New Agent Ebba Erolin joins Elina Ahlback Literary Agency!

We have some changes at our Agency: First, we would like to express our warmest thanks to Literary Agent Julia Kellums for her excellent work at our Agency, as she has decided to pursue new challenges as of May 1st, 2021.

Secondly, we’d like to introduce and welcome our new colleague, Literary Agent Ebba Erolin, who starting today, is handling rights in the Nordic Countries and France, and in collaboration with our co-agents in Spain, Latin America, Brazil & Portugal and Japan and Korea.

Julia and Ebba will work together over the transition period in April. Ebba has worked with marketing at our Agency since February 2021.
We wish Ebba a perfect beginning and support her on the way of becoming the best agent in the world.

Ebba has an MA degree in Political Sciences and an International Degree in Marketing and Advertising. She has a long career in media industry, having worked for content teams in TV. Ebba also loves bringing stories out for others to enjoy. Writing and books are part of who Ebba is – she loves biographies and memoirs as she can travel both in time and space through them.

We are thrilled to continue working with you and passionate to find the best Finnish authors & titles for your list! See our fresh Spring Catalogue here!

Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency team at your service:

Elina Ahlbäck
CEO, Literary Agent

– Film & TV rights
– U.S., UK & Commonwealth, Asian territories
– Growth Strategy

Toomas Aasmäe
Literary Agent
– Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Baltics, and Eastern & Southern Europe, World Arabic, China & Taiwan.
– Digital Business Development

Ebba Erolin
Literary Agent
– Nordic Countries, France, Spain & Latin America, Brazil & Portugal, Japan, Korea
– Scandinavian Subrights: Macmillan US Children’s and Simon & Schuster US Children’s
– Social media & Communications

Gabriella Asatouri
Rights & Contracts Assistant
– Contracts and royalties
– Helsinki office administration

World English Rights, US, UK, & Commonwealth
Rhea Lyons, Co-Agent, HG Literary

China & Taiwan: The Grayhawk Agency
Japan: Japan UNI Agency, Inc.
Korea: Danny Hong Agency
SpainLatin America, Brazil, Portugal: MB Agencia Literaria

Worldwide Media Rights:
Gudrun Giddings, Los Angeles/USA

Marketing & Communication, US Team:
Marc Graser, Senior Content Strategist
Gudrun Giddings, Creative Director

PS! 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:

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:

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!


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

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.