantová, editor, HOST – vydavatelství, s. r. o., Czech Republic
GERMAN PRAISE:
“I must say that this new book really exceeds our expectations. I loved each character of the book, I loved its subtle humour, its lightness while at the same time it manages to address difficult and quite topical subjects. I think that this is quite a strength of the book: it works as entertainment, but it is also psychologically smart and social criticism in its most wonderful, discreet form.”
– Patrick Sielemann, Editor, Kein & Aber AG

FACELIFT is a perfect feel-good novel. It meets the high expectations that we have learned to expect from Nousiainen: it’s funny, dark, entertaining and very timely.
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland


FACELIFT 
by Miika Nousiainen
Tragicomic tale of life’s biggest questions and their surprisingly simple answers.

Sami has a dream: he desperately wants to be a father. His biological clock has been ticking for the past 15 years so loudly that sometimes it’s hard to hear his own thoughts. But it’s not so easy to become a father, first of all, you need to find a suitable future mother candidate.

But when Sami’s latest future-mother-candidate rides off with a biker guy, he makes a series of bad choices that cause him to anger the local motorcycle gang. How to fix a life where everything seems to go wrong? Sini, a wellbeing blogger with perfectly instagrammable life arrives to offer a solution.


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He is one of the bestselling Finnish writers of the last decade. Miika works as a journalist and writes also for television.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

CZECH REPUBLIC: Host
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: Kein & Aber
NORWAY: Vigmostad & Bjørke
RUSSIA: Livebook Publishing
SERBIA: Odiseja

Miika Nousiainen


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.

Bibliography


Miika Nousiainen

Facelift

2020, Commercial/Upmarket, Humor


Miika Nousiainen

Roots

2016, Humor


Miika Nousiainen

Raspberry Boat Refugee

2007, Humor

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Elina Backman’s ALL THE KING’S MEN has now sold over 20.000 copies!

Elina Backman’s ALL THE KING’S MEN (Book #1 in the series) has now sold over 20.000 copies in all formats!

The sequel STILL WATERS RUN DEEP is just published  – straight to bestseller lists!

Elina Backman’s debut Nordic Crime novel ALL THE KING’S MEN was published in May 2020 and gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish mediabecoming an immediate bestseller, and we are glad to let you know, that now has reached 20.000 copies sold in all formats!

The book has already been sold to 12 territories and an international TV series is in development. It’s also:

  • Winner of the Storytel Audio book Award 2020 for the Best Crime Novel
  • Winner of Elisa Kirja book Award, Best Newcomer 2020.

The rights have been sold to 12 territories, but are still available in the US, UK, Denmark, Hungary, Turkey, Latvia, Romania, France, Bulgaria, Spain etc.

Download the 200pp English sample here!


The sequel STILL WATERS RUN DEEP – was just published in May in Finland and already is the TOP11 title in the largest bookstore chain Suomalainen Kirjakauppa and also no.5 most-requested title in the libraries!

Download the English synopsis here and see the book trailer below.

ALL THE KING’S MEN (#1)
by Elina Backman
Saana has been fired from her job as a click-bait journalist, so she decides to spend a summer with her aunt in a small-town Hartola. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to take it easy and recover. But when Saana begins to dig into a case of a teenage girl who died 30 years earlier, the peace of the small town is shaken.Meanwhile in Helsinki a fire-marked body is found at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and crime investigator Jan Leino and his team have a new case in their hands. However, the investigation isn’t going anywhere, and Jan fears that the murder at King’s Gate a is just the beginning…Saana and Jan continue working on their own cases until their paths cross – for more than one reason.STILL WATERS RUN DEEP (#2)
by Elina Backman

Is evil lurking beneath the calm waters? The Isle of Sheep is an awaited sequel to the bestselling All the Kings Men!

Three young men are making a documentary film about a mystical hermit, living in the Isle of Sheep in Helsinki. First one of them disappears, then another one. When one of them is found dead in the nearby nature reserve, the police becmes involved.

Saana Havas, recovering from burnout, hears that her  colleague’s younger brother has gone missing and decides to set up a true crime podcast to help with the search. Meanwhile, police commissioner Jan Leino and his team are investigating the disappearance and possible murder of the documentary makers.

When young men disappear and die, it’s ofter regarded just an accident. But could it be that someone is actually hunting for them?

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP on the window of the biggest bookstore in Finland – Akateeminen kirjakauppa in Helsinki.

ALL THE KINGS MEN
(aka When the King Dies)

by Elina Backman
Otava, 2020, 495 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Dritan
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers
GERMANY: Piper (2-book deal)
ITALY: Newton Compton
LITHUANIA: BALTO
NETHERLANDS: Cargo (2-book deal)
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm (2-book deal)
POLAND: Czarna Owca
RUSSIA: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber
SLOVAKIA: Arkus Vydavatelstvo
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken (2-book deal)

TV: Aurora Studios

 

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP
(aka The Isle of Sheep)
by Elina Backman
Otava, May 2021, 450 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers (2-book deal)
GERMANY: Piper (2-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: Cargo (2-book deal)
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm AS (2-book deal)
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken (2-book deal)

Elina Backman


Elina Backman is a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki, in an old wooden 1920 house with a family of two kids and a husband. Elina loves books (all sorts), travelling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally – her dream is a tv series based on her novels.

Her debut novel When the King Dies was published in May 2020 and has immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and becoming an immediate bestseller in Finland with 10,000 copies sold in all formats. When the King Dies has been to-date sold in 13 territories and international TV series is in development.

Bibliography


Elina Backman

Still Waters Run Deep (a.k.a The Isle of Sheep)

2021, Crime & Suspense


Elina Backman

All the King's Men (a.k.a. When the King Dies)

2020, Crime & Suspense

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Swedish rights sold for THE GRUMBLEBELLY CAT, MONSTER NANNY rights to Korea

Korean publisher Seosawon has acquired the Middle Grade MONSTER NANNY trilogy by Tuutikki Tolonen.

The series has now already 30 publishers around the world and a feature film in development by Scott Free Productions.
The rights are still available in the UK, Japan, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Slovakia, Iceland, Croatia, Israel etc.

If you are interested, download the English materials for the Monster Nanny trilogy by clicking here.

The three books are all illustrated by Pasi Pitkänen.

Praise for MONSTER NANNY:
I was fascinated by the characters who were taking matters into their own hands and getting over their difficulties. The setting of Nanny Monster is enough to interest children, and the unique setting inspires courage and wisdom in children. I am sure it is a must-read book for parents who make their children enterprising as well as for their children. – Jang, Sunhee, President of Seosawon, South Korea.


AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S CLASSIC FAIRYTALE TO SWEDEN 

GRUMBLEBELLY CAT by Magdalena Hai and Teemu Juhani has now another rights sale! Swedish rights were acquired by Epix Bokförlag!

Previously, the wonderful allegory has been acquired by Dressler/Oetinger Verlag in GermanyAntolog in  North Macedonia, Tiritamm in Estonia, and Vild Maskine in Denmark.

GRUMBLEBELLY CAT won the Finnish Literature Export Prize in 2018 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2018 as well. Additionally the book was nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Prize 2017 and Runeberg Junior Prize 2018.

Download the full illustrated English pdf here!

Praise for GRUMBLEBELLY CAT:
A wise and fearless fairytale novel about a cat with an appetite bigger than itself. At the same time it is a story about a girl smaller in size than her soul.
– Aamulehti newspaper

In a barren land, when a little girl meets a gigantic cat that threatens to devour her, she makes it a smart offer. The girl leads the cat across the lands, looking for something to satiate its hunger before it eats her, but they encounter draught, destruction and people who have nothing to eat except their dreams. When the cat gobbles up the girl, she finds something in its belly, something that has made it so hungry…

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MONSTER NANNY TRILOGY:

Book 1: Monster Nanny
Mörkövahti. Tammi 2015, 300 pp.

The Hellman children must make do with a nanny while their mother is away at a spa. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster.

Grah is hairy, dusty, and doesn’t talk. When the siblings discover that other neighbourhood kids have been left with similar creatures, they start to wonder where the monsters came from. With the parents away, the kids work together (between bickering) to figure out the mystery of the monsters.

Book 2: Monster Route
Mörköreitti. Tammi 2016, 280 pp.

Mimi 6 years, has snuck into the monsters’ underground world after her monster friend Grah. She travels in their tunnels, led by the odd Gate Keeper. Back at home, Koby and Halley put their heads together and manage to get in touch with Mimi. But who is the mysterious and frightening ruler of the monster world?

Book 3: Monster Message
Mörköviesti, Tammi, March 2020, 250 pp.

Hellman kids face new troubles. Mom and Dad want to move into a bigger home on the other side of the city. Mimi’s talking bathrobe feels strangely shrunk, and drops hints of leaving. Monstrologist Runar Kalli is starting to act his age without his rejuvenating root potion – and he’s 122. Something must be done. When Mimi finds crumpled leaves with strange markings in her room, they look like messages from underground, but who’s delivering them and why? And why does the Gatekeeper of the underground world appear in their bathroom?

MONSTER NANNY
Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Sahinpasic
BRAZIL: DarkSide Books
CATALAN: La Galera
CHINA: Beijing Children and Juvenile Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC: Portál, s. r. o.
DENMARK: Turbine forlaget
ESTONIA: Tiritamm
FILM RIGHTS: SCOTT FREE FILMS
FRANCE: Robert Laffont
GERMANY: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & CO. KG.
ITALY: Salani
KOREA: Seosawon
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto/ Publishing House Nothing Serious
NETHERLANDS: Luitingh-Sijthof
NORWAY: Gyldendal
POLAND: Vesper
PORTUGAL: ASA Editions
ROMANIA: Editura Univers SRL
RUSSIA: Rosman
SPAIN: La Galera
SWEDEN: RABÉN & SJÖGREN
TURKEY: SEV Publishing / Redhouse Kidz
UKRAINE: School Publishing House
UNITED STATES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
VIETNAM: Nha Nam Publishing

Reading materials:
English edition

GRUMBLEBELLY CAT
Rights sold:

FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
ESTONIA: Tiritamm
GERMANY: Dressler/Oetinger Verlag
NORTH MACEDONIA: Antolog
SWEDEN: Epix Bokförlag

Reading materials:
full illustrated English pdf

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

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, Finland’s only literary journal 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 2020 nominated for both Runeberg Junior and Arvid Lydecken Awards and won LukuVarkaus 2020 award!

Swedish rights for CARGO and SWING are now sold to Bokfabriken!

Now the series by A.M. Ollikainen has found 14 perfect publishers this Spring!
We are very excited to let you know that A.M. Ollikainen’s debut Nordic Noir CARGO and its sequel SWING have now been sold to Sweden! The 14th publisher is Bokfabriken!

The Swedish publisher is really happy to publish this exciting series:

Cargo is Scandi crime at its finest! We are really looking forward to introducing Paula Pihlaja to the Swedish readers and listeners.
-Henrik Lindvall, Senior Editor, Bokfabriken

Download the 100pp English sample and synopsis for CARGO here


FIRST EXCELLENT FINNISH REVIEWS for CARGO are in:
The suspense is superbly raised: first by sweating in the heat, then exploding into action during a thunderstorm…./The most positive thing in CARGO is that the purely literal skills are firmly mastered. The mystery is well crafted, the reader is bluffed, and the surprises in the end are rewarding.

– Suvi Ahola, Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper,  Finland 16.5.2021 

CARGO is an international, steaming and tough murder mystery. – Ollikainen writes in a rich, versatile way, the text painting emotional landscapes with depth. The characters form a ragged and edgy crew, the dialogue has strength and is filled with sharp-eyed observations. The pieces of the puzzle interlock unabatingly logically towards the pivotal scenes. – Ollikainen poignantly describes the oddities of the artistic scene. The endgame of the crime is literally dizziying.
– Jussi Wahlgren, Mesta.net, Finland

The perfect choice to pick up while browsing the shelves at the airport book kiosk. You’ll want to read it nonstop.
– Suomen Kuvalehti Magazine, Finland

CARGO stays perfectly strict and clear cut till the very end. — CARGO has all the elements that are required for an entertaining series; it stands out from the mass especially thanks to the fact that you do not have to feel constrained and your thoughts do not stray away. The essential parts are there from the beginning.
– Tero Alanko, Kulttuuritoimitus.fi,, Finland 25.5.2021 


EDITORIAL PRAISE FOR CARGO AND A.M. OLLIKAINEN:

Finland is the new Mecca of crime fiction. You need proof? Just read the first novel by A.M. Ollikainen. I couldn’t imagine a better start for a series.  CARGO is outstanding.  
– Marco Schneiders, Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe, Germany

„Cargo” is a fast-paced story with suspense until the end and well-drawn main character—an intelligent, empathetic and pragmatic police commissioner, Paula Pihlaja. The other characters also have clear psychological outline and natural dialogues which fuel the reader’s curiosity. All those things make „Cargo” impossible to put down. I am glad that Polish readers will be able to take part in this criminal feast. 
– Dominika Dudarew-Osiecka, Czarna Owca, Poland

Something very exciting is for sure happening within the genre of Nordic noir – our eyes are drawn to Helsinki. A.M. Ollikainen comes in and blow our minds. What a terrific start for a new series! The writing, the atmosphere, the characters, the tension – it’s all there, and we strongly believe this author duo to be the next big thing. Cargo is a book that’s hard to put down and has excellent twists and turns that are sure to delight thriller and Nordic noir fans. In addition to the great entertaining read this novel is, we love how well it takes on political and human themes – that’s rare, and adds to our enthusiasm for this author duo and their promising series.
– Vidar Strøm Fallrø, Development Editor, Aschehoug, Norway

Cargo is like a breath of fresh air among contemporary crime fiction – it is not only a thrilling detective story but also a perfectly written novel pointing out many interesting observations about our current lives. Moreover, the investigator Paula Pihlaja is such a relatable character – a capable, intelligent woman full of wit yet also haunted by her past. But could her seeming weaknesses be a source of strength too? It is a pleasure to see a strong female lead who is not afraid of being vulnerable. 
-Lucie Bregantová, editor, HOST – vydavatelství, s. r. o., Czech Republic

We see a great readership for this thriller series starring Paula Pihlaja: she’s a great detective, but also a person people can relate to as she copes with her past and the challenging times ahead of her. Add to this the themes that every great thriller novel needs: an intriguing murder method, a perfect writing style and a suspenseful plot, and I think you’ve got a winning combination in Cargo! We see A.M. Ollikainen as a very promising crimewriting powercouple, and look forward to introduce them to our Dutch readers.
– Soraya Vink, Commissioning Editor, HarperCollins Holland

When finishing the English sample I felt that it is quite terrible that I can’t speak Finnish – you need to continue the story just from the really beginning! Big things are happening in Finland, authors like A.M. Ollikainen makes us stunned. With Cargo, you felt yourself immediately in the middle of a well-deserved Nordic thriller, and you quickly realize that this won’t be an easy one. The first fine screws, the personality of the main characters, the launch of this story guarantees that this book will have an amazing future.
– Laszlo Marosi, Publishing editor, Animus Kiado, Hungary

A rare crime novel that also masters the literary style. One of the authors – Aki Ollikainen – is an awarded and internationally acclaimed literary fiction author and it really shows. The well-crafted mystery only unfolds in the very end and leaves the reader in awe.
– Piret Saluri, Estonia

CARGO is really masterful at setting up its twists and turns, also adding some hard-hitting societal criticism into the mix. I certainly could not put it down and it kept me guessing the whole time.
– Gintė Pačėsė, Editor, Baltos lankos, Lithuania


JURY praise for CARGO by A.M. Ollikainen – Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition (2019)

The jury agrees that the text in Milla and Aki Ollikainen’s book runs splendidly. According to the jury, with its artfully and cleverly spun multifaceted criminal storyline CARGO springs to mind the best Nordic crime series:
The gallery of characters is exceptionally fascinating and well-controlled: they all pertain to the story and propel it again and again towards new unforeseeable twists. You simply cannot put this ace of a suspense book down. Even the first scenes of the manuscript contain an enormous charge.

The Crime 2019 Contest jury consisted of writers Leena Lehtolainen and Antti Tuomainen, producer Riina Hyytiä from Dionysos Films, Editor Aleksi Pöyry and Publisher Antti Kasper from Otava Publishing

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Varrak
(2-book deal)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host
(2-book deal)
DENMARK: Svane & Bilgrav
(2-book deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
(2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Animus
(2-book deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
(5-book deal)
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
(2-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland
(2-book deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug
(2-book-deal)
POLAND: Czarna Owca
(2-book deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta
(2-book deal)
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken
(2-book deal)
TURKEY: April
(2-book-deal)

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Bibliography


A. M. Ollikainen

Swing

2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

Cargo

2021, Crime & Suspense

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Estonian rights sold for THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD!

THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD is a new non-fiction title by journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste that covers 50 companies that by large determine what kind of a world we all live in.

We are really glad to let you know that now the book will be published in 6 countries, with Rahva Raamat acquiring the rights in Estonia!

The title has previously been acquired by Ullstein/Econ in Germany, Lind&Co in Sweden, Scolar in Hungary and Newton Compton in Italy!

Download the long English sample here!

ESTONIAN PRAISE:
We used to believe that the World is governed by states and international organizations. We lived by the rules set by those entities and elect politicians to oversee that these rules and laws are applied – as democracies should.
What we didn’t know is that in the shadows of our everyday life, there are other entities – multinational corporations –  that have made our lives more convenient and versatile, but also while doing that, have amassed a huge amount of power that they are not keen to give away.
We rarely come to see how this power was created and how it is used today. Are those companies, rather than our countries and laws, controlling our lives? Who are those companies? Let’s find out!
– Rain Siemer, Publisher, Rahva Raamat, Estonia

GERMAN PRAISE:
I like the idea of 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES. The title grapped my attention immediately. The authors show the necessary competence and also gain my sympathy by admitting very openly that their selection is subjective. Nevertheless, the mix of well-known and never-heard-before companies is convincing   After reading you are definitely smarter than before. It’s a profound but at the same time timeless and easy to sell title. I am glad to publish this project in Germany.
– Juergen Diessl, Publishing Director, Econ Verlag, Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH, Germany

SWEDISH PRAISE:
This book immediately caught my attention and we are proud to be Raeste’s and Sokala’s Swedish publisher. We constantly read about some of the corporations in the book, like Google or Amazon, others, like Hon Hai, Tencent and Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī, the world’s largest tobacco business, are unknown to most of us. We really look forward to the release and hope that this thrilling, frightening and enlightening work will reach many readers, since we all need more knowledge about the ever-expanding global conglomerates and their impact on our future on this planet.
– Anders Gustafson, Senior Editor, Non-Fiction, Lind & Co, Sweden

ITALIAN PRAISE:
THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD is a a book that is not afraid to name things. an investigation that will change the perspective of many on who they are ruling the future of the world and how little we can trust them. It is terrible to realize for certain that money has become more important than people’s well-being. Investigations like this on, accurate and rigorous, renew the sense of the publisher’s profession
– Martina Donati, Editor, Newton Compton, Italy

HUNGARIAN PRAISE:
When reading this we are sitting behind Ikea desks, using Microsoft laptops, maybe even drinking Coca-Cola. After the Covid times we plan to travel with Ryanair on a Boeing airplane. But until we cannot travel, we advise to read this book, which can bring closer to the understanding the world around us. We are happy to present to the Hungarian readers this undoubtedly exciting reading.
– Andras Kozma, Foreign Rights Manager, Scolar Kiadó, Hungary

FINNISH PRAISE:
The book’s title 50 Most Dangerous Companies is a compelling lure. It makes you think of an excavator hoisting out the biggest crooks one by one. In truth, journalists Juha-Pekka Raeste and Hannu Sokala deliver multifaceted analyses of the powerful companies. …/ Raeste and Sokala deliver excellent journalism. It takes initiative, it’s thought-provoking, entertaining, and appropriately polemicizing. 
– Mikael Kosk, Hufvudstadsbladet Newspaper

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava/Nemo (orig.)

ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
GERMANY: Econ/Ullstein
HUNGARY: Scolar
ITALY: Newton Compton
SWEDEN: Lind & Co

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala


Juha-Pekka Raeste covers international and domestic business for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He focuses on the biggest corporations and the IT industry.

Hannu Sokala works as an investigative reporter for YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. His work covers e.g. international finance and macroeconomics.

Bibliography


Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

2021, General Nonfiction, History & Politics

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German rights sold for THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD!

Amazing news: German rights sold for THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD!

THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD is a new eye-opening non-fiction title by experienced investigative journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste. It covers 50 companies that by large determine what kind of a world we all live in.

We are really glad to let you know that following an auction, German rights for the title have now been sold to ECON, an imprint of Ullstein.

Some of ECON’s other authors include: Sheryl Sandberg, Timothy Ferriss, Dan Ariely, Tom Peters, Peter Drucker, Charles Handy, but also politicians as Michael Gorbatchov, Maggie Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Helmut Schmidt and also Nobel Prize winners Joseph Stiglitz, George Akerlof, Robert Shiller and Richard Thaler

The title has previously been acquired by Lind&Co in Sweden, Scolar in Hungary and Newton Compton in Italy!

Download the long English sample here!

HERE’S THE FRESH GERMAN PRAISE:
I like the idea of 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES. The title grapped my attention immediately. The authors show the necessary competence and also gain my sympathy by admitting very openly that their selection is subjective. Nevertheless, the mix of well-known and never-heard-before companies is convincing   After reading you are definitely smarter than before. It’s a profound but at the same time timeless and easy to sell title. I am glad to publish this project in Germany.
– Juergen Diessl, Publishing Director Econ Verlag, Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH, Germany

SWEDISH PRAISE:
This book immediately caught my attention and we are proud to be Raeste’s and Sokala’s Swedish publisher. We constantly read about some of the corporations in the book, like Google or Amazon, others, like Hon Hai, Tencent and Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī, the world’s largest tobacco business, are unknown to most of us. We really look forward to the release and hope that this thrilling, frightening and enlightening work will reach many readers, since we all need more knowledge about the ever-expanding global conglomerates and their impact on our future on this planet.
– Anders Gustafson, Senior Editor, Non-Fiction, Lind & Co, Sweden

ITALIAN PRAISE:
THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD is a a book that is not afraid to name things. an investigation that will change the perspective of many on who they are ruling the future of the world and how little we can trust them. It is terrible to realize for certain that money has become more important than people’s well-being. Investigations like this on, accurate and rigorous, renew the sense of the publisher’s profession
– Martina Donati, editor, Newton Compton, Italy

HUNGARIAN PRAISE:
When reading this we are sitting behind Ikea desks, using Microsoft laptops, maybe even drinking Coca-Cola. After the Covid times we plan to travel with Ryanair on a Boeing airplane. But until we cannot travel, we advise to read this book, which can bring closer to the understanding the world around us. We are happy to present to the Hungarian readers this undoubtedly exciting reading.
– Andras Kozma, Foreign Rights Manager, Scolar Kiadó, Hungary

FINNISH PRAISE:
The book’s title 50 Most Dangerous Companies is a compelling lure. It makes you think of an excavator hoisting out the biggest crooks one by one. In truth, journalists Juha-Pekka Raeste and Hannu Sokala deliver multifaceted analyses of the powerful companies. …/ Raeste and Sokala deliver excellent journalism. It takes initiative, it’s thought-provoking, entertaining, and appropriately polemicizing. 
– Mikael Kosk, Hufvudstadsbladet Newspaper

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava/Nemo (orig.)

GERMANY: Econ/Ullstein
HUNGARY: Scolar
ITALY: Newton Compton
SWEDEN: Lind & Co

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala


Juha-Pekka Raeste covers international and domestic business for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He focuses on the biggest corporations and the IT industry.

Hannu Sokala works as an investigative reporter for YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. His work covers e.g. international finance and macroeconomics.

Bibliography


Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

2021, General Nonfiction, History & Politics

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IRRATIONAL THINGS has now sold over 10 000 copies in Finland!

2 months after publication, IRRATIONAL THINGS by Saara Turunen has now sold over 10 000 copies in Finland!

We are happy to let you know that IRRATIONAL THINGS by award-winning author and playwright Saara Turunen has now surpassed 10 000 copies sold.

The title that was only published on 17th of March climbed the bestseller lists immediately and has sold in amazing numbers.

A young woman from a Nordic country meets a Catalan man in Barcelona. A smart, modern love story ensues.

IRRATIONAL THINGS asks is it a contradiction if you are a strong independent woman, but also falling madly in love – so much in love that you are willing to change everything in your life for someone else?

When the main character falls in love with a Catalan man, they first try living in Spain, then the try Finland, and when things don’t work out they try breaking up. But the bond between them is so strong, that they have to keep inventing new ways to be together.

The novel also discusses writing about love. Is love a suitable subject to deal with if you want to be taken seriously?

Download the English and Spanish sample and synopsis here.

PRAISE:

“Even though love is complicated, it is never irrational. This, and other ideas Turunen carefully depicts with her lovable style that pays attention even to the smallest of details.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper 17.3.

“Like Saga Noren dropped in the middle of Los Serranos!”  – Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper 17.3.

“In a short time Turunen has become the most interesting contemporary Finnish writer.” – Ilta-Sanomat newspaper 17.3.

“I love the way Turunen writes about seemingly mundane details, but they actually represent structures or pain points of the society. Her language is straightforward, and the humor is seen in the contrasts of what is said and what happens. “ – Turun Sanomat newspaper 17.3.


IRRATIONAL THINGS by Saara Turunen
Tammi, March 2021, 340 pp.Autofictive story of love, death and life between two countries. Turunen’s funny, witty and melancholic voice examines the contradiction of sense and sensibility.

What if you are in love with a good man – a man you have always wanted to fall in love with? But what if this man lives in one country and you in another? Should you be sensible and leave the man to be free and independent? Or should you follow your heart, burn the bridges behind, and go after him?

The narrator travels to Barcelona to study theatre. After a few weeks she falls in love with a local man. Thus begins an intensive relationship that tears her between two countries and two cultures. She learns that relationships are between two individuals who have their own ways of expressing love to others and to themselves.

Turunen’s novel paints a relatable picture of relationships, breakups and the constant battle between fear and love. It is a beautiful picture of a woman growing up and trying to balance between social expectations, commitment and freedom.


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director.

Turunen has previously authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015.
She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms. Her newest novel Irrational Things (Spring 2021) is a story of love, death and life between two countries.

In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays, that have been translated into  English, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, German, French, Russian, Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Estonian, Greek and Lithuanian and performed all around the world. Turunen was granted with the Finland Prize in 2016, a high profile award given by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018.

Saara Turunen


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms. Her latest novel Irrational Things (Spring 2021) is a story of love, death and life between two countries. It has sold already over 15.000 copies.

Turunen has previously authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays. They have been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was awarded with the Finland Prize in 2016, with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018 and with Lea-Award in 2020, all high profile awards given in Finland.

Bibliography


Saara Turunen

Irrational Things

2021, Literary Fiction


Saara Turunen

The Bystander

2018, Literary Fiction


Saara Turunen

Love/Monster

2015, Literary Fiction

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Danish rights sold for novels #3 and #4 in the Max Seeck’s Jessica Niemi series!

We are really happy to announce that the Danish rights for titles #3 and #4 of Jessica Niemi series by New York Times Bestselling Author Max Seeck have now been sold to Gutkind Forlag.

Denmark is now the 7th territory where the 3rd title of Jessica Niemi series – BAD BLOOD  – will be published, previously the rights have already been sold to the US, UK, Norway, Germany and Estonia.
The book will be first published in September 2021 by Tammi in Finland.

Download the short English synopsis for BAD BLOOD here.

Max Seeck’s Danish publisher is excited:

With THE FAITHFUL READER, Max Seeck has made quite an entry on the Danish market and has been equally noticed by the readers, booksellers and even the critics (who can be hard to get when it comes to the genre) – as the important new name in Nordic Noir. So we do look immensely forward building up the series, and getting to know better the complex character of Jessica Niemi in Max Seeck’s intricate and captivating storytelling.
– Esthi Kunz, Associate Publisher, Gutkind Forlag, Denmark
THE WITCH HUNTER, Book 1 in Jessica Niemi series, is topping the bestseller lists now in Denmark and Sweden and is already a New York Times and Spiegel Bestseller. Rights have been sold in 40 countries and TV show is in development in Hollywood by Stampede Ventures’ Greg Silverman.
The rights are still available in Japan, China, Ukraine, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Georgia etc.
Download the full English ms for THE WITCH HUNTER here.
THE ICE COVEN, Book 2 will be published in the US and UK in September 2021 and rights have been sold to 24 territories around the world, the rights are still available in Russia, Lithuania, Turkey, Italy, Iceland, Korea, Spain, Croatia etc. 
Download the full English ms for THE ICE COVEN here.

BAD BLOOD, Book 3 will be published in Finland this fall 2021 and has been acquired by publishers in the US, UK, Norway, Germany and Estonia.
Download the short English synopsis for BAD BLOOD here.


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR MAX SEECK

“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. He is currently writing the 3rd book of Jessica Niemi series.

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

The Witch Hunter
(Jessica Niemi series #1)

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
ARMENIA: Guitank Publishing
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BULGARIA: EMAS
CROATIA: Fokus
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG
GREECE: Livanis
HUNGARY: Animus
ICELAND: Forlagid
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books/ Steimatzky
ITALY: Edizioni Piemme S.p.a
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna
NORTHERN MACEDONIA: MATICA MAKEDONSKA dooel
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Sonia Draga
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora Lda
ROMANIA: GRUP MEDIA LITERA
RUSSIA: AST Publishers
SERBIA: Vulkan
SLOVAKIA: Motyl
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SOUTH KOREA: Cheongmirae
SPAIN & LATIN AMERICA: Maeva Ediciones
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
TURKEY: Doğan Kita
UK: Welbeck Publishing
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House
WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers, Inc.

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 is currently finalizing the third book of the Jessica Niemi series, which is to be published in Finland in September 2021.

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


Max Seeck

Bad Blood

2021, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2020, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2019, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Mephisto Touch

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Call of Hades

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

Angels of Hammurabi

2016, Crime & Suspense

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Danish rights for CARGO and SWING are now sold to Svane & Bilgrav!

Danish rights for CARGO and SWING are now sold to Svane & Bilgrav!

We are very excited to let you know that A.M. Ollikainen’s debut Nordic Noir CARGO and its sequel SWING have now been sold to Denmark! The 13th pre-publication publisher is Svane & Bilgrav!

The Danish publisher couldn’t be more excited to publish the future bestsellers:

CARGO is extremely well-written and has a carefully constructed and very believable plot. There’s a highly dynamic interaction between the characters and the construction of the narrative with several tracks and plenty of cliffhangers makes the story insanely intriguing. It is a genuine page-turner!

– Søren Bilgrav-Nielsen, Publisher, Svane & Bilgrav, Denmark

Download the 100pp English sample and synopsis for CARGO here


CARGO will be officially published tomorrow, the 12th of May!


PRAISE FOR CARGO AND A.M. OLLIKAINEN:

Finland is the new Mecca of crime fiction. You need proof? Just read the first novel by A.M. Ollikainen. I couldn’t imagine a better start for a series.  CARGO is outstanding.  
– Marco Schneiders, Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe, Germany

„Cargo” is a fast-paced story with suspense until the end and well-drawn main character—an intelligent, empathetic and pragmatic police commissioner, Paula Pihlaja. The other characters also have clear psychological outline and natural dialogues which fuel the reader’s curiosity. All those things make „Cargo” impossible to put down. I am glad that Polish readers will be able to take part in this criminal feast. 
– Dominika Dudarew-Osiecka, Czarna Owca, Poland

Something very exciting is for sure happening within the genre of Nordic noir – our eyes are drawn to Helsinki. A.M. Ollikainen comes in and blow our minds. What a terrific start for a new series! The writing, the atmosphere, the characters, the tension – it’s all there, and we strongly believe this author duo to be the next big thing. Cargo is a book that’s hard to put down and has excellent twists and turns that are sure to delight thriller and Nordic noir fans. In addition to the great entertaining read this novel is, we love how well it takes on political and human themes – that’s rare, and adds to our enthusiasm for this author duo and their promising series.
– Vidar Strøm Fallrø, Development Editor, Aschehoug, Norway

Cargo is like a breath of fresh air among contemporary crime fiction – it is not only a thrilling detective story but also a perfectly written novel pointing out many interesting observations about our current lives. Moreover, the investigator Paula Pihlaja is such a relatable character – a capable, intelligent woman full of wit yet also haunted by her past. But could her seeming weaknesses be a source of strength too? It is a pleasure to see a strong female lead who is not afraid of being vulnerable. 
-Lucie Bregantová, editor, HOST – vydavatelství, s. r. o., Czech Republic

We see a great readership for this thriller series starring Paula Pihlaja: she’s a great detective, but also a person people can relate to as she copes with her past and the challenging times ahead of her. Add to this the themes that every great thriller novel needs: an intriguing murder method, a perfect writing style and a suspenseful plot, and I think you’ve got a winning combination in Cargo! We see A.M. Ollikainen as a very promising crimewriting powercouple, and look forward to introduce them to our Dutch readers.
– Soraya Vink, Commissioning Editor, HarperCollins Holland

When finishing the English sample I felt that it is quite terrible that I can’t speak Finnish – you need to continue the story just from the really beginning! Big things are happening in Finland, authors like A.M. Ollikainen makes us stunned. With Cargo, you felt yourself immediately in the middle of a well-deserved Nordic thriller, and you quickly realize that this won’t be an easy one. The first fine screws, the personality of the main characters, the launch of this story guarantees that this book will have an amazing future.
– Laszlo Marosi, Publishing editor, Animus Kiado, Hungary

A rare crime novel that also masters the literary style. One of the authors – Aki Ollikainen – is an awarded and internationally acclaimed literary fiction author and it really shows. The well-crafted mystery only unfolds in the very end and leaves the reader in awe.
– Piret Saluri, Estonia

CARGO is really masterful at setting up its twists and turns, also adding some hard-hitting societal criticism into the mix. I certainly could not put it down and it kept me guessing the whole time.
– Gintė Pačėsė, Editor, Baltos lankos, Lithuania


JURY praise for CARGO by A.M. Ollikainen – Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition (2019)

The jury agrees that the text in Milla and Aki Ollikainen’s book runs splendidly. According to the jury, with its artfully and cleverly spun multifaceted criminal storyline CARGO springs to mind the best Nordic crime series:
The gallery of characters is exceptionally fascinating and well-controlled: they all pertain to the story and propel it again and again towards new unforeseeable twists. You simply cannot put this ace of a suspense book down. Even the first scenes of the manuscript contain an enormous charge.

The Crime 2019 Contest jury consisted of writers Leena Lehtolainen and Antti Tuomainen, producer Riina Hyytiä from Dionysos Films, Editor Aleksi Pöyry and Publisher Antti Kasper from Otava Publishing.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Varrak
(2-book deal)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host
(2-book deal)
DENMARK: Svane & Bilgrav
(2-book deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
(2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Animus
(2-book deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
(5-book deal)
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
(2-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland
(2-book deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug
(2-book-deal)
POLAND: Czarna Owca
(2-book deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta
(2-book deal)
TURKEY: April
(2-book-deal)

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Bibliography


A. M. Ollikainen

Swing

2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

Cargo

2021, Crime & Suspense

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Estonian rights sold for ENCHANTED PLANET EARTH!

We are very glad to announce that Laura Ertimo and Satu Kontinen’s ENCHANTED PLANET EARTH has an Estonian publisher: Avita!

Avita is the largest educational publisher in Estonia.

Previously the title with amazing maps and stories has been sold to Alfa in Turkey,  AST in Russia and Eurograf in Poland.

Download the Full Finnish pdf and English sample for ENCHANTED PLANET EARTH here

ABOUT THE ENCHANTED PLANET EARTH:

There is a planet where plants plan world domination. Where beasts are good, and trees live for thousands of years, collecting memories in their bark. This enchanted place is Earth.
This book has 10 stories, and 10 maps. They may sound or look like they are out of a fairy-tale, but they are real, true maps of our planet. The Enchanted Planet Earth is a children’s non-fiction book that also engages adults. Through magical maps it teaches about nature, oceans and the history of continents. The stories also provide a context where adults and kids can discuss the environmental issues and how people’s actions affect nature. Through narratives the book explains the real processes that change our planet and make the Earth habitable.

The maps in the book include:

  • Hidden by Earth – Treasure Map
  • Invisible World – Underwater
  • Stormy Weathers – A different climate map
  • Meeting of Trees – The oldest forests and trees
  • Plant Love – Map of Flowers
  • Story of the Kind Wolf – Map of Extinct Animals
  • Travelling Animals – Migration map
  • Fairies and Goblins – Map of the Little Folk
  • Stories of Travel and Travelling Stories – Travel Map
  • Changes – Map of Disappeared Things
  • Visions from outer Space – Small maps of moving continents

Rights sold:

FINLAND (orig.):
Kustantamo S&S

ESTONIA: Avita
POLAND: Eurograf
RUSSIA: AST
TURKEY: Alfa

Laura Ertimo


Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer.

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

Satu Kontinen


Satu Kontinen (b. 1976) is a graphic designer and illustrator obsessed with little animals and Instagram photography. She is known for using bold colours and creating quirky creatures and worlds of cuteness that spark the imagination of kids and adults. In 2008 she was given an award for designing and illustrating one of the most beautiful book covers in Finland (Vuoden kaunein kirja) by the Finnish Book Art Committee, and in 2004 she was nominated for the Finlandia Junior Prize.

Since starting “her own thing,” the Mokomakis, in 2011, she has quickly gained recognition around the world and is currently working on a number of international illustration commissions.

Hungarian rights sold for LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES 3!

We are over the moon to announce that Hungarian rights for Magdalena Hai and Teemu Juhani’s LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES 3 have been sold to Cerkabella!

This year, the rights for the series have been sold to Muza in Albania, Ikar in Slovakia,  Gilbutschool in Korea, Dioptra in Greece, Emas in Bulgaria, Odiseja in Serbia and Briedis in Lithuania, altogether the series has sold to 21 countries!

The wonderful younger middle-grade series illustrated by Teemu Juhani has already sold to 20 countries, but rights are still available in Poland, France, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Slovenia, China, etc.

Download the Full English pdfs for all 3 titles in the series here.

Enchanting series, well-written, with funny illustrations, stimulates children’s imagination.
A delightful blend of fantasy and humor. The amazing illustrations in each page feature dynamic characters and unexpected goosebumps!

– Lindy Galatis, Editorial Director, Dioptra, Greece

We were captivated by the hilarious and heartwarming stories of the main characters and monsters. Many children will gain confidence and energy through Nina’s adventures in solving problems actively.
–  Gilbutschool Publishers, Korea


THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Nina is a is a clever, 9-year-old girl who goes to work in the Little Shop of Nightmares. During the course of the trilogy, she has to solve a mystery with tickling powder, find the lost teeth of a vampire and discover the reason why suddenly it just doesn’t stop snowing. The Little Shop of Nightmares is a mystery full of fascinating and fun characters that make young readers both wonder and laugh!

 #1  THE TERRIBLE TICKLING POWDER
When Nina, 9 years old, enters The Little Shop of Nightmares in hopes of getting a job, she is
greeted by an odd sight: shopkeeper Mr. Kook is rolling on the floor, unable to stop laughing.
With a little help from a ghost called Paddy, they start looking for the untickling powder to help
him, but things are certainly not made easier by Mr. Kook’s world-domination-planning pet octopus
Squishy McGoo, who is a bit too quick about getting into trouble with rollerblades on its tentacles.

