If you are a Finland-based author looking for an agent to represent your book in foreign markets, please send a synopsis and a short introduction together with the full manuscript and some press reviews to We will get in touch within 60 days if we are interested. Please note that we do not return manuscripts or reading copies, so do not send us originals. Good luck!

Elina Ahlback Literary Agency represents Nordic writers of fiction and non-fiction, for both adult and children’s books as well as illustrators. Our agents work with literary and commercial fiction, thrillers, women’s fiction, science fiction/fantasy, narrative non-fiction, psychology, popular science, parenting, self-help, young adult and children’s fiction/non-fiction and picture books.




Elina Ahlbäck
CEO, Literary Agent

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

Elina is the founder of the Agency, and has enjoyed a successful career in publishing and bookselling since 1982. She has built an extensive personal network in the international publishing community, and holds a Master of Science degree in international economics. She loves Shakespeare and Jane Austen – and enjoys Agatha Christie.

Toomas Aasmäe
Literary Agent

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

Toomas has a B.Sc. degree in Political Science, which he studied at the University of Tartu. He worked as an E-Commerce Manager and Development Manager for Estonia’s largest bookseller, Rahva Raamat for seven years. Toomas is enthusiastic about literature, analytics, and retail sales.

Julia Kellums
Literary Agent

-until 3oth of April 2021

– Nordic Countries, the Netherlands, France, Germany (children’s books)
– Scandinavian Subrights: Macmillan US Children’s & Simon & Schuster US Children’s
– Social media & communications

Julia has a MA degree in Comparative Literature, which she studied in Helsinki and Amsterdam. After graduation she has been working in a publishing house as an editor, and she has taught Finnish for foreigners. Julia enjoys reading a good detective book as well as a postmodern classic, but stories about the adolescent experience have a special place in her heart.

Ebba Erolin
Literary Agent

– Nordic Countries, France, Spain & Latin America, Brazil & Portugal, Japan, Korea
– Scandinavian Subrights: Macmillan US Children’s & Simon & Schuster US Children’s
– Social media & communications

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.

Gabriella Asatouri
Rights & Contracts Assistant

– Contracts and royalties
– Helsinki office administration

Gabriella is our rights and contracts assistant. She has a BA degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from Utrecht University, where she studied Literature and Media Studies. She is currently doing her MA degree in Japanese language at Helsinki University. She has also studied Swahili and Chinese. Gabriella loves languages and storytelling in all mediums. She enjoys Shakespeare and stories that are evocative and humorous.



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
Spain, Latin America, Brazil, Portugal: MB Agencia Literaria


Gudrun Giddings

Worldwide Media Rights

Gudrun Giddings, Head of Media Rights
Los Angeles/USA


Marketing & Communication

Marc Graser, Senior Content Strategist:

Gudrun Giddings, Creative Director:



Elina Ahlback Literary Agency sells book, film and TV rights in fiction, children’s books and non-fiction to publishers and producers all around the world and negotiates the best possible contract, including a marketing plan, for its clients. We are regular participants at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Gothenburg Book Fair and we have representation at international film & TV festivals.

The Elina Ahlback Literary Agency was established in June 2009 by Elina Ahlbäck, who has enjoyed a successful career in publishing and bookselling since 1982. Our Agency’s head office is located in the heart of Helsinki, and we have offices in Los Angeles and New York City.

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