 #2  MYSTERY OF THE MISSING TEETH
Nina goes to buy ice cream after her first work day at The Little Shop of Nightmares.
But at the ice cream shop she discovers a vampire – without teeth! Nina decides to help
vampire Lucas to find his teeth from Mr. Kook’s shop. But for some reason all the vampire
teeth seem to have disappeared. It seems like somebody has hidden them on purpose…

 #3  STICKY THE TERRIBLE SNOWMAN
Same awesome monsters. New blizzardy trouble. The Little Shop of Nightmares is
getting buried in snow! Nina and Paddy are trying to find the cause of the snowstorm,
but that’s easier said than done. A well-meaning but horribly clumsy snowman keeps
getting in their way and stopping their every effort to stop the snowing inside.

Rights sold

FINLAND:
WSOY (orig.)

ALBANIA:
Muza
BULGARIA:
Emas
CZECH REPUBLIC:
Euromedia
DENMARK:
Vild Maskine
ESTONIA:
Postimees Publishing
GERMANY:
Egmont Schneiderbuch
GREECE:
Dioptra
HUNGARY:
Cerkabella
ITALY:
Terre di Mezzo
KOREA:
Gilbutschool
LATVIA:
Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA:
Briedis
NETHERLANDS:
De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY:
Fontini
RUSSIA:
KompasGuide
ROMANIA:
Editura Univers
SERBIA:
Odiseja
SLOVAKIA:
Ikar
SWEDEN:
Hegas
TURKEY:
Epsilon

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

Romanian rights sold for MONSTER NANNY trilogy!

We are really happy to announce that Univers in Romania has now acquired all 3 titles of the MONSTER NANNY trilogy!

The series already has 29 publishers around the world and a feature film is in development by Scott Free Productions.
The rights are still available in the UKBulgaria, Greece, Japan, Serbia, Slovakia, Iceland, Korea, Croatia, Israel etc

If you are interested, download the English materials for the Monster Nanny trilogy by clicking here.

The three books are all illustrated by Pasi Pitkänen.
MONSTER NANNY TRILOGY:

Book 1: Monster Nanny
Mörkövahti. Tammi 2015, 300 pp.

The Hellman children must make do with a nanny while their mother is away at a spa. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster.

Grah is hairy, dusty, and doesn’t talk. When the siblings discover that other neighborhood kids have been left with similar creatures, they start to wonder where the monsters came from. With the parents away, the kids work together (between bickering) to figure out the mystery of the monsters.

Book 2: Monster Route
Mörköreitti. Tammi 2016, 280 pp.

Mimi 6 years, has snuck into the monsters’ underground world after her monster friend Grah. She travels in their tunnels, led by the odd Gate Keeper. Back at home, Koby and Halley put their heads together and manage to get in touch with Mimi. But who is the mysterious and frightening ruler of the monster world?

Book 3: Monster Message
Mörköviesti, Tammi, March 2020, 250 pp.

Hellman kids face new troubles. Mom and Dad want to move into a bigger home on the other side of the city. Mimi’s talking bathrobe feels strangely shrunk, and drops hints of leaving. Monstrologist Runar Kalli is starting to act his age without his rejuvenating root potion – and he’s 122. Something must be done. When Mimi finds crumpled leaves with strange markings in her room, they look like messages from underground, but who’s delivering them and why? And why does the Gatekeeper of the underground world appear in their bathroom?

 


PS! Only 2 days left to apply to FILI translation grants from Finnish and Finland Swedish!

Apply now:
The unique translation grant system in Finland gives you an opportunity to finance your translation costs up to 70%. If you are translating picture books – you can also apply to a printing grant of up to 1000€, read more here:  https://fili.fi/en/grants/

The Spring application period started on 1st of April and will be closed on 1st of May.

Please note that only translations from Finnish or Finnish-Swedish to foreign languages will be supported.

Translators:
We will advise you to find the best possible translators, and in some cases, you can also translate from English.  Find more information about translators here: https://kaantopiiri.fi/en/search-translators/

MONSTER NANNY SERIES:

Rights sold:

FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)

AUSTRALIA, Allen & Unwin
BOSNIA, Šahinpašić
BRAZIL, DarkSide Books
CHINA, Beijing Children’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC, Portál
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
FRANCE, Editions Robert Laffont
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon
ITALY, Salani/Mauri Spagnol
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NETHERLANDS, Luitingh-Sijthoff
NEW ZEALAND, Allen & Unwin
NORWAY, Gyldendal Norsk
OCEANIA, Allen & Unwin
POLAND, Vesper
PORTUGAL, Asa Editiones/Leya
ROMANIA: Univers
RUSSIA, Rosman
SLOVENIA, Mladinska knjiga
SPAIN (Spanish), La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan), La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TURKEY, SEV Redhouse Kidz
UKRAINE: School Publishing House
VIETNAM, Nha Nam
UNITED STATES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
FILM RIGHTS, Scott Free Productions

Pasi Pitkänen


Pasi Pitkänen has become known for his richly detailed illustrative work on several children’s books such as the Monster Nanny duology by Tuutikki Tolonen. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer and graphic designer; Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes (Rovio Books 2012), illustrated by Pitkänen, was named Best First Cookbook of the Year at 2012’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Among Pitkänen’s hobbies are quantum physics, people-watching, B-movies, insects and baking.

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, Finland’s only literary journal 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 2020 nominated for both Runeberg Junior and Arvid Lydecken Awards and won LukuVarkaus 2020 award!

US and UK rights sold for New York Times Bestselling author Max Seeck’s novels #3 and #4 in the Jessica Niemi series!

We are glad to announce new deals for New York Times and international bestselling author Max Seeck’s third and fourth novels featuring Jessica Niemi, a Finnish police detective who is haunted by the occult forces that have shaped her dark past. The UK and US rights are sold to Michelle Vega at Berkley and Jon Elek at Welbeck for publication in Fall 2022 (Book 3). The deal was negotiated by Rhea Lyons at HG Literary on behalf of Elina Ahlback of Elina Ahlback Literary Agency. Rights have been previously sold to Bastei Luebbe in Germany (Book3) and to Aschehoug in Norway (Book 3 & 4) and to Pegasus in Estonia (Book 3).  In Finland, Tammi will publish Book 3 “Kauna” (Bad Blood) in August 2021.

Max Seeck’s US publisher Michelle Vega at Berkley is excited:

“Everyone at Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is incredibly excited to publish two more fantastic thrillers by New York Times and international bestselling author of THE WITCH HUNTER Max Seeck featuring Finnish police Detective Jessica Niemi. Max gives the term ‘unputdownable’ all new meaning with his razor sharp writing, unforgettable characters, and edge-of your-seat plot twists. Berkley is honored to be his US publisher and I am absolutely overjoyed to be his editor.” – Michelle Vega, Executive Editor, Berkley.

THE WITCH HUNTER, Book 1 in Jessica Niemi series, is topping the bestseller lists now in Denmark and Sweden and is a New York Times and Spiegel Bestseller. Rights have been sold in 40 countries and TV show is in development in Hollywood by Stampede Ventures’ Greg Silverman.

Download reading materials (English edition) here

THE ICE COVEN, Book 2 the series, will be published in September 2021 in the US and UK and in 24 territories around the world.

Download reading materials (Full English translation) here

Praise:
“The Witch Hunter, translated with icy precision by Kristian London, is written in short, sharp, present tense chapters, a technique which adds to its relentless tension. Flashbacks to earlier episodes in Jessica’s life suggest that the strangeness currently unfolding is tied to her personal history. Discovering the how and why of it brings a resolution as bleak as anything Poe might have conjured.” – Wall Street Journal

the witch hunter

THE WITCH HUNTER
Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
ARMENIA: Guitank Publishing
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BULGARIA: EMAS
CROATIA: Fokus
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG
GREECE: Livanis
HUNGARY: Animus
ICELAND: Forlagid
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books/ Steimatzky
ITALY: Edizioni Piemme S.p.a
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna
NORTHERN MACEDONIA: MATICA MAKEDONSKA dooel
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Sonia Draga
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora Lda
ROMANIA: GRUP MEDIA 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 Publishing
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House
WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers, Inc.

THE ICE COVEN
Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: EMAS
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
DENMARK: Gutkind
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Michel Lafon
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG
GREECE: Livanis
HUNGARY: Animus
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna
NORTHERN MACEDONIA: MATICA MAKEDONSKA
NORWAY: Aschehoug
POLAND: Sonia Draga
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora Lda
ROMANIA: Litera
SERBIA: Vulkan
SLOVAKIA: Motýľ
SLOVENIA: Didakta
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
UK: Welbeck Publishing
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House
WORLD ARABIC: Arab Scientific

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 is currently finalizing the third book of the Jessica Niemi series, which is to be published in Finland in September 2021.

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


Max Seeck

Bad Blood

2021, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2020, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2019, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Mephisto Touch

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Call of Hades

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

Angels of Hammurabi

2016, Crime & Suspense

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Estonian rights sold for THE GRUMBLEBELLY CAT, Lithuanian for MONSTER ROUTE!

Magdalena Hai’s the GRUMBLEBELLY CAT has now another right sale! Estonian rights were acquired by Tiritamm!

Previously, the wonderful allegory has been acquired by Dressler/Oetinger Verlag in GermanyAntolog in  North Macedonia and Vild Maskine in Denmark.

Download the full illustrated English pdf here!

In a barren land, when a little girl meets a gigantic cat that threatens to devour her, she makes it a smart offer. The girl leads the cat across the lands, looking for something to satiate its hunger before it eats her, but they encounter draught, destruction and people who have nothing to eat except their dreams. When the cat gobbles up the girl, she finds something in its belly, something that has made it so hungry…

PRAISE for GRUMBLEBELLY CAT:
A wise and fearless fairytale novel about a cat with an appetite bigger than itself. At the same time it is a story about a girl smaller in size than her soul.
– Aamulehti newspaper


That is not all!

Lithuanian publisher Nieko Rimto is continuing Tuutikki Tolonen’s middlegrade MONSTER NANNY series and has now acquired the second title in the series – MONSTER ROUTE!

The series already has 29 publishers around the world and a feature film in development by Scott Free Productions.
The rights are still available in Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Japan, Serbia, Slovakia, Iceland, Korea, Croatia, Israel etcIf you are interested, download the English materials for the Monster Nanny trilogy by clicking here.

The three books are all illustrated by Pasi Pitkänen.
MONSTER NANNY TRILOGY:

Book 1: Monster Nanny
Mörkövahti. Tammi 2015, 300 pp.

The Hellman children must make do with a nanny while their mother is away at a spa. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster.

Grah is hairy, dusty, and doesn’t talk. When the siblings discover that other neighborhood kids have been left with similar creatures, they start to wonder where the monsters came from. With the parents away, the kids work together (between bickering) to figure out the mystery of the monsters.
Book 2: Monster Route
Mörköreitti. Tammi 2016, 280 pp.

Mimi 6 years, has snuck into the monsters’ underground world after her monster friend Grah. She travels in their tunnels, led by the odd Gate Keeper. Back at home, Koby and Halley put their heads together and manage to get in touch with Mimi. But who is the mysterious and frightening ruler of the monster world?

Book 3: Monster Message
Mörköviesti, Tammi, March 2020, 250 pp.

Hellman kids face new troubles. Mom and Dad want to move into a bigger home on the other side of the city. Mimi’s talking bathrobe feels strangely shrunk, and drops hints of leaving. Monstrologist Runar Kalli is starting to act his age without his rejuvenating root potion – and he’s 122. Something must be done. When Mimi finds crumpled leaves with strange markings in her room, they look like messages from underground, but who’s delivering them and why? And why does the Gatekeeper of the underground world appear in their bathroom?

 


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GRUMBLEBELLY CAT
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)

DENMARK: Vild Maskine
ESTONIA: Tiritamm
GERMANY: Dressler/Oetinger Verlag
NORTH MACEDONIA: Antolog

Reading materials:
full illustrated English pdf

 

MONSTER NANNY SERIES:

Rights sold:

FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)

AUSTRALIA, Allen & Unwin
BOSNIA, Šahinpašić
BRAZIL, DarkSide Books
CHINA, Beijing Children’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC, Portál
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
FRANCE, Editions Robert Laffont
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon
ITALY, Salani/Mauri Spagnol
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NETHERLANDS, Luitingh-Sijthoff
NEW ZEALAND, Allen & Unwin
NORWAY, Gyldendal Norsk
OCEANIA, Allen & Unwin
POLAND, Vesper
PORTUGAL, Asa Editiones/Leya
RUSSIA, Rosman
SLOVENIA, Mladinska knjiga
SPAIN (Spanish), La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan), La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TURKEY, SEV Redhouse Kidz
UKRAINE: School Publishing House
VIETNAM, Nha Nam
UNITED STATES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
FILM RIGHTS, Scott Free Productions

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Pasi Pitkänen


Pasi Pitkänen has become known for his richly detailed illustrative work on several children’s books such as the Monster Nanny duology by Tuutikki Tolonen. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer and graphic designer; Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes (Rovio Books 2012), illustrated by Pitkänen, was named Best First Cookbook of the Year at 2012’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Among Pitkänen’s hobbies are quantum physics, people-watching, B-movies, insects and baking.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

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, Finland’s only literary journal 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 2020 nominated for both Runeberg Junior and Arvid Lydecken Awards and won LukuVarkaus 2020 award!

Emmi Itäranta wins Tähtivaeltaja Award and Saara Turunen goes to #1 on the Finnish Bestseller List!

Fantastic news from the Fantasy world: with her book MOONDAY LETTERS, Emmi Itäranta has received The Tähtivaeltaja Award for the Best Finnish Science Fiction Book 2020!

According to the jury composed of experts, MOONDAY LETTERS has a style that is clear and crisp and very fluent. The jury says: “The author’s strong vision of the solar system shows us the direction we are heading at. Simultaneously it poses the question: are we changing while our everyday and our place of living change and what kind of a price are we paying for all this.” “Another poignant theme in the book is ecology. The vista into a collapsed and abandoned crust that humans have sucked empty, is cautionary and prophetic. This makes MOONDAY LETTERS astutely topical.”

Praise:

“Itäranta’s language is beautiful, and depictions almost poetic. The story grows, as emotions, clues, past, secrets and truth open like flowers. The plot flows forward and the mystery keeps readers hooked up. And it is a pleasure to read.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Download full English manuscript

With her fresh new novel IRRATIONAL THINGS, Saara Turunen tops the official Finnish Bestseller list and goes to No.1

Praise:

“We are honored to be the first foreign publishers of this masterly Work by Saara Turunen. We believe that its subject is a matter of great relevance in the face of the modern life-style and the readers will relate with and feel for the main heroine.”-Ieva Savukynaitė-Dubicka, BALTO, Lithuania

Download materials from here.


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MOONDAY LETTERS
Teos, 2020

Rights sold:
FINLAND Teos (orig.)

Reading materials:
Full English manuscript

 

 

IRRATIONAL THINGS
Tammi, 2021

Rights sold:
FINLAND:Tammi (orig.)
LITHUANIA: Balto

Reading materials:
Long English sample, synopsis

Emmi Itäranta


Emmi Itäranta (b.1976) holds two MA degrees, one in Drama and another in Creative Writing. Her award-winning debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) was published in Finland in 2012 to great accolades, followed by The Weaver (Kudottujen kujien kaupunki) in 2015. Her latest novel The Moonday Letters was published in September 2020.

Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin. Her honours include the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013, the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012 and first place in the Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011.

Memory of Water was sold to 21 languages to date, and it has also been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Itäranta’s cv is an eclectic mix of writing-related activities, including stints as a columnist, theatre critic, press officer and dramaturge. Her poems, short stories, articles and essays have appeared in anthologies, film magazines and science fiction magazines in the UK and Finland. She now lives in Finland after 14 years in the United Kingdom.

Saara Turunen


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms. Her latest novel Irrational Things (Spring 2021) is a story of love, death and life between two countries. It has sold already over 15.000 copies.

Turunen has previously authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays. They have been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was awarded with the Finland Prize in 2016, with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018 and with Lea-Award in 2020, all high profile awards given in Finland.

North Macedonian rights sold for THE GRUMBLEBELLY CAT!

Magdalena Hai’s THE GRUMBLEBELLY CAT is a classical fairytale about a very contemporary subject that has detailed, monochrome illustrations by Teemu Juhani adding another layer to the story.

We are glad to announce that the North Macedonian rights for the title have now been sold to Antolog!
Previously, the title has been acquired by Vild Maskine in Denmark, and Dressler/Oetinger Verlag in Germany.

Download the full illustrated English pdf here!

In a barren land, when a little girl meets a gigantic cat that threatens to devour her, she makes it a smart offer. The girl leads the cat across the lands, looking for something to satiate its hunger before it eats her, but they encounter draught, destruction and people who have nothing to eat except their dreams. When the cat gobbles up the girl, she finds something in its belly, something that has made it so hungry…

THE GRUMBLEBELLY CAT won the Finnish Literature Export Prize in 2018 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2018 as well. Additionally, the book was nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Prize 2017 and Runeberg Junior Prize 2018.

PRAISE for GRUMBLEBELLY CAT:
A wise and fearless fairytale novel about a cat with an appetite bigger than itself. At the same time it is a story about a girl smaller in size than her soul.
– Aamulehti newspaper

A balanced, artistic fairytale, warmly recommended for anyone up from 4 years.
– Kosmoskynä magazine

Magdalena Hai’s strength is the assured handling of the wonky, absurd world. She carries the story through strange landscapes where everything is possible.
– Vakka newspaper


PS! Only 2 weeks left to apply to FILI translation grants from Finnish and Finland Swedish!

Apply now:
The unique translation grant system in Finland gives you an opportunity to finance your translation costs up to 70%. If you are translating picture books – you can also apply to a printing grant of up to 1000€, read more here:  https://fili.fi/en/grants/

The Spring application period started on 1st of April and will be closed on 1st of May.

Please note that only translations from Finnish or Finnish-Swedish to foreign languages will be supported.

Translators:
We will advise you to find the best possible translators, and in some cases, you can also translate from English.  Find more information about translators here: https://kaantopiiri.fi/en/search-translators/

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)

DENMARK: Vild Maskine
GERMANY: Dressler/Oetinger Verlag
NORTH MACEDONIA: Antolog

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

Now 16 rights sold for WEIRD WEATHER!

We are very excited to let you know that WEIRD WEATHER has now sold to North Macedonian publisher Feniks! 

Publisher Feniks said:

Our Mother planet Earth needs our help! This wonderful book written by Laura Ertimo with beautiful illustrations by Mari Ahokoivu will help the readers (young and adults) to better understand why the climate is changing and how we can help and contribute towards a better future and save the planet for future generations.
– Nena Anastasovska, Publishing House Feniks, North Macedonia

Download the Full English pdf for the title here!

WEIRD WEATHER
by Laura Ertimo, illustrations by Mari Ahokoivu

Climate changes, why don’t we? Weird Weather! answers children’s tough questions about climate change, and tells how we can all fight against it.

Two clever buddies, Lotta and Kasper get tired of their parents’ evasive answers about weird weather. They decide to research what climate change is really is
about!

Weird Weather! is accurate but hopeful children’s nonfiction that explains how humans are responsible for climate change
and what we can do to ensure a brighter future. It also gives tips on how everyone can make better choices and practice climate skills every day. But climate change won’t be beaten with tiny tricks, and this book also encourages talking to children about how to make changes in society, and how working together can change everything.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Into (orig.),
DENMARK: Staarup & Co.,
ESTONIA: Avita,
HUNGARY: Ciceró Könyvstúdió Kft.,
ITALY: Edizioni Piemme S.p.a,
LATVIA: Jumava,
LITHUANIA: Obuolys,
MACEDONIA: Feniks
MEXICO (Latin American Spanish rights): Ordinal,
NORWAY: Aschehoug,
POLAND: AMBER Sp. z o.o.,
SERBIA: Odiseja,
SLOVAKIA: Ikar, SPAIN: Norma Editorial,
SWEDEN: Raben & Sjörgen,
UNITED STATES: Skyhorse Publishing

Laura Ertimo


Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer.

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

Now 12 rights sold for LITTLE MOUSE series!

We are extremely pleased to let you know that Riikka Jäntti’s LITTLE MOUSE series has now found a home in Russia!
The Moscow-based publishing house Strecoza has acquired the rights to all 7 titles in the series and is really happy:

All parents have ever faced such situations: the baby grows up, learns the big world, but he is impatient, wants to be independent and something does not work out right away. These bright and colorful books are the ideal first reading for toddlers and a great tip for adults! Perfect for spending time together!

– Larisa Mavrina, chief editor of Strecoza publishing house, Russia

Download the English pdfs for the Little Mouse series here

 

The series has now been sold to 12 territories. Read more about the series and the author below:

 

LITTLE MOUSE SERIES
written and illustrated by Riikka Jäntti

A 7-book series about a little mouse living with a single mother mouse, acting as all little persons do – in the first book, it says NO to everything – to broccoli, getting dressed, washing teeth, sleeping. Other parts talk about Christmas, winter, having guests, having a holiday, summer vacation and going on an island.
This universally loved little character will be published everywhere from Nepal and Russia to France and Australia
Book 1: Little Mouse
A day in the life of a toddler is a busy one and Little Mouse’s is no exception. Between getting dressed, going to daycare, eating dinner, and splashing in puddles, Little Mouse has a lot to do … and a lot to say ‘no’ to!

Book 2: Little Mouse Helps Out
Little Mouse’s friend Pip is coming over to visit. But first, there are chores to do around the house, like cleaning, laundry and cooking lunch. Little Mouse is determined to help Mummy Mouse with all of them.

Book 3: Little Mouse’s Christmas
Christmas is coming and Little Mouse can’t wait for Christmas Eve. Luckily there are all kinds of wonderful preparations to be made, from cooking to choosing the Christmas tree.

Book 4: Little Mouse’s Holiday
Little Mouse and Mommy Mouse take the train together to the countryside to stay at their cottage on an island, pick berries, heat the sauna and cook sausages over a campfire under the starry skies. It’s a real treat for a little city mouse!

Book 5: Little Mouse’s Winter
Winter is here and Little Mouse enjoys playing outside. But his fun is interrupted by piano lessons. And why do all the other kids have
phones and lots of collectable toy figures? Luckily mom has lots of fun activities that will make him happy again.

Book 6: Little Mouse’s Summer

Summer holiday is full of fun: going to the amusement park, playing by the beach and visiting the art museum. Buying strawberries and ice cream, and going to the cinema when the weather is too hot. Little Mouse knows that one must enjoy the summer, because it doesn’t last forever.

NEW: Book 7: Little Mouse’s Goes Camping

One beautiful summer’s day, Little Mouse’s goes camping with mom.

Little Mouse helps their mother set up the tent, light the grill and prepare sausages and vegetables wrapped in foil. When it gets dark, Little Mouse listens to the sounds of the night in the tent.  In the morning, they are both very hungry but luckily the island’s restaurant is open!

 

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

AUSTRALIA: Scribble/Scribe
CHINA: Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Cambourakis
NEPAL: Kathalaya
NEW ZEALAND: Scribble/Scribe
PORTUGAL: Harper Collins Iberica
RUSSIA: Strecoza
SPAIN (Spanish): Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan): Harper Collins Iberica
UK: Scribble/Scribe

Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of University of Industrial Art of Helsinki, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has publishers in 16 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Bibliography


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Goes Camping

2021, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Summer

2020, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Winter

2019, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Holiday

2018, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Christmas

2017, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Helps Out

2016, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse

2015, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

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HILJA-series sold to RUSSIA!

We have very exciting news today! Russian rights for all 5 titles of Hilja-series have now been sold to Russian publisher Strecoza!

This wonderful series written by Heidi Viherjuuri and illustrated by Nadja Sarell has previously been sold to Estonia and Germany.

Strecoza were really happy to introduce this new character to Russian children:

It is always so curious and fun to get a look at the big families somewhere in other countries! Do they have the same problems and how do they act in different everyday situations? Wonderfully funny and cozy stories about the most stubborn little girl who does not like boredom! A splendid mix of full-page illustrations and small-format pictures! You won’t be bored, for sure!
– Larisa Mavrina, chief editor of Strecoza publishing house, Russia

Download the English materials for the Hilja-series here.

Read more about the titles, author and illustrator below!

 

HILJA-SERIES
by Heidi Viherjuuri, illustrated by Nadja Sarell

Meet Hilja, an energetic and curious little girl, and her three granny friends! For the fans of Astrid Lindgren!

1st book, Hilja’s Summer in The Green House: Hilja is 7 years old, and she loves the summer! There’s nothing better than the freedom to climb trees, run around, go fishing and make new friends. Prone to adventures, she also gets a chance to catch a thief!

2nd book, Hello, Hilja here: Hilja is starting the first grade. Things are going well: she has practiced reading with the cows at the farm, and new friends are nice. But Hilja’s big mouth gets her into troubles every now and then.

3rd book, Adventure calls, Hilja: The long-awaited fall break is here. Hilja and the neighborhood grannies all squeeze into a tiny car and take a trip to the big city. The city is full of things to do, but are the grannies taking care of Hilja – or the other way around?

4th book, Hilja and the operation Christmas magic Hilja’s sister Veini claims that Christmas is just a publicity trick, but Hilja decides to prove that Christmas is real and magical. A secret operation begins

5th book, Hilja and the Perfect Winter Day Snowball fights, skiing trips, ice-fishing competition and other winter adventures become so wild that Mom needs to put an end to it. But Hilja knows how to make even the most boring day fun!

 

Don’t forget to apply for FILI Grants for translations from Finnish/Finland Swedish!

Apply now:
The Spring application period started on 1st of April and will be closed on 1st of May.
Please note that only translations from Finnish or Finnish-Swedish to foreign languages will be supported.

The unique translation grant system in Finland gives you an opportunity to finance your translation costs up to 70% and even cover part of your printing costs – read more here:  https://fili.fi/en/grants/

Translators:
We will advise you to find the best possible translators, and in some cases, you can also translate from English.  Find more information about translators here: https://kaantopiiri.fi/en/search-translators/

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Mäkelä (orig.)

ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: WooW Books
RUSSIA: Strecoza

Heidi Viherjuuri


Heidi Viherjuuri is a teacher, children’s writer and a blogger, who lives in Germany. She grew up in a small village in the Finnish countryside – just like Hilja.

Nadja Sarell


Nadja Sarell is an illustrator living in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated with MA in Dance from Theatre Academy Helsinki. Soon after that she moved to a small town in North Wales to study children’s book illustration. She graduated from North Wales School of Art and Design with BA in Illustration for Children’s Publishing in 2004.

Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator for children’s publishing in Finland and abroad. She loves to teach art, illustration and dance for both children and adults. She is also passionate about surface pattern design and enjoys creating charismatic, expressive book characters.
If Nadja was an animal, she would be a cat living in an old mansion with a large fireplace and a comfy sofa. Her favourite things are her family, music, dancing, black coffee and chocolate.

FACELIFT to be published in Germany! English sample for CHARMING DUKE!

We are delighted to announce that Kein & Aber AG will publish the German edition Miika Nousiainen’s bestselling novel FACELIFT in the fall 2021 as one of their lead titles! Award-winning translator Elina Kritzokat has translated the German edition. Advance buzz around the book in Germany has started:
 
Praise from the German publisher:

“I must say that this new book really exceeds our expectations. I loved each character of the book, I loved its subtle humour, its lightness while at the same time it manages to address difficult and quite topical subjects. I think that this is quite a strength of the book: it works as entertainment, but it is also psychologically smart and social criticism in its most wonderful, discreet form.”
– Patrick Sielemann, Editor, Kein & Aber AG

Praise:

“Facelift is a perfect feel-good novel. It meets the high expectations that we have learned to expect from Nousiainen: it’s funny, dark, entertaining and very timely.”  – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

FACELIFT is #6 on the official Finnish Bestseller list

Download English sample here.

FACELIFT
By Miika Nousiainen

Sami has a dream: he desperately wants to be a father. His biological clock has been ticking for the past 15 years so loudly that sometimes it’s hard to hear his own thoughts. But it’s not so easy to become a father, first of all, you need to find a suitable future mother candidate.

But when Sami’s latest future-mother-candidate rides off with a biker guy, he makes a series of bad choices that cause him to anger the local motorcycle gang. How to fix a life where everything seems to go wrong? Sini, a wellbeing blogger with perfectly instagrammable life arrives to offer a solution.

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English sample for CHARMING DUKE now available

CHARMING DUKE
by Sara Medberg

“Bridgerton meets Jane Austen in 19th century Sweden”
The lady of Blackthorn Castle, beautiful Arabella, has been widowed and fallen into poverty. In the midst of all adversity, she is encouraged by Jane Austen’s literary heroines. However, the shadows of the past won’t leave Arabella alone: she encounters a dazzling English duke who claims to know a fatal secret about Arabella’s late spouse.
This enchanting novel takes place in the social circles of Helsinki and in the court of Stockholm in 1816.

Download English sample here.

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Don’t forget to apply for FILI Grants for translations from Finnish / Finnish Swedish!

The Spring application period started today 1st of April and will be closed on 1st of May.

The unique translation grant system in Finland gives you an opportunity to finance your translation costs up to 70% and even cover part of your printing costs – read more here:  https://fili.fi/en/grants/
Apply now:
The new FILI grant application period is now open starting January 1st, until February 1st. Please note that only translations from Finnish or Finnish-Swedish to foreign language will be supported.
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FACELIFT
Rights sold
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: Kein & Aber
NORWAY: Vigmostad & Bjørke
RUSSIA: Livebook Publishing
SERBIA: Odiseja

 

CHARMING DUKE
Rights sold
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

Miika Nousiainen


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.

Sara Medberg


Sara Medberg is a historian currently writing her doctoral dissertation about the education of highborn girls in the18th century. The ideas for her novels come from her research. In her thesis she studies young womens' conduct manuals in Sweden in the 18th century from the perspective of the modernising ideals for women and the upbringing of girls.

Sara has received academic scholarships from the Swedish Cultural Foundation, Waldemar von Frenckell's Foundation and the Swedish Literature Society. Including others, her literary work is sponsored by the Finnish Author Association and Otava's Book Foundation.

Medberg enjoys costume dramas, fashion from the past, castles, mansions, shopping and running. In Finland, her novels have already sold over 20,000 copies.




German 3-book deal for ANNI THE FRIEND TAMER series

“Shy people of the world, unite!” We are very happy to announce that German rights for ANNI THE FRIEND TAMER and the next two books in the series have been sold to Loewe Verlag in a pre-empt. These are the first foreign rights sales to this new book series. Congratulations to author Kaisa Paasto!

Finnish author Kaisa Paasto and her debut ANNI THE FRIEND TAMER have been shortlisted for the LukuVarkaus Award, honouring books targeted at readers under 12 years old. The winner will be announced in June.

Praise from the German publisher:

“Kaisa Paasto manages to carry out the inner emotional world of shy children, but at the same time effortlessly portrays the heroine likeable and self-confident. What immediately convinced us was the sweet little pig, which reflects the development of the protagonist: At first scared, strange and a bit out of place, in the end an open, lovable friend. What a wonderful story!“
– Laura Hänel, Editor, Loewe Verlag

Review:

“Anni the Friend Tamer succeeds in showing how a person can be quite different in different environments: at home Anni is happy and confident, at school she’s shy and clumsy. The crucial understanding comes when Anni realizes that instead of taming a friend, she needs to tame her own school self. She needs to learn how to be herself. In this first part of a new children’s novel series there’s plenty of humour both in the text and in the pictures.
– Helsingin Sanomat

Download Full English manuscript here.

Book 1: ANNI THE FRIEND TAMER
by Kaisa Paasto

Anni is a 10-year-old girl. When her friend Miisa moves abroad, Anni has a chilling realization: she has never had to find a new friend. Is it too late to learn how to make friends? Obviously no-one can learn a skill this big when they’re 10. Can they?

At home Anni has a different sort of problem: her new pet pig is refusing to be trained. He just wants to stay in his safe place, under the table. Good thing that Anni’s brother has just had a major back operation, as this means he has lots of time to lie in bed and dole out great advice. Anni’s parents are also alright as far as parents go, even if they do laugh a bit too much at their own jokes. So it’s not all too bad – she just needs to become a ‘friend tamer’!

Book 2: ANNI THE FRIEND TAMER ON THE RED CARPET

In the second part Anni wants to do good. Her class is shown a news clip about a hurricane in Brazil. In the clip Anni sees a girl who has a T-shirt, exactly like the one that Anni has in her closet. Anni feels a strong desire to do something to help. With her friend Riia they will make a movie, show it in the library auditorium and raise money for charity work in Brazil.

Book 3: ANNI THE FRIEND TAMER (UNTITLED)

Anni learns how to deal with difficult people. Anni’s family spends the summer in a small island near Turku with Anni’s uncle and his family. Anni has never spent much time with her cousin, but oh boy, he turns out to be a pest. He’s mean and sly and prone to temper tantrums.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Kaisa Paasto

Kaisa Paasto (born 1979) spent her childhood in the north of Finland and now lives in Espoo with her husband, two children and several pets. But sadly, no pigs.

Kaisa has a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature, and she has previously worked as translator, audiovisual translator and entrepreneur. She is now working as a marketing content specialist. For the joy of her publishing editor, she herself has also done some work as a publishing editor.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

GERMANY: Loewe Verlag

Bibliography


Kaisa Paasto

Anni the Friend Tamer on the Red Carpet

2021, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)


Kaisa Paasto

Anni the Friend Tamer

2020, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

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Now Italian rights sold for 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD!

We are really glad to let you know that Italian rights for THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD have been acquired by Newton Compton!

This bestselling non-fiction title by experienced financial journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste covers 50 companies that comprise a large part of global market forces. They determine what kind of a world we all live in. The book was published in January with excellent reviews!

A few dozen business giants could challenge the foundations of democracy, destabilize institutions, and determine the state of the environment.

Download the English sample, praise sheet and Finnish manuscript by clicking here

Hungarian publisher Scolar pre-empted the title immediately after reading and they said:

When reading this we are sitting behind Ikea desks, using Microsoft laptops, maybe even drinking Coca-Cola. After the Covid times we plan to travel with Ryanair on a Boeing airplane. But until we cannot travel, we advise to read this book, which can bring closer to the understanding the world around us. We are happy to present to the Hungarian readers this undoubtedly exciting reading.
– Andras Kozma, Foreign Rights Manager, Scolar Kiadó, Hungary
FINNISH PRAISE:

The book’s title 50 Most Dangerous Companies is a compelling lure. It makes you think of an excavator hoisting out the biggest crooks one by one. In truth, journalists Juha-Pekka Raeste and Hannu Sokala deliver multifaceted analyses of the powerful companies. …/ Raeste and Sokala deliver excellent journalism. It takes initiative, it’s thought-provoking, entertaining, and appropriately polemicizing. 
– Mikael Kosk, Hufvudstadsbladet Newspaper


THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD
by Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste
Otava/Nemo, January 2021Large multinational corporations influence how we think, what we eat, who we meet, how we spend our time and even who we vote for. As those businesses grow, their influence and power over people and governments also grows. To make sure that the future is not dictated by corporations, but by people, we need to know more about them.This exciting non-fiction title by experienced financial journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste covers 50 companies that comprise a large part of global market forces. They determine what kind of a world we all live in.Some of the companies in the book are relatively unknown (Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī and BlackRock) some predictable (Google, Amazon), some may seem surprising (Ikea and Disney) and some inevitable (Gazprom and Chevron). Some of the companies benefit from our everyday needs (Cargill, Coca-Cola), some from our vanity (Bytedance, Facebook), and some from our greed (Goldman Sachs, Berkshire Hathaway).The book reads like a thriller, but it is non-fiction. It offers a comprehensive and often startling perspective on the most important, and dangerous, companies in the world

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava/Nemo (orig.)

HUNGARY: Scolar
ITALY: Newton Compton

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala


Juha-Pekka Raeste covers international and domestic business for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He focuses on the biggest corporations and the IT industry.

Hannu Sokala works as an investigative reporter for YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. His work covers e.g. international finance and macroeconomics.

Bibliography


Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

2021, General Nonfiction, History & Politics

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Now 20 publishers worldwide for the LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES!

We are over the moon to announce that Slovak rights for Magdalena Hai’s LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series have been sold to IKAR!

This year, the rights have been sold also to Gilbutschool in Korea, Dioptra in Greece, Emas in Bulgaria, Odiseja in Serbia and Briedis in Lithuania, altogether the series has sold to 20 countries!

What a milestone!

SLOVAK PRAISE:

The book trilogy by the Finnish duo M. Hai and T. Juhani is full of sincere laughter; natural comic book rhythm; incredibly fantastic, a bit scary adventure; and unique characters that readers will love immediately even without reading the story (visualization is simply magnificent!).
– Lucia Hlubenova, Editor-in-chief for children’s literature, IKAR,  Slovakia

The wonderful younger middle-grade series illustrated by Teemu Juhani has already sold to 20 countries, but rights are still available in Poland, France, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Slovenia, China, etc.

Download the Full English pdfs for all 3 titles in the series here.

We were captivated by the hilarious and heartwarming stories of the main characters and monsters. Many children will gain confidence and energy through Nina’s adventures in solving problems actively.
–  Gilbutschool Publishers, Korea

Enchanting series, well-written, with funny illustrations, stimulates children’s imagination.
A delightful blend of fantasy and humor. The amazing illustrations in each page feature dynamic characters and unexpected goosebumps!

– Lindy Galatis, Editorial Director, Dioptra, Greece


THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Nina is a is a clever, 9-year-old girl who goes to work in the Little Shop of Nightmares. During the course of the trilogy, she has to solve a mystery with tickling powder, find the lost teeth of a vampire and discover the reason why suddenly it just doesn’t stop snowing. The Little Shop of Nightmares is a mystery full of fascinating and fun characters that make young readers both wonder and laugh!

 #1  THE TERRIBLE TICKLING POWDER
When Nina, 9 years old, enters The Little Shop of Nightmares in hopes of getting a job, she is
greeted by an odd sight: shopkeeper Mr. Kook is rolling on the floor, unable to stop laughing.
With a little help from a ghost called Paddy, they start looking for the untickling powder to help
him, but things are certainly not made easier by Mr. Kook’s world-domination-planning pet octopus
Squishy McGoo, who is a bit too quick about getting into trouble with rollerblades on its tentacles.

 #2  MYSTERY OF THE MISSING TEETH
Nina goes to buy ice cream after her first work day at The Little Shop of Nightmares.
But at the ice cream shop she discovers a vampire – without teeth! Nina decides to help
vampire Lucas to find his teeth from Mr. Kook’s shop. But for some reason all the vampire
teeth seem to have disappeared. It seems like somebody has hidden them on purpose…

 #3  STICKY THE TERRIBLE SNOWMAN
Same awesome monsters. New blizzardy trouble. The Little Shop of Nightmares is
getting buried in snow! Nina and Paddy are trying to find the cause of the snowstorm,
but that’s easier said than done. A well-meaning but horribly clumsy snowman keeps
getting in their way and stopping their every effort to stop the snowing inside.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR

Author Magdalena Hai is a lover of cross genre fiction and all things strange, and her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Besides writing Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Illustrator Teemu Juhani is Finnish illustrator, comic artist and graphic designer currently based in London, UK. Born and raised in a land of snow and northern lights, he grew up reading comics, holding pencil in his hand and dreaming of superhuman powers. Teemu has studied graphic design and illustration at Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Finland and Academie Minerva in the Netherlands. Currently he’s working as a freelance illustrator and designer and creating his first children’s book and graphic nove

Rights sold

FINLAND:
WSOY (orig.)

BULGARIA:
Emas
CZECH REPUBLIC:
Euromedia
DENMARK:
Vild Maskine
ESTONIA:
Postimees Publishing
GERMANY:
Egmont Schneiderbuch
GREECE:
Dioptra
HUNGARY:
Cerkabella
ITALY:
Terre di Mezzo
KOREA:
Gilbutschool
LATVIA:
Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA:
Briedis
NETHERLANDS:
De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY:
Fontini
RUSSIA:
KompasGuide
ROMANIA:
Editura Univers
SERBIA:
Odiseja
SLOVAKIA:
IKAR
SWEDEN:
Hegas
TURKEY:
Epsilon

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

Three new deals! CARGO and SWING now sold in 11 territories!

We are excited to announce that our spring crime highlight “Cargo“, and its sequel “Swing” by new Nordic Noir supercouple A.M. Ollikainen have now been acquired by publishers from 11 countries in three weeks!

The first title of the Paula Pihlaja series – CARGO – will be published in Finland by Otava as their lead title in May 2021.

The latest publisher to join A.M. Ollikainen publishers’ family is Czarna Owca in Poland that won a very exciting auction (Czarna Owca is Polish publisher for Stieg Larsson, Camilla Läckberg, Elina Backman etc)

That is not all, The Turkish rights for both of the titles were acquired by April and Latvian rights were acquired by Zvaigzne (Latvian Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson publisher)

Cargo is the first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Paula Pihlaja series, which has previously been acquired by excellent Nordic Crime publishers: Host in Czechia, Varrak in Estonia, Bastei Lübbe in Germany, Animus in Hungary, Baltos lankos in Lithuania, HarperCollins Holland in the Netherlands, Aschehoug in Norway, and Didakta in Slovenia.

Download the English sample and long synopsis for CARGO here.

The rights for this very exciting award-winning title and series are still available in Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, France, US, UK, Bulgaria, Spain, China, Korea etc.

„Cargo” is a fast-paced story with suspense until the end and well-drawn main character—an intelligent, empathetic and pragmatic police commissioner, Paula Pihlaja. The other characters also have clear psychological outline and natural dialogues which fuel the reader’s curiosity. All those things make „Cargo” impossible to put down. I am glad that Polish readers will be able to take part in this criminal feast.– Dominika Dudarew-Osiecka, Czarna Owca, Poland

Finland is the new Mecca of crime fiction. You need proof? Just read the first novel by A.M. Ollikainen. I couldn’t imagine a better start for a series. CARGO is outstanding.
– Marco Schneiders,  Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe


A.M. Ollikainen is a new Nordic Crime supercouple Milla Ollikainen and Aki Ollikainen.

Aki Ollikainen is one of the best literary fiction authors of Finland, whose novel White Hunger was longlisted to the International Man Booker Prize and whose works have been sold to 15 countries.
Milla Ollikainen is the previous winner of the “Crime Pays” crime novel competition of Finland and the author of a successful crime trilogy.

Cargo is their first title written together, which won the Finnish national crime novel competition in 2019 over 400 other manuscripts. The book is the first part of the upcoming Paula Pihlaja series.
It will be published by the largest Finnish publisher Otava in May 2021 as their lead Fiction title for the Spring list.


CARGO
by A.M. Ollikainen

The first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir series. A.M. Ollikainen is Finland’s Lars Kepler!

  • Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition

A cargo container is found on the shore in Helsinki with a dead body inside.The property where the container is discovered, belongs to one of the most notorious businessmen in Finland. As Police Commissioner Paula Pihlaja begins to investigate the case, traces lead back to the businessman’s family, revealing decades of suspicious business ventures in Africa.

Meanwhile, Paula’s own personal life is shaken by old memories that are now surfacing following recent events.When she was younger, she had to give her baby up for adoption. The boy, her son, is now in his twenties and facing a murder charge. Not only is Paula tormented by her own guilt about the adoption, she is also worried about what will become of her son.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Varrak
(2-book deal)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host
(2-book deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
(2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Animus
(2-book deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
(5-book deal)
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
(2-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland
(2-book deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug
(2-book-deal)
POLAND: Czarna Owca
(2-book deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta
(2-book deal)
TURKEY: April
(2-book-deal)

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Bibliography


A. M. Ollikainen

Swing

2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

Cargo

2021, Crime & Suspense

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PUTIN’S TROLLS and THE MARIMEKKO STORY on foreign bestseller lists!

We are extremely happy to announce that only a week after publication by Helios, THE MARIMEKKO STORY is now TOP7 title in Estonia!

And that is not all, PUTIN’S TROLLS  was just published in Hungary by Corvina and now is the TOP2 title throughout the nation!

Congratulations to our authors Ulla-Maija Paavilainen and Jessikka Aro for their foreign success!


 

THE GREATEST OF ALL IS LOVE. THE MARIMEKKO STORY
by Ulla-Maija Paavilainen
Memories & BiographiesThe breath-taking rags-to-riches story of Marimekko’s former owner and CEO Kirsti Paakkanen, who turned the fortunes of the iconic brand around. This is the true story of how a retired businesswoman took over the practically bankrupt Finnish design house and turned Marimekko into a successful worldwide brand name.Download the English sample for THE MARIMEKKO STORY here.
Rights sold: FINLAND: Otava (orig.), ESTONIA: Helios Kirjastus OÜ, JAPAN: Shodensha


PUTIN’S TROLLS
by Jessikka Aro
General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & PoliticsTrue stories from the frontlines of the Russian information warfareRussia is waging a war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy. In the last few years there have been countless international, sometimes criminal online campaigns against private people throughout the Western countries – orchestrated and approved by the Kremlin.Well-documented true stories show that Russia does not shy away from the darkest means of eliminating its opponents through cyber-espionage, social media trolls, fake news, cyber-attacks, death threats and hate campaigns by PR professionals.Download the full English pdf for PUTIN’S TROLLS here.
Rights sold: FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.), BULGARIA: Ciela Norma, CZECH REPUBLIC: N Media, ESTONIA: Menu Meedia, HUNGARY: Corvina Books Ltd, LITHUANIA: Briedis, POLAND: Wydawnictwo SQN, ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra, SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag WORLD ENGLISH: Ig Publishing

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

In 2019 she was notified that she was to receive an International Women of Courage Award but this was mysteriously rescinded just before the ceremony.

Ulla-Maija Paavilainen


Ulla-Maija Paavilainen, award-winning journalist, is the author of several well-received novels and non-fiction books. She has worked as the editor-in-chief at several top Finnish magazines over the past 25 years. One of her specific areas of interest is the role of women in working life and analysing the power structure and what is required for women to have successful careers.

Paavilainen’s most recent work is the moving biography of the legendary entrepreneur Kirsti Paakkanen, who took over Marimekko, one of Finland’s most famous design brands. Kirsti Paakkanen: Greatest of All is Love is the story of Marimekko, an authentic rags-to riches tale of how a poor girl from the countryside first founded the world’s first all-women’s advertising agency, Womena. Selling Womena when she was 62, Paakkanen bought Marimekko, a global design company that was on the verge of bankruptcy and turned it around into an international iconic fashion house.

Grumblebelly Cat sold to Denmark

We are proud to share the news that the rights of Grumblebelly Cat by Magdalena Hai and Teemu Juhani have been sold to Vild Maskine in Denmark.

This author duo is better known for their bestselling series “The Little Shop of Nightmares”, which has been sold to 19 countries so far. The Grumblebelly Cat won the Finnish Literature Export Prize in 2018 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2018 as well. Additionally the book was nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Prize 2017 and Runeberg Junior Prize 2018.

 

Grumblebelly Cat
Karisto 2018, 46 pp.

In a barren land, when a little girl meets a gigantic cat that threatens to devour her, she makes it a smart offer. The girl leads the cat across the lands, looking for something to satiate its hunger before it eats her, but they encounter drought, destruction and people who have nothing to eat except their dreams. When the cat gobbles up the girl, she finds something in its belly, something that has made it so hungry…

The Grumblebelly Cat is a classical fairytale about a contemporary subject. The detailed, monochrome illustrations by Teemu Juhani add another layer in the story.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
GERMANY: Dressler/Oetinger Verlag

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates sold in the Netherlands

We are excited to announce that the Dutch rights to Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates written by Noora Kunnas and illustrated by Teemu Juhani, have been sold to Veltman Uitgevers.

When I first read ‘Mabel Merryweather’ I immediately loved the funny, adventurous story. Dutch children will love the surprising characters, and the amazing illustrations. I look forward to bringing this book to the Netherlands!” – Saskia Kalter, Acquiring Editor, Veltman Uitgevers, Netherlands

The Mabel Merryweather series centers around siblings Nick and Lilly who are sent to the summery village of Dalton, while their parents are traveling. There they meet a friendly eccentric neighbor granny Mabel Merryweather and the summer adventures begin!

 

About the books:

Book 1: Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates
Otava 2019, 140 pp.
Nick and Lily are spending their summer with uncle Jim, who doesn’t like children. Luckily his neighbor, Mabel Marryweather, can guarantee the their summer will be filled with adventures, mysteries and hilarious encounters, when they start to figure out who is sabotaging the yearly flower arrangement competition.

Book 2: Mabel Merryweather and the King of Thieves
Otava 2020, 140 pp.
The kids are back at uncle Jim’s – and seems like they are attracting trouble. Or is it Mabel Merryweather who makes everything happen? This time the town is terrorized by an art hustler, but luckily Nick and Lily are there to stop him.

Book 3: Mabel Merrywethr and the Cheesy Mystery
Otava, May 2021, 140 pp.
Mabel Merryweather’s friend Bruno and his goat have arrived from Switzerland to perform at the Dalton cheese festival. This fragrant event has attracted a lot of people to the venue, but for the horror of the townspeople mysterious holes have started to appear on streets and courtyards at night. Who digs them – and why?

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
GERMANY: Mixtvision
HUNGARY: Pagony
NETHERLANDS: Veltman Uitgevers
RUSSIA: Eksmo

Noora Kunnas


Noora Kunnas (born in 1987) is a children’s author from Helsinki, Finland. She has the knack for making both children and grownups laugh while they’re immersed in her zany books. She loves animals and British humor – she grew up watching Jeeves and Wooster and eating ice cream straight from the container. Kunnas draws her inspiration from the world of Roald Dahl. The trademark of her books is a nutty humor, spiced with quirky characters, as well as the titillating mood of various settings, where anything – and we mean anything – is possible.

Noora Kunnas has published seven children’s books at Otava (2015 – 2021),  and her works have been nominated for the prestigious Tiiliskivi and Lukuvarkaus literary prizes in Finland. She graduated from the Turku Academy of Arts with a degree in film, and she worked in television since.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

German rights for ARCTIC MIRAGE acquired by Hanser Berlin!

We are absolutely over the moon announcing that the German rights for Terhi Kokkonen’s debut award-winning novel ARCTIC MIRAGE have now been acquired by a very prestigious literary publisher Hanser Berlin!

They have completely fallen in love with the winner of the Best Debut Novel Award 2020,  and cannot praise it enough:

The unusual setting of the luxury hotel in the middle of the cold, snowy, isolated atmosphere of Lapland wasteland which translates directly to the inner numbness the characters, the slow unmasking of the characters, the carefully crafted language, the subtle atmosphere of menace – these are all things which made me fall in love with this phenomenal novel. I have to admit that it has captured my thoughts since the very moment I read the English sample translation, for it is not only one of the best reading experiences I had in a long time, it’s also such an interesting study of some of the most pressing issues of our time.  Terhi Kokkonen is such a brilliant, exceptional addition to our list of international authors!
– Lina Muzur, Verlagsleiterin/Publishing Director, Hanser Berlin

Download the English synopsis and sample for Arctic Mirage by clicking here

Some of the other Hanser Berlin’s authors include Ottessa Moshfegh, Christina Hesselholdt, Leslie Jamison, Karin Smirnoff, Vendela Vida, Maggie Nelson, Jonas Eika, Douglas Stuart, Hernan Diaz, Kaveh Akbar, Anuk Arudpragasam, Tommy Orange, and Svetlana Alexievich.


ARCTIC MIRAGE
by Terhi Kokkonen

When Karo and Risto’s holiday to Lapland ends in a car accident, they are forced to stay at the Arctic Mirage Hotel. Will their relationship survive the next six days?

Winner of the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for the best debut novel of the year 2020.

Karo and Risto go on holiday in Lapland to give themselves time to fix their stressful marriage. However, on their way back home, they’re involved in a car accident and are subsequently forced to stay at the only accommodation in the area; Hotel Arctic Mirage. Once inside, they find that the hotel has a rather strange atmosphere and it starts to have a peculiar effect on them. Karo begins to doubt her own memories and tries her best to escape the snowbound hotel holiday village whereas Risto starts to feel strange and refuses to leave.

ARCTIC MIRAGE is a strong-spirited, psychological novel about people in exceptional circumstances. It keeps the reader gripped and provides chills on every page.


It is a rich and sensitive novel in which people can be strange, lewd, and at the same time infinitely ordinary. Contradictions and a mystery-like atmosphere remain after finishing the book – as happens in the best and most fascinating novels.

– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper



Terhi Kokkonen is a Helsinki-based musician and pop lyricist. She is known for the band Scandinavian Music Group, as well as being one of the singers of the band Ultra Bra. Kokkonen has studied dramaturgy at the Theater Academy and screenwriting and film editing at the Department of Cinematography and Stage Design at Aalto University. Arctic Mirage is her debut novel, and it was awarded as the best debut novel of 2020.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: Hanser Berlin

Terhi Kokkonen


Terhi Kokkonen (1974) is a Helsinki-based musician and pop lyricist. She is known for the band Scandinavian Music Group, as well as being one of the singers of the band Ultra Bra. Kokkonen has studied dramaturgy at the Theater Academy and screenwriting and film editing at the Department of Cinematography and Stage Design at Aalto University. Arctic Mirage is her debut novel, and it was awarded as the best debut novel of 2020.

Bibliography


Terhi Kokkonen

Arctic Mirage

2020, Literary Fiction

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CARGO and SWING pre-empted by Animus in Hungary!

We are excited to announce that our spring crime highlight “Cargo“, and its sequel “Swing” by new Nordic Noir supercouple A.M. Ollikainen are now sold to 8 countries in two weeks!

The latest publisher to join A.M. Ollikainen publishers’ family is Animus (Hungarian publisher for Jo Nesbø, Lars Kepler, Stieg Larsson, Max Seeck etc)

Cargo is the first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Paula Pihlaja series, which has previously been acquired by excellent Nordic Crime publishers: Host in Czechia, Varrak in Estonia, Bastei Lübbe in Germany, Baltos lankos in Lithuania, HarperCollins Holland in the Netherlands, Aschehoug in Norway, and Didakta in Slovenia.

Download the English sample and long synopsis for CARGO here.

The rights for this very exciting award-winning title and series are still available in: Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Turkey, France, US, UK, Latvia, Bulgaria, Spain, China, Korea etc.

When finishing the English sample I felt that it is quite terrible that I can’t speak Finnish – you need to continue the story just from the really beginning! Big things are happening in Finland, authors like A.M. Ollikainen makes us stunned. With Cargo, you felt yourself immediately in the middle of a well-deserved Nordic thriller, and you quickly realize that this won’t be an easy one. The first fine screws, the personality of the main characters, the launch of this story guarantees that this book will have an amazing future.

– Laszlo Marosi, Publishing editor, Animus Kiado, Hungary

 


A.M. Ollikainen is a new Nordic Crime supercouple Milla Ollikainen and Aki Ollikainen.

Aki Ollikainen is one of the best literary fiction authors of Finland, whose novel White Hunger was longlisted to the International Man Booker Prize and whose works have been sold to 15 countries.
Milla Ollikainen is the previous winner of the “Crime Pays” crime novel competition of Finland and the author of a successful crime trilogy.

Cargo is their first title written together, which won the Finnish national crime novel competition in 2019 over 400 other manuscripts. The book is the first part of the upcoming Paula Pihlaja series.
It will be published by the largest Finnish publisher Otava in May 2021 as their lead Fiction title for the Spring list.


CARGO
by A.M. Ollikainen

The first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir series. A.M. Ollikainen is Finland’s Lars Kepler!

  • Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition

A cargo container is found on the shore in Helsinki with a dead body inside.The property where the container is discovered, belongs to one of the most notorious businessmen in Finland. As Police Commissioner Paula Pihlaja begins to investigate the case, traces lead back to the businessman’s family, revealing decades of suspicious business ventures in Africa.

Meanwhile, Paula’s own personal life is shaken by old memories that are now surfacing following recent events.When she was younger, she had to give her baby up for adoption. The boy, her son, is now in his twenties and facing a murder charge. Not only is Paula tormented by her own guilt about the adoption, she is also worried about what will become of her son.

CARGO
Kontti
Otava, May 2021, 360 pp.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Varrak
(2-book deal)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host
(2-book deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
(2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Animus
(2-book deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
(5-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland
(2-book deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (2-book-deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book deal)

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Bibliography


A. M. Ollikainen

Swing

2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

Cargo

2021, Crime & Suspense

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Japanese sale for AINO & ALVAR AALTO!

We cannot be more excited to let you know that Japanese publisher Soshisha has acquired rights to THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO, written by Aaltos’ grandson Heikki Aalto-Alanen.

This is a love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto including previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photography and drawings. Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino are internationally celebrated for their architecture, furniture, glassware and other interior design, but their personal lives have been relatively unknown – until now.

Download the English sample by clicking here

Soshisha is known for its successful translation titles for history and biographies and they are really happy for the acquisition:

We are truly delighted for this opportunity to introduce such an extremely valuable book of correspondences written by the internationally renowned Finnish architects, Aino and Alvar Aalto, to Japan. The Aaltos are widely recognized in Japan as well, and the ideas which they pursued on design have been continuously referenced and implemented in the fields of architecture and design in Japan today. I believe that the Japanese people resonate with their deep understanding of human and nature through their design utilizing curved lines and wood. I am sure that Japanese readers are highly anticipating this book and its revelations about how the Aaltos have lived through tumultuous times and thought about design. 
– Kazuhiro Yoshida, Editor, Soshisha, Japan

 


THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO
by Heikki Aalto-Alanen
Otava, September 2021

This is the love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto.
Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino are internationally celebrated for their architecture, furniture, glassware and other interior design, but their personal lives have been relatively unknown – until now. This book, written by the Aaltos’ grandson, contains photos, sketches, and personal letters between Aino and Alvar beautifully illustrating how inseparable this couple was both in work and love.

“Countless books have been written about Alvar Aalto’s architecture and other works. Recently, Aino Marsio-Aalto has also received the recognition she deserves in her own right as well as in her role in the rise of Alvar Aalto as one of the leading architects of the 20th century,” says Heikki Aalto-Alanen, grandson of the Aaltos’.
“The voice in this book is personal. I want to tell the story of Aino and Alvar’s unique partnership, relationship, and their joint life work from the perspective of a family member. I also want their own voices to be heard.”

In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, as well as landscape drawings made while traveling, along with other architectural drawings and photographs

THE STORY OF AINO & ALVAR AALTO
RAKASTAN SINUSSA IHMISTÄ – AINO JA ALVAR AALLON TARINA

Otava, September 2021

Reading materials:  
English sample

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Postimees
JAPAN: Soshisha

Heikki Aalto-Alanen


Heikki Aalto-Alanen is the grandson of architects Aino and Alvar Aalto, who has previously served as vice chairman of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, been a member of Artek’s Board of Directors, member of the Alvar Aalto Academy Board, and held other positions maintaining Aino and Alvar Aalto’s artistic work and heritage. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Alvar and Aino Aalto Estate Ltd. Heikki Aalto-Alanen is a lawyer by profession and has worked in the nordic financial market.

His book tells the story of Aino and Alvar Aalto, depicted through their previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photographs and drawings.

Bibliography


Heikki Aalto-Alanen

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

2021, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

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First sale for 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD!

We are really glad to let you know that we now have the first deal for THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD!

Large multinational corporations influence how we think, what we eat, who we meet, how we spend our time and even who we vote for. As those businesses grow, their influence and power over people and governments also grows. To make sure that the future is not dictated by corporations, but by people, we need to know more about them.

Hungarian publisher Scolar pre-empted the title immediately after reading and they said:

When reading this we are sitting behind Ikea desks, using Microsoft laptops, maybe even drinking Coca-Cola. After the Covid times we plan to travel with Ryanair on a Boeing airplane. But until we cannot travel, we advise to read this book, which can bring closer to the understanding the world around us. We are happy to present to the Hungarian readers this undoubtedly exciting reading.
– Andras Kozma, Foreign Rights Manager, Scolar Kiadó, Hungary

 

Download the English sample by clicking here



THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD

by Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste
Otava/Nemo, January 2021Large multinational corporations influence how we think, what we eat, who we meet, how we spend our time and even who we vote for. As those businesses grow, their influence and power over people and governments also grows. To make sure that the future is not dictated by corporations, but by people, we need to know more about them.This exciting non-fiction title by experienced financial journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste covers 50 companies that comprise a large part of global market forces. They determine what kind of a world we all live in.Some of the companies in the book are relatively unknown (Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī and BlackRock) some predictable (Google, Amazon), some may seem surprising (Ikea and Disney) and some inevitable (Gazprom and Chevron). Some of the companies benefit from our everyday needs (Cargill, Coca-Cola), some from our vanity (Bytedance, Facebook), and some from our greed (Goldman Sachs, Berkshire Hathaway).The book reads like a thriller, but it is non-fiction. It offers a comprehensive and often a startling perspective on the most important, and dangerous, companies in the world.

 

THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD
MAAILMAN 50 VAARALLISINTA YHTIÖTÄ

Otava/Nemo, January 2021

Reading materials:
English sample

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava/Nemo (orig.)
HUNGARY: Scolar

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala


Juha-Pekka Raeste covers international and domestic business for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He focuses on the biggest corporations and the IT industry.

Hannu Sokala works as an investigative reporter for YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. His work covers e.g. international finance and macroeconomics.

Bibliography


Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

2021, General Nonfiction, History & Politics

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Emilia Lahti is introducing the original concept of GENTLE POWER to the English-speaking world

We are beyond thrilled to announce that World English rights for GENTLE POWERA REVOLUTION IN HOW WE THINK, LEAD AND SUCCEED were acquired in a pre-empt by Diana Ventimiglia at Sounds True:

Former student of Angela Duckworth, international keynote speaker and researcher Emilia Lahti’s GENTLE POWERA REVOLUTION IN HOW WE THINK, LEAD AND SUCCEED, on co-creating the next level of company and community cultures based on the science of sisu, and introducing the original concept of gentle power, is a universal strategy for how to draw from the deep well of inner strength and fortitude in order to lead more effectively in all aspects of life.

Download the English proposal by clicking here

The deal was negotiated by the Gentle Power Team: Agent Rhea Lyons at HG Literary and Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Emilia Lahti’s brand new publisher Sounds True has a mission: To wake up the worldGentle Power will contribute to this mission by offering a tool for accessing and balancing the two inner powers we each hold within—our indomitable life force and immense capacity for love—and will be written in English by Emilia Lahti. Sounds True will publish the original English language edition in Fall 2022/Spring 2023.

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon and has grown into a multimedia publishing company with a library of more than 3,000 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time: Read more: Sounds True

RIGHTS SOLD:
WORLD ENGLISH: Sounds True (orig.)

Emilia Lahti


Emilia Lahti is the first academic researcher to examine the relationship between embodied fortitude, business and leadership. Her research begins with an inquiry into the Finnish concept of sisu—an untranslatable term that refers to a particular kind of deep primordial strength that individuals tap into when they have reached the limit of their assumed capacities—and expands to create what she has termed as “gentle power.” Lahti is an awarded educator, international keynote speaker and social entrepreneur. Over the past decade, Lahti’s research has immersed her deeply through ultrarunning, martial arts, and a series of extraordinary transformations through entrepreneurship, athletics and personal growth to understand what unlocks inner power. She is a rare combination of an academic researcher and fierce adventurer, whose talent for storytelling easily translates her discoveries into tools for everyday life.

GENTLE POWER is a universal strategy showing how integrity-fueled fortitude is in fact the master key to restoring balance to a globalized capitalist world where the value of true human connection is in danger of becoming of lesser priority and results are created through force. It starts with one’s commitment personal transformation at the service of greater good, builds on a series of micro-habits of gentle power, and leads to tangible results, success and even profit through better business practices, better parenting, better thinking and leadership in the everyday. The book is a call to recognize leadership not only as a title or position, but as a mindset and role of every individual that is not only good for us—but is a necessity and a super-tool in the era that we are currently living.

Based on her pioneering research at the University of Pennsylvania and Aalto University in Helsinki, where she is completing a doctoral thesis on sisu—which in its native Finland is an entire way of being aimed at excellence through inner power—Lahti’s work posits that having the courage to both truly own our inner “power” root it in the bravery of “gentleness” find balance in both polarities, is the ultimate path to harmony, success, and is the next evolution of leadership available to everyone who chooses to embrace it.

Through wielding together hard facts of science and inspiring stories of real-life stories, Lahti makes an irresistible proposition: When we shift from force to gentle power we will inevitably move our own lives and humanity at large toward goodness we know we are capable of.

You are the leader now.

Bibliography


Emilia Lahti

Gentle Power: A Revolution in How We Think, Lead and Succeed

2021, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

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CARGO sold to Norway and Slovenia

We are excited to announce that our spring crime highlight “Cargo“, and its sequel “Swing” by A.M. Ollikainen is now sold to 7 countries in two weeks! In NorwayAschehoug won the auction, and in SloveniaDidakta acquired the rights.  Both publishers acquired two books. Excitement is growing, more deals expected soon! Join the happy family of A.M. Ollikainen’s publishers!

Cargo is the first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Paula Pihlaja series, which has previously been pre-empted by Varrak in Estonia, Bastei Lübbe in Germany and HarperCollins Holland in the Netherlands and Baltos Lankos in Lithuania won an auction with a 5-book deal!

“Something very exciting is for sure happening within the genre of Nordic noir – our eyes are drawn to Helsinki. A.M. Ollikainen comes in and blow our minds. What a terrific start for a new series! The writing, the atmosphere, the characters, the tension – it’s all there, and we strongly believe this author duo to be the next big thing. Cargo is a book that’s hard to put down and has excellent twists and turns that are sure to delight thriller and Nordic noir fans. In addition to the great entertaining read this novel is, we love how well it takes on political and human themes – that’s rare, and adds to our enthusiasm for this author duo and their promising series.” – Vidar Strøm Fallrø, Development Editor, Aschehoug, Norway

Download the English sample and long synopsis for CARGO here.

 


A.M. Ollikainen is a new Nordic Crime supercouple Milla Ollikainen and Aki Ollikainen.

Aki Ollikainen is one of the best literary fiction authors of Finland, whose novel White Hunger was longlisted to the International Man Booker Prize and whose works have been sold to 15 countries.
Milla Ollikainen is the previous winner of the “Crime Pays” crime novel competition of Finland and the author of a successful crime trilogy.

Cargo is their first title written together, which won the Finnish national crime novel competition in 2019 over 400 other manuscripts. The book is the first part of the upcoming Paula Pihlaja series.
It will be published by the largest Finnish publisher Otava in May 2021 as their lead Fiction title for the Spring list.


CARGO
by A.M. Ollikainen

The first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir series. A.M. Ollikainen is Finland’s Lars Kepler!

  • Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition

A cargo container is found on the shore in Helsinki with a dead body inside.The property where the container is discovered, belongs to one of the most notorious businessmen in Finland. As Police Commissioner Paula Pihlaja begins to investigate the case, traces lead back to the businessman’s family, revealing decades of suspicious business ventures in Africa.

Meanwhile, Paula’s own personal life is shaken by old memories that are now surfacing following recent events.When she was younger, she had to give her baby up for adoption. The boy, her son, is now in his twenties and facing a murder charge. Not only is Paula tormented by her own guilt about the adoption, she is also worried about what will become of her son.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak
(2-book deal)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host
(2-book deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
(2-book deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
(5-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland
(2-book deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (2-book-deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book deal)

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Bibliography


A. M. Ollikainen

Swing

2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

Cargo

2021, Crime & Suspense

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Announcing a Latvian deal for LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES 2!

We are very happy to announce that Latvian rights for Magdalena Hai’s LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES 2: MYSTERY OF THE MISSING TEETH  has been sold to Latvijas Mediji!
This year, the rights have been sold also to Gilbutschool in Korea, Dioptra in Greece, Emas in Bulgaria, Odiseja in Serbia and Briedis in Lithuania, altogether the series has sold to 19 countries!

LATVIAN PRAISE:

The story and illustrations are bursting with charm and whimsy, portraying a genuine friendship between characters who all have their edge and would be outcasts in many other tales. “The Mystery of the Missing Teeth” provides a fun and thrilling time for Nina and her friends, as well as the reader.

– Liva Kukle, editor, Latvijas Mediji, Latvia

The wonderful younger middle-grade series illustrated by Teemu Juhani has already sold to 19 countries, but rights are still available in Poland, France, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Slovenia, China, etc.

Download the Full English pdfs for all 3 titles in the series here.

We were captivated by the hilarious and heartwarming stories of the main characters and monsters. Many children will gain confidence and energy through Nina’s adventures in solving problems actively.
–  Gilbutschool Publishers, Korea

Enchanting series, well-written, with funny illustrations, stimulates children’s imagination.
A delightful blend of fantasy and humor. The amazing illustrations in each page feature dynamic characters and unexpected goosebumps!

– Lindy Galatis, Editorial Director, Dioptra, Greece


 

THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Nina is a is a clever, 9-year-old girl who goes to work in the Little Shop of Nightmares. During the course of the trilogy, she has to solve a mystery with tickling powder, find the lost teeth of a vampire and discover the reason why suddenly it just doesn’t stop snowing. The Little Shop of Nightmares is a mystery full of fascinating and fun characters that make young readers both wonder and laugh!

 #1  THE TERRIBLE TICKLING POWDER
When Nina, 9 years old, enters The Little Shop of Nightmares in hopes of getting a job, she is
greeted by an odd sight: shopkeeper Mr. Kook is rolling on the floor, unable to stop laughing.
With a little help from a ghost called Paddy, they start looking for the untickling powder to help
him, but things are certainly not made easier by Mr. Kook’s world-domination-planning pet octopus
Squishy McGoo, who is a bit too quick about getting into trouble with rollerblades on its tentacles.

 #2  MYSTERY OF THE MISSING TEETH
Nina goes to buy ice cream after her first work day at The Little Shop of Nightmares.
But at the ice cream shop she discovers a vampire – without teeth! Nina decides to help
vampire Lucas to find his teeth from Mr. Kook’s shop. But for some reason all the vampire
teeth seem to have disappeared. It seems like somebody has hidden them on purpose…

 #3  STICKY THE TERRIBLE SNOWMAN
Same awesome monsters. New blizzardy trouble. The Little Shop of Nightmares is
getting buried in snow! Nina and Paddy are trying to find the cause of the snowstorm,
but that’s easier said than done. A well-meaning but horribly clumsy snowman keeps
getting in their way and stopping their every effort to stop the snowing inside.

Rights sold

FINLAND:
WSOY (orig.)

BULGARIA:
Emas
CZECH REPUBLIC:
Euromedia
DENMARK:
Vild Maskine
ESTONIA:
Postimees Publishing
GERMANY:
Egmont Schneiderbuch
GREECE:
Dioptra
HUNGARY:
Cerkabella
ITALY:
Terre di Mezzo
KOREA:
Gilbutschool
LATVIA:
Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA:
Briedis
NETHERLANDS:
De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY:
Fontini
RUSSIA:
KompasGuide
ROMANIA:
Editura Univers
SERBIA:
Odiseja
SWEDEN:
Hegas
TURKEY:
Epsilon

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

Pre-empt for CARGO and SWING in Czech Republic!

We could not be happier to announce another amazing news about the winner of the National Crime Competition – CARGO by A.M. Ollikainen, due to be published in Finland in May 2021 by Otava Publishers.

Cargo is the first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir Paula Pihlaja series.

Host – the Czech publishers for Stieg Larsson, David Lagercrantz, Lars Kepler, Henning Mankell, Jussi Adler-Olsen – has just pre-empted the Czech rights for CARGO and SWING (#2 in the series) by A.M. Ollikainen.

The Paula Pihlaja series has previously been pre-empted by Varrak in Estonia, Bastei Lübbe in Germany and HarperCollins Holland in the Netherlands and Baltos Lankos in Lithuania won an auction with a 5-book deal!


Download the English sample and long synopsis for CARGO here.


The Host team is very happy about this, and the editor Lucie Bregantová had this to say:

CZECH PRAISE:
Cargo is like a breath of fresh air among contemporary crime fiction – it is not only a thrilling detective story but also a perfectly written novel pointing out many interesting observations about our current lives. Moreover, the investigator Paula Pihlaja is such a relatable character – a capable, intelligent woman full of wit yet also haunted by her past. But could her seeming weaknesses be a source of strength too? It is a pleasure to see a strong female lead who is not afraid of being vulnerable. 
-Lucie Bregantová, editor, HOST – vydavatelství, s. r. o., Czech Republic


GERMAN PRAISE:
Finland is the new Mecca of crime fiction. You need proof? Just read the first novel by A.M. Ollikainen. I couldn’t imagine a better start for a series. CARGO is outstanding.
– Marco Schneiders,  Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe

DUTCH PRAISE:
We see a great readership for this thriller series starring Paula Pihlaja: she’s a great detective, but also a person people can relate to as she copes with her past and the challenging times ahead of her. Add to this the themes that every great thriller novel needs: an intriguing murder method, a perfect writing style and a suspenseful plot, and I think you’ve got a winning combination in Cargo! We see A.M. Ollikainen as a very promising crimewriting powercouple, and look forward to introduce them to our Dutch readers.
– Soraya Vink, Commissioning Editor, HarperCollins Holland

ESTONIAN PRAISE:
“A rare crime novel that also masters the literary style. One of the authors – Aki Ollikainen – is an awarded and internationally acclaimed literary fiction author and it really shows. The well-crafted mystery only unfolds in the very end, and leaves the reader in awe.”
– Piret Saluri, translator for Varrak, Estonia


A.M. Ollikainen is a new Nordic Crime supercouple Milla Ollikainen and Aki Ollikainen.

Aki Ollikainen is one of the best literary fiction authors of Finland, whose novel White Hunger was longlisted to the International Man Booker Prize and whose works have been sold to 15 countries.
Milla Ollikainen is the previous winner of the “Crime Pays” crime novel competition of Finland and the author of a successful crime trilogy.

Cargo is their first title written together, which won the Finnish national crime novel competition in 2019 over 400 other manuscripts. The book is the first part of the upcoming Paula Pihlaja series.
It will be published by the largest Finnish publisher Otava in May 2021 as their lead Fiction title for the Spring list.


CARGO
by A.M. Ollikainen

The first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir series. A.M. Ollikainen is Finland’s Lars Kepler!

  • Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition

A cargo container is found on the shore in Helsinki with a dead body inside.The property where the container is discovered, belongs to one of the most notorious businessmen in Finland. As Police Commissioner Paula Pihlaja begins to investigate the case, traces lead back to the businessman’s family, revealing decades of suspicious business ventures in Africa.

Meanwhile, Paula’s own personal life is shaken by old memories that are now surfacing following recent events.When she was younger, she had to give her baby up for adoption. The boy, her son, is now in his twenties and facing a murder charge. Not only is Paula tormented by her own guilt about the adoption, she is also worried about what will become of her son

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Varrak
(2-book deal)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Host
(2-book deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
(2-book deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
(5-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland
(2-book deal)

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Bibliography


A. M. Ollikainen

Swing

2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

Cargo

2021, Crime & Suspense

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Five-book deal for CARGO by A.M. Ollikainen in Lithuania! Auction in Norway!

We are overwhelmingly happy to announce another amazing news about the winner of the National Crime Competition – CARGO by A.M. Ollikainen, due to be published in Finland in May 2021 by Otava Publishers.

Baltos lankos – Lithuanian publisher for Jo Nesbø, Max Seeck, Jane Harper, Daniel Cole, Stefan Anhem and Sarah Pinborough has won the Lithuanian auction with an amazing 5-book deal for the Paula Pihlaja series!

Cargo (Otava, May 2021) is the first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir Paula Pihlaja series.

Download the English sample and synopsis for CARGO here.

The Baltos lankos team is absolutely thrilled, and editor Gintė Pačėsė shares their enthusiasm:

CARGO is really masterful at setting up its twists and turns,also adding some hard-hitting societal criticism into the mix. I certainly could not put it down and it kept me guessing the whole time.
– Gintė Pačėsė, Editor, Baltos lankos, Lithuania

That is not all – now we have an auction for the series in Norway!

The first two books in the series have previously been pre-empted by Varrak in Estonia, Bastei Lübbe in Germany and HarperCollins Holland in the Netherlands!

GERMAN PRAISE:
Finland is the new Mecca of crime fiction. You need proof? Just read the first novel by A.M. Ollikainen. I couldn’t imagine a better start for a series. CARGO is outstanding.
– Marco Schneiders,  Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe

DUTCH PRAISE:
We see a great readership for this thriller series starring Paula Pihlaja: she’s a great detective, but also a person people can relate to as she copes with her past and the challenging times ahead of her. Add to this the themes that every great thriller novel needs: an intriguing murder method, a perfect writing style and a suspenseful plot, and I think you’ve got a winning combination in Cargo! We see A.M. Ollikainen as a very promising crimewriting powercouple, and look forward to introduce them to our Dutch readers.
– Soraya Vink, Commissioning Editor, HarperCollins Holland

ESTONIAN PRAISE:
“A rare crime novel that also masters the literary style. One of the authors – Aki Ollikainen – is an awarded and internationally acclaimed literary fiction author and it really shows. The well-crafted mystery only unfolds in the very end, and leaves the reader in awe.”
– Piret Saluri, translator for Varrak, Estonia


A.M. Ollikainen is a new Nordic Crime supercouple Milla Ollikainen and Aki Ollikainen.

Aki Ollikainen is one of the best literary fiction authors of Finland, whose novel White Hunger was longlisted to the International Man Booker Prize and whose works have been sold to 15 countries.
Milla Ollikainen is the previous winner of the “Crime Pays” crime novel competition of Finland and the author of a successful crime trilogy.

Cargo is their first title written together, which won the Finnish national crime novel competition in 2019 over 400 other manuscripts. The book is the first part of the upcoming Paula Pihlaja series.
It will be published by the largest Finnish publisher Otava in May 2021 as their lead Fiction title for the Spring list.


CARGO
by A.M. Ollikainen

The first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir series. A.M. Ollikainen is Finland’s Lars Kepler!

  • Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition

A cargo container is found on the shore in Helsinki with a dead body inside.The property where the container is discovered, belongs to one of the most notorious businessmen in Finland. As Police Commissioner Paula Pihlaja begins to investigate the case, traces lead back to the businessman’s family, revealing decades of suspicious business ventures in Africa.

Meanwhile, Paula’s own personal life is shaken by old memories that are now surfacing following recent events.When she was younger, she had to give her baby up for adoption. The boy, her son, is now in his twenties and facing a murder charge. Not only is Paula tormented by her own guilt about the adoption, she is also worried about what will become of her son.

CARGO
Kontti
Otava, May 2021, 360 pp.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Varrak
(2-book deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
(2-book deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
(5-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland (2-book deal)

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Bibliography


A. M. Ollikainen

Swing

2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

Cargo

2021, Crime & Suspense

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German and Dutch pre-empts for CARGO by A.M. Ollikainen!

We are beyond excited to announce an amazing start for the winner of the National Crime Competition – CARGO by A.M. Ollikainen, due to be published in Finland in May 2021 by Otava Publishers.

Bastei Lübbe – German publisher for Lars Kepler and Dan Brown pre-empted Cargo and its upcoming sequel.

The Bastei Lübbe team is absolutely thrilled, and Publisher Marco Schneiders shares their enthusiasm:

GERMAN PRAISE:
Finland is the new Mecca of crime fiction. You need proof? Just read the first novel by A.M. Ollikainen. I couldn’t imagine a better start for a series. CARGO is outstanding.
– Marco Schneiders,  Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe

That is not all – also the Dutch publisher HarperCollins Holland pre-empted both titles!

Download the English sample and synopsis here.

DUTCH PRAISE:
We see a great readership for this thriller series starring Paula Pihlaja: she’s a great detective, but also a person people can relate to as she copes with her past and the challenging times ahead of her. Add to this the themes that every great thriller novel needs: an intriguing murder method, a perfect writing style and a suspenseful plot, and I think you’ve got a winning combination in Cargo! We see A.M. Ollikainen as a very promising crimewriting powercouple, and look forward to introduce them to our Dutch readers.
– Soraya Vink, Commissioning Editor, HarperCollins Holland

Jo Nesbø publisher Varrak in Estonia last week pre-empted the book after one night of reading the Finnish manuscript.

Varrak is the largest publisher in Estonia, and a publisher of Jo Nesbø, Lee Child, Liza Marklund, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Stieg Larsson, David Lagerkrantz, Jens Lapidus and John Grisham.

ESTONIAN PRAISE:
“A rare crime novel that also masters the literary style. One of the authors – Aki Ollikainen – is an awarded and internationally acclaimed literary fiction author and it really shows. The well-crafted mystery only unfolds in the very end, and leaves the reader in awe.”
– Piret Saluri, translator for Varrak, Estonia



 

A.M. Ollikainen is a new Nordic Crime supercouple Milla Ollikainen and Aki Ollikainen.

Aki Ollikainen is one of the best literary fiction authors of Finland, whose novel White Hunger was longlisted to the International Man Booker Prize and whose works have been sold to over 10 countries.
Milla Ollikainen is the previous winner of the “Crime Pays” crime novel competition of Finland and the author of a successful crime trilogy.

Cargo is their first title written together, which won the Finnish national crime novel competition in 2019 over 400 other manuscripts. The book is the first part of the upcoming Paula Pihlaja series.
It will be published by the largest Finnish publisher Otava in May 2021 as their lead Fiction title for the Spring list.


 

CARGO
by A.M. Ollikainen

The first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir series. A.M. Ollikainen is Finland’s Lars Kepler!

  • Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition

A cargo container is found on the shore in Helsinki with a dead body inside.The property where the container is discovered, belongs to one of the most notorious businessmen in Finland. As Police Commissioner Paula Pihlaja begins to investigate the case, traces lead back to the businessman’s family, revealing decades of suspicious business ventures in Africa.

Meanwhile, Paula’s own personal life is shaken by old memories that are now surfacing following recent events.When she was younger, she had to give her baby up for adoption. The boy, her son, is now in his twenties and facing a murder charge. Not only is Paula tormented by her own guilt about the adoption, she is also worried about what will become of her son.

CARGO
Kontti
Otava, May 2021, 360 pp.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Varrak
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
(2-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: HarperCollins Holland
(2-book deal)

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Bibliography


A. M. Ollikainen

Swing

2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

Cargo

2021, Crime & Suspense

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First sale for CARGO by A.M. Ollikainen!

We are extremely excited to announce the first foreign deal in Estonia for CARGO by A.M. Ollikainen, due to be published in Finland in May 2021 by Otava.

Jo Nesbø publisher Varrak in Estonia immediately pre-empted the book after one night of reading the Finnish manuscript.

They are very happy to be the first foreign publisher to secure the rights for this soon-to-be international bestseller.
Varrak is the largest publisher in Estonia, and a publisher of Jo Nesbø, Lee Child, Liza Marklund, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Stieg Larsson, David Lagerkrantz, Jens Lapidus and John Grisham.
Click here to request:

  • Finnish manuscript
  • Info sheet

English sample and synopsis coming in March!


A.M. Ollikainen is a new Nordic Crime supercouple Milla Ollikainen and Aki Ollikainen.

Aki Ollikainen is one of the best literary fiction authors of Finland, whose novel White Hunger was longlisted to the International Man Booker Prize and whose works have been sold to 15 countries.
Milla Ollikainen is the previous winner of the “Crime Pays” crime novel competition of Finland and the author of a successful crime trilogy.

Cargo is their first title written together, which won the Finnish national crime novel competition in 2019 over 400 other manuscripts. The book is the first part of the upcoming Paula Pihlaja series.
It will be published by the largest Finnish publisher Otava in May 2021 as their lead Fiction title for the Spring list.


CARGO
by A.M. Ollikainen

The first book in a new fast-paced and addictive Nordic Noir series. A.M. Ollikainen is Finland’s Lars Kepler!

  • Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition

A cargo container is found, washed up on the shore in Helsinki with a dead body inside.The property where the container is discovered, belongs to one of the most notorious businessmen in Finland. As Police Commissioner Paula Pihlaja begins to investigate the case, traces lead back to the businessman’s family, revealing decades of suspicious business ventures in Africa.

Meanwhile, Paula’s own personal life is shaken by old memories that are now surfacing following recent events.When she was younger, she had to give her baby up for adoption. The boy, her son, is now in his twenties and facing a murder charge. Not only is Paula tormented by her own guilt about the adoption, she is also worried about what will become of her son.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Varrak

A.M. Ollikainen


A. M. Ollikainen is a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife author duo Aki and Milla Ollikainen. Aki Ollikainen has published three novels and won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Prix Femina in 2016. Milla Ollikainen has published three crime novels and won Like Publishing and the Finnish Detective Society’s Crime novel writing competition in 2012. Cargo is their first novel together and the Winner of a National Crime Novel Competition. The couple lives in Lohja with their two children.

Bibliography


A. M. Ollikainen

Swing

2022, Crime & Suspense


A. M. Ollikainen

Cargo

2021, Crime & Suspense

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Mabel Merryweather series Russian rights pre-empted by Eksmo!

We are extremely happy to announce that the Russian rights for all 3 titles in the Mabel Merryweather series written by Noora Kunnas and illustrated by Teemu Juhani, have now been acquired by the largest publisher in Russia, Eksmo.

The Eksmo-AST publishing group is among the top 40 largest publishing houses in the world.

The Mabel Merryweather series centers around grade-schoolers Nick and Lilly who are sent to the summery village of Dalton, while their parents are traveling.
They meet a friendly eccentric neighbor granny Mabel Merryweather and the summer adventures begin! The series is illustrated by very talented Teemu Juhani (also illustrator of Little Shop of Nightmares series).

Download the English sample and synopsis for the first 2 titles here.

As soon as we saw the covers, illustrations and read reviews, we immediately fell in love with these stories! A detective mystery, magic, dynamic plot, humor, attractive characters, and beautiful illustrations by Teemu Juhani (whose works are already very loved by our readers) – all this helped us to make the quickest decision about the deal.
– Darya Bozhko, Foreign Rights Manager, Children’s Books Department, EKSMO Publishing House, Russia

We are also really excited to announce that the 3rd book of the series Mabel Merryweather and the Cheesy Mystery will be published by Otava in June!

Book 3: Mabel Merryweather and the Cheesy Mystery

The streets of Dalton have turned holy like Emmental cheese!

Mabel Merryweather’s friend Bruno and his goat have arrived from Switzerland to perform at the Dalton cheese festival. This fragrant event has attracted a lot of people to the venue, but for the horror of the townspeople mysterious holes have started to appear on streets and courtyards at night. Who digs them – and why? The rumor speards that the town is infested by aliens, but Lily, Nick, and the mighty grandmother Mabel Merryweather don’t believe the gossips. With the help of yodeling goats, they dig up the truth.

About the authors:

Noora Kunnas is a children’s author from Helsinki, Finland. She has the knack for making both children and grownups laugh while they’re immersed in he rbooks.The trademark of her books is a nutty humor, spiced with quirky characters, as well as the titillating mood of various settings, where anything – and we mean anything – is possible.

Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and graphic designer whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children’s fiction in 20 countries, including Finland, UK, US, Germany and China. In addition to children’s books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material.

Mabel Merryweather series
Otava, 2019, 2020, 2021, 140 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
GERMANY: Mixtvision
HUNGARY: Pagony
RUSSIA: Eksmo

Noora Kunnas


Noora Kunnas (born in 1987) is a children’s author from Helsinki, Finland. She has the knack for making both children and grownups laugh while they’re immersed in her zany books. She loves animals and British humor – she grew up watching Jeeves and Wooster and eating ice cream straight from the container. Kunnas draws her inspiration from the world of Roald Dahl. The trademark of her books is a nutty humor, spiced with quirky characters, as well as the titillating mood of various settings, where anything – and we mean anything – is possible.

Noora Kunnas has published seven children’s books at Otava (2015 – 2021),  and her works have been nominated for the prestigious Tiiliskivi and Lukuvarkaus literary prizes in Finland. She graduated from the Turku Academy of Arts with a degree in film, and she worked in television since.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

Max Seeck launched in Sweden with great success

Max Seeck launched in Sweden with great success!

Max Seeck’s Witch Hunter’s Swedish launch follows the footsteps of his US launch that got Seeck into New York Times Betselling list, and German launch, where Hexenjäger made it to the Spiegel’s Betseller list. In Sweden Den Trogne Läsaren is one of the most listened audio books, and amazing reviews keep flying in!

You can request the full English ms of books 1 and 2 from here. The rights are still free in Brazil, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine

Seeck’s Swedish publisher Albert Bonniers Förlag just acquired rights to the book 2: The Ice Coven, which continues Jessika Niemi and her team’s crime investigations in Helsinki. We are proud to share the US cover of book 2:

Swedish praise:

“A crime novel in the style of Lars Kepler, with a plot that gives “Da Vinci Code” vibes, with a main character reminiscent of Lisbeth Salander? Sounds too crzy to wrokk Still, I am literally enchanted by this thriller!”
– Dagens Nyheter Newspaper, Sweden

“Max Seeck has created an international police thriller, a page turner and bestseller! I turned the pages as fast as I could. It is so well-constructed and skillfully executed. As soon as an occultist event fades out, something else just s incredible happens.” – Smålandsposten newspaper, Sweden

“Guaranteed binge-reading!” – Göteborgs post newspaper, Sweden

“Well-written and exciting! Seeck is a star.” -Gefle Dagblad newspaper, Sweden

“Perfect for those who want a little extra fireworks in their crime reading!” – Vimmerby Tiding newspaper, Sweden

Max was also interviewed for the biggest Swedish newspaper in Finland, Huvudstadsbladet, who yesterday published an extensive article about Seeck and his career.

Rights sold (Faihtful Reader a.k.a. The Witch Hunter):

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza (2-book deal)
ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers (World Arabic, 2-book deal)
ARMENIA: Guitank
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BELGIUM, A.W. Bruna (2-book deal)
BULGARIA: EMAS (2-book-deal)
CANADA: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)
CROATIA: Fokus
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada (2-book-deal)
DENMARK: Gutkind (2-book-deal)
ESTONIA: Pegasus (3-book-deal)
ICELAND: Forlagid
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books
ITALY: Piemme/Mondadori
FRANCE: Michel Lafon (2-book-deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (3 booksl)
GREECE: Livani (2-book-deal)
HUNGARY: Animus (2-book-deal)
KOREA: Cheongmirae
LATIN AMERICA: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji (2-book-deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
MACEDONIA: Matica (2-book-deal)
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna (2-book-deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (4 booksl)
POLAND: Sonia Draga (2-book-deal)
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora (2-book-deal)
ROMANIA: Litera (2-book-deal)
RUSSIA: AST
SERBIA: Vulkan (2-book-deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book-deal)
SLOVAKIA: Motýľ (2 books)
SPAIN: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag (2 books)
TURKEY: Doğan Kitap
UNITED KINGDOM & COMMONWEALTH: Welbeck Publishing UK (2-book deal)
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)

TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures

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 is currently finalizing the third book of the Jessica Niemi series, which is to be published in Finland in September 2021.

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


Max Seeck

Bad Blood

2021, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2020, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2019, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Mephisto Touch

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Call of Hades

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

Angels of Hammurabi

2016, Crime & Suspense

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Announcing three new non-fiction deals!

Today’s deals are all betselling titles with themes spaning from historical women to secrets of meaningful life to the revelations about Russian troll army.

Read more about the titles and their availability in your country below.

We are glad to announce that EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF HISTORY and A WONDERFUL LIFE have been acquired by Corvina in Hungary and PUTIN’S TROLLS by Ciela Norma in Bulgaria.

See our full Spring 2021 Non-Fiction digital rights guide here.


 

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF HISTORY by Maria Pettersson

Memories & Biographies, History & Politics

 

Extraordinary Women of History introduces over a hundred exceptional women from different periods of history and from all corners of the world. It is a veritable treasury of captivating stories and unsung ballads about the exciting women in history. Outrageous, amazing, terrible, heroic, thrilling and above all extraordinary; their life stories make the reader gasp and ask: “Why haven’t I heard of them before?”

Rights sold: FINLAND: Atena (orig), ESTONIA: Äripäev, HUNGARY: Corvina

Download materials here


 

PUTIN’S TROLLS by Jessikka Aro

General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

 

True stories from the frontlines of the Russian information warfare

Russia is waging a war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy. In the last few years there have been countless international, sometimes criminal online campaigns against private people throughout the Western countries – orchestrated and approved by the Kremlin.

Well-documented true stories show that Russia does not shy away from the darkest means of eliminating its opponents through cyber-espionage, social media trolls, fake news, cyber-attacks, death threats and hate campaigns by PR professionals.

Rights sold: FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.), BULGARIA: Ciela Norma, CZECH REPUBLIC: N Media, ESTONIA: Menu Meedia, HUNGARY: Corvina Books Ltd, LITHUANIA: Briedis, POLAND: Wydawnictwo SQN, ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra, SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag

Download materials here


 

A WONDERFUL LIFE by Frank Martela

Personal Growth & Lifestyle

 

Is happiness a worthy goal? What is the foundation for meaning in a secular society? Is life an existential void? Frank Martela answers these questions and more in a relaxed, conversational tone and with a wry sense of humor, placing some of life’s greatest philosophical concerns and quandaries into a modern-day context.

Rights sold: WORLD ENGLISH: Harper Design / HarperCollins, BULGARIA: Prozoretz, CROATIA: Planetopija, ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat AS, FINLAND: Gummerus, FRANCE: Editions Leduc, GERMANY: Blessing Verlag, GREECE: Klidarithmos, HUNGARY: Corvina, INDONESIA: Gramedia, ITALY: Edizioni Lindau, JAPAN: HarperCollins Japan, LATVIA: Zvaigzne ABC Publishers, LITHUANIA: Obuolys, NETHERLANDS: Ambo Anthos, NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag, POLAND: Czarna Owca, PORTUGAL: Editora 2020, ROMANIA: HUMANITAS S.A, RUSSIA: Eksmo, SERBIA: Odiseja Publishing, SOUTH KOREA: Across Publishing, TAIWAN: Crown, TURKEY: Orman, UNITED STATES: Harper Collins USA, WORLD ARABIC: Sefsafa

Download materials here

Frank Martela


Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review and Salon and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Journal of Personality, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Review of General Psychology, and Organization Studies. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on four continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Fitness, Vice News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is based at Aalto University in Helsinki.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children (currently 8, 5, and 3 years old), an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

In 2019 she was notified that she was to receive an International Women of Courage Award but this was mysteriously rescinded just before the ceremony.

Maria Pettersson


As a child, Maria Pettersson’s dream job was to be an international adventurer. Instead, she became an award-winning journalist, the editor-in-chief of several magazines and a serious history geek. She has worked for the biggest newspapers, radio stations and TV channels in Finland. She has travelled in over 70 countries, got married in Vegas and spent her honeymoon in North Korea. Her hobbies include games and roleplaying, observing big machines, studying small Slavic languages and visiting dead dictators. She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland.

First rights sold for ARCTIC MIRAGE and fifth for FACELIFT!

We are extremely happy to announce that the first rights for Terhi Kokkonen’s debut award-winning ARCTIC MIRAGE have been acquired by Estonian publisher Eesti Raamat!
Also, the fifth rights for Miika Nousiainen’s bestselling FACELIFT have been acquired by Odiseja in Serbia!

FACELIFT was published in September 2020 and is still the #3 title in the Finnish fiction bestsellers list!


 

ARCTIC MIRAGE
by Terhi Kokkonen

It is a rich and sensitive novel in which people can be strange, lewd, and at the same time infinitely ordinary. Contradictions and a mystery-like atmosphere remain after finishing the book – as happens in the best and most fascinating novels.
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Download the English synopsis and sample by clicking here

 

FACELIFT
by Miika Nousiainen

Facelift is a perfect feel-good novel. It meets the high expectations that we have learned to expect from Nousiainen: it’s funny, dark, entertaining and very timely.
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Download the English sample and presentation here


 

ARCTIC MIRAGE
by Terhi Kokkonen

When Karo and Risto’s holiday to Lapland ends in a car accident, they are forced to stay at the Arctic Mirage Hotel. Will their relationship survive the next six days?

Karo and Risto go on holiday in Lapland to give themselves time to fix their stressful marriage. However, on their way back home, they’re involved in a car accident and are subsequently forced to stay at the only accommodation in the area; Hotel Arctic Mirage. Once inside, they find that the hotel has a rather strange atmosphere and it starts to have a peculiar effect on them. Karo begins to doubt her own memories and tries her best to escape the snowbound hotel holiday village whereas Risto starts to feel strange and refuses to leave.

ARCTIC MIRAGE is a strong-spirited, psychological novel about people in exceptional circumstances. It keeps the reader gripped and provides chills on every page.


Terhi Kokkonen is a Helsinki-based musician and pop lyricist. She is known for the band Scandinavian Music Group, as well as being one of the singers of the band Ultra Bra. Kokkonen has studied dramaturgy at the Theater Academy and screenwriting and film editing at the Department of Cinematography and Stage Design at Aalto University. Arctic Mirage is her debut novel, and it was awarded as the best debut novel of 2020.


FACELIFT 
by Miika Nousiainen
Tragicomic tale of life’s biggest questions and their surprisingly simple answers.

Sami has a dream: he desperately wants to be a father. His biological clock has been ticking for the past 15 years so loudly that sometimes it’s hard to hear his own thoughts. But it’s not so easy to become a father, first of all, you need to find a suitable future mother candidate.

But when Sami’s latest future-mother-candidate rides off with a biker guy, he makes a series of bad choices that cause him to anger the local motorcycle gang. How to fix a life where everything seems to go wrong? Sini, a wellbeing blogger with perfectly instagrammable life arrives to offer a solution.


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He is one of the bestselling Finnish writers of the last decade. Miika works as a journalist and writes also for television.

Miika Nousiainen


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.

Terhi Kokkonen


Terhi Kokkonen (1974) is a Helsinki-based musician and pop lyricist. She is known for the band Scandinavian Music Group, as well as being one of the singers of the band Ultra Bra. Kokkonen has studied dramaturgy at the Theater Academy and screenwriting and film editing at the Department of Cinematography and Stage Design at Aalto University. Arctic Mirage is her debut novel, and it was awarded as the best debut novel of 2020.

First rights for IRRATIONAL THINGS by Saara Turunen sold to BALTO in Lithuania!

We are extremely happy to announce that Saara Turunen’s IRRATIONAL THINGS has now been acquired by BALTO in Lithuania.

The literary fiction title is an autofictive story of love, death and life between two countries – Spain and Finland. Turunen’s funny, witty and melancholic voice examines the contradiction of sense and sensibility.

The extraordinary title will be published in March 2021 by Finnish publisher Tammi.

We are honored to be the first foreign publishers of this masterly Work by Saara Turunen. We believe that its subject is a matter of great relevance in the face of the modern life-style and the readers will relate with and feel for the main heroine.

-Ieva Savukynaitė-Dubicka, BALTO, Lithuania

Download the English synopsis and sample by clicking here


IRRATIONAL THINGS
by Saara Turunen

What if you are in love with a good man – a man you have always wanted to fall in love with? But what if this man lives in one country and you in another? Should you be sensible and leave the man to be free and independent? Or should you follow your heart, burn the bridges behind, and go after him?

The narrator travels to Barcelona to study theatre. After a few weeks she falls in love with a local man. Thus begins an intensive relationship that tears her between two countries and two cultures. She learns that relationships are between two individuals who have their own ways of expressing love to others and to themselves.

Turunen’s novel paints a relatable picture of relationships, breakups and the constant battle between fear and love. It is a beautiful picture of a woman growing up and trying to balance between social expectations, commitment and freedom.


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms. Her forthcoming novel Irrational Things (Spring 2021) is a story of love, death and life between two countries.

Turunen has previously authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays. They have been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was granted with the Finland Prize in 2016, a high profile award given by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018.

Järjettömiä asioita
Tammi, March 2021, 270pp

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

LITHUANIA: BALTO

Saara Turunen


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms. Her latest novel Irrational Things (Spring 2021) is a story of love, death and life between two countries. It has sold already over 15.000 copies.

Turunen has previously authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays. They have been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was awarded with the Finland Prize in 2016, with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018 and with Lea-Award in 2020, all high profile awards given in Finland.

Bibliography


Saara Turunen

Irrational Things

2021, Literary Fiction


Saara Turunen

The Bystander

2018, Literary Fiction


Saara Turunen

Love/Monster

2015, Literary Fiction

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Indonesian rights sold for A WONDERFUL LIFE! 26 territories sold altogether!

We are beyond excited to announce that we just closed the 26th translation deal for Frank Martela’s A WONDERFUL LIFE – the new lucky publisher is Gramedia from Indonesia!

The bestselling non-fiction title about finding meaning in your life is still available in Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Slovenia, Slovakia, China etc

Download the full English manuscript by clicking here

”It is a book that doesn’t fill us with illusions but offers us an intelligent and concrete contribution for making our lives more meaningful. Finally, a book that helps us understand how to live better and how to achieve that sense of fullness and realization that makes every single day a new exciting adventure.”

– Davide Platzer Ferrero, Edizioni Lindau, Italy

A WONDERFUL LIFE: Insights for Finding a Meaningful Existence
Harper Design, 24th of March 2020, 200 pp.In this engagingly insightful book, Frank Martela – one of the only academic experts who has contributed to both the philosophical and psychological research on meaning in life – takes you on a voyage through the history, philosophy, and psychology of meaningfulness and worthy living.The journey starts in the 19th century, where it is revealed why and how the Scottish author Thomas Carlyle came to be the first person in history who actually used the phrase »meaning of life.»The life stories of Carlyle and Russian author Leo Tolstoy serve as representative examples of the transformation that this book aims to guide you, the reader, through. Finally, an answer is provided to the question of meaning that is compatible with latest scientific knowledge about human nature, yet still both inspiring and actionable.


PS! Did you know that the deadline for applying for FILI grants for translations (up to 70% covered) and children’s books production (up to 1000€) is on the 1st of February? See more info here.

Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins/Harper Design (orig.)

ARABIC:
Sefsafa
BULGARIA:
Prozoretz
CROATIA:
Planetopija
ESTONIA:
Rahva Raamat
FINLAND:
Gummerus
FRANCE:
Editions Leduc.s
GERMANY:
Blessing Verlag
GREECE:
Klidarithmos
INDONESIA:
Gramedia
ITALY:
Edizioni Lindau
JAPAN:
HarperCollins Japan
KOREA:
Across Publishing
LATIN AMERICA:
Ediciones Urano
LATVIA:
Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA:
Obuolys
NETHERLANDS:
Ambo Anthos
NORWAY:
Gursli Berg Forlag
POLAND:
Czarna Owca
PORTUGAL:
Editora 2020
ROMANIA:
Editura Humanitas
RUSSIA:
Bombora
SERBIA:
Odiseja
SPAIN:
Ediciones Urano (World Spanish)
TAIWAN:
Crown
TURKEY:
Orman Kitap

Frank Martela


Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review and Salon and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Journal of Personality, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Review of General Psychology, and Organization Studies. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on four continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Fitness, Vice News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is based at Aalto University in Helsinki.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children (currently 8, 5, and 3 years old), an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.

Bibliography


Frank Martela

A Wonderful Life

2020, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

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Now 17 territories for LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series and 20 for NAONDEL!

We are very excited to announce 4 new children’s deals!

There are now 2 new deals for Magdalena Hai’s LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series and also 2 new deals for Maria Turtschaninoff’s NAONDEL – the second title from the bestselling YA series Red Abbey Chronicles!

In an auction, one of the leading publishers in Greece – Dioptra –  acquired rights for the whole LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series. Odiseja in Serbia also acquired the rights for the first title in the series.

The wonderful younger middle-grade series illustrated by Teemu Juhani has already sold to 17 countries, but rights are still available in: Poland, France, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Slovenia, China, Bulgaria, etc.

Download the Full English pdfs for all 3 titles in the series here.

Little Shop of Nightmares is a bit spooky but mostly hilarious just like the tickling powder from the book. We are super excited to present its strange but charming characters to our readers.
– Sandra Bakić Topalović, Editor, Odiseja, Serbia

Enchanting series, well-written, with funny illustrations, stimulates children’s imagination.
A delightful blend of fantasy and humor. The amazing illustrations in each page feature dynamic characters and unexpected goosebumps!

– Lindy Galatis, Editorial Director, Dioptra, Greece


Maria Turtschaninoiff’s NAONDEL, second title in RED ABBEY CHRONICLES series was acquired by Romanian publisher Univers and also by Albanian publisher Dritan.

This bestselling YA series has sold to already 26 territories, but the rights are still available in Russia, Czech Republic, Greece, Slovenia,  Japan, Portugal, and in many other countries. See the rights sold list on the right.

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. […] Turtschaninoff weaves a hypnotic spell…at once contemporary and timeless.
– The Guardian

Download full English manuscripts for all 3 titles in the series here


 


THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Nina is a is a clever, 9-year-old girl who goes to work in the Little Shop of Nightmares. During the course of the trilogy, she has to solve a mystery with tickling powder, find the lost teeth of a vampire and discover the reason why suddenly it just doesn’t stop snowing. The Little Shop of Nightmares is a mystery full of fascinating and fun characters that make young readers both wonder and laugh!

 #1  THE TERRIBLE TICKLING POWDER
When Nina, 9 years old, enters The Little Shop of Nightmares in hopes of getting a job, she is
greeted by an odd sight: shopkeeper Mr. Kook is rolling on the floor, unable to stop laughing.
With a little help from a ghost called Paddy, they start looking for the untickling powder to help
him, but things are certainly not made easier by Mr. Kook’s world-domination-planning pet octopus
Squishy McGoo, who is a bit too quick about getting into trouble with rollerblades on its tentacles.

 #2  MYSTERY OF THE MISSING TEETH
Nina goes to buy ice cream after her first work day at The Little Shop of Nightmares.
But at the ice cream shop she discovers a vampire – without teeth! Nina decides to help
vampire Lucas to find his teeth from Mr. Kook’s shop. But for some reason all the vampire
teeth seem to have disappeared. It seems like somebody has hidden them on purpose…

 #3  STICKY THE TERRIBLE SNOWMAN
Same awesome monsters. New blizzardy trouble. The Little Shop of Nightmares is
getting buried in snow! Nina and Paddy are trying to find the cause of the snowstorm,
but that’s easier said than done. A well-meaning but horribly clumsy snowman keeps
getting in their way and stopping their every effort to stop the snowing inside.


THE RED ABBEY CHRONICLES
by Maria Turtschaninoff

MARESI is the first title in The Red Abbey Chronicles and an international feature film is under development by Film4/The Bureau.
MARESI RED MANTLE, book 3 in the trilogy,  was awarded earlier this month the 2020 Global Literature in Libraries Translated Book Prize, as the best translated book of the year!

Download full English manuscripts for all three titles in the series here

MARESI

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.
NAONDEL 
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.

MARESI: RED MANTLE 

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

LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES SERIES:

#1 Kamala kutituspulveri, WSOY 2019, 60pp
#2 Hampaat hukassa, WSOY 2019, 60pp
#3 Hirmuinen Jumimies WSOY 2021, 60pp

Rights sold

FINLAND:
WSOY (orig.)

CZECH REPUBLIC:
Euromedia
DENMARK:
Vild Maskine
ESTONIA:
Postimees Publishing
GERMANY:
Egmont Schneiderbuch
GREECE:
Dioptra
HUNGARY:
Cerkabella
ITALY:
Terre di Mezzo
LATVIA:
Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA:
Briedis
NETHERLANDS:
De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY:
Fontini
RUSSIA:
KompasGuide
ROMANIA:
Editura Univers
SERBIA:
Odiseja
SWEDEN:
Hegas
TURKEY:
Epsilon

RED ABBEY CHRONICLES

#1 Maresi, Schildts & Söderströms 2014 180pp
#2 Naondel, Förlaget , 2016, 400pp
#3 Breven från Maresi, Förlaget, 2018, 300pp

Rights sold or the series:

Original publisher: FINLAND, (Book 1)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Förlaget (Books 2-3)

ALBANIA: Dritan (Book 1-2)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran (Book 1-2)
BELGIUM, Clavis (Book 1-2)
BRAZIL, Morro Branco (Books 1-3)
BULGARIA, Izida (Books 1-3)
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole (Book 1)
CHINA (Simplified), Shanghai 99 (Books 1-3)
CROATIA, Naklada ljevak (Book 1)
DENMARK, Turbine (Book 1)
ESTONIA, Varrak (Book 1-2)
FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1-2)
FRANCE, Rageot (Books 1-2)
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne (Book 1)
HUNGARY, Scolar (Books 1-3)
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri (Books 1-3)
LATVIA, Petergailis (Book 1-2)
LITHUANIA: Aukso Pieva (Book 1)
NETHERLANDS, Clavis (Book 1-2)
NORWAY, Gursli Berg Forlag (Books 1-3)
POLAND, Wydawnictwo Debit (Books 1-3)
ROMANIA, Univers (Books 1-2)
WORLD SPANISH, Penguin Random House/Alfaguara (Book 1)
SWEDEN, Berghs (Books 1-2)
TURKEY, Altın Kitaplar (Book 1)
UNITED KINGDOM, Pushkin Press (Books 1-3)
UNITED STATES, Abrams (Books 1-3)

FILM & TV Rights: The Bureau/Film4

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

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. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

Aschehoug acquires Max Seeck’s Book 3 & Book 4 in Jessica Niemi Series – Hexenjäger in the Spiegel Bestsellerliste!

New York Times Bestselling author Max Seeck is now also a German bestseller! In Germany Hexenjäger  was published in the end of December, and is now on the Spiegel’s bestseller list! What a launch! Bastei Lübbe has also recently acquired Book 3 in the Jessica Niemi series.

In Norway,  Aschehoug is excited about the forthcoming launch of Heksejakt and has acquired rights to Book 3 and Book 4 in the Jessica Niemi series! They are certain of Seeck’s success in Norway, and committed to the rest of the series.

In Slovakia, Max Seeck’s publisher Motyl has acquired Slovakian rights of Book 2, Evil’s Net.

Congratulations, Max Seeck and his foreign publishers! Max is finishing up Book 3, while Book 2, Evil’s Net is currently shortlisted for the Best 2020 Crime Novel in Storytel Awards in Finland.

In Hollywood, the TV Series based on THE WITCH HUNTER is fast progressing, so stay tuned for some big news in the coming weeks.

Praise from Germany:

“Becoming Max‘ German publisher of the first two Jessica Niemi novels was an excellent idea, I think. An even better idea was to pick up novel number 3, too. This series is outstanding.“ Marco Schneiders, Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe AG

Join the success and make sure to acquire all four Max Seeck book in the Jessica Niemi series, if you haven’t already! FILI grants are available to cover up to 70% of translation costs.


Jessica Niemi series

Book 1: The Witch Hunter, a.k.a. Faithful Reader – Jessica Niemi series #1 (2019, Tammi)
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.

Book 2: Evil’s Net – Jessica Niemi series #2 (September 2020, Tammi)
Six months have passed since Jessica’s encounter with the mysterious and serial-killing coven of cult members, and her team has a new assignment. Two Instagram influencers have gone missing, and a dead woman is found on the beach dressed up in manga outfit – an outfit that was featured on the missing blogger’s Instagram.

Book 3: Eliel Rosenström, a prominent business executive, is found brutally murdered in his Kaivopuisto home. After the trauma Jessica Niemi experienced at the end of Book 2, she has taken a leave of absence from the force, leaving Yusuf in charge. But something about Rosenström’s brutal murder feels eerily familiar, and soon, Yusuf is caught between needing Jessica’s help and trying to keep Jessica away for her own good.

Get in touch with us to acquire books 3 and 4.

WHO IS MAX SEECK? A New York Times Bestselling Author and Spiegel Bestselling Author

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” stated 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!

Read an interview with Max Seeck in Lithub.

Rights sold (Faihtful Reader a.k.a. The Witch Hunter):
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ALBANIA: Muza (2-book deal)
ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers (World Arabic, 2-book deal)
ARMENIA: Guitank
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
BELGIUM, A.W. Bruna (2-book deal)
BULGARIA: EMAS (2-book-deal)
CANADA: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)
CROATIA: Fokus
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada (2-book-deal)
DENMARK: Gutkind (2-book-deal)
ESTONIA: Pegasus (3-book-deal)
ICELAND: Forlagid
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books
ITALY: Piemme/Mondadori
FRANCE: Michel Lafon (2-book-deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (3 booksl)
GREECE: Livani (2-book-deal)
HUNGARY: Animus (2-book-deal)
KOREA: Cheongmirae
LATIN AMERICA: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji (2-book-deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
MACEDONIA: Matica (2-book-deal)
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna (2-book-deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (4 booksl)
POLAND: Sonia Draga (2-book-deal)
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora (2-book-deal)
ROMANIA: Litera (2-book-deal)
RUSSIA: AST
SERBIA: Vulkan (2-book-deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book-deal)
SLOVAKIA: Motýľ (2 books)
SPAIN: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
TURKEY: Doğan Kitap
UNITED KINGDOM & COMMONWEALTH: Welbeck Publishing UK (2-book deal)
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)

TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures

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 is currently finalizing the third book of the Jessica Niemi series, which is to be published in Finland in September 2021.

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


Max Seeck

Bad Blood

2021, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2020, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

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

2019, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Mephisto Touch

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

The Call of Hades

2018, Crime & Suspense


Max Seeck

Angels of Hammurabi

2016, Crime & Suspense

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LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series sold to Lithuania, WEIRD WEATHER to Denmark!

We are very excited to start the week with 2 new children’s translation rights sales!

The LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series by Magdalena Hai has now been acquired by Lithuanian publisher Briedis.

The wonderful younger middle-grade series illustrated by Teemu Juhani will be published in 15 countries, but rights are still available in: France, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Slovenia, China, Bulgaria, Greece etc.

Thematically, it hit well in the 6-9 age group. A perfectly illustrated and exiting book series!
Indrė Polimaitienė, editor, publishing house “Briedis”

Download the Full English pdfs for all 3 titles in the series here.

The translation of the second book of the series is also nominated for the best children’s book of the year in Norway. The winners will be announced in May!


We are also very happy to announce that a Danish publisher Staarup & Co has acquired the non-fiction bestseller WEIRD WEATHER by Laura Ertimo with illustrations by Mari Ahokoivu.
The very important title about climate change for children and their parents has sold to 14 territories, but rights are still available in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, France, Turkey, Netherlands, etc.

Download the English pdf for WEIRD WEATHER by using this link.


THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Nina is a is a clever, 9-year-old girl who goes to work in the Little Shop of Nightmares. During the course of the trilogy, she has to solve a mystery with tickling powder, find the lost teeth of a vampire and discover the reason why suddenly it just doesn’t stop snowing. The Little Shop of Nightmares is a mystery full of fascinating and fun characters that make young readers both wonder and laugh!

 #1  THE TERRIBLE TICKLING POWDER
When Nina, 9 years old, enters The Little Shop of Nightmares in hopes of getting a job, she is
greeted by an odd sight: shopkeeper Mr. Kook is rolling on the floor, unable to stop laughing.
With a little help from a ghost called Paddy, they start looking for the untickling powder to help
him, but things are certainly not made easier by Mr. Kook’s world-domination-planning pet octopus
Squishy McGoo, who is a bit too quick about getting into trouble with rollerblades on its tentacles.

 #2  MYSTERY OF THE MISSING TEETH
Nina goes to buy ice cream after her first work day at The Little Shop of Nightmares.
But at the ice cream shop she discovers a vampire – without teeth! Nina decides to help
vampire Lucas to find his teeth from Mr. Kook’s shop. But for some reason all the vampire
teeth seem to have disappeared. It seems like somebody has hidden them on purpose…

 #3  STICKY THE TERRIBLE SNOWMAN
Same awesome monsters. New blizzardy trouble. The Little Shop of Nightmares is
getting buried in snow! Nina and Paddy are trying to find the cause of the snowstorm,
but that’s easier said than done. A well-meaning but horribly clumsy snowman keeps
getting in their way and stopping their every effort to stop the snowing inside.


WEIRD WEATHER
by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu

Weird Weather! is accurate but hopeful children’s nonfiction that explains how humans are responsible for climate change and what we can do to ensure a brighter future. It also gives tips on how everyone can make better choices and practice climate skills every day. But climate change won’t be beaten with tiny tricks, and this book also encourages talking to children about how to make changes in society, and how working together can change everything.

LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES SERIES:

#1 Kamala kutituspulveri, WSOY 2019, 60pp
#2 Hampaat hukassa, WSOY 2019, 60pp
#3 Hirmuinen Jumimies WSOY 2021, 60pp

Rights sold

FINLAND:
WSOY (orig.)

CZECH REPUBLIC:
Euromedia
DENMARK:
Vild Maskine
ESTONIA:
Postimees Publishing
GERMANY:
Egmont Schneiderbuch
HUNGARY:
Cerkabella
ITALY:
Terre di Mezzo
LATVIA:
Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA:
Briedis
NETHERLANDS:
De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY:
Fontini
RUSSIA:
KompasGuide
ROMANIA:
Editura Univers
SWEDEN:
Hegas
TURKEY:
Epsilon

 

WEIRD WEATHER
Ihme ilmat, Into 2019, 48pp

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Into (orig.),
DENMARK: Staarup & Co.,
ESTONIA: Avita,
HUNGARY: Ciceró Könyvstúdió Kft.,
ITALY: Edizioni Piemme S.p.a,
LATVIA: Jumava,
LITHUANIA: Obuolys,
MEXICO (Latin American Spanish rights): Ordinal,
NORWAY: Aschehoug,
POLAND: AMBER Sp. z o.o.,
SERBIA: Odiseja,
SLOVAKIA: Ikar, SPAIN: Norma Editorial,
SWEDEN: Raben & Sjörgen,
UNITED STATES: Skyhorse Publishing

Laura Ertimo


Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer.

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.

NAONDEL sold to Azerbaijan!

Maria Turtschaninoff’s NAONDEL, second title in RED ABBEY CHRONICLES series was acquired by Azerbaijani publisher Alatoran.

This bestselling YA series has sold to already 26 territories, but the rights are still available in Russia, Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania, Slovenia,  Japan, Portugal, and in many other countries. See the rights sold list on the right.

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. […] Turtschaninoff weaves a hypnotic spell…at once contemporary and timeless.
– The Guardian

Download full English manuscripts for all 3 titles in the series here


 

MARESI

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.

NAONDEL 
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.

MARESI: RED MANTLE 

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

ALBANIA: Dritan (Book 1)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran (Book 1-2)
BELGIUM, Clavis (Book 1-2)
BRAZIL, Morro Branco (Books 1-3)
BULGARIA, Izida (Books 1-3)
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole (Book 1)
CHINA (Simplified), Shanghai 99 (Books 1-3)
CROATIA, Naklada ljevak (Book 1)
DENMARK, Turbine (Book 1)
ESTONIA, Varrak (Book 1-2)
FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1-2)
FRANCE, Rageot (Books 1-2)
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne (Book 1)
HUNGARY, Scolar (Books 1-3)
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri (Books 1-3)
LATVIA, Petergailis (Book 1-2)
NETHERLANDS, Clavis (Book 1-2)
NORWAY, Gursli Berg Forlag (Books 1-3)
POLAND, Wydawnictwo Debit (Books 1-3)
WORLD SPANISH, Penguin Random House/Alfaguara (Book 1)
SWEDEN, Berghs (Books 1-2)
TURKEY, Altın Kitaplar (Book 1)
UNITED KINGDOM, Pushkin Press (Books 1-3)
UNITED STATES, Abrams (Books 1-3)

FILM, Film